Girl Guides of Canada Programs at Ruthven
The following programs are 2 hours in length and are offered year-round. Cost for all programs is $7 per participant; adult supervisors are admitted FREE of charge!
Sparks: Exploring the Outdoors
Discover the animals, plants, and insects that live at Ruthven Park. Hike through the Carolinian forest and meadow trails, learn to measure and identify trees, go on a bug hunt, investigate animal tracks, enjoy a picnic lunch, and, if the season is right, see how we band birds!*
Badge Program: Going Outside
* Please note that bird banding can only be offered in the spring and fall.
Brownies: Daughters, Mothers, and Grandmothers
Many different generations of Thompson family women lived at Ruthven Park. Explore the family mansion and discover what life was like for these women. Learn about proper etiquette, clothing, toys, women’s roles, and different forms of entertainment. Before you leave, practice proper etiquette at a traditional Victorian tea party.
Badge Program: Girlfriends Through Time
Guides: Significant Landscapes
Ruthven Park National Historic Site consists of 1500 acres of naturally and culturally significant landscapes. Explore the grounds and discover: the archaeological remnants of a former town, two cemeteries, a nineteenth century mansion and outbuildings, the history of the Thompson family, and the Carolinian forest and other habitats that house species at risk.
Badge Program: Heritage
Guides: Thompson Family Contributions
Five generations of Thompson family members are associated with Ruthven Park. This family made many political, military, and cultural contributions. Tour the mansion, replicate traditional tasks, and learn about the remarkable local and provincial contributions made by this family.
Badge Program: Provincial/ Territorial Heritage Badge
Additional Program Opportunity: GPS & GIS Technology
Ruthven Park also provides the opportunity to learn about and use GPS and GIS technology. Compare this technology with a regular compass and test for accuracy!
The Welcome Centre and Grounds: Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm – By change Saturday and Sunday (Oct 14 – Nov 3)
The Mansion: Tours by appointment only, groups of 15 people or more. Call for more information 905-772-0560
Christmas Tours: Public tours begin December 4 – 20th, Wednesday – Friday only; guided tours at 12:30 pm, 2 pm and 3:30 pm.
Bird Banding: Banding lab is open September 1 – November 7 for the fall migration. Sunrise until 12 noon, weather dependent.
Give us a call today or check out our website for more information 905.772.0560 or www.ruthvenpark.ca
Phone: (905) 772-0560
243 Haldimand Hwy. #54,
Cayuga, ON N0A 1E0