Essex Steam Train and River Boat

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Railroad Avenue, Essex, CT 06426, United States

Essex Steam Train & Riverboat’s 2½-hour journey begins at the historic 1892 Essex Station for a 12-mile, narrated round-trip into the heart of the unspoiled Connecticut River Valley – designated “one of the last great places on earth” by the Nature Conservancy.

The steam locomotive pulls vintage coaches at 20 mph through the quintessential New England towns of Deep River and Chester. The picturesque countryside includes pristine meadows, a quaint farm, a millpond with waterfall, and trestles and bridges over rivers and creeks. A natural highlight is the undeveloped Selden Neck State Park, accessible only by boat.

Essex Steam Train offers unique access to several coves and preserves, immersing passengers in an on-board eco-excursion. The train travels near the tidal wetlands of Pratt Cove and Chester Creek – – bountiful, natural habitats for birds. Among those typically spotted are Cormorants, Ducks, Swans, Greenland Geese, Blue Heron, Egrets, and Red-winged Blackbirds. In February and March, the majestic Bald Eagle is the star of the show, when it migrates south to the Connecticut River Valley from Canada and Maine.

At Deep River Landing, passengers are escorted onto the Becky Thatcher riverboat for a 1¼- hour cruise along the Connecticut River. The visual serenity of the river valley is on full display from Becky’s multiple decks. The deep water, coves, inlets, marshes, wildlife, and rocky shoreline are all at once, simply breathtaking! Just as impressive are the historic sights including Gillette Castle, Goodspeed Opera House, and the Haddam Swing Bridge. Upon Becky’s return to Deep River Landing, the steam train welcomes passengers for the return trip back to Essex Station.

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Group Field Trips
Take your group back to the glory days of steam! They’ll enjoy the comfort of our restored vintage rail cars and get an unobstructed view of the unspoiled beauty of the Connecticut River Valley from our multi-deck riverboat. It’s a wonderful trip any time of year.We offer special rates for groups of 20 or more with advance reservations – contact our Groups Ticket Sales. We also can arrange for special private charters on our steam train and/or riverboat. Pleasecontact our office for more information. Group Sales in Office
Box Lunches
Trackside Café Groups can arrange for box lunches from ourTrackside Café. Your group can enjoy:

  • Sandwich (Choice of Ham, Turkey, Roast Beef)
  • Potato Chips and Cookie
  • Choice of Bottled Soda, Water, or Juice

All lunches must be consumed at the Essex Depot picnic area or on the boat – there is no eating or drinking allowed on the train.

Box Lunches must be ordered at least 5 business days before the date of your visit. Please give us a call for pricing and with any questions!

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Destination Hours and Admission
Departure Times

Steam Train & Riverboat Connection
11:00 am / 12:30 pm / 2:00 pm

Total trip approximately 2.5 hours

Steam Train Only
11:00 am / 12:30 pm / 2:00 pm / 3:30 pm

Total trip approximately 1 hour

Dates of Operation (2013)

Spring Season: May 11 – June 16
Saturday – Sunday Only and Memorial Day (May 27)

Summer Season: June 22 – September 2
Monday – Sunday (Daily) and Labor Day (September 2)

Fall Season: September 6 – September 29
Friday – Sunday Only

Foliage Season: October 3 – October 27
Thursday – Monday Only

Fares

Steam Train & Riverboat Connection
Adults: $26.00 / Children (2 – 11): $17.00
Infants (Under 2): Free

Steam Train Only
Adults: $17.00 / Children (2 – 11): $9.00
Infants (Under 2): Free

Special and Extras
First Class Car: $10.00 per passenger
Open Car¹: $5.00 per passenger
Caboose²: $5.00 per passenger

¹ – Open Car is available seasonally
² – Caboose part of the train on selected “Caboose Weekends”.
The extra fare of $5 is a direct donation to the non-profit, Friends of the Valley Railroad.

  • Advance Tickets sold online.
  • Day-of-trip Tickets sold at Essex Station Ticket Window.
  • Free Parking!
  • All Prices include Tax.
  • Senior Discount everyday; Double Senior Discount on Mondays.
  • Coupons and other Discounts: Please see agent at station Ticket Window.
  • Fares do not include Special Event Trains such as Day Out with ThomasNorth Pole Express,Dinner Train, etc.
  • Schedule, Equipment and Route are subject to change.

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1 Crystal Lake Road, Groton, CT, United States 16.7 mi

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The Submarine Force Museum, located on the Thames River in Groton, Connecticut, maintains the world’s finest collection of submarine artifacts. It is the only submarine museum operated by the United States Navy, and as such is the primary repository for artifacts, documents and photographs relating to U.S. Submarine Force history. The museum traces the development of the “Silent Service” from David Bushnell’s Turtle, used in the Revolutionary War, to the Ohio and Virginia class submarines.

Originally established as “The Submarine Library” by Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in 1955, the Submarine Force Library and Museum soon gained respect for its archival and research value. In April 1964, the entire collection was donated to the Navy and relocated to the Naval Submarine Base, New London, Groton, Connecticut. The name “Submarine Force Library and Museum” was officially adopted in 1969.

The museum’s collections include more than 33,000 artifacts, 20,000 significant documents and 30,000 photographs. With so many holdings, the displays change frequently and a return visit will be a new experience. The 6,000 volume reference and research library is a world-renowned collection relative to the history of U.S. submarines and is open to anyone looking for information on submarines or submarine history.

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Summer Camp & Scout Group Field Trips

Historic Ship Nautilus and the Submarine Force Museum, located adjacent to the Main Gate of Naval Submarine Base New London, is the Navy’s official submarine museum. The museum’s primary exhibit item is the Historic Ship NAUTILUS. NAUTILUS is the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine and the first ship to go to the North Pole. It is a National Historic Landmark and Connecticut’s State Ship. The submarine is open for visiting by the general public, and is suitable for children of all ages.

The Submarine Force Museum Informational Virtual Tour

The Submarine Force Museum opened in 1986, and contains the nation’s finest collection of submarine material. The exhibits interpret submarine history from Bushnell’s Turtle (used in the Revolutionary War) to today’s modern nuclear-powered vessels. The museum library serves as the repository for the records and history to the U.S. submarine force. New books, photographs, and documents are being added daily. The library is open to researchers on weekdays, except Tuesday’s in the winter only. The museum completed an project in April of 2000, which provides the museum with more exhibit space, a larger gift shop, a 71-seat theatre, a classroom and a new research library.

Historic Ship NAUTILUS Informational Virtual Tour

Aboard NAUTILUS, experience first-hand the thrill of being a submariner as you walk the decks that made Naval history: the world’s first nuclear powered vessel, first ship to go to the North Pole, and first submarine to journey “20,000 Leagues under the sea.” Explore the spaces where the crew of this amazing ship worked, ate, slept, and entertained themselves on their long voyages far beneath the ocean’s waves.

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14 Stott Avenue, Norwich, CT, United States 21.86 mi

Few events signal summer more than a classic baseball game. Plan an outing to one of Connecticut’s stadiums offering minor league baseball games and family-friendly activities sure to be a home run with big and little fans alike.

In Norwich, Dodd Stadium the turf of the Connecticut Tigers, offers family fun all season and many special promotions to engage kids and please the adults as well.

If you are looking for a fun and affordable way to bring a group together? Look no further then attending a game with the Connecticut Tigers. We offer value pricing for groups of 20 or more. The more you buy, the more you save. Bring along your family, friends, co-workers, clients, little league teams, church groups or any other groups to enjoy a night at the park.

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Youth Groups All Ages 

Summer Camp and Scout Groups

Game Days 

Group outings are great for camp groups, youth groups, churches and company gatherings. Please book now for the best available dates! Groups of 20 or more will receive the group discount rate.

So if you are looking for a fun and affordable way to bring a group together? We offer value pricing for groups of 20 or more. The more you buy, the more you save. Bring along your family, friends, co-workers, clients, little league teams, church groups or any other groups to enjoy a night at the park.

Groups of 20 or more for one game qualify for the following rates and benefits:

  • Discounted Ticket
  • Block seating as a group
  • Recognition on the P.A. System and Video Scoreboard
  • Meal Vouchers can be available for an additional cost

**Final payment for all reservations must be received no later than one week prior to your game date.

 

Size of Group 20-75 76-150 150+
Premium Box Seat $9 $8 $7
Reserved Box Seat $7 $6 $5
Grandstand $6 $5 $4

Fundraising Programs with the Connecticut Tigers

50/50 Guarentee – Click Here

PRE-GAME BBQ PICNIC

Gather your students, campers, and Scouts for an ALL YOU CAN EAT TIGERS BBQ in the tiers of the Picnic Pavilion. Great for every occasion from corporate functions to family celebrations to organization reunions! Here’s the pitch…

  • Discounted Ticket
  • Block seating as a group
  • Recognition on the P.A. System and Video Scoreboard
  • 1 1/2 Hours of All You Can Eat Tigers BBQ
  • Menu Includes: Hot Dogs, Burgers, BBQ Chicken, Corn on the Cob, Baked Beans, Salads, Dessert and Soda

**Final payment for all reservations must be received no later than one week prior to your game date.

 

Adults Children
Premium Box Seat $25 $15
Reserved Box Seat $23 $13

For more information call (860) 887-7962.

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28700 Route 25, Cutchogue, NY, United States 23.77 mi

Wickham’s Fruit Farm is located on 28700 Route 25 in Cutchogue, Long Island, about 90 miles east of New York City. Wickham’s fruit is grown on some of the oldest continually cultivated land in the country, much of the farm dating from 1661. Wickham’s Fruit Farm is an historic, bicentennial farm, beautiful to behold against the sparkling waters of Peconic Bay.

It is one of the largest farms on the North Fork, approximately 300 acres, of which 200 acres are in fruit, all of which is retailed at the farm. The emphasis is on fruit of the highest quality, and all fruit sold is guaranteed.

A very large proportion of Wickham farm land has been placed in Suffolk County’s Farmland Preservation program, which means that for generations to come, this land is “forever agriculture.” 
Wickham’s Fruit Farm is a family enterprise which has taken pride in producing and marketing the choicest of fruit. The retail market is open usually from May through December from Monday through Saturday. 

Wickham’s is closed on Sundays, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas.
Schools and private groups who book a tour in advance can schedule a tour of the farm to pick fruit in season, enjoy the scenic beauty of a farm on the water, observe a live working beehive, and when possible, observe our old historic cider press. 

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Summer Camp and Scout Trips

 

Farm Tours on the Wickham Farm

Enjoy the rural scenery and ambience of a historic, bicentennial farm that is situated right on beautiful Peconic Bay. Participants climb aboard our old fashioned  wagons for a ride around our farm. Along the way visitors see orchards, row crops, hot-houses, barns, and real old machinery!

Bee Hive Observation

Ever wonder what occurs inside a hive? Everyone is fascinated by the world of the honeybee. You can observe a real, working beehive at our Bee Observation Station.

NOTE: Beehive observation is over by late Fall, depending on weather conditions.

 Picnic Area

Field Trip groups and visitors are welcome to use our picnic area which is nestled among some of our farm’s oldest fruit trees. Visitors enjoy lunches in a beautiful rustic setting. (Bring your own lunch & drink.) There is no charge for using picnic area in conjunction with a tour.

Pick Your own Apples (When in Season)

Enjoy the hands-on experience of picking apples off the trees, and enjoy the healthy countryside beauty of our vast orchards. Snap off your very own ripe apples! (You might  meet a box turtle along the way!)

Pick your Pumpkins (When in Season)

Tip-Toe gently in the pumpkin patch. Pick a tiny pumpkin, a medium-sized pumpkin, or a Cinderella pumpkin! And squashes, cheese pumpkins and many, many more! Wickham’s has the largest, gigantic pumpkins on the North fork!

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400 West Street, Rocky Hill, CT, United States 24.6 mi

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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247 South Main Street, Manchester, CT 06040, United States 28.59 mi

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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19 Purvis Road, Brooklyn, CT, United States 37.92 mi

“Are you ready to take a breath and slow down? Well, you can head to rural Connecticut where the air is fresh and the scenery is picturesque. Creamery Brook Bison Farm in Brooklyn is rustic, charming and completely devoid of modern distractions.

This 110 acre working farm features a wagon ride that takes visitors out to the fields to visit 150 plains bison which swarm around the tractor.  Sure, this is the east coast but the sight of these high-shouldered, massive creatures evokes visions of the old west.  ‘We are definitely unique,’ says owner Debbi Tanner.  ‘There’s no other place like it in the state of Connecticut.’”

Summer Camp & Scout Groups All Ages

Guided tours are available for groups. You will be able to walk to see small groups of animals and a petting area. We will help you make ice cream and butter. A picnic area is available if you would like to extend your day in the country. Don’t forget to stop in our store for your bison meat and unique bison souvenirs.RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED!

Minimum Charge $90.00 for 1-15 people.

16th person & up $6.00 per adult, $5.00 per child

Note: this package does NOT include a wagon ride.

Full Tour

Add a 40 minute wagon ride to our Group Activity Tour which includes making ice cream & butter as well as a walk to small groups of other animals. Plan to spend about 2 hours with us.

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED!
Minimum charge $150.00 for 1-15 people
16th person and up $8.50 per person

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10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT, United States 55.31 mi

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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1660 New York 25A, Cold Spring Harbor, Oyster Bay, NY, United States 60.46 mi

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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28 Deveau Road, North Salem, NY, United States 61.12 mi

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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One Blachley Road Stamford, CT 06902 61.36 mi
203.989.1000203.989.1000
203.989.1005 Special Events

Chelsea Piers Connecticut was developed and is managed by the same management team that built and currently manages the highly acclaimed Chelsea Piers Sports and Entertainment complex in New York City (http://www.chelseapiers.com). Like Chelsea Piers New York, it is our mission to provide an unparalleled athletic environment that is always Clean, Safe, Friendly and Fun.

Our facilities are first-rate in every way and comparable in scope to a college athletic complex. The quality of our facilities are only surpassed by the quality of our instructors and programming. We hire top-notch program directors and instructors in every sport that we offer — these professionals are not only experts in their respective sport, but are also highly gifted teachers who know how to work with athletes as young as 2 and as old as 92.

Chelsea Piers Connecticut programming highlights:

  • Learn-to-play group instruction
  • High-level instruction and training
  • Camps and Clinics
  • Youth and adult leagues
  • Private lessons
  • Chelsea Piers competitive teams
  • Meets, competitions and tournaments
  • Facility rentals to independent clubs and schools
  • Drop-in training and recreational play
  • Birthday Parties
  • Corporate and Social Events
  • Proms and Project Graduation

Membership is not required at Chelsea Piers Connecticut, however, we offer optional membership opportunities that provide a cost-effective and convenient way to take full advantage of our facility offerings. 

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Aquatics Center at Chelsea Piers Connecticut

The Aquatics Center at Chelsea Piers is a place where children and adults of all ages can learn to swim, join a competitive team, compete in meets, train for triathlons, enjoy an aquatic workout or a day of fun in one of Connecticut’s biggest indoor water play areas. With three different pools and a family-friendly membership program, the Aquatics Center brings together an unmatched array of water-based programs – all under one roof.


The Courts at Chelsea Piers

Chelsea Piers Connecticut features a state-of-the-art basketball / volleyball center located adjacent to the facility’s 60,000 square-foot indoor field (300′ x 175′). The courts can be divided into two basketball courts or four volleyball courts.


The Fields

Sports programs abound on Chelsea Piers’ multipurpose turf fields and indoor track. The playing fields are used by youths and adults for training, league play and tournaments in soccer, lacrosse, baseball, softball, field hockey, football, Ultimate Frisbee and more.

Expert instruction and professionally-managed leagues are the hallmark of the Fields at Chelsea Piers. In addition to semester length after-school programs and league play, there are drop-in activities, weekend sports specialty camps, tournaments and summer camps. The Fields also accommodate birthday parties, school outings, competitions, tournaments and corporate team building activities.

In addition, athletes enrolled in Fields-based programming may also utilize the small turf field at the Baseball/Softball Center and specialty training services offered by BlueStreak Sports Training.


Gymnastics at Chelsea Piers

The Gymnastics Center at Chelsea Piers is one of the largest and best-equipped gymnastics training centers in the United States.

With over 15,000 square feet of gymnastic equipment, the facility features 2 competition spring floors, deep foam training pits, an in-ground TumblTrak, a rod floor, in-ground trampolines and multiple sets of men’s and women’s Olympic equipment. The gymnastics center also features a large preschool area equiped with the best training equipment for young athletes.

Preschool, youth recreational, competitive teams and adult programs are staffed by experienced and accomplished instructors. In addition to after-school and weekend programming, the Gymnastics Center at Chelsea Piers offers an extensive selection of summer camps. To learn more about summer camps,click here.

Rounding out the programming list are Parkour classes, birthday parties, teambuilding events and drop-in sessions in the gym, our 1,000 sq. ft. toddler gym, and our 3,000 sq. ft. separate trampoline and Adventure Center.


The Rinks at Chelsea Piers

The Rinks at Chelsea Piers, a dual-rink facility located at the Stamford, Connecticut sports complex, operates seven days a week, welcoming skaters of all ages and ability levels for ice hockey, league play, figure skating, general skating, birthday parties and more. The Rinks at Chelsea Piers is the premier ice skating facility in Fairfield County.


Squash Club

The Squash Club at Chelsea Piers is one of the premier squash facilities in the country. With twelve professional quality courts (11 singles and 1 hardball doubles), the Squash Club offers an incredible array of programming, including private lessons, clinics, after-school programs, camps, youth & adult leagues, competitive tournaments and special exhibition events.


Tennis Club Overview

The Tennis Club at Chelsea Piers is a vibrant place for adults and juniors to learn and play tennis year round. Extensive program offerings include 10 and Under tennis, summer camps for kids, seasonal courts, adult clinics, private lessons, adult league play and organized, social tennis events.

The 65,000-square-foot Tennis Club features 7 indoor courts with spectator viewing areas around the perimeter, making it an ideal location for competitive matches. Well-appointed locker rooms and a restaurant/bar are available on the mezzanine level.


Batting Cages at Chelsea Piers

Chelsea Piers Connecticut has 5 state-of-the-art batting cages by Master Pitch. All of our machines are arm-style, which means with each pitch you see the machine’s arm wind up and release the ball. This gives the batter the same sense of timing achieved by watching the pitcher’s arm and release of the ball. It is the realistic nature of the machine (the only type of pitching machine of its kind) that allows you to practice the same fundamentals during practice as you use during a real game. Each cage offers fast pitch, medium pitch and slow pitch softball and baseball and can accommodate right handers and left handers. Two of the cages are wider and flatter to accommodate one-on-one coaching. The batting cages are ideal for individuals, little league teams, adult teams, parties or just plain fun! Batters may bring their own bats and helmets or use the ones provided by Chelsea Piers.

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