Hands On Learning

Hands On Learning

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228-06 Northern Boulevard, Douglaston, Queens, NY, United States

The Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC), a nonprofit environmental education organization, is dedicated to educating children and adults in the New York metropolitan area, protecting and preserving Alley Pond Park, open spaces and waterbodies, and advocating for sustainable environmental policies and practices.

Our nature trails traverse ponds, salt marshes, forests and meadows where visitors will see shore birds, migrating flocks, and a variety of small animals. Or, visitors can attend one of APEC’s many environmentally-informed programs for children and adults. Please explore our website to learn more.

APEC is dedicated to establishing awareness, understanding and appreciation of the environment and to preserving nature in an urban setting. The building is open 7 days a week, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except for major holidays. Please check the calendar for closures. Walking trails are open from dawn to dusk, year ‘round. Parking and entrance to the building and grounds is free.

Summer Camp Group Trips

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Center & Trails

VISIT THE ALLEY POND ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER FOR A LIVING – LEARNING EXPERIENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION IN NEW YORK CITY.

Our nature trails traverse ponds, salt marshes, forests and meadows where visitors will see shore birds, migrating flocks, and a variety of small animals. Or, visitors can attend one of APEC’s many nature oriented programs for children and adults. Please explore our website to learn more.

APEC is dedicated to establishing awareness, understanding and appreciation of the environment and to preserving nature in an urban setting.

The building is open 7 days a week, Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and varying hours on the weekend, except for major holidays. Call ahead if coming in on a weekend. Please check the calendar for closures. Walking trails are open from dawn to dusk, year ‘round.

Parking and entrance to the building and grounds is free, but we do have a suggested donation of $5 per person. You can contribute right at the front desk if you wish to do so!

Scout Groups – Download the Brochure Here

 

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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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226 East 42nd Street, NY, United States

The MOTNY, located in the heart of Manhattan in New York City, challenges visitors to confront bigotry and racism, and to understand the Holocaust in both historic and contemporary contexts. Through interactive workshops, exhibits, and videos, individuals explore issues of prejudice, diversity, tolerance, and cooperation in the workplace, in schools and in the community.

The Museum of Tolerance New York (MOTNY) is part of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international Jewish human rights organization dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust by fostering tolerance and understanding through community involvement, educational outreach and social action. The MOTNY is a multimedia educational museum located on East 42nd Street in the heart of Manhattan. We provide group tours that focus on the dynamics of racism and prejudice in America, international human rights and the history of the Holocaust, through unique interactive educational exhibits. Main themes include the power of words and images, bullying, personal responsibility, and social action.

Additionally, the MOTNY is a professional development multi-media training facility targeting educators, law enforcement officials, and state/local government practitioners. Modeled after the successful Tools for Tolerance® Program at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, the MOTNY provides participants with intense educational and experiential training programs and welcomes school field trips and group tours. Over 10,000 adults and young people have been trained in the Museum’s customized, professional development programs.

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The Museum of Tolerance Youth Group Trips

The Museum of Tolerance, New York (MOTNY) has various programs to engage middle and high school students in an important dialogue about issues facing society today – challenging students’ preconceptions and prejudices and inspiring them to impact their world.

The MOTNY is part of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international Jewish human rights organization dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust by fostering tolerance and understanding through community involvement, educational outreach and social action. The MOTNY is a multimedia training and educational museum located on East 42nd Street in the heart of Manhattan. Through unique interactive exhibits, we provide group tours that focus on the dynamics of racism and prejudice in America, international human rights and bullying prevention.

SCHEDULE A GROUP TOUR

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Current Exhibits Available at the MOTNY

Power of Words

The Power of Words exhibit features a film that demonstrates how modern-day figures like Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy and Franklin Roosevelt used their words to instill hope while others like Hitler, Stalin and Osama Bin Laden and other extremists used the same power to spread lies and incite hatred.

Hall of Memory

The Hall of Memory includes a Holocaust documentary produced by the Simon Wiesenthal Center and a thought provoking film, In Our Time, which presents examples of genocide in the 20th and 21st centuries, such as Darfur and Cambodia, and reflects upon the lessons of history for today.

GlobalHate.com

Based on ongoing Simon Wiesenthal Center research and investigation of hate on the internet, Globalhate.com is equipped with touch screen computer terminals that unmask the dangerous proliferation of hate on the internet and introduce questions for critical thinking in a media saturated society.

Millenium Machine

The Millennium Machine offers a media presentation that focuses on pressing human rights issues such as the plight of refugees and political prisoners, the exploitation of women and children, and the threats of domestic and international terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. Participants in this immersive theatre experience will test their knowledge of the subject matter via automated response technology and are challenged to discuss solutions to these complex, global problems.

Point of View Diner

The Point of View Diner is a modern cyber-café that screens a variety of scenarios portraying situations of escalating conflict in a contemporary American context. Through the use of cutting edge technology, group members have the opportunity to individually ‘interview’ the main characters in each video scenario and then register their personal opinions on the issues raised. The results of the anonymous vote are instantly tabulated, providing a springboard for dialogue on violence prevention, conflict resolution and personal responsibility. Video scenarios included the Freedom of Speech, Teen Bullying, and Domestic Violence.

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Tools for Tolerance® for Teens

Trained facilitators utilize the unique MOTNY environment and customized classroom work to challenge students to assume greater personal responsibility in recognizing and challenging forms of discrimination.

In addition, main areas of focus are bullying prevention and leadership skills.  This five-hour program encourages young people to think critically about the words and images in their own lives and how to use them to create positive change.

The cost for a Tools for Tolerance® for Teens Program is $100 per participant (minimum 15 visitors) and includes lunch and materials.

Contact information:

Dr. Natasha Poor

Manager of Education and Public Outreach

Museum of Tolerance New York

Phone: 212.697.1180 x104

Fax: 212.697.1314

E-mail

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18 Highlawn Road, Warner, NH, United States

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, Education and Cultural Center, is dedicated to connecting people of today with 20,000 years of ongoing Native American cultural expression. The Museum embraces cultural diversity and encourages responsible environmental action based on respect for nature. Through exhibitions and programs, the Museum seeks to challenge and inspire all of us to improve the quality of our lives and our world.

Voted by NH Magazine as the Best Cultural Center of 2012, Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum is a great place to bring the entire family. Fun educational tours, beautiful grounds, the Village of Warner and Rollins State Park are all reasons to visit. Children will appreciate the scenic sets, animated characters, and realistic costumes to be discovered at Mt. Kearsarge!

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum brings you on a memorable journey encompassing the amazing diversity of North American Indian cultures and reverence for nature. Discover the past by examining artifacts left behind in various ancient Indian territories. Combination tours also include a guided walk through the Medicine Woods Nature Trail featuring 100 plants native to our area, that were used by Native peoples for tools, medicines, shelter, and more!

Don’t forget to make a pit stop at The Dream Catcher Gift Shop to purchase a souvenir on your way out!

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Over the course of 20 years, MKIM has offered educational group tours to over 105,000 children. Education is the core of our mission and we look forward to welcoming your group on a memorable journey encompassing the amazing diversity of North American Indian cultures and reverence for nature. In addition to school tours, MKIM offers tours for homeschoolers, scout tours, senior tours, and special interest tours for groups such as cultural awareness, gardening, craft, Native studies, and museum studies groups.Groups begin their visit by viewing a 10-minute DVD that orients them to the museum. Museum Educators introduce themselves and lay out the framework and rules for the tour. Then the journey begins!Enter the Northeastern Woodlands with its birch bark containers, moose hair embroidery and split ash baskets, into the Southeast with artifacts from the Seminole and Cherokee cultures. Around a corner, enter the Southwest with a fascinating discussion about corn, pueblo pottery, Navajo weaving and basketry from the western part of the country.Next, step into the Plains Galleries.  This work, completed under the direction of Chris Bullock, Wampanoag, brings a full-scale furnished tipi into the galleries! Children and adults alike will marvel at this glimpse into Plains life with discussions of the American bison, beadwork and feather headdresses. The Northwest Coast is represented by artifacts such as harpoon heads, fur lined moccasins, model kayaks and more recent stone sculptures.Finally, our Ceremonial Room focuses on the pipes, the musical instruments and the regalia that have been used in ceremonies of all kinds by Native Americans. Connect the Circle Tours also include a guided walk through of the Medicine Woods Nature Trail, where we have over 100 plants native to our area that have been used by Native peoples for tools, medicines, foods, dyes, transportation, shelter, and more. Click here to download a Group Reservation Form. 

MKIM is a natural resource for classroom teachers, home schoolparents, youth group leaders and enrichment coordinators. In addition to offering group tours of the museum the museum offers Educator Resource Kits, Outreach Programs and specifics on how MKIM aligns with the New Hampshire Department of Education’s State Curriculum Frameworks for Teaching Social Studies.

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Group tours

Guided tours of the Museum for groups of 10 or more are available by reservation only. Reservations can be made up to a year in advance. Please call (603) 456-2600 or download and mail in the Group Reservation Form to secure your spot today!

MUSEUM GROUP TOUR PRICES
Students 12 and Under $5.50
Students 17 and Under $6.50
Adults 18 and Over $7.50
Seniors 65 and Over $6.50
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TOUR PRICES
Students 12 and Under $10.50
Students 17 and Under $12.50
      Adult Chaperones $5.00
      Teacher Aides Free
Adults 18 and Over $14.50
Seniors 65 and Over $12.50
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2 Institute Drive, Concord, NH 03301, United States
(603) 271-7827 (W-F 8 AM-5 PM)(603) 271-7827 (W-F 8 AM-5 PM)
(603) 271-7832

Hidden in Concord, New Hampshire is the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center. An educational journey to this Discovery Center is sure to appeal to anyone and everyone. The Discovery center offers has an amazing collection of innovative, interactive exhibits to explore engaging in anything from into the exploration in astronomy, aviation, earth and space science.

Visitors can finds themselves immersed in a world of its own delving into an excellent learning environment with programs designed for all ages! With a state of the Planetarium theater to high tech observatory to workshops for younger audiences and educators, there is something for everyone at this Discovery Center in Concord, New Hampshire. Come Experience New England’s premier Space Science and Air Center. 

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Groups of all ages visit the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, from Red Hat Ladies and Scouts to summer campers and senior center field trippers! Groups of 15 or more paying visitors qualify for our group general admission rate of $7 per person! Add planetarium show tickets to your visit for an additional $5 per person; check our calendar for the show schedule of the day you’d like to visit. We recommend reserving show tickets in advance as there is limited seating in the theater; please call Visitor Services at (603) 271-7827 x0 to reserve your tickets.

Please click on the following to learn about more fun activities we have available for groups of all sizes!

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scout workshops

The Discovery Center also offers overnight programs!

Scouting

Girl Scouts

NEW! Juniors – “Get Moving!” Journey Workshop – learn about energy use and light pollution.
A 2-hour workshop can be tailored for all Girl Scout pathways to help complete new badges and journeys in the “Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting” and the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Workshop includes a planetarium show and hands-on activities.

Boy Scouts

  • Astronomy Merit Badge
  • Aviation Merit Badge
  • Space Exploration Merit Badge

We can also help with Cub Scouting! Please call and we will help set up an appropriate workshop.

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400 West Street, Rocky Hill, CT, United States

Welcome to Dinosaur State Park

The Connecticut Valley has a long history of fossil track discoveries. Outstanding specimens uncovered in 19th century brownstone quarries found their way into museums throughout the world. A new chapter in the history of such discoveries was written in 1966 when hundreds of tracks were exposed in Rocky Hill. This remarkable site became Dinosaur State Park.

Outdoor activities include walking trails that lead past 25 life-size concrete and steel dinosaurs. See the creatures that roamed the state up to 230 years ago on the Connecticut Trail; try out Monty’s Splashpad, a state of the art interactive water play. Inside, kids can continue their discoveries in the Bone Zone, where they can dig for faux fossils, dig for crystals, pan for gold and do not leave without shopping in the 10,000 square foot retail area.

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Summer Camp Groups All Ages and Grades

Grades 1-5 Fun with Fossils – Travel back in time to learn what Connecticut was like at the time of the dinosaurs, and what we can learn about dinosaurs from their footprints and other fossils. Students will examine a variety of fossils and dinosaur models to learn about what made dinosaurs unique. Core Science Standards 1.2, 3.2, 4.2, 4.3
Grades 3-5 Rocks & Minerals Around Us – The rocks and minerals around us tell a story of dramatic changes in Connecticut over hundreds of millions of years. We also use many of these materials in our lives today. Students will examine samples of rocks and minerals from around Connecticut, explore their distinctive properties, and discuss ways we use these materials. Core Science Standards 3.1, 3.3, 4.3
Grades 6-8 Connecticut Landforms  – The Connecticut landscape around us today was shaped over hundreds of millions of years by colliding continents, erupting lava, flowing water, and massive ice sheets. Students will learn how these forces interacted by examining the shape of the land surface and samples of bedrock from key locations around the state. Core Science Standard 7.3
Grades 9-12 Evolution – Find out how the dinosaur footprints in Connecticut relate to the larger story of evolution through time, beginning with Earth’s earliest lifeforms and leading to the rise of the mammals in the Cenozoic. Choose from a timeline activity examining key evolutionary events, or a fossil-dating activity. Core Science Standard 10.5
Grades 9-12 Earth Systems – The dinosaur footprints and rocks found in Connecticut provide evidence for the cycling of matter and energy through the Earth system. Students will examine rock samples from Connecticut and piece together the exciting story of moving plates and changing environments that made Connecticut what it is today. Core Science Standards 9.1, 9.4, 9.5, 9.7, and 9.8
Also available at the Park:
  • Outdoor Casting Area – Make a plaster cast of a dinosaur footprint (seasonal -bring own material).
  • Mine for Gems and Fossils in our outdoor mining sluice (seasonal – additional fee applies)
  • Outdoor Picnic area
  • 2 1/2 miles of hiking trails
  • Bookstore – contact us for information about pre-purchased “Treasure Bags” for your group.

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Scout Troop Programs

Complete your Geologist Activity Pin at Dinosaur State Park!

Webelos Workshops are scheduled on specific Saturdays.

Contact the Park Office for future dates.

Check In: 8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. Program: 9:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Webelos Workshop provides an opportunity for scouts to complete the requirements of the Geologist Pin in a unique geologic setting. The program will begin with a short introduction by the park geologist, followed by activities at three stations located in the Dinosaur State Park exhibit center. These stations will explore fossils, how mountains are formed, and common uses of rocks and minerals. Scouts will also view a film about volcanoes and hear a “Track Talk” about the dinosaur tracks and rocks found in the park. The park geologist will be available to answer questions throughout the program. Groups are encouraged to allow additional time to explore the exhibit center and nature trails on their own. The program will be held rain or shine.

Time: Doors open for check-in at 8:30 a.m. The Program begins PROMPTLY at 9:15 a.m. and continues until 1 p.m. The schedule includes time for either an optional live animal demonstration or free time in the exhibit center or at bookshop.

Costs: $7 per scout includes regular admission to exhibit center, a Dinosaur State Park patch, and the cost of materials for scheduled activities. Adults and children accompanying the scouts will be charged the regular museum admission fee ($6 for ages 13+, $2 for ages 6-12, and free for 5 and under).

Registration: Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Programs fill quickly so mail your registration and payment as soon as possible. Space is limited to 60 scouts. Print out the registration form and the roster form to complete your registration. Go to Registration Form — Go to Scout Roster

Payment: Payment in full must be received at least 7 days in advance of the workshop. Please complete the form and return with payment to Dinosaur State Park, 400 West St. Rocky Hill, CT 06067. Checks should be made payable to Treasurer, State of Connecticut.

Changes and Cancellations: A refund will be issued for any changes or cancellations made at least 7 days prior to the workshop. No refunds will be issued for changes or cancellations after this date.

Lunch: A half-hour lunch period is included in the program. Please bring your own lunch, since no food is available for sale at the park. There is a large outdoor picnic area; no indoor facilities are available for lunch. Workshop will be held rain or shine. You may choose to have lunch on your own time after 1 p.m., and use the lunch period as free time instead.

Other Activities: The park includes a picnic area, more than 2 miles of hiking trails, a track-casting area (May- October), and a mining sluice (weather dependent; for an additional fee). You may wish to allow additional time to enjoy these activities.

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101 Hunter Road, Titusville, Hopewell Township, NJ, United States

Howell Living History Farm is a time machine that takes you back to the year 1900 – a time when horses and buggies traveled the lanes of Pleasant Valley, and when farms were bordered by snake fences and Osage orange trees.

You were a farmer, then…the kind that could drive a team of horses and plow a furrow with a walking plow. You could build a barn, or deliver a lamb, or bake a loaf of bread from wheat that you grew yourself. And you may have been remembered for the time you canned 200 quarts of tomatoes in a day, or the May Day you went to town in a one-horse sleigh.

Today, if it is time to harvest corn, you can ride up into a field in a horse drawn wagon, help us shock and pick corn, and return to the barnyard to help shell it, grind it, and bake it into cornbread. We invite you to help us plant, cultivate and harvest our crops, to care for our animals, to sweep our barn, to make soap, butter and ice cream, and of course to sit under the maple tree and talk about the future. (The future looks good, by the way. There are rumors of “combines”, horseless buggies and automatic ice cream makers.)

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Summer Camp & Scout Group Programs

Program Fees

All programs except for “Farm Animals” and “Summer on the Farm” are $75.00 for in-county visitors and $100.00 for out-of-county visitors for each group of 25 people or less. (This includes adult chaperones as well).

Farm Animals is $4.00 per person (in-county); and $5.00 per person (out-of-county) .

The Summer on the Farm program is $100.00 for in-county and $125.00 for out-of-county.

Farm Programs:

Ice Harvesting: Work with farmers on the frozen pond, where volunteers from your group will help to score, cut and float ice. Everyone will help when it is time to pull the ice blocks up a wooden track to the icehouse. Blocks are lowered into the icehouse via a chute, and then packed in layers of sawdust. (If there is no ice on the pond, your group will work with commercial ice just as farmers did in 1900 if winters were mild.)

Tree Tapping and Sap Gathering: Learn how to identify a sugar maple tree. Volunteers from your group will help us tap a sugar maple tree. All will taste the sap if it is flowing before beginning the work of collecting it from the many trees in our “sugarbush”. You will load some of the sap on a horse or oxen drawn wagon to take back to the farm for syrup making.

Sheep Care: Learn about the care of our sheep as you pet the lambs, help brush the ewes, and visit the flock in the sheep yard. Help process wool using our hand cranked carding machine to prepare it for spinning. Learn about the many uses for wool products on a 1900 family farm.

FARM ANIMALS PROGRAM: Station Activities

Corn Planting: Learn about corn planting technology by using hand sowing methods used throughout history…and by planting corn using a circa 1900, animal-drawn seeder. Discover why seeders like this one – and why tractor-drawn seeders- are still “future” technology for most of the world’s farmers

Wagon Tour of Farming Operations: Old-fashioned horsepower will pull your wagon into a landscape reminiscent of the Hopewell Township of a century ago, when farm lanes were bordered by snake fences and osage orange trees, and when farmers still worked by hand and horsepower to cultivate their fields of corn, oats, wheat and hay. Operations vary daily, so there is no telling what you might see: a reaper-binder or haytedder in action, a flock of sheep coming in from the meadow, or a farm crew bringing in the sheaves.

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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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30 Centre Square, Easton, PA, United States

At The Crayola Experience™ visitors enter a world of discovery as they experience more than a dozen hands-on activities as well as learn how Crayola Crayons® and Markers are made. This is not the real manufacturing plant. It’s a colorful and interesting visitor center that allows children of all ages to unleash their creative spirit. Themes and projects change periodically to give visitors a variety of projects to create throughout the year.

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Learning Made Fun at The Crayola Experience™

Have your next field trip at the Crayola Experience! Since 1996, the Crayola Experience has hosted nearly 4 million guests in its 60,000 square foot, 4 story building filled with exciting hands-on attractions. Whether it’s learning about melted wax or discovering the secrets of how Crayola crayons are made, the Crayola Experience can provide a memorable class trip for your school!

When your classroom visits the Crayola Experience you can attend an interactive class that teaches the science of making the perfect crayon! Campers or Scouts will learn how each ingredient contributes to a crayon’s functionality, as well as how heating and cooling help to make one of their classroom favorites.

Group visit includes:

  • A hands-on lesson about melted wax
  • Live manufacturing demonstration of how crayons are made
  • Tailored instruction to meet your classroom’s grade level
  • Applied principles of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math)
  • All day access to 4 floors of hands-on attractions

Book your trip today! Our Group Sales Account Executive would be happy to help you get started:

Groups Visits 
Jennifer Murray: 610.515.8000 x6660
jemurray@crayola.com

RAISE MONEY FOR YOUR SCOUT TROOP!

This new program allows you an easy way to raise money for your organization! Now you can raise $1 for every Crayola Experience ticket sold by your Troop with our special fundraising program.

This program is FREE to you and is easy to get started!

To learn more, please contact our Group Sales Account Executive

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224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, United States

Chicago Architecture Foundation Exhibitions

Welcome to the Chicago Architecture Foundation! We offer engaging ways for educators, families, and young people to explore Chicago’s amazing architecture.

Through hands-on, real-world explorations discover how to turn your local community into a dynamic setting for teaching and learning.  Buildings, structures, people, and events help young people discover how architecture and the built environment impact their lives everyday.

Our programs and resources include multi-disciplinary teacher workshops, award-winning curricular resources, place-based field trips, hands-on workshops for teens, scout badge programs, and A+DEN-a network for people interested in design education.

The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) offers more than 80 different tours including the Chicago Architecture Foundation architecture river cruise aboard the Chicago’s First Lady. Also offered: FREE exhibitions, programs and workshops, youth education, family programs and an architecture and design-themed retail store.

 

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Field Trips at Chicago Architecture Foundation

GROUP FIELD TRIP TOURS

By foot, boat or bus CAF tours are great ways for your group to learn and appreciate the past, present and future of Chicago’s world-renowned architecture. Your students can embrace the power of the skyscrapers and the beauty of Chicago while the most knowledgeable docents entertain them with stories of the men and women who built America’s greatest architecture.Choose from one of our four tour offerings below.

Interested in an experience not listed here?

Offers over 85 tours that can be customized to fit your classroom’s special interest. Call the Group Tours Department for more information today! 312.922.3432 x226


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Student Architecture River Cruise – 60 minutes

Join the Chicago Architecture Foundation and Chicago’s First Lady Cruises for an interpretive architectural river cruise specially designed for students grades 7-12. This tour features many of Chicago’s best known buildings from the unique vantage point of the Chicago River, described by our trained and certified volunteer docents. Students will connect architecture, design, engineering, urban planning, and history to enhance their understanding and appreciation of Chicago’s remarkable cultural legacy.


Historic and Modern Combo Walking Tour – 120 minutes

Chicago is widely regarded as the center of early skyscraper innovation and also a world capital of Modern architecture! On this tour your students will learn the stories behind some of the world’s earliest skyscrapers and also gain a unique perspective on the most notable examples of contemporary buildings and styles.


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Skyscraper Express Bus Tour – 105 minutes

Students will enjoy unique perspectives of the city as they see Grant Park, the Museum Campus, Millennium Park and Chicago’s expansive downtown parks plus emerging residential neighborhoods and commercial development. Your class will understand the impact of Lake Michigan, the Chicago River, the railroads and public transportation systems on the growth of the city, and we will have a chance to get off the bus to view the world-famous skyline that defines Chicago as a vibrant center for architecture.


Skyscraper Walk through Time – 60 minutes

Chicago is known for building some of the world’s first skyscrapers, but how have their designs and technologies changed over time? This one hour walk through the Loop showcases several classic buildings – from 1872 to the present. See how architects adapted building styles to meet the fashions of their era and used cutting-edge engineering to build taller than before!

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Chicago Architecture Foundation Exhibitions

Current Exhibitions Available by CFA

Chicago Architecture Foundation exhibitions encourage people to discover the spaces, places, and structures that shape Chicago and all communities. The unique installations encourage people to understand how architects, engineers, and planners design environments—and how we all participate. The exhibitions inspire people to imagine the future of metropolitan regions everywhere.

Learn more about this exhibition>>

THE UNSEEN CITY:

DESIGNS FOR A FUTURE CHICAGO

COST: Free and open to the public

HOURS: Daily 9 am to 5:30 pm

LOCATION: Atrium Gallery, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Four Chicago academic institutions present visions for the future of city life in the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s exhibition Unseen City: Designs for a Future Chicago. The participating designers encourage us to ask, “What might this neighborhood and city become?”

Come see a 19th century boulevard transformed for the 21st, a horizontal deconstructed Willis Tower, an industrial district as creative hub, and a skyscraper that scrubs the air.

What future do you imagine for your neighborhood?

  Learn more about this exhibition>> 

COST

Free and open to the public

HOURS: 

7 days a week from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

LOCATION :

CAF Lecture Hall, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Chicago is preparing to debut a bold plan for giving public transit riders a speedier and smarter way to ride: Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). By combining cutting-edge technology with specially-chosen routes, BRT promises to make Chicago a more connected city.

This exhibition outlines the features and benefits of BRT while exploring how it is transforming cities around the globe. See how features like dedicated bus lanes and innovative station design are improving bus transportation and people’s lives.

These programs are made possible through the generous support of The Rockefeller Foundation, in partnership with The Chicago Community Trust.

 

Loop Value: The How Much Does It Cost? Shop

Learn more about this exhibition>>

COST: 

Free and open to the public

HOURS: 

7 days a week from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

LOCATION:

Arcelor Mittal CitySpace Gallery, 224 South Michigan Ave.

In a nation obsessed with acquiring the most stuff at the lowest price, how well do we understand the value of the buildings and products we buy? How do our purchases impact the future of our neighborhoods? Visit Loop Value: The How Much Does It Cost? Shop at the Chicago Architecture Foundation and find a new design for your city and your life. It’s a shopping trip unlike any you’ve experienced before.

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Learn more about the Chicago model>>

COST: 

Free and open to the public

HOURS: 

7 days a week from 9am-6:30pm

LOCATION: 

Atrium Gallery, 224 South Michigan Avenue

Chicago Model City is the only accurate and up-to-date three-dimensional portrait of Chicago’s downtown. This 320-square-foot work-in-progress enables you to see Chicago as you’ve never seen it before. The model became an instant icon when it opened in 2009, beloved by tourists and locals alike. It has become the centerpiece for exhibitions in the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s atrium gallery. In addition, the model is the departure point for CAF tours, a gathering place, an orientation point for visitors, and a great photo opportunity! Famous visitors to the model include Mayor Richard J. Daley, architect Jeanne Gang, and television personality Geoffrey Baer. CAF is currently developing exhibitions that will make Chicago Model City a richer and even more exciting experience.

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211 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC, United States

EdVenture is the largest children’s museum in the Southeastr, located in Columbia, South Carolina. EdVenture opened to the public in 2003. It has 8 galleries covering 67,000 square feet, plus hands-on exhibits, 2 resource centers, and a 200-seat theater. 40,000 square feet of the total 67,000 square feet is devoted to exhibit galleries, laboratories and visitor amenities. An additional 7,000 square feet of outdoor gallery space is located just outside the museum’s front door. Within the total 74,000 square feet there are approximately 350 individual hands-on exhibits. There is also a statue of ‘Eddie’ on the first floor of the museum which children can climb into and learn about the insides of people. It is located at 211 Gervais Street in midtown Columbia, next to the South Carolina State Museum.

Edventure Exhibits

For every child who visits EdVenture, seeing will be believing and doing will mean remembering. All exhibits at EdVenture are hands-on and experiential. Click on the link above to view all exhibits available for view. 

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Make your next field trip exciting and educational! Our curriculum-based “EdVentures” are designed to meet standards in science, math, social studies, language arts and health. Our programs place a strong emphasis on problem solving and critical thinking to complement your classroom instruction.

Schedule

Overview

  • Field studies last 120 minutes including a 45 minute program filled with age-appropriate, SC Educational Standards-based activities led by an EdVenture educator. The remaining 75 minutes of the visit are devoted to museum exploration.
  • Field studies can be scheduled for Tuesday through Friday.
  • The minimum number of participants is 15. Students may be divided into groups in order to ensure a successful program.
  • One adult is required for every seven children.
  • During your visit, feel free to stop by EdCetera®, the EdVenture store.

Benefits

  • Fun and educational: students will enjoy 120 minutes of stimulating, hands-on programming — EdVenture style!
  • Standards-based instruction: all exhibits visited are designed on standards-based curriculum. For specific SC Educational Standards in each of our group programs, please view our list of programs.

Cost

  • Student admission fee is $8.50 per child self-led exploration.
  • One chaperone per every seven children is required. Chaperones pay $5.00 per person.
  • Teachers are welcome free with their group.
  • You may opt for an extended stay (60 additional minutes) for an extra $1.50 per person.

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EdVenture can come to your Summer Camp or group meeting with a variety of hands-on educational experiences. We have a dedicated staff of educators who are completely “in the know” when it comes to making learning more fun and engaging for students.

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EdVenture at Your School

Don’t have the time or budget for travel but still want your students to have the EdVenture Experience? That’s not a problem. We’ll bring EdVenture to you! We’ve taken our best field studies and made them mobile so students everywhere can experience learning through active, hands-on participation. These in-school Field Studies will entertain and educate students without taking an entire day from your teaching schedule.

 EdVenture-To-Go Classroom Field Studies

EdVenture Classroom Field Studies include a 45-minute program with age-appropriate, standards-based activities led by an EdVenture Educator.

  • Each program accommodates up to 25 students.
  • The cost is $6 per student for each 45-minute program, plus mileage outside of the Midlands.
  • There is a minimum program fee of $150 per program on the same day. In that case, the cost will only be $100 per additional program.

EdVenture-To-Go Assembly Field Studies

  • Each program accommodates up to 150 people.
  • The cost is $2 per student for each 45-minute program.
  • There is a minimum program fee of $200.

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1740 U.S. 1, Cape Neddick, ME, United States

Whether you are planning a recreational half-day tour, a multi-day overnight adventure or pursuing a new paddling skill, Excursions will provide you with an exciting and unforgettable experience. Explore the inspiring coastline and tidal rivers of Southern Maine, as you discover close up views of shore birds, hidden beaches and historic lighthouses. Our trips are designed for beginners and advanced paddlers alike. Our equipment is state of the art and all of our tour staff are Registered Maine Guides offering you not only state licensed personnel but truly dedicated and knowledgeable leadership.

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Custom Group & Corporate Adventures – Excursions has become a destination for many youth groups and corporate teams, as well as family and friends. We specialize in designing custom adventures for groups of varying sizes, interests and expectations. We offer everything from coastal day tours to sunrise, sunset and moonlight excursions. In addition to great paddling and exploring, our food packages add just the right touch. Coffee and muffins or wine and cheese – picnic lunch or barbeque – or maybe you would like to experience a good ol’fashioned downeast lobster bake? You decide – great food, great fun, great company. Our staff of outdoor professionals will provide you with a rewarding and unforgettable experience. Call today and let us design an exciting adventure for you and your group!Scheduled daily for groups of 8 or more
Costs vary depending on length of trip, size of group, food ect.
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Overnight Adventures – Join us for a weekend getaway that will be the highlight of your summer. Our paddling destination includes the picturesque islands and pristine rivers of Maine’s Casco Bay Region. We will spend two days paddling and exploring and one unforgettable evening relaxing and camping on a remote Island. All meals are provided by us, so kick back and enjoy as your guide prepares delicious food around the campfire and entertains you with tall tales and the art of stretching the truth. We will provide all the necessary paddling equipment, camping gear and transportation. Just bring your personnel gear, spirit of adventure and a few tall tales of your own!Overnight trips for custom groups of 6 or more can be scheduled anytime throughout the season. Costs vary depending on length of trip, size of group, food ect. Contact Excursions for more details.

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1302 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, VT, United States

The Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium is much more than Northern New England’s museum of natural history — it is a place to marvel at the wonders of our world.  Perfect for families and visitors of all ages, the Fairbanks Museum invites you to explore your universe.

Inside our classic Victorian building, you’ll find a dazzling array of animals and artifacts, dolls and tools, shells and fossils, and much more! Take a trip through the cosmos in Vermont’s only public planetarium, and see weather forecasts in the works in our Eye on the Sky Weather Gallery. A full calendar of events, workshops, lectures and field programs invites everyone to explore the nature of our world.

 Inside, our collections include some 175,000 objects:

  • 75,000 natural science specimens (mounted birds, mammals, reptiles and fish; insects; nests and eggs; shells; fossils; rocks and minerals; herbarium)
  • 95,000 historical artifacts (tools; toys; dolls; textiles; weapons; archival photographs and documents)
  • 5,000 ethnological items representing Oceania, the Near East, Africa, Egypt, Japan and native North America.

The only public planetarium in the state of Vermont opened in 1961 and continues to offer guided tours of the cosmos every week.

Discover … Explore … Experience … Inspire …

CURRENT EXHIBITS AVAILABLE HERE

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We have prepared a wondrous array of curriculum guides to help teachers and parents create activities within the Museum and beyond its walls. Our aim is to inspire curiosity and self-directed learning, so that children become life-long naturalists, always interested in the world around them.

The Museum’s learning experiences take place in our awe-inspiring galleries, state-of-the-art Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, Nature Classroom, classic learning hall and outdoor space.

Contact us to plan your visit to the Museum.

For Educators:

The Museum’s Education team is ready to work with you and your school to help your students engage in active learning that excites them. Our curriculum guides are designed to meet VT State Standards.

The Museum is a fabulous and memorable destination for field trips! Let us help you plan this excursion.

Your class or group can come to the Museum for a field trip or for repeated learning experiences. Fees include 1 FREE chaperone for every 5 students.Choose from the following program options:

  • $5/student for a gallery tour
  • $8/student for 1 program
  • $10/student for 2 programs
  • Minimum rates apply for groups with fewer than 10 students.

Click here to plan your visit to the Museum.

Solar Slumber

It is easy to take the Sun for granted.  After all, it NEVER fails to shine, even if the clouds get in the way.  Recently, better technology has permitted astronomers to observe the Sun in great detail, revealing much more about the Sun.  It also shows many things we don’t know about the Sun.  While the Sun’s steady nature makes life on Earth possible, changes in daily, seasonally, and long-term solar activity affects our atmosphere, our satellites, and life on the Earth.

Students will learn to safely view the Sun, weather-permitting, and will observe (live or through images) details on the Sun’s surface.  Students will analyze data to discover patterns of solar activity, and then discuss the possible affects of the Sun on the Earth, including recent information about decreased solar activity.

NGSS: ESS1.A, ESS1.B, PS3

 Solar Slumber
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BOING!

Does sound cause movement?

Does movement make sound?

How does sound travel through the air?

Discover the properties of sound while making some of your own sounds.  Develop basic musical instruments to test your observations.  Using tools and ourselves, we will discover what makes sound and what does not. By the end we will solve the problem of how to use our bodies to demonstrate how sound traverses distance.

NGSS: 1-PS4-1, 1-PS4-4

Werewolves, Vampires and Zombies!

Parasites and Poisons that can control our minds!

Although there are no supernatural monsters in this lesson, we will explore the ways in which real parasites have taken over their hosts, and how they may have inspired monster myths! Have you ever wondered what happens to a person who contracts rabies? Could parasites be responsible for some people’s reckless and dangerous behavior? Could toxins and poisons in nature cause people to behave like monsters themselves? This lesson is ideally suited for Third Grade through Middle School students.

NGSS: 3-LS4, 4-LS1, MS-LS1, MS-LS2, MS-LS3, MS-LS4

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Have a Ball!

What goes up must come down, but that law of motion doesn’t mean all objects travel on or through all surfaces the same.

Your students need only bring their innate curiosity and their creative and critically thinking minds to be ready for this class!

 

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Delve into our Solar System and beyond in the Lyman Spitzer, Jr. Planetarium!

Planetarium experiences can expose your students, club members or community group to the stars and constellations, our moon, the planets, even concepts like orbits and gravity.

Planetarium Topics

  • Our Solar System
  • American Indian Star Stories
  • Tonight’s Skies
  • The Moon
  • Mythology and the Stars

Plan your visit to the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium


Our staff meteorologists, the voices of the Eye on the Sky weather broadcasts, are also our weather educators.
What better source could there be for learning about the science behind weather and climate!

Introduction to Weather Instruments

What kinds of tools does a weatherperson use to measure what’s going on in the air? How do they work? Thermometers (liquid and bimetallic), anemometer, wind vane, barometer, psychrometer and rain gauge are explained and passed around for close inspection. A brief trip to the Weather Center and the Instrument Shelter closes the time.
Duration: 50 minutes, flexible for K (can include Weather Center/Instrument Shelter).
Suitable for grades K-3


Weather Center and Instrument Shelter

The title says it all! A guided view of the Northern New England Weather Center, including instruments and telecommunications equipment; then a quick trip to the Instrument Shelter for an explanation of its workings.


 

Weatherlore

Before computers, The Weather Channel, even the Old Farmer’s Almanac, forecasting the weather was a do-it-yourself project. And so, through hundreds of years of observing the weather, reliable signs were compiled and passed on, becoming those quaint country quips like when the cows lay down at midday, rain in on the way. Yet most, if not all of these bits of weather wisdom work. A look at the sayings, the science behind them, and a way for you to use them to forecast your own weather.
Appropriate for all ages.


 

How Do We Make a Forecast?

A day in the Life of a Meteorologist
An explanation of the process of making a weather forecast. We cover everything from taking local observations; through mapping regional, national, or hemispheric observations and using satellite imagery; to using computer model output. By the end your students should have a good understanding of how a meteorologist organizes his or her thoughts when faced with the task of figuring out the weather from 2 hours to 2 weeks into the future.
Best for Grade 4 & up.


Weather a la Carte!

  • Wind
  • Pressure
  • Temperature
  • Moisture

These lessons could be presented one of two ways:

  • A short lesson focusing on one of four topics, with a “hands on” activity to follow, or,
  • A longer lesson focusing on one of four topics, with follow up materials provided for your class to conduct “hands-on” experiments back at school.

Suitable for students from Kindergarten to the third grade.

Plan your Weather Program visit.

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105 Haverhill Road, Salem, NH, United States

Built by a Native American Culture or a migrant European population? No one knows for sure. A maze of man-made chambers, walls and ceremonial meeting places, America’s Stonehenge is most likely the oldest man-made construction in the United States (over 4000 years old).

Like Stonehenge in England, America’s Stonehenge was built by ancient people well versed in astronomy and stone construction. It has been determined that the site is an accurate astronomical calendar. It was, and still can be, used to determine specific solar and lunar events of the year. America’s Stonehenge is a fun and educational place for groups and we offer a number of different things available as part of a Field Trip. 

Summer Camp & Scout Group Trips (All Grade levels)

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SUMMER CAMPS – HOMESCHOOL GROUPS – SCOUTS

We are happy to offer discounted admission to scouts, homeschool groups, and summer camps. Upon arrival we have students watch a ten-minute informational video to give them a brief history of the site. Chaperones will be given comprehensive tour guide maps to explain the features of the site.

A picnic area is available for lunches. We suggest bringing a bagged lunch as our snack bar consists mainly of candy, trail mix, water, and soda. Please plan on 2-3 hours to fit in all activities.

Hands-On Kid’s Dig

Starting mid-June through Labor Day our Kid’s Gemstone Dig is open daily to small groups and regular visitors. This activity allows students a hands-on approach to archaeology. In the Kid’s Dig, they will find a variety of artifacts including pottery, shells, charcoal, and polished stones. Students are allowed to take three polished stones home with them. The Kid’s Dig is included with admission to the site.

Alpacas

The alpacas are here year-round for your enjoyment. These friendly animals love to greet our visitors.

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR GROUP DISCOUNTS.

Discounted rates are available for groups of 20 or more paid admissions. Payment must be made in one lump-sum by cash, business check, or credit card. We cannot accept personal checks. If you arrive with less than the minimum required for a group discount, you will be charged the appropriate rate. Group discounts cannot be combined with any other discount, offer, or coupon.

2013 RegularAdmission Rates:

Adults (age 13+): $11.00

Seniors (age 65+): $9.50

Kindergarten thru age 12: $7.50

Age 0 thru pre-school: $3.50

The group rate is $2.00 off the regular adult and senior admission rates, and $1.50 off the regular child admission rate (K – age 12). There is no discount for Pre-school or younger.

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247 South Main Street, Manchester, CT 06040, United States

The Lutz Children’s Museum was established to foster imagination, arouse curiosity, and promote museums as resources for life long learning. We strive to provide a multi-faceted museum for children to explore culture, history, and the natural science through internal and external exhibits, programs, and experiences.

Every visit to the Lutz Children’s Museum is exciting because exhibits change frequently and special programs are offered daily. Most exhibits and activities are designed for children ages two through twelve.

The museum’s home is a former schoolhouse. Gallery halls were once classrooms, and the school auditorium is now used for classes, parties, concerts and special events. Downtown Manchester and the historical district are right down the road.

Every visit to the Lutz Children’s Museum is exciting because exhibits change frequently and special programs are offered daily. Most exhibits and activities are designed for children aged two through ten.

The museum’s home is a former schoolhouse. Gallery halls were once classrooms, and the school auditorium is now used for classes, parties, concerts and special events. Downtown Manchester and the historical district are right down the road.

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Visiting the museum is a fun and educational field trip! Come explore our newest exhibit Connecticut Forests, stroll around 1940’s Main Street Manchester, experience 19th Century Manchester Farm Life, or visit some of the wild and domestic animals housed in our Animal Room. Book your group visit in advance and chaperones will be admitted free with groups of ten or more children. One of our museum educators will present an informative forty-five minute educational program of your choice for a fee of $8 per child, which includes museum admission for the day. A self-guided visit without a program is also available for $5 per child. Our programs book quickly. Please book in advance for the best availability.

Science Programs

Boogie Bones
Bring your students to the museum for some scary skeletal fun. Learn about the bones in our bodies, including what they are made of, how they work, and what happens when they break. Compare human bones to other animal bones and see whether we can find any similarities or differences.
Recommended Grades: K-5

Lots of Legs
Animals can get around in many different ways, some with very many legs! In this program, students will learn about animals that have 2, 4, 6, 8, or 10 legs. How can we use the number of legs to classify different animals into groups? We will find out and meet some examples from our collection.
Recommended Grades: K-2

Terrific Trees
Trees have a variety of uses for both humans and animals. Students will learn about the different parts of a tree, how to count tree rings, and how to identify some common Connecticut trees by their seeds or leaves. This program includes a short outdoor component, so students should dress appropriately for the weather.
Recommended Grades: 1-4

Humanities Programs

Wildlife Artists
From Rousseau’s fierce jungles to Audubon’s scientific sketches, many artists over the centuries have been inspired by animals. Now is your chance to join their ranks and create some animal artwork of your own! Students will learn about some famous wildlife artists and have the opportunity to observe and sketch a variety of animals that call the Lutz Children’s Museum their home.
Recommended Grades: K-4

Programs Back By Popular Demand

  • Animals of the Night
  • Nutrition
  • Animal Protection
  • Junior Zookeepers
  • Fur, Feathers and Scales
  • Talking Bugs
  • Endangered Species

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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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