Camillus Erie Canal Park welcomes public, private and homeschooled students to visit the park to learn about the Erie Canal. All the school tour activities are wheelchair/handicap accessible.
School tours operate from May through June and from September to mid-October. Summer visits are also available. The field trip is free but donations are appreciated. The visit takes about two and a half hours. Arrival time is usually 9:30 A.M. with tours ending around noon, just in time for lunch. A covered picnic area is available for lunch at the Park.
School tour groups rotate through three guided activities. Many guides are retired teachers and all guides are trained volunteers. The (3) forty-five minute activities are:
- A boat ride on the Enlarged Canal
- A visit to the 1850s Sims Store
- A model lock demonstration, and hike
If you have questions or would like to arrange a school tour, please contact Janet Conners at email@example.com to get a date. Funding for transportation is available through a grant called Ticket to Ride found http://eriecanalway.org
Boat Information – All of the boats have passed an annual NYS inspection for stability, safety, and passenger capacity. All captains are licensed by NYS to pilot a public vessel.
Calling All Teachers
Please watch these 6 videos depicting life on the Erie Canal before your visit. Videos produced by our Education Committee and Channel 9 WSYR
More for Teachers!
Check out these downloadable activities to use before or after your school visit.
These activities were designed by teachers who used the activities in their own classrooms.
See what your Camillus Erie Canal field trip will be like.
Erie Canal Field Trip Into
Midnight’s Canal Adventure Readers’ Theater
Reader Theater Script
Effect of the Canal
on the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois)
Haudenosaunee Historical Background