Historic Stewart Farms Teacher Resources

Innovative options for teachers and homeschoolers alike.

Our school programs have been created by expert staff with in-depth knowledge of the revised provincial curriculum and Surrey’s history. Students will have the chance to play, touch and explore – creating memories to last a lifetime. 

In-Person Programs

We’re excited to welcome students back to the heritage site for the 2021/22 school year! 

  • Cost: $94.80
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Availability: Tuesday to Friday  

Stories, Shoots and Sprouts (K to 1) 

Dig, plant, discover. Learn about growing heritage vegetables and fruit through songs, games and indoor/outdoor seasonal activities. Explore the root cellar, garden, orchard, pole barn, and farmhouse kitchen. Bring home a future beanstalk! 

Farm Kids (K to 2) 

Kids learn the role of children in a busy farm family of the late 1800s. Try on costumes, learn how to barn dance, do lessons on real slates in our old-fashioned schoolroom, and help with farm chores.  

Woodlands and Waterways (Grades 3 to 4) 

Discover how the land and waterways helped people live and survive in Surrey in the late 1800s. Students will explore natural areas in Elgin Heritage Park and at the Historic Stewart Farm. Hands-on activities help students to discover how people changed (and were changed by) their natural surroundings. 

Penny Pinchers (Grades 4 to 5) 

Discover past practices and changing landscapes in this program focused on community history and Surrey’s natural resources. By handling artifacts and performing chores, students learn how simple machines made life easier while investigating other creative ways Surrey’s residents conserved their resources. 

Immigrant Perspectives (Grades 5 to 6) 

Newcomers in turn-of-the-century Canada certainly faced some challenges. Students experience the cultural traditions of Scottish and Chinese newcomers on the farm and learn how the Head Tax and other practices affected immigrants to Surrey in the early 20th century. 

Seasonal Programs

  • Heritage Christmas (K to Grade 5) - Students explore the festively decorated farmhouse, complete with Victorian Christmas tree. Learn about Christmas traditions and make a wooden vintage craft to take home. Offered in November and December. 
  • Ice Cream Social (Pre-K to Grade 2) - Celebrate the end of school with an ice cream party! Kids do old-fashioned chores, go on a nature walk, learn about fairs, and play Victorian lawn games while hand-churning some delicious ice cream. This program can accommodate two classes of up to 48 students. Parent participation required. Offered in May and June. 

Digital Programs 

With a live, digital school program, an experienced costumed guide will lead your class on a virtual tour around the Farmhouse, pole barn and outbuildings while providing curriculum current interpretation. These programs are well suited to in-class, blended and fully online groups. 

  • Cost: $94.80
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Platform: Microsoft Teams 

Farm Kids (K to Grade 2)  

Wooden Toy making supplies will be provided for an in-class activity.  

Immigrant Perspectives (Grades 5 to 6)  

An accompanying primary resource package focuses on local history, immigration, racism, and the people who settled at Historic Stewart Farm.  

Stories Shoots and Sprouts (K to 1)  

An activity will be provided for students to plant a Historic Stewart Farm heirloom seed in their classroom. 

Heritage Christmas (K to Grade 5) 

Grade based Wooden Toy making supplies will be provided for a in-class activity. Only available from November to December.  

We use Microsoft Teams to deliver our digital school programs. To ensure a smooth program, we require a technical ‘check-in’ prior to your scheduled program - we will discuss this with you upon booking. We recommend you download the Microsoft Teams App. A projector, screen and a laptop with speakers and microphone are required.  

“Our class enjoyed learning about the Stewart family. They welcomed the opportunity to make observations and ask questions. The students also enjoyed being able to make the wooden top. Thank you again for making this program available, we enjoyed it.”  -Grade 3/4 Teacher 

Edukits

Created specifically for delivery by teachers, Edukits contain hands on artifacts and archival materials, including photographs, newspaper articles and more. They also include a comprehensive teacher package of suggested activities. Packaged in a convenient suitcase with ready to use content. Cost: $53.00 per kit rental.

Immigrant Perspectives (Grades 5 to 6) 

How did newcomers get to Surrey? What challenges did they face? Did everyone have the same experience? Students use artifacts, maps, and documents to answer these questions and uncover information about the Chinese Head Tax and other immigration experiences. Available for a three-week loan from September to June 

Old-Fashioned Games  (Grades 2-4)

Students travel back in time to the 1890s to learn how games were played by Surrey’s settler children. Students will learn how children in the past lived, how they played games indoor and outdoors, and why these games and toys were created. This kit helps you teach your class how to make and play with toys and games in your classroom, but also provides the supplies to have an outdoor old-fashioned fair with sack racing, tug-o-war, and egg and spoon racing. Also included: a guide to make your own ice cream – the old-fashioned way. Only offered April-June for one-week rental.

Heritage Christmas (K to Grade 5) 

Students explore a Victorian holiday experience from their classroom. By creating vintage wooden crafts, exploring the Stewart’s late 1800s holiday traditions, and learning about the diverse holiday celebrations of our community, students will connect traditions of the past to our community today. Available for a two-week loan from November to December.  

“This kit was fantastic; we really enjoyed the hands-on activities. My students really enjoyed having the artifacts in our classroom.” Grade 5 Teacher 

How to Book

Registration opens on August 24, 2021. To reserve your program spot or kit, please contact the City of Surrey Call Centre at 604-501-5100. 

For additional information or questions please call our staff at 604-591-4627 or email StewartFarm@surrey.ca