Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies

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1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA, United States

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is America’s oldest natural history museum and a world leader in biodiversity and environmental research. For 200 years, the Academy has explored the remarkable diversity of our natural world, sharing these discoveries with the public through extraordinary collections, innovative exhibits, educational programming, and publications.

Summer Camp & Scout Group Trips (All Grade levels)

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 Discovery Lessons:

Participate in an in-depth investigation of the natural sciences. Through these interactive classroom experiences, your students will develop important scientific skills, from making observations to designing experiments and interpreting data. Please note that Discovery Lessons can only be booked Tuesdays through Fridays.

All lessons have been developed to meet Educational Standards, including Pennsylvania State Standards, New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards, and Philadelphia Core Curriculum Grade Levels.

We offer a variety of Discovery Lessons for grades Pre-K–23–6, and 7–12.

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is an approved entity for the School District of Philadelphia. The paperwork is on file with the School District of Philadelphia Risk Management Office.

Self Guided Visits:

Take your students on an exciting exploration of the natural world. Our three floors of exhibits, ranging from dinosaurs and dioramas to hands-on interactive stations, are sure to make your field trip to the Academy the highlight of the school year.

All Programs, Special Events and Permanent Exhibitions can be found clicking here!

Hands-on Programming

Outside In

Experience the outdoors—inside! A tortoise, rabbit, legless lizard, and hissing cockroach are just a few of the live animals that you might meet in our discovery center. Investigate different habitats, examine a real meteorite, search for fossil footprints, dig for shark teeth, watch a working beehive, and more!

Pre-K–4th Grade 
35 minutes

$40 for 10-30 students or

$75 for 31-60 students Reservations required

The Big Dig

Let’s go fossil hunting! Become a field paleontologist and dig for dinosaur fossils in a setting straight out of the badlands. Academy educators teach you how to use the tools of the trade, supervise the digging, and help identify fossil finds.

Pre-K–5th Grade

20 minutes

$30 for 10-30 students or

$55 for 31-60 students Reservations required

To Register for Any of these Programs please click here

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Scouting

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The Academy is a terrific place for Scouts! We offer exciting activity days, popular Safari Overnight sleepovers, and interactive daytime workshops designed to help scouts earn badges. In addition to scheduled programs, private workshops can be scheduled for scout groups of 20–30, and private overnights can be arranged for groups of 100–300. Check out specific programs below. We look forward to seeing you at the Academy!


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30 Plant Street, Ogdensburg, NJ, United States

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Mineralogy & Mining Education

The Sterling Hill Mining Museum is dedicated to educating teachers and their students about natural resource issues, with particular reference to the State of New Jersey.

Our education programs explore such topics as the geology and mineralogy of New Jersey, our nonrenewable resources (metals, nonmetals, and fuels), how those resources have been extracted and used over time, and, in a global sense, how our present lives are shaped by the materials available to us. We work within the broad fields of the STEM core subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), which we often explore not only in their current but also historical contexts.

All of our educational offerings are aligned with New Jersey core curriculum standards and are designed to be implemented by teachers within the context of their existing school curriculum.

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Our Education Programs: An Overview

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Educational Field Trips & Programs

The Sterling Hill Mining Museum is now in its 15th year of providing inservice programs for teachers of grades 3 – 12. Our educational opportunities include both on-site and off-site teacher workshops, classroom visitations, videoconferences, and educational field trips on topics in science, history, technology, math, and social studies. We provide a full range of on-site opportunities for teachers who wish to bring their classes to us.  In addition, we offer on-site seminars and field training for college and university students, summer institutes with geologists in specialized fields, and cooperative educational events with other organizations.

Museum and Mineralogy Experts

The education director at Sterling Hill, Dr. Earl R. Verbeek, is a research geologist who oversees and implements the museum’s program of geoscience content instruction. Educators on our staff have career experience in geology, mineralogy, hydrology, paleontology, stratigraphy, environmental geology, land-use planning,
resource extraction and land remediation, and historical preservation.

Educational Facilities

Educational field trips and functions at the Sterling Hill Mining Museum take place not in a classroom, but in the buildings and on the grounds of a well-preserved industrial complex and unique geological site.  The entire site is a dynamic interactive classroom that is utilized not only by science teachers, but also by numerous colleges and universities that bring their students to this world-famous locality for direct field experiences unobtainable elsewhere.

How to Participate in Field Trips & Programs

For more information on our education offerings, see the relevant sections of this website: On-site WorkshopsOff-site Contract TrainingClassroom VisitsField Trips, and College-level Instruction.

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To request additional information or to discuss customization of our offerings to better suit your needs, contact Dr. Earl Verbeek at everbeek@ptd.net or by phone at 973-209-7212.

To sign up for a scheduled event, or to receive e-mail notices of upcoming events, contact Jason Winkler at SHMM.Registrar@gmail.com.

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Scouts

The Sterling Hill Mining Museum is proud to assist Cub and Boy Scouts wishing to obtain their Belt Loops and Merit Badges as well as Girl scouts of all ages who may want to make the museum part of their Journey and develop their interest in Geology, Mining, or Astronomy.

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Webelos

For the Webelos we can offer assistance in obtaining the Geology requirements for #1, 2 and 8 for the Geologist Badge.

Cub Scouts Astronomy Pin

Cub Scouts

For the Cub Scouts we can offer assistance in obtaining the requirements for the Belt Loop for Geology. And, for the Academics Pin for Geology we can offer assistance with # 2, 3, 4, 9, 11, 12 and 13.

Cub Scout Geology pin

For the Cub Scouts we can offer assistance in obtaining the requirements for the Belt Loop for Astronomy. And, for the Academics Pin for Astronomy we can offer assistance with # 4, 5, 6, 7, and 9.

Boy Scouts Geology Badge

Boy Scouts

For the Boy Scouts we can offer assistance in obtaining the Geology Merit Badge by fulfilling the following requirements from the Geology Merit Badge requirements sheet 1, 2, 4, 5a1, 5b1 through 5b3, 5C1 through 5c4, and 5d2 through 5d4.

For the Boy Scouts we can offer assistance in obtaining the Astronomy Merit Badge by fulfilling the following requirements from the Astronomy Merit Badge requirements sheet 1b, 2, 3abd, 4ab, 5acd, 7ac, 8-1abcd, 8-2,3,5.

Boy Scouts Citizens in the Nation Badge which can be earned at sterling hill mine

For the Boy Scouts we can offer assistance in obtaining part of the Citizenship in the Nation badge by fulfilling the following requirement from the Merit Badge requirements sheet which states “Visit a place that is listed as a National Historic Landmark or that is on the National Register of Historic Places. Tell your counselor what you learned about the landmark or site and what you found interesting about it.” The Sterling Hill Mining Museum is listed as a National Historic Site.

Scouts at the Sterling Hill's Ellis Observatory

Eagle Scout

Eagle Scouts

If you are an Eagle Scout seeking a great place to do your project, look no further! There are many smaller projects that can be done at the Sterling Hill Mining Museum.

For more information contact Bill Kroth at (201) 933- 3029 or e-mail: shastrogroup@aol.com.

Girl Scouts of America

Girl Scouts

For the Girl Scouts of all ages the Museum is an amazing place to visit to see how the fields of GeologyAstronomy and even Mining have had a significant impact on the world we live in and the impact these fields have toward the planet in all areas including past, present and future.

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Badge designs are property of Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of the USA. Sterling Hill Mining Museum does not make claims to these designs and provides them as visual reference only. Questions regarding badge designs and usage should be directed to a local scouting representative.

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137 Warren Avenue, Plymouth, MA, United States

Groups Field Trips at Plimoth Plantation offer a fascinating and personal look at the lives of the Native Wampanoag People and the Pilgrims, the English who lived in early Plymouth Colony. In addition to a self-guided Museum tour, School groups have a number of options for tailoring their visit. Summer camp or Scout Groups with a specific interest, such as early gardens, period cookery, colonial religion, Native culture, timber-frame construction, or navigation, may book a speaker through our Professional Speakers Bureau or a Guided Tour.

Our historical theme dining turns what might otherwise be just another restaurant meal into a memorable (and tasty!) addition to your visit for your Field Trips. We offer themed meals with Pilgrim and or Native hosts, and lunch or dinner with food historians who will teach your Camp or Scout groups just how Miles Standish ate his dinner without a fork. For more about historical or modern-day dining opportunities, go to our Groups Dining page.

Groups also have a variety of choices to expand their stay, including Wampanoag field trip enhancements, hands-on workshops, historical dining programs and overnight programs. We would be happy to combine any of these to create a package suitable to your needs. For more about our student school groups programs, go to our Education Programs section.

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Summer Camp Groups Field Trips

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Let Plimoth Plantation help you expand the walls of your classroom and inspire in your students a curiosity about and understanding of the past. Whether you bring your students to the museum or have us come to you, we will spark your students’ imaginations and make history come alive.

There’s a reason why Plimoth Plantation is one of the most popular field trip destinations in New England!  At Mayflower II, The 17th-Century English Village, and the Wampanoag Homesite, students are surrounded by the sights, smells and sounds of the 17th century. Visits to the Museum are a great way to spark the imagination of your students and help to make history come alive!

There are a variety of ways you can use our unique living history resources.

Plimoth Plantation Field Trips

Visits to the Museum immerse your students in the 17th-century world of the Wampanoag and Pilgrims. For more information on booking a field trip, visit our reservations page. Information on grant funding for field trips may be found at Foundations for Kids.  

Special Programs 

While you’re at the Museum, why not arrange for a special hands-on workshopguided tour or special meal? You can even plan an overnight stay

We Can Visit You

Can’t make it to the Museum? We’ll bring the Museum to you! Our Pilgrims and Native museum teachers will go from class to class, for informative and fun hour-long classroom programs or traveling workshops.

Invite Plimoth Plantation to your camp or group meeting.

Our talented Pilgrim role players and Native museum teachers can bring the magic of Plimoth Plantation to your classroom; wherever you are. Their visits are a great way to prepare for a field trip and are a wonderful option for those who can’t make it to the museum.

For more information on inviting Plimoth Plantation to visit you, please go to We Can Visit You!

Speakers

Invite one of Plimoth Plantation’s captivating Pilgrim role players, Native speakers or historians to your next group meeting or function. Find out how at Professional Speakers.

Admission discounts are available for groups of 15 or more ages six and up.

Admission includes a self guided visit to the museum’s sites and exhibits.

If you need rate information for your school field trip or tour group, please call the group sales office at 508-746-1622, ext. 8358 during regular business hours (9am to 5pm Monday – Friday), or e-mail groupsales@plimoth.org.

 

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Scout Groups Field Trips

Cub Scouts Visit Plimoth Plantation

Plimoth Plantation is a great place for scouting out history!

To learn more about special programs, activities and events for scouts, including our annual Boy Scout Day and Girl Scout Day, visit our Scouting Page.

To learn more about what you’ll see and experience at Plimoth Plantation, go to What to See and Do.

For information about hours and rates, visit Hours and Prices. Please note that groups of 15 or more qualify for our special group rates.

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401 Southwest 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

There is always something new happening at the Museum of Discovery and Science. Spend a day of discovery exploring hundreds of interactive exhibits including the new EcoDiscovery Center. Visitors can take a ride on the Everglades Airboat Adventure, experience hurricane force winds in the Storm Center, dig for fossils alongside a giant prehistoric Megalodon, get close to a confrontation between a saber-toothed cat and an Imperial mammoth, and enjoy the playful antics of North American river otters in their two-story indoor/outdoor habitat.

See exciting science demonstrations, and presentations by community experts. Discover the amazing Everglades in the Florida EcoScapes exhibit. Hang out with bats, turtles and sharks. Meet an alligator and be charmed by a 6-foot-long snake. Take a ride to Mars or soar through the skies in an FA-18 cockpit simulator. And immerse yourself in a five-story-high film adventure at the AutoNation® IMAX 3D Theater, home of the BIGGEST screen in South Florida. Whether you’re two or 82 visit the Museum of Discovery and Science and enjoy a full day of fun. 

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The mission of the Museum of Discovery and Science is to provide experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for children and adults through exhibits, programs, and films. Founded in 1976 as The Discovery Center, the nonprofit facility serves approximately 400,000 visitors each year.

We invite you to bring your students and groups to the Museum of Discovery and Science, Florida’s premier science center, for an exciting hands-on learning adventure, bringing science alive for your students and groups.

Use the links to the left to discover how much we have to offer. Remember we’ve got fun down to a science!

Please click the Image for Current Imax Shows and Times playing at the MOD

Discovery Museum Outreach Programs and Overnight Programs Available

Special Exhibits Available for Field Trips

Permanent Exhibits for field Trips

ECODISCOVERY CENTER

A major expansion of the Museum of Discovery and Science, the new 34,000-square-foot EcoDiscovery Center, which more than doubles the Museum’s current exhibit space, offers more dynamic hands-on explorations.

There are five new exhibit areas: Otters at Play, Everglades Airboat Adventure, Prehistoric Florida, Florida Water Mysteries and Storm Center.

Plus, the Mangurian Foundation Lifelong Learning Center featuring four new learning labs will allow visitors to enjoy hands-on learning experiences. LEARN MORE

  • Watch the playful antics of North American river otters
  • Take a ride on the Everglades Airboat Adventure
  • Experience hurricane force winds
  • Dig for fossils alongside a giant prehistoric megalodon
  • Come face-to-face with a saber-toothed cat
  • Walk under a 12-foot-tall Imperial Mammoth
  • Discover the natural path of water through Florida
  • Learn how you can help protect and conserve the Everglades
  • Science will come to life in the new 100-seat Keller Science Theater with entertaining science presentations and live animal shows.

POWERFUL YOU!

This new permanent exhibit showcases the amazing miracle of the human body features four zones: Powerful Pulse, Powerful Team, Powerful You, and The Cutting Edge.

GO GREEN

Ever wonder where your waste goes after the garbage truck takes it away? Climb in our garbage truck and explore with Harry as he guides visitors in learning what going green really means.

MINERALS ROCK EXHIBIT

Did you know minerals are the building block of the entire Universe? The iron in hematite, in spinach and in the hemoglobin in our blood is all the same.   

RUNWAYS TO ROCKETS 

Discover how scientists study the fascinating mysteries of space in our recently expanded space hall. 

LIVING IN THE EVERGLADES

Explore this hands-on interactive exhibit and nature trail that tells the story of the restoration of Florida’s Everglades.

DISCOVERY CENTER

Children seven and under will enjoy this hands-on play and learning center designed especially for them.

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4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL, United States

Miami Seaquarium

Its Miami’s premier attraction! Its a place where dolphins fly, where fearsome moray eels lurk in coral reef caverns, where shimmering schools of exotic fish dance through underwater seascapes, and its the only p;lace where you will see the graceful beauty of a Pacific white sided dolphin combined with the awesome power of the three ton killer whale.

Its a world class marine life entertainment park with eight different marine animal shows and presentations offered each day!

Located just ten minutes from downtown Miami on beautiful Virginia Key, we offer visitors hours of fun – and it’s educational too. Across 38 landscaped acres, the marine life entertainment park provides a fun-filled mix of exhibits, shows, attractions, food and shopping opportunities that have made it a Miami institution.

Explore Miami Seaquarium

SHOWS

Shows

EXHIBITS

Exhibits

ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS

Animal Encounters

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Field Trips

Field Trips

Make your next field trip spectacular with a visit to Miami Seaquarium, a place where dolphins walk on water and killer whales fly through the air. Where sea lions delight children of all ages and endangered sea turtles and manatees find a safe haven. Miami Seaquarium is a place of inspiration, education – and fun!

Field Trip Presentations

With a variety of guided presentation programs, the Education Department at Miami Seaquarium® offers students and youth groups the opportunity to take a closer look at our many animals and natural creatures. Choose from a host of themes for this unique experience. And, for an additional fee, bring your students up-close to a Green Sea Turtle, touch an Endangered Manatee or feed a 500 lb. Sea Lion!

  • $3.00 – 4.00 Per Participant (in addition to admission cost)
  • Minimum 10-Person Requirement

Select ONE of these exciting themes for your presentation:

Fish vs. Sharks $3 per person

What do you think of when you hear the word SHARK? Do you imagine a man-eating creature or a gentle giant? What do you imagine when you hear the word FISH? Do you imagine a brightly colored fish that lives on the reef or a giant grouper? During this presentation we will discuss the differences between both and so much more.

Animal Interaction: Shark Feed

Class Size: 10-60 students

Endangered Manatee Expedition $4 per person

Bring your students face to face with rehabilitating manatees. Talk about reasons for endangerment, basic anatomy, evolution, and preservation of the species.

Animal Interaction: Manatee Touch and Feed Session

Class Size: 10-50 students

Sea Turtle Alert $3 per person

Get up close and comfortable with Loggerheads, Hawksbill, and Green sea turtle species. Learn how you can save these endangered reptiles as we discuss the myths and mysteries of our ancient aquatic ancestors.

Animal Interaction: Sea Turtle Feeding Session

Class Size: 10-80 students

Techniques in Training $3 per person

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a marine mammal trainer? Be introduced to a day in the life of our stars as we discuss the differences in show, play, train, and husbandry sessions. Learn how trainers use natural behavior and positive reinforcement to shape the behaviors you see in our shows!

Animal Interaction: Trainer talk with one of our animal trainers here in the park

Class size: 10-80 students

Seal Studies $3 per person

Sea Lions, Seals and Walruses, Oh My! Join in the fun as we explore more about the dogs of the sea and their amazing underwater adaptations.

Animal Interaction: Feeding Session with our Sea Lions or seals, a touch of one of our sea lions or seals, or a meet session with one of our sea lion trainers.

Class size: 10-15 students (For a feed or touch of a sea or sea lion.)

Class size: 10-80 students (For a meet session.  Students will see one of our seals or sea lions up close and get to talk to one of our trainers.)

Spectacular Stingrays $4 per person

Stingrays have gotten a bad reputation in the news recently. Come learn about the facts and the myths of these spectacular creatures. We will discuss stingray adaptations, feeding habits, and their importance to our oceans.

Animal Interactions: Feeding our Stingray

Class size: 10-60 student

For more information about our educational programs and reservations, please call the Education Department at (305) 361- 5705 ext. 207 or email us at education@msq.cc

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Boy Scout Campout

2014 Date

Saturday, March 8 to Sunday, March 9, 2014

Time: 1 p.m. – 10 a.m

Join packs from all over South Florida and explore Miami Seaquarium after dark. Camp under the stars and watch the night sky light up while participating in an exciting oceanic journey throughout the day.

The two day event offers science presentations, marine mammal shows, dinner, breakfast, snacks and animal interactions. All participants will need to provide their own tent and camping equipment.

Cost: $50 per person

Minimum of 5 people required to reserve.

One free chaperone with every 10 paying participants.

$200 deposit required at least two weeks in advance

Boy Scout Trainer for a Day

Spend the day at Miami Seaquarium® learning about our magnificent marine mammals. Get up close to dolphins and sea lions to find out how they communicate, what they eat, and how they are trained! Discover what it takes to be a Trainer for a Day!
This program includes:
  • Science Presentations
  • Marine Mammal Interactions & Shows
  • Crafts & Games
  • Lunch & Snack
  • And Much More!

2014 Date

February 9, 2014

Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cost: $50 per person, 1 free chaperone per troop, space is limited

Girl Scout Campout

2014 Date

Saturday, April 05, 2014 to Sunday, April 06, 2014

Time: 1 p.m. – 10 a.m.

Join troops from all over South Florida and explore Miami Seaquarium after dark. Camp under the stars and watch the night sky light up while participating in an exciting oceanic journey throughout the day.

The two day event offers science presentations, marine mammal shows, dinner, breakfast, snacks and animal interactions. All participants will need to provide their own tent and camping equipment.

Cost: $50 per person

Minimum of 5 people required to reserve.

One free chaperone with every 10 paying participants.

$200 deposit required at least two weeks in advance.

Girl Scout Trainer for a Day

>Spend the day at Miami Seaquarium® learning about our magnificent marine mammals. Get up close to dolphins and sea lions to find out how they communicate, what they eat, and how they are trained! Discover what it takes to be a Trainer for a Day!

This program includes:

  • Science Presentations
  • Marine Mammal Interactions & Shows
  • Crafts & Games
  • Lunch & Snack
  • And Much More!

2014 Date

February 15, 2014

Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cost: $50 per person, 1 free chaperone per troop, space is limited. Minimum of 10 people required to reserve.

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10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT, United States

Opened in July 1988, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to have a good time while learning about the vital natural resource just off our shore: Long Island Sound. Set in a refurbished 1860s factory at the mouth of the Norwalk River, the Aquarium building and its location reflect the region’s industrial past and human uses of Long Island Sound for recreation and commerce.

Visitors explore at their own pace, observing 34 exhibits featuring more than 1,200 marine animals of 259 species. The Long Island Sound journey begins along a freshwater river and the shallow waters of the salt marsh, then moves into deeper and deeper habitats out to the open ocean. These close encounters with animals, enhanced by friendly volunteer interpreters and informative display panels, educate visitors about the aquatic life of Long Island Sound and its watershed.

The sharks, seals, river otters, sea turtles and other animals, carefully tended in re-created natural settings, serve as ambassadors both for their species and the Sound’s natural environment. These intimate encounters are the heart of the learning experience and provide visitors – children especially – with a basis for understanding their role in the web of life.

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Camp Directors & Scout Troop Leaders:

Just 10 or more campers or scouts and you qualify for our lower group rates!

Call Reservations: 203-852-0700, ext. 2206.

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Educational Programs

Preschool-Class

The Maritime Aquarium offers exciting science-education experiences … in the Aquarium, in the field and at your school. The inspiration of this learning is Long Island Sound, perhaps familiar to students for its proximity but a fascinating unexplored world below the surface.

Interactions with our live animals and engaging science programs can help you inspire your students to become eager learners and young conservationists. We offer standards-based learning opportunities that make science a positive adventure for your students as they’re introduced to scientific concepts, processes and the importance of science in our lives today.

Of course, every visit to our nationally recognized aquarium is a fun and educational experience that gets your students up close to sharks, seals, river otters, sea turtles, jellyfish and dozens of other species native to Long Island Sound and its watershed. The Aquarium also has Connecticut’s largest IMAX movie theater. Documentaries on our six-story screen wil transport your students on an unforgettable learning adventure.

Educators voiced concerns. Aquarium donors answered. We have financial assistance available for Aquarium admission, IMAX® movies, programs and bus transportation costs. Some, but not all, financial aid is needs-based. Aid is limited and awarded on a first-come first-served basis. Book early! Enjoy it all at the Aquarium or in the field. Or a Traveling Teacher will bring the fun and learning right into your classroom or auditorium, or to a nearby park, pond, stream or beach.

There are lots of possibilities as you design just the right fun and educational visit to The Maritime Aquarium for your students.

Programs by Grade

Pre-K & Kindergarten

Grades 1 – 2

Grades 3 – 4

Grades 5-8

You’ll find all the answers for your planning here. Click here…

Here are two common schedules used by teachers. Click here…

Plus, you can perfect your visit by matching your focus of studies to any one of the titles available in our IMAX film library, showing in stunning clarity on our six-story screen! Click here..

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The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk brings Long Island Sound Marine Science to Your Camp or Trrop

Have the Aquarium visit your summer camp or scout troop! Except where noted, each 45-minute presentation is for groups of up to 28 students and costs $165 plus additional travel fees. Discounts are given for multiples of the same program held on the same day in the same classroom: $100 for the second program, $95 for the third and $90 for each additional.

Additional charges may include: a “layover fee” for gaps of an hour or more between classes; travel charges; and parking fees.

Pre-K and Kindergarten

“House for Hermit Crab”

Students follow along month by month as they listen to this classic book about a year in the life of a young hermit crab. They use their senses and sharpen observational and verbal skills as they share what they notice and ask questions. They handle some live animals from the story and look for similarities and differences in various crabs, including an invasive species.Program duration dependent on the students’ attention spans.

Living vs. Non-Living

For kindergarten only. Through a guided discussion, students share their observations about the characteristics of living and once-living organisms, as well as non-living things. They compare and contrast two live animals of the same grouping.

Sharks!

For ages 4 & up only.  Members of the same group of animals can look and behave very differently. For example, herring and sharks are both fish, but have distinct differences in their size, color and habits. Activities include touching shark teeth, measuring themselves against a life-sized shark puzzle they assemble, and weighing out food for the Aquarium’s sharks.

Grades 1 & 2

Intertidal Animals

By observing and touching a variety of live intertidal animals, students learn about these creatures’ different structures and behaviors. Activities focus on how these animals meet their basic needs for oxygen, food, water, shelter and space.

Sea Turtle Life Cycle

After hearing a story about the life cycle of a loggerhead sea turtle, students play a counting game that teaches about the needs of turtles and demonstrates how and why few survive from hatchling to adult. Students look for special structures and behaviors that help sea turtles meet their basic needs, and discuss ways they can help protect these ancient creatures.

Whales and Dolphins

Is a dolphin a whale? How do scientists group whales? How are you like a whale? Students observe and describe similarities and differences, measure themselves against a life-sized whale puzzle, learn about conservation issues and participate in activities that demonstrate whale and dolphin adaptations.

Grades 3 & 4

Life Between the Tides

The intertidal zone is a unique habitat in which organisms have different behavioral and structural adaptations to survive the rising and falling of tides every day. Students will learn about the moon’s effect on tides, as they read a tide chart for the day of their visit and discuss how the organisms depend on the living and non-living features of the environment for survival. And they share observations and ask questions as they notice and handle a variety of live intertidal invertebrates.

Sharks and Fish

Animals have structural adaptations for getting food, such as specialized teeth or a keen sense of smell. Students will work in teams to rotate through stations focusing on the animals’ adaptations and survival strategies, the similarities between sharks and other fish, and conservation issues. Activities include measuring out the amount of food that the Aquarium feeds its sharks, observing physical adaptations of a fish, and touching shark jaws, skin and other artifacts.

Squid

Squid have very unique behavioral and structural adaptations for survival, and they depend on living and non-living components of their environment. Students observe and ask about these adaptations and interactions as they learn dissection skills. They also compare and contrast squid with other mollusks, such as snails and clams.

Grades 5-8

Brine Shrimp Inquiry (for Grades 5-6)

Available only as a 90-minute program. Through a guided inquiry experiment, students investigate how brine shrimp respond to different stimuli while implementing the basics of the scientific method. Students work in groups for formulate a hypothesis, note observations, chance variables and state results. $265 for first program, $185 for others on the same day.

Intertidal Habitat

The intertidal zone is a unique ecosystem in which organisms have different adaptations to sense and respond to information about their environment as the tides rise and fall. Students learn about the moon’s effect on tides, as they read a tide chart for the day of their visit and discuss challenges for animals living in the intertidal zone and the physical factors with which they interact. Students share observations and ask questions as they notice and handle a variety of intertidal invertebrates.

Marine World Magnified

The unseen marine world opens up to students as they learn to use hand lenses and microscopes to observe a variety of live animals. Students compare the structure of the eye to a microscope. They then use books and charts to identify the creatures they have seen. Food chains and human impacts are discussed.

Squid Anatomy

Through dissection, students explore how squid sense and respond to their environment by examining a squid’s unique physical adaptations, including the exceptionally large eyes. Students also compare and contrast squid to other mollusks such as clams and snails.

Environmental Issues for Grades 3-8

These 45-minute programs introduce students to some of the environmental issues facing the world today/ Students learn about many of the impacts these issues have on our climate, wildlife, ecosystems, everyday living and Long Island Sound. Solutions to current issues are discussed. (Many activities relate to state Social Studies standards too.)

Climate Change

Through an interactive presentation, students learn the differences between climate and weather, the basic of the greenhouse effect, and how carbon cycles through the environment. Through discussion and hands-on activities, students discover how climate change impacts our weather, wildlife and everyday living. They’ll also brainstorm for solutions that can be implemented in their own lives and communities.

Invasive Species

An ecosystem is composed of all populations that are living in a certain space and the physical factors with which they interact. The introduction of non-native plants or animals can have a negative impact on an ecosystem. Students will take part in fun hands-on activities while exploring the environmental impacts of invasive species that can now be found in Long Island Sound. Students also will learn what they can do to prevent further spreading of exotic species.

Water Pollution

Most precipitation that falls in Connecticut eventually reaches Long Island Sound. This water moving across and through the earth carries with it the products of human activities. With Long Island Sound’s extensive watershed as an example, discover the impact of humans on aquatic ecosystems. Students will share their observations as they “pollute” a watershed model, then look for ways to clean it up. Hands-on discovery of basic scientific and ecological concepts.

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Dr. LivingSound® Traveling Science Show!

For Grades 2-6

This lively 45-minute program, for up to 200 students, incorporates drama, surprise and humor to introduce students to Long Island Sound’s environment and the issues that concern it. Our Dr. LivingSound® character (played by a Maritime Aquarium educator) draws students into hands-on demonstrations that teach how science connects to the marine world. Using water as its central topic, “the good doctor” introduces students to the Sound’s watershed, explains the water cycle and examines the different ways we use water.
Cost is $525. Discounts available for multiple presentations on the same day: $275 each additional presentation. Additional charges may include a “layover fee” for gaps of one hour or more between classes, travel charges, and any parking fees.

Touch Tank for a Day!

A great bonus for Field Days, Science Fairs or Family Nights
We’ll set up a supervised touch tank with live tidal-pool creatures and animal artifacts. A great hands-on learning-station enhancement to any event!
Cost: $165 for the first hour, $100 for second hour, $95 for third hour and $90 for each additional hour.

Long Island Sound Day

We can arrange a day at your school so that several grades, or all students, can experience our unique program.
Our Long Island Sound Day includes an initial indoor assembly program (for up to 200) with a PowerPoint presentation, then in one-hour blocks students can rotate through a variety of stations that include our live tide-pool animals. Other stations could include topics on whales, sharks or invasive species.
Cost: $300 for initial assembly/ set-up, $200 per hour thereafter. Travel charges may also apply. For more information, call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2271.

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Field Programs

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These programs get students out in nature, where they’ll practice developing their science-inquiry, literacy and numeracy skills. Please note special prices and times. For a Field Ecology program conducted at your site, adjacent free parking is required. Travel fees may apply. School must pay parking fees.

Also:

  • Aquarium admission is optional.
  • If you have more than 28 students, you must book multiple programs.
  • The 7:1 student:chaperone ratio applies.
  • Field Ecology programs are conducted only around low tide. Students will get their feet wet! Wear boots or shoes that can get soggy, and dress for the weather!

Grades K – 2

Visit to the Seashore

Students get out to the water’s edge for the excitement of being “in the field.” They’ll use their senses – plus some scientific sampling techniques – during a discovery tour looking for – and learning about – living and non-living things at the sandy shore, rocky shore and tidal marsh habitats. Explore a Long Island Sound shoreline near The Maritime Aquarium or at your local beach. (School must supply beach entry pass, if necessary.) 2 hours.
Standards: CT: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 8, 10; NY: all; NJ: all.


Grades 3 – 6

Shoreline Exploration

Explore a Long Island Sound shoreline near The Maritime Aquarium or at your local beach. (School must supply beach entry pass, if necessary.) Learn about the geological processes that helped create our tidal marshes, rocky shores and sandy beaches. Students use scientific equipment to collect animals and test water composition, then consider the changing habitats, varying needs and adaptations of animals living in these marine environments. Other topics include tides, invasive species and habitat conservation. 2 hours.
Standards: CT: 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10; NY: all; NJ: all.

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1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton, PA, United States

Hawk Mountain is the ideal outdoor destination. The 2,600-acre Sanctuary offers superb hiking in every season, the chance to see large numbers of hawks, eagles and falcons each autumn, and in spring, the chance to enjoy comfortable weather, Mountain Laurel blooms, and returning songbirds. Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is the world`s first refuge for birds of prey, and a leader in the study and protection of our magnificent hawks, eagles and falcons.

At Hawk Mountain, we know first hand how moved people are to see a hawk soar across the sky. That`s why raptors, or “birds of prey” make such a compelling focus for learning. Here, we study birds of prey, monitor their annual, amazing migrations, and use our findings to train young conservationists and educate the public.

To help connect more people with nature and, in particular, birds of prey, Hawk Mountain operates a 2,600-acre Sanctuary open to the public year-round. But whether the birds fly or not, Hawk Mountain still boasts an incredible view, 8 miles of trails and its rich conservation legacy. Some highlights:

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Day Camp Opportunities

Summer camp groups are encouraged to spend the day outdoors learning and exploring at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary.  Students are introduced to birds and raptors with an up-close look at one of our educational birds while learning about their unique adaptations.  Each child is then given the opportunity to borrow binoculars for the day before departing on a guided hike.  Program content and length of hike varies depending on the age and abilities of the students.   Minimum group size is 10, maximum is 40.

Cost– $15 per child. Adult chaperones and camp counselors admitted free

Length– 3-4 hours

Availability– Weekdays June – August


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Scouts

Visiting with a Scout Troop

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is an affordable and nearby destination for visiting with your Girl Scout or Boy Scout troop.  Whether you plan to explore the Sanctuary on your own or register for a guided field-trip, you will find lots of great ideas to help your scout troop earn merit badges, belt loops and pins.

Download our complete Scout Brochure:Scout Brochure

Tips for visiting and exploring the Sanctuary on your own:
• Register your group in advance and you may qualify for a 20% discount on trail fees (minimum group size is 10).
• Visiting on an autumn or spring weekend?  Check our Events Calendar for a complete list of weekend programs, all are included free with your trail fee.
• Plan on spending at least 3-4 hours at the Sanctuary, this will allow you enough time to hike the trails, explore the Native Plant Garden and check out the exhibits in the Visitor Center.
• Each scout should bring a daypack with binoculars, water and lunch.  Sunscreen, insect repellant and a soft cushion to sit on are optional.  Sturdy hiking shoes or sneakers are also recommended.

Looking for a more formal program for your scouts?  We now offer 2 fully guided field-trips aimed exclusively for scout groups.  We will help you work towards completing the necessary requirements for the following badges (badges NOT included):

Bird Study Badge-Scouts are introduced to birding, raptors, migration and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. Groups will get an up-close and personal look at one of our educational raptors and learn about their unique adaptations.  Scouts will be allowed to borrow binoculars for the day and provided with proper instruction and plenty of practice.  Scouts are then led on a guided hike along the River of Rocks trail, binoculars in hand to look and listen for birds in the forest and learn which species are native to Pennsylvania.

Nature Badge-Scouts are introduced to Appalachian forests and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary with an emphasis on the species, habitats and food chains found here.  Each scout will complete their own raptor food chain activity and then depart on a guided hike through the forest to an Ice-age boulder field.  Here scouts will learn about the unique geology of the area while looking for birds, animals and other signs of wildlife.
Cost-$25 per scout.  1 adult admitted free per child. Trail fee applies for additional adults and non-scouts.

Length-3-4 hours

Availability-Weekdays or weekends in spring and summer pending Educator availability.  Contact the Education Department to schedule your program.

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Self-Guided Groups

You may choose to lead your own group without the help of sanctuary Educators. Please review our Guiding Your Own Group Guide before your visit for registration procedures and pointers on preparing for your trip.

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3215 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL, United States

Enjoy hundreds of exotic butterflies in a rain forest setting, witness a South Florida Calusa Indian welcoming ceremony, experience a life-size limestone cave and see a mammoth and mastodon from the last ice age.

Located on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville and open year round, the Florida Museum is one of the nation’s top five museums with more than 34 million specimens, including one of the world’s largest collections of butterflies and moths.

Visitors are greeted by a 14-foot-tall, 16,000-year-old Columbian Mammoth discovered in the Aucilla River in northwest Florida. Ninety percent of the bones are fossil material, making it one of the most complete ever found.

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Guided Tour Options

Join a knowledgeable Museum docent or staff member for an in-depth tour and lecture of the Museum exhibits and related areas. Available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. These tours are currently geared for an adult audience.

Butterfly Rainforest Exhibit Guided Tour

$11.50/person, 25 people max.

This tour is led by a Butterfly Rainforest staff member and lasts approximately 30 to 45 minutes. Information provided covers butterfly identification, the life cycle, nectar plants and other food sources in the landscaping, and Rearing Laboratory operations.

Butterfly Rainforest Exhibit VIP Tour

$20/person, 12-15 people max.

The VIP tour is led by the Butterfly Rainforest Exhibit Manager and lasts approximately one hour. The tour begins with the “Wall of Wings” display and information about the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity collections, and continues through the Butterfly Rainforest with information on butterfly identification and lifecycle, and nectar plants and other food sources in the landscaping. The VIP tour ends with a behind-the-scenes look in the Rearing Lab and information about its operations.

Florida Fossils Exhibit Guided Tour

$3/person, 40 people max.

Drawing upon the Florida Museum’s internationally acclaimed fossil collections, the award-winning Florida Fossils: Evolution of Life & Land exhibit describes the last 65 million years of Florida’s history. Walk through time beginning with the Eocene, when Florida was underwater, to the Pleistocene when the first humans arrived. Piece together a mystery skeleton to learn how paleontologists use fossils to understand periods of geologic time. This tour lasts approximately 60-90 minutes.

Florida’s Indian Peoples Exhibit Guided Tour

$3/person, 40 people max.

Archaeological evidence suggests people arrived in Florida about 12,000 years ago. Since then, Florida has been home to many groups of Indians including the powerful, extinct Calusa and the Seminoles and Miccosukee of today. How do we know about these people and their environment? Try your hand at rope making and examine artifacts while searching for answers to this question in three exhibits: South Florida People & Environments, Northwest Florida: Waterways & Wildlife and Dugout Canoes: Paddling through the America. This tour lasts approximately 60-90 minutes.

Highlights Guided Tour

$3/person, 40 people max.

Want to see it all? This special tour highlights selected sections of the Florida Museum’s world-renowned permanent exhibitions including Florida Fossils: Evolution of Life & LandSouth Florida People & Environment and Northwest Florida: Waterways & Wildlife. This tour lasts approximately 60 minutes.

Self-Guided Group Rates

Suitable for groups that prefer independent exploration of the Museum. Community Group rates available Monday through Friday for groups of 10 or more.

Free admission* to all exhibits except the Butterfly Rainforest and Surfing Florida/Surf Science. Children under three (3) admitted free.

Exhibit Dates Adult Child (3-17)
Butterfly Rainforest Year Round $7.50 $5.50
Surfing Florida/Surf Science 8/31/2013 — 1/20/2014 $3.50 $3
Best Value! Dates Adult Child (3-17)
Surfing Florida/Surf Science
& Butterfly Rainforest
8/31/2013 — 1/20/2014 $10.50 $8

Donations are accepted; suggested amounts are $6 for adults and $4 for children. Admission donations help support the Museum’s exhibitions and education programs.

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Scout Explorations

Let the Museum be a part of your scouting experience! Sign up your Boy or Girl Scout group for a weekend program to earn part or all of the requirements for many different badges, journeys, belt loops and pins.

Boy Scouts (Coming Soon!)

Cub Scouts: Wildlife Conservation (belt loop and pin), Collecting (belt loop and info for pin)

Boy Scouts: Collecting, Indian Lore, Insect Study, Archaeology, Basketry, Bird Study

Girl Scouts

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Brownies:

Journeys: WOW, Brownie Quest, A World of Girls

Skill Building Badges: Bugs, Home Scientist, Senses, Inventor

Juniors:

Journeys: Get Moving!, Agent of Change, aMUSE

Skill Building Badges: Flowers, Detective, Animal Habitats

Registration Information

Available times: Saturday 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 2-4 p.m.; Sunday 2-4 p.m.

Each program requires a minimum of 10 scouts with a maximum of 20. The Museum requires a 10 to 1 ratio of scouts per chaperone for all programs.

A deposit of $50 is required to reserve your troop’s spot.  Fees for all participants must be paid in one payment on the day of or before the program. The cost is $15 per scout and chaperones are free*.

Refunds will be made for cancellations received 5 business days before the scheduled program, minus a $20 administrative fee. Refunds will not be made for weather-related cancellations.

* There is an additional fee for programs that utilize the Butterfly Rainforest.

Please contact Amanda Harvey with your questions or to register at aerickson@flmnh.ufl.edu or 352-273-2062.

Make sure to check the Calendar of Events for all of our scout-friendly events where you can use the experience to work towards your belt loops, pins and badges!

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Outreach Programs at Florida Museum of Natural History (All Grades)

Bring the Museum to your classroom!

The Florida Museum of Natural History currently offers five Inquiry Box outreach programs for use in the classroom. A free 45-minute educational program using artifacts and natural history objects is delivered by museum staff or volunteers to enhance science and social studies lessons or Museum field trips.

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Inquiry Boxes may be kept in your classroom for two (2) weeks at a cost of $25/box, allowing students to further examine the hands-on items and other materials included in the box. Teachers will be responsible for returning the Inquiry Boxes to the Museum.

To reserve an Inquiry Box and presentation, please email carlislej@flmnh.ufl.edu or call 352-273-2026.

Outreach programs Available

Florida’s Butterflies & Moths

Suitable for: All ages but geared to K-4th grade

Participants will:

  • Learn about the life cycle of butterflies and moths.
  • Learn how butterflies and moths are similar and different.
  • Examine actual moths and butterflies found in Florida and discuss sizes, colors, and body parts.
  • Gain a better understanding of how important camouflage and adaptation methods are for survival.
  • Understand that Lepidoptera have scales covering their wings.
  • Experience how Lepidoptera see with their compound eyes.

The Florida’s Butterflies and Moths Inquiry Box (a large plum duffle bag) contains books (both fiction and nonfiction), a video, word cards, laminated teaching aids and a teacher’s guide (including a suggested approach sheet). This Inquiry Box features 14 shared boxes, each designed to be explored by 1-3 students.

Inquiry Box contents - Butterflies and Moths

Each shared box contains:

  • One clear plastic box containing 1 of 4 Florida butterflies
  • One box containing 1 of 3 Florida moths
  • Packet of cards for identifying the above (Within the 14 boxes, there are 7 different Florida moths and butterflies.)
  • 2 magnifying glasses
  • 2 eyepiece teleidoscopes
  • Packet of plastic life cycle parts
  • Butterfly finger puppet
  • This Inquiry Box was designed using the Sunshine State Standards and is intended to enhance FCAT preparation.

Educators’ Guide & Recommended Reading

 

Florida’s Reptiles & Amphibians

Suitable for: All ages but geared to K-3rd grade

Participants will:

  • Discover the great variety of reptiles and amphibians that make their home in Florida: crocodilians, snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs and salamanders.
  • Learn how reptiles and amphibians are the same and how they are different.
  • Hold a snake shed and learn why and how snakes shed their skin.
  • Learn what a tadpole is and how it is part of the transformation from egg to frog through the process called metamorphosis.
  • Discover the difference between warm blooded and cold blooded animals by using a simple thermometer.

The Florida’s Reptiles and Amphibian Inquiry Box (2 green suitcases) contains books (both fiction and nonfiction), a video, 6 replicas, word cards, laminated teaching aids and a teacher’s guide (including a suggested approach sheet). This Inquiry Box features 14 shared boxes, each designed to be explored by 1-3 students.

Inquiry Box contents - Reptiles & Amphibians

Each box contains:

  • Envelope A contains a real snake shed
  • Envelope B has a hands on camouflage activity
  • Envelope C contains a flat thermometer
  • Envelope D contains 6 frog metamorphosis cards
  • 2 sock puppets
  • Replica of a snapping turtle

This Inquiry Box was designed using the Sunshine State Standards and is intended to enhance FCAT preparation.

Florida’s Seminole People

Suitable for: All ages but geared to K-5th grade

Participants will:

  • Learn about the way of life of the Seminole people of Florida, both today and when the word Seminole first came into use.
  • Explore customs, clothing, food sources, housing, economics and government as a way to learn about these early Floridians.
  • Find out how adaptability and resourcefulness have led to the survival of the Seminole culture, after only a few Seminole escaped attempts at deportation.
  • Try on a Seminole vest or skirt and learn how the sewing machine changed the traditional clothing.

Inquiry Box contents - Florida's Seminole People

The Florida’s Seminole Peoples Inquiry Box (a black suitcase) contains books, (both fiction and nonfiction), a video, word cards, laminated pictures and teaching aids, replicas, sweetgrass basket, Seminole doll, patchwork samples, a vest and/or skirt, and more. There is a teacher’s guide which includes a suggested approach sheet. There are many hands-on articles along with a bingo-type game.

This Inquiry Box was designed using the Sunshine State Standards and is intended to enhance FCAT preparation.

 Teacher’s Guide to Florida’s Native People

This teacher’s guide may be used for Inquiry Box presentations, Inquiry Box loans and museum visits. The guide contains information on Florida’s Indian people, information on associated subjects and related fields of study, vocabulary and suggested activities. All activities are designed to integrate social studies, language arts, math and science in a unified learning experience. Permission is granted to reproduce the information and activities for student and teacher use. All guides are in PDF format.

Northern Florida’s Early Native People

Suitable for: All ages but geared to 3rd-5th grade

Participants will:

  • Investigate the lives of Florida’s early native peoples from the hunting-and-gathering Paleoindians to the farming Apalachee and Timucuan peoples.
  • Learn about their culture, community, clothing, games, houses, tools, food and trade items.
  • Find out how life changed in Florida after the arrival of European explorers.
  • Hold and explore replicas and ancient artifacts.

The Florida’s Northern Early Native People Inquiry Box (2 large royal blue suitcases) contains books (both fiction and nonfiction), a video, word cards, laminated teaching aids and a teacher’s guide (including a suggested approach sheet). This Inquiry Box features 14 shared boxes, each designed to be explored by 1-3 students.

Inquiry Box contents - North Florida Early Native People

Each shared box contains:

  • Celt
  • Chunky stone
  • Owl totem replica
  • Food packet (corn kernel, pumpkin seeds, dried bean, jerky, seashell, sunflower seed, peach pit, fish bones, acorns, shark tooth, and peas)
  • Trade bag (bell, glass beads, jewelry, mica, potsherd, quartzite, seashells, shark tooth, and string)
  • 2 pieces of terra cotta clay
  • Packet with fibers for cord making

This Inquiry Box was designed using the Sunshine State Standards and is intended to enhance FCAT preparation.

Teacher’s Guide to Florida’s Native People

This teacher’s guide may be used for Inquiry Box presentations, Inquiry Box loans and museum visits. The guide contains information on Florida’s Indian people, information on associated subjects and related fields of study, vocabulary and suggested activities. All activities are designed to integrate social studies, language arts, math and science in a unified learning experience. Permission is granted to reproduce the information and activities for student and teacher use. All guides are in PDF format.

Southern Florida’s Early Native People

Suitable for: All ages but geared to 3rd-5th grade

Participants will:

  • Discover the people who inhabited South Florida, descendants of the Paleoindians and Archaic people who came to Florida thousands of years ago.
  • See replicas of early Indian crafts – a wooden Ivory Billed Woodpecker plaque, a mask, a hammer, a scoop and the feline statue.
  • Find out what middens (old trash heaps) tell us about diet, culture, and climate.
  • Learn how the early people made cord and rope.
  • Read a translation from Spanish records about the Calusa.
  • Handle ancient tool artifacts – points, knives, drills, and scrapers.

The Southern Florida Early Native People Inquiry Box (a large red suitcase and a small red duffle bag) contains books (both fiction and nonfiction), a video, word cards, laminated teaching aids, replicas, artifacts, a timeline, a game, a sorting tray and a teacher’s guide (including a suggested approach sheet). This Inquiry Box features 14 shared boxes, each designed to be explored by 1-3 students.

Inquiry Box contents - South Florida Early Native People

Each shared box contains:

  • Sealed packet of 1000+ year old midden
  • Packet fishing gear – hook, net, net gauge, and illustration
  • Packet containing artifacts of tools with identification cards
  • Packet of fiber from which to make cord
  • Replica of the famous feline

This Inquiry Box was designed using the Sunshine State Standards and is intended to enhance FCAT preparation.

Teacher’s Guide to Florida’s Native People

This teacher’s guide may be used for Inquiry Box presentations, Inquiry Box loans and museum visits. The guide contains information on Florida’s Indian people, information on associated subjects and related fields of study, vocabulary and suggested activities. All activities are designed to integrate social studies, language arts, math and science in a unified learning experience. Permission is granted to reproduce the information and activities for student and teacher use. All guides are in PDF format.

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28 Deveau Road, North Salem, NY, United States

The Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden in North Salem is one of only 2 Japanese Gardens open regularly to the public in New York State. The other one is the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in Brooklyn, N. Y. Partly as a result of a 1988 report on the Hammond Museum funded by NYSCA, The Hammond Museum has redefined and focused its mission as an institution that centers on the presentation, illumination and exhibition of Asian art and culture with the Japanese Stroll Garden as the centerpiece of the Museum’s permanent collection. The Museum seeks to develop itself as a resource for students and people wanting to learn about Asian culture and also as a place where people of Asian Heritage may celebrate their cultural background.

The Japanese Garden is a primary resource that needs to be developed along specific lines as a tool for learning. The board of trustees, the staff and volunteers are trained to view the garden as a work of art – not just as a collection of trees and shrubs. Tours of the garden are given with an emphasis on principles of Asian aesthetics and philosophy, not as a horticultural phenomenon. Visitors are asked to make connections with items on exhibit whether they are from the Museum’s permanent collection or on loan.

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Educational Tours

The Hammond Museum is seeking funds to continue Saturday Educational/Craft Activities and to expand and develop this program into the creation of a resource center for students and visitors with primary and secondary multi media research tools in the areax of Asian culture, art and history.The Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden in North Salem is one of only 2 Japanese Gardens open regularly to the public in New York State. The other one is the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in Brooklyn, N. Y. Partly as a result of a 1988 report on the Hammond Museum funded by NYSCA, The Hammond Museum has redefined and focused its mission as an institution that centers on the presentation, illumination and exhibition of Asian art and culture with the Japanese Stroll Garden as the centerpiece of the Museum’s permanent collection. The Museum seeks to develop itself as a resource for students and people wanting to learn about Asian culture and also as a place where people of Asian Heritage may celebrate their cultural background.The Japanese Garden is a primary resource that needs to be developed along specific lines as a tool for learning. The board of trustees, the staff and volunteers are trained to view the garden as a work of art – not just as a collection of trees and shrubs. Tours of the garden are given with an emphasis on principles of Asian aesthetics and philosophy, not as a horticultural phenomenon. Visitors are asked to make connections with items on exhibit whether they are from the Museum’s permanent collection or on loan.



During the academic year, the Hammond receives requests every week from middle and high school students asking for information on many different aspects of Asian culture. The topics range from Buddhism to Noh theatre. The Museum is only able to direct these students to several Internet sites and to the White Plains Library. The Board is committed to fulfilling the Museum’s reputation as a resource by developing a facility that will use our permanent collection and adjunct materials to answer the research needs and curiosity of the local population.

The Museum is asking for funds to plan and develop a resource center for students and people interested in Asian culture which would use the Garden and other permanent collection items (Fans, prints, kimonos, ceramics) as primary source material. The goal of the Museum is to have this resource center be available to schools during the academic day and to students and visitors during times when the schools.



The importance of first hand experience in the learning process has been amply demonstrated to have a significant impact on students’ understanding of “difficult” subject matter. It is also important for teachers whose own education and experience are dominantly eurocentric to be able to trust and rely on outside resources for backup with this expanded curriculum. This dual role of backing up teachers and making an impact on students is a role that the Hammond Museum is in a unique position to develop.

The current New York State curriculum for the instruction of Global History in the 9th and 10th grade includes significant segments on Asia which seek not only to teach chronologically sequential periods in Asian history but also to develop an understanding of beliefs and cultural aesthetics which developed in the Eastern Hemisphere. In order to successfully complete the Regents examination, students are being asked to understand how the birth of an idea or technology in one part of the world affected the development of mankind in other parts of the world. For instance, students must have an understanding of world religions and how they spread and evolved, including Buddhism and Taoism. By comparing tangible objects with the ideas expressed in the Japanese Garden, students will be better equipped to make the connections and comparisons being asked of them.



The Museum is fortunate in that we will be able to work closely with the students and teachers from the North Salem Schools to monitor and assess the program as it grows. However, we need to call in educational consultants, an architect and curators to plan and develop this unique program which will be an important step in the development of the Museum and also serve the needs of Westchester, Putnam and possibly Dutchess and Rockland Counties.

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1660 New York 25A, Cold Spring Harbor, Oyster Bay, NY, United States

Welcome to the Fish Hatchery & Aquarium

After 99 years as a New York State trout hatchery, we opened as a non-profit educational center dedicated to educating our visitors about the freshwater ecosystems of New York. We are proud to have the largest living collection of New York State freshwater reptiles, fishes and amphibians. Visitors can tour our two aquarium buildings and eight outdoor ponds, feed the hungry trout, and try our “Catch & Keep” fishing.

Each year schools, scouts and other groups visit the Hatchery to learn about the freshwater ecosystems of New York State. Elementary level programs, such as Fins and Jaws, Habitats and Life Cycles, and secondary level programs, such as Pond Life and Freshwater Ecology, complement New York State learning standards and enrich the learning experiences of the students. The Hatchery’s seasonal Egg Stripping program allows students to witness the centuries-old technique of fish breeding: egg taking and fertilization.

With the continuing support from Hatchery members, government agencies, private organizations and foundations, the Hatchery has been able to expand its programming with outreach options. Working in conjunction with Trout in the Classroom, the Hatchery is able to bring Egg Stripping programs into schools.

The ability of the Hatchery to serve the community as a gathering place for special family and educational events, attests to its dedicated mission to increase awareness and appreciation for the freshwater ecosystems of New York State.

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Summer Camp Field Trips at the Fish Hatchery and Aquarium (Pre-School & Elementary Level)

The Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium offers exciting programs with live animals for students of all ages. Programs listed are suitable for grades pre-K through college. The grade level indicated is only a suggestion and specific topics and level of presentation can be adapted to various ages and classes. All of our programs are designed to correlate with New York State Learning Standards, and can be specially adapted to fit your specific needs.

While students have the opportunity to view all displays of living wildlife in our two aquarium buildings, our primary classroom is the outdoor environment. All program participants should dress suitably for time spent outside.

Trip Information:

  • All of our programs include time indoors and outdoors. Please have your students dress appropriately for the weather. Programs run rain or shine.
  • Payment by check or cash is expected at the beginning of your program unless prior arrangements have been made.
  • Minimum fees apply to all of our education programs.
  • Teachers and Chaperones: You will be allowed 2 free adults per program. ALL additional adults will be charged the per person program fee.
  • Our Gift Shop can be opened upon request at the conclusion of your program.
  • There are 5 picnic tables available outside. Please take your trash with you when you leave.

Elementary Programs

The Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium offers programs for students of every age. Programs listed below are suitable for pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade. The grade level indicated for a program is only a suggestion. Specific topics and the level of presentation can be adapted for various ages and classes. We hope you, the teacher, will find a program that fits the needs of your class.

Many programs are suitable for in-school presentations. The Fish Hatchery & Aquarium staff gladly offer these outreach programs from December to March.

**Fees: Minimum fees apply for each program.

**Teachers and Chaperones: You will be allowed 2 free adults per program. ALL additional adults will be charged the per person program fee.

For reservations please fill out the Group Visit Request Form or contact the Hatchery: (516) 692-6768 or fisheducator@cshfha.org.

Guided Tours

All of the following programs are one hour in length, and will allow students to tour our entire facility and feed our hungry trout. Programs vary by topic, and focus on inquiry-based learning. Our extensive collection of fish, amphibians and reptiles native to New York State allow students to observe wildlife rarely seen in captivity or in the wild. Can’t decide which program to choose? Combine two programs for $8/person (1.5 hours, minimum fee $96).

Fins and Jaws

Pre-K and K (age 4 and up), 1 Hour, $5 per person, Minimum fee $60

Discover the secreat world of aquatic life! Students learn how fish swim and breathe in the water, and how some animals can live both in the water and on land. How do turtles differ from fish? How do frogs leap? Students will view all of our exhibits while learning the answers and then compare the needs of these animals to those of themselves.

Aquatic Habitats

Grade 1, 1 Hour, $5 per person, Minimum fee $60

Utilizing our fascianting stream tank and other natural exhibits, students will compare the different habitats of fishes, reptiles and amphibians. Learn how turtles leave their watery home and trek over land to lay their eggs, and how many species can hibernate during winter in frozen ponds. Discover who eats whom and how animals protect themselves in the wild.

Life Cycles in Nature

Grade 2, 1 Hour, $5 per person, Minimum fee $60

At the Hatchery, we are seldom without baby trout and hatchling turtles! Students are able to view aquatic wildlife in all stages of their life cycles and learn how some lay eggs in water, while others lay eggs on land. Metamorphosis is discussed, as well as needs of the animals in their various stages.

Adaptations

Grade 3 and up, 1 Hour, $5 per person, Minimum fee $60

Our aquatic fish and animals have a fantastic array of adaptations that help them survive in the wild. Students will observe how fish and certain amphibians breathe dissolved oxygen under the water through gills, while many aquatic species have lungs and need to surface for air. Some species camouflage as a protective device, and certain frogs actually have sticky pads on their toes allowing them to climb trees!

Aquaculture

Grade 6 and up, 1 Hour, $5 per person, Minimum fee $60

Hatcheries are vital to the management of our aquatic resources. Students are introduced to the inner workings of the fish hatchery, how we keep fish disease free, how we use natural artesian well water to minimize energy consumption, and how fish are collected and delivered safely to their new homes. Students will be able to tour the trout ponds and have an opportunity to feed the hungry fish.

Hatching Trout

Grade 4 and up, 1 Hour, $5 per person, Minimum fee $60

As a working hatchery stocking ponds and lakes all over the state, we are experts on the life cycle of trout. Students will learn how eggs are collected from live trout and cared for at the Hatchery, and compare this process to trout spawning naturally in the wild. Students will observe the amazing attributes of trout at all stages of development, as well as tour our live exhibits.

Reptiles & Amphibians

Grade 5 and up, 1 Hour, $5 per person, Minimum fee $60

With the largest living collection of native reptiles and amphibians in New York State, the Hatchery is uniquely prepared to educate students on these fascinating creatures. Learn where these animals live, what they consume, how they protect themselves, and why many species are endangered. Students will be able to get up close and personal with a variety of amazing creatures.

Seasonal Programs

Our seasonal programs are very popular for students of all ages. Make reservations for these programs early! These programs do not include a guided tour of the Fish Hatchery & Aquarium. We invite your students to spend time exploring our exhibits at the conclusion of the program. Fish food may be purchased in our Gift Shop.

Egg Stripping

Grades 4 and up, 1 Hour, $6 per person, Minimum fee $72

Late October through mid November

During the program, which is unique to our Hatchery, students will witness one of the most fascianting aspects of aquaculture! Hatchery staff demonstrates a centuries-old technique of fish breeding: egg taking and fertilization. Students will participate in a discussion of trout development, and a comparison of hatchery breeding and spawning in the wild. We participate in Trout in the Classroom!

Pond Life

Grades 4 and up, 1 Hour, $6 per person, Minimum fee $72

Mid April through October

Observing specimens collected from our Spring Pond, students study the concepts of predator-prey and producer-consumer relationships, as well as the interdependence of all living organisms in the food web. Samples from the pond will be examined upon collection and under our microscope in the classroom.

Freshwater Ecology

Grades 4 and up, 2 Hours, $8 per person, Minimum fee $96

Mid April through October

Explore and compare the inhabitants and characteristics of two freshwater ponds. After observing specimens from our Spring Pond, students will hike a nature trail and use dip nets, seines and buckets to actively investigate the animals and plants that live and interact in another aquatic site. Be prepared to get wet and muddy. Old shoes and clothes are necessary.
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Summer Camp Field Trips at the Fish Hatchery and Aquarium (Middle School Level)

The Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium offers exciting programs with live animals for students of all ages. Programs listed are suitable for grades pre-K through college. The grade level indicated is only a suggestion and specific topics and level of presentation can be adapted to various ages and classes. All of our programs are designed to correlate with New York State Learning Standards, and can be specially adapted to fit your specific needs.

While students have the opportunity to view all displays of living wildlife in our two aquarium buildings, our primary classroom is the outdoor environment. All program participants should dress suitably for time spent outside.

Trip Information:

  • All of our programs include time indoors and outdoors. Please have your students dress appropriately for the weather. Programs run rain or shine.
  • Payment by check or cash is expected at the beginning of your program unless prior arrangements have been made.
  • Minimum fees apply to all of our education programs.
  • Teachers and Chaperones: You will be allowed 2 free adults per program. ALL additional adults will be charged the per person program fee.
  • Our Gift Shop can be opened upon request at the conclusion of your program.
  • There are 5 picnic tables available outside. Please take your trash with you when you leave.

Secondary Programs

Our educational programs for the middle school, high school, and college levels are designed to supplement curricula taught in the classroom, and can easily be integrated into existing courses of study. Specific topics, activities, and presentations can be adapted for various ages. Some of these programs are suitable for in-school presentation.

**Fees: Minimum fees apply for each program

**Teachers and Chaperones: You will be allowed 2 free adults per program. ALL additional adults will be charged the per person program fee.

For reservations please fill out the Group Visit Request Form or contact the Hatchery: (516) 692-6768 or fisheducator@cshfha.org.

Guided Tours

Students will receive a guided tour of the Fish Hatchery & Aquarium. Our educators can answer your students many questions. Students will also feed our hungry trout. Please choose from one of the following topics for discussion during your guided tour. Can’t decide which program to choose? Combine two programs for $8/person (1.5 hours, minimum fee $96).

Aquaculture

1 Hour, $5 per person, Minimum fee $60

Hatcheries are vital to the management of our aquatic resources. Students are introduced to the inner workings of the fish hatchery, how we keep fish disease free, how we use natural artesian well water to minimize energy consumption, and how fish are collected and delivered safely to their new homes. Students will be able to tour the trout ponds and have an opportunity to feed the hungry fish.

Hatching Trout

1 Hour, $5 per person, Minimum fee $60

As a working hatchery stocking ponds and lakes all over the state, we are experts on the life cycle of trout. Students will learn how eggs are collected from live trout and cared for at the Hatchery, and compare this process to trout spawning naturally in the wild. Students will observe the amazing attributes of trout at all stages of development, as well as tour our live exhibits.

Reptiles & Amphibians

1 Hour, $5 per person, Minimum fee $60

With the largest living collection of native reptiles and amphibians in New York State, the Hatchery is uniquely prepared to educate students on these fascinating creatures. Learn where these animals live, what they consume, how they protect themselves, and why many species are endangered. Students will be able to get up close and personal with a variety of amazing creatures.

Seasonal Programs

Our seasonal programs are very popular for students of all ages. Make reservations for these programs early! These programs do not include a guided tour of the Fish Hatchery & Aquarium. We invite your students to spend time exploring our exhibits at the conclusion of the program. Fish food may be purchased in our Gift Shop.

Egg Stripping

1 Hour, $6 per person, Minimum fee $72

Late October through mid November

During the program, which is unique to our Hatchery, students will witness one of the most fascinating aspects of aquaculture! Hatchery staff demonstrates a centuries old technique of fish breeding: egg taking and fertilization. Students will participate in a discussion of trout development, and a comparison of hatchery breeding and spawning in the wild. We participate in Trout in the Classroom!

Pond Life

1 Hour, $6 per person, Minimum fee $72

Mid April through October

Observing specimens collected from our Upper Spring Pond, students study the concepts of predator-prey and producer-consumer relationships, as well as the interdependence of all living organisms in the food web. Samples from the pond will be examined upon collection and under our microscope in the classroom.

Freshwater Ecology

2 Hours, $8 per person, Minimum fee $96

Mid April through October

Explore and compare the inhabitants and characteristics of two freshwater ponds. After observing specimens from our Spring Pond, students will hike a nature trail and use dip nets, seines and buckets to actively investigate the animals and plants that live and interact in another aquatic site. Be prepared to get wet and muddy. Old shoes and clothes are necessary.

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Scout Programs
The Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium is a great place for Scout groups to visit. Please check back frequently as new programs are being developed. Contact the education staff and we will gladly work with you to develop a program to fit the needs of your group.For reservations please call (516) 692-6768 or e-mail fisheducator@cshfha.org.

Tiger Scouts

The Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium welcomes all Tiger Scouts to visit the Hatchery & Aquarium, where they can learn about the many animals we have on display. We are proud to have the largest collection of New York State freshwater fishes, reptiles and amphibians. Completes electives #31 and 42. Click here for details.

Bear Scouts – Sharing your World with Wildlife

While touring the Hatchery & Aquarium, Bear Scouts will discover how people share their world with wildlife, and how we can work together to protect the animals that surround us. Scouts will build a bird house they can take home to their own backyards. Achievement #5 (Sharing your World with Wildlife) is part of the World Conservation Award. Click here for details.

Webelos Naturalist Badge

The Hatchery’s 2 hour program allows Webelos Scouts to increase their awareness of, and gain an appreciation for, the natural world around them by actively investigating animals and plants that live and interact in different aquatic sites. Using dip nets, seines and buckets, students examine the inhabitants and characteristics of two freshwater ponds. A short hike along a nature trail is also part of the program. Be prepared to get wet and muddy! Seasonal program limited to mid-April through October. <align=”center” valign=”top”>Click herefor details.

Cub Scouts Fishing

Cub Scouts will learn local fishing regulations before they rig their own fishing rod and try to catch a fish of their own! Scouts will have a choice of taking their catch home for dinner or releasing it back into its habitat. Programs available for Cub Scouts to complete their Fishing Belt Loop or Wolf Scouts Fishing Elective (Elective #19). Click here for details.

WOW! Wonders of Water – LOVE Water Award for Brownies

A tour through the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium will give Brownies an opportunity to view natural exhibits and learn about the aquatic habitats found in their communities. They will discover animals living in these habitats through close encounters with fishes, reptils and amphibians. Looking to enhance your experience at CSHFHA? Choose one of the following 30 minute activities: Life Cycles in Nature, Animal Adaptations, Journey Through the Water Cycle, or Water Wonders. <align=”center” valign=”top”>Click here for details.

Girl Scouts: I Fish NY

Girl Scouts will learn about the importance of New York State’s fisheries as they tour the fish hatchery. They will also learn how to rig their own fishing rod before trying to catch a fish of their own! Girl Scouts will have a choice of taking their catch home for dinner or releasing it back into its habitat. <align=”center” valign=”top”>Click here for details.

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