Harness Racing Museum

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240 Main Street, Goshen, NY, United States

This unique and educational museum offers something you are not likely to find elsewhere: the history of Harness Racing. A popular event these days, harness racing has been hailed as the original Great American Pastime.

Housed in a beautifully restored gentleman’s stable, the Museum features exhibits of antique sulkies and sleighs, trophies, lifelike statuary, paintings, Currier & Ives prints, and more. And a realistic 3-D Harness Racing Simulator gets the blood flowing!

Follow the trail of Hambletonian, one of the most famous horses in harness racing. This lucky guy made his name not by racing — he was raced only once — but by siring over 1,300 foals. He was a champion, and Hambletonian blood dominated the breed of trotting and pacing horses and continues to do so today. The Hambletonian Stake, first raced in 1926 at the New York State Fair, has remained one of the sport’s premiere events and today is run at the Meadowlands for a purse exceeding one million dollars.

Individuals and families will enjoy this museum, as as well as the special events that take place here throughout the year. Visitors to the Museum will also want to visit neighboring Historic Track, the world’s oldest track, where horses and their trainers can be seen working out. Special races are held here, and those interested should call for details.

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Race to a new adventure with your Summer Camp or Scout Group!
Innovative education programs at the


Take lessons out of our book and race to the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame for an educational adventure your students will always remember. Our innovative school programs use the American Standardbred horse and the sport of harness racing to illustrate concepts in mathematics, history, science, language arts and more.

The museum is located in the historic village of Goshen, NY, known as “The Cradle of the Trotter” for its origins in the sport of harness racing and America’s first national pastime. Within our museum are many examples of local, state, national and international history and art; artifacts dating from harness racing’s beginnings to modern times; hands-on and interactive exhibits, a 3-D harness racing simulator, a chance to see real horses train at Goshen Historic Track located directly behind the museum and more. These resources offer students of all ages the opportunity to expand lessons presented in the classroom in a unique an unforgettable way!

Duration of programs is approximately two hours, except where noted.
Each program is $4.00, except where noted.

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Our educational programs use the Standardbred horse and the sport of harness racing as a teaching tool for boy and girl scouts of all levels. Each participant explores the museum to learn something new appropriate to his or her level. Scouts also receive a take-home booklet and patch, plus everyone makes a craft and takes a ride on the 3-D harness racing simulator.

Scout patch programs may include the following:

  • Viewing an introductory film about the sport of harness racing
  • Discovering the local heritage of the Standardbred breed of horse and of Hambletonian 10, the Standardbred’s founding sire
  • Distinguishing the difference between a pacer and a trotter
  • Learning about the variety of horseshoes and their uses
  • Visiting the Good Time Stables, a part of Harness Racing Museum and finding out what makes a good stable
  • Examining harness racing equipment and sitting on a sulky or sleigh (seasonal)
  • Measuring a Standardbred horse
  • Learning common knots for leading and haltering a horse
  • Identifying the sounds and facial movements horses make to communicate
  • Calling a harness race
  • Creating a horse-themed craft
  • Riding the 3-D harness racing simulator

Cost is $8 per scout. Leaders are admitted free.
Siblings are welcome to participate at a reduced rate (no badge or booklet given)

For more information or to reserve your group
contact the Education Department at education@harnessmuseum.com or call 845-294-6330

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Additional Information

Click here for a download of the 2013-14 brochure (PDF format)

Meals and Snacks

Meals are not served at the Museum. Please remember to bring packed lunches and check with museum for dining inside or contact the museum for group friendly restaurants nearby for food accommodations and

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Destination Hours and Admission

Admission Fees

DUE TO THE GENEROSITY OF 

THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES TROTTING ASSOCIATION 

AND THE MEMBERS OF 

THE HARNESS RACING MUSEUM & HALL OF FAME 

GENERAL ADMISSION FEES ARE WAIVED

Special Group Tour, Education and Workshop Rates remain in effect.

Please call for group pricing

Museum Hours

Daily 7 days a week

10 AM to 5 PM

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30 Plant Street, Ogdensburg, NJ, United States 26.63 mi

mining artifacts at sterling hill mining museum

Mineralogy & Mining Education

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

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

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

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Our Education Programs: An Overview

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Educational Field Trips & Programs

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

Museum and Mineralogy Experts

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

Educational Facilities

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

How to Participate in Field Trips & Programs

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

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

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

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Scouts

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

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Webelos

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

Cub Scouts Astronomy Pin

Cub Scouts

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

Cub Scout Geology pin

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

Boy Scouts Geology Badge

Boy Scouts

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

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

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

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

Scouts at the Sterling Hill's Ellis Observatory

Eagle Scout

Eagle Scouts

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

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

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Girl Scouts

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

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

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30 Cherrytown Road, Kerhonkson, NY, United States 26.96 mi

Pinegrove Ranch and Family Resort is family-run and dedicated to family fun… all year ’round. Owner, David O’Halloran, grew up at the ranch and helped it grow into the 600 acre, all-season, all-inclusive family resort it is today. All of our facilities are located on the property and are maintained and supervised by the best ranching staff in the country.

Located in Kerhonkson, New York, Pinegrove is large enough so there is plenty of room to roam, yet small enough for you to enjoy our down home western hospitality. Our 126 comfortable guest rooms, each with a private bath, welcome you. Every day and every night of your stay is filled with indoor and outdoor family activities. We offer three full meals a day, including special kids’ menus, an all-day snack bar, cocktail parties and more.

Bring the family or your group together for an unforgettable adventure and memories to last a lifetime.

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Summer Camp Groups and Scouts All Ages and Grades

Pinegrove welcomes groups of all sizes. Our resort is ideal for Summer camp groups of all ages and Scout Groups. The Dude Ranch, open year-round, offers overnight visits and day trips to student groups. Located in the Catskill Mountains of New York State about two hours north of New York City, we are family-owned and have been running our ranch for 35 years. Yearly, we host many student and youth groups ranging from elementary to college level. Our rates are all-inclusive, whether we are hosting an overnight stay or one of our student day trips.

Some of our facilities include: Horseback Riding, Hay Rides, Miniature Golf, Indoor and Outdoor Pools, Tennis and Basketball Facilities, Planned Activities by our Social Directors, Horse Shows, Badminton, Paddleball, Shuffleboard, Ping Pong, Fishing & Boating, a Playground, Hiking Trails, Karaoke, Line-Dancing, Campfires, and Cocktail Disco Parties. During the winter months we offer Skiing (equipment and instructions provided), Snow Tubing and Ice Skating (equipment provided), Game Room/Pool/Air Hockey (additional charge). If interested please do not hesitate to contact us for brochures and information 800-346-4626.

Packages for Summer Camp & Scout Groups 

 

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3883 New York 97, Barryville, NY, United States 33.23 mi

For 38 years, Indian Head Canoes and Rafts has been a leader on the Delaware River, providing all you need to make your visit comfortable.

Located in Barryville, NY and Matamoras, PA, we are nestled between the lush forest mountains of the Poconos and Catskills. The Delaware River is a National “Scenic and Recreational River”, spectacular in it’s pristine beauty and perfect for whitewater river rafting, canoeing, kayaking, and tubing. It’s a river adventure vacation that is close to home, yet feel a world away.

Here at Indian Head canoes get ready for an adventure to remember at Indian Head Canoes & Rafts! Delaware River rafting, canoeing, and kayaking is fun and exciting for everyone. Unique to the Delaware River, we also offer a variety of overnight lodging…deluxe cabins, riverside log cabins, group bunkhouse and campgrounds.

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All Youth Groups (Age 11 and Up)

Schools,  Summer Camps and Scouts 

Indian Head Canoes and Rafts make it easy for your School or Youth Group to enjoy a day of rafting on the Delaware river. We promise to deliver and incredible lasting end to the school year for your students. We can plan a great filled adventure with canoeing, Kayaking, and so much more on the Delaware river.

Give your Students a trip that will forever cherish and remember. Group Discounts available. Bring your cooler, put on your swimsuit and get ready for a whitewater river adventure. We’ll go white water river rafting, canoeing, kayaking and even tubing! We make it easy! No experience is necessary and it’s fun and exciting for everyone. You’ll be gliding in your canoe quietly enough to see all that nature offers.

Watch closely, while on the Delaware River, and you might see eagles, deer, ducks and much more. Leave your tents at home as we’ll be staying in deluxe cabins and luxurious bunkhouses allowing us to camp Creative Escapes style. Boats, paddles and lifejackets will be provided, along with our healthy energizing signature menu. Located in Barryville, NY and Matamoras, PA, we are nestled between the lush forest mountains of the Poconos and Catskills.

The Delaware River is a National “Scenic and Recreational River” spectacular in its pristine beauty and perfect for whitewater river rafting, canoeing, kayaking, and tubing. It’s a river adventure vacation that is close to home, yet feels a world away. See you on the river!

Activities available for Schools, Camps, Scouts and Families

Delaware River Rafting

Indian Head Canoes and Rafts make it easy for family and friends to enjoy a day of rafting on the Delaware river. Bring your cooler, put on your swimsuit and get ready for a whitewater river adventure.

  • No experience necessary
  • Children as small as 30 lbs can raft!
  • Rafts carry up to 6 people.
  • Kids go free! – see details below
  • Save 50% on 2nd day river trips!

Delaware River Canoeing at Indian Head

You’ll be gliding in your canoe quietly enough to see all that nature offers. Watch closely while on the Delaware River and you might see eagles, deer, ducks and much more. The canoes at Indian Head are very maneuverable,good for 2 or 3 people and ideal for families with children above 50 pounds. No experience necessary in calm water, some experience in white water.

Indian Head Canoeing rates are daily and include boats, paddles, life jackets, free transportation, safety & paddle instruction along with full use of our facilities. Sales Tax not included.

We open 8am weekends and 9am weekdays April thru October. Not all bases are open early spring and fall. Please call us toll free at 800-874-2628 for details.

Delaware River Kayaking 

Kayaking is the newest rage on the Delaware River. Indian Head offers both solo kayaks (1 person) and doubles. Our kayaks are designed for river touring, stable, easy to paddle, more maneuverable and quick in the water. Try one soon!

Indian Head Kayaking rates are daily and include boats, paddles, life jackets, free transportation, safety & paddle instruction along with full use of our facilities. Sales Tax not included.

Delaware River Tubing Rates

Enjoy a lazy float in the water and a hot summer’s retreat. Tube trips are about 3-5 hours long. Plan more time to swim. Must be over 65 lbs. to ride in a tube.

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373D U.S. 46, Fairfield, NJ 07004, United States 36.17 mi

New Jersey Rock Gym

Here’s a question we get all the time: Are there any indoor Rock wall climbing places in New Jersey? The answer is yes! The New Jersey Rock Gym in West Fairfield NJ is an awesome rock gym, if we’ve ever seen one! New Jersey Rock Gym is recognized as the area’s premier indoor climbing center, featuring state of the art climbing equipment. The gym offers the opportunity for climbers of all abilities to challenge and enjoy themselves in a fun and safe environment. Our facilities include:

  • Over 12,000 square feet of climbing terrain
  • 4,000 square feet of dedicated bouldering
  • 41 top rope stations
  • Giant lead roof with room for up to five climbers at one time
  • The largest free standing Boulder Island in New Jersey with challenging features, rappelling tower, and observation deck
  • Bouldering Tunnel will follow-along ramp permits a climber to ascent up to 25′ without a rope
  • Private refreshment room
  • Climbers lounge with WiFi
  • Pro Shop

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groupsRock Climbing Packages

For Summer Camps, Programs and Groups over 20 participants

The following discount packages are designed for groups of over 20 participants, ages 6 and up. Participants will have the opportunity to experience indoor rock climbing and bouldering in a fun and safe environment supervised by our highly trained staff. The gym can accommodate groups as early as 10:00am on weekdays. Rates effective for booking between July 1 through August 31, 2013.

Rate Options:

  • 2 hours ($18.00 per participant)
  • 2.5 hours ($20.00 per participant)
  • 3 hours ($22.00 per participant)

Rock Climbing Group Events

School field trips, church groups, corporate events, singles groups, whatever your group or outing, New Jersey Rock Gym has the staff and the facility to make it exciting and highly memorable.

Prices are valid for groups with reservations and deposits; 10 person minimum for discount rates.

Rate Options:

  • 1 1/2 hours ($20 per participant)
  • 2 hours ($24 per participant)

Highly discounted rates for groups that supply their own belayers or groups of 20 or more in the summer months.

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Bring your group to the New Jersey Rock Gym for the most exciting climbing experience around. Our programs are supervised by our highly trained staff and are entirely safe.

Climb On Safely

For Leaders of Boy Scouts

  • 40 minute program conducted at your location or the New Jersey Rock Gym.
  • Program is designed to help adult leaders organize a climbing and rappelling   program for their unit.
  • $25 fee for program conducted at your location or complimentary if using our   location.

Introduction to Rock Climbing

For cub scouts, boy scouts, venturing, brownies, juniors, ambassadors, juliettes and seniors; 10 scout minimum

Rate Options:

1 1/2 hours ($18 per participant)

2 hours ($22 per participant)

3 hours ($30 per participant)

This package includes:

  • 1.5 hrs of instruction and climbing
  • Scouts will learn climbing commands, safety rules, top rope climbing and bouldering in a fun and safe environment

Merit Badge Program – for boy scouts ages 13 and up

Cost: $60 per scout; 4 scout minimum

This package includes:

  • Our 6 hour course is completed in 3 sessions.
  • Certified Merit Badge Counselors on staff who teach the course and will sign off   on the merit badge card.
  • Will allow scouts to safely learn all the essential elements of climbing as   described in the B.S.A. Handbook
  • All necessary equipment

Ranger Award-Mountaineering

For Venturing Crews

Cost: $60 per scout; 4 scout minimum

This package includes:

  • Our 6 hour course is completed in 3 sessions and covers all the requirements in   the official Venturing Handbook
  • All necessary equipment

Lock-in Program/Overnight

For all scouts

Cost: $28 per scout; 20 scout minimum

This package includes:

  • 4.5 hrs climbing program and will learn climbing commands, safety rules, top rope climbing, bouldering, and rappelling
  • Supply you own belayers and chaperones
  • Available on Saturday evenings only

Belay Certification Class for Scout Leaders

This program includes:

  • 2 hour program (one visit) includes belay technique, knot tying, top roping, safety   rules and verbal commands class will prepare you to belay for your troop for the Lock-in program or utilize our   highly discounted rates for reserved open climbing
  • $35 per leader, minimum of 3 for a privately scheduled class or you can join one   of our six weekly belay certification classes

Adventure Sports Badge – for Juniors

Cost: $32 per scout; 4 scout minimum

This package includes:

  • 2.5 hrs of instruction and climbing
  • Scouts will learn climbing commands, climbing stretches, climbing knots, climbing equipment usage, top rope climbing, bouldering, and traversing,
  • Scouts will receive materials to compile a scrapbook.

High Adventure Interest Patch – for Ambassadors, Juliettes and Seniors

Cost: $32 per scout; 4 scout minimum

This package includes:

  • 2.5 hrs of instruction and climbing
  • Scouts will learn climbing commands, climbing stretches, climbing knots, climbing equipment usage, top rope climbing, bouldering, traversing, and rappelling

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28 Deveau Road, North Salem, NY, United States 38.5 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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2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY, United States 44.62 mi

From its earliest days, the Wildlife Conservation Society has been a leader in animal well being. The flagship Bronx Zoo established its first veterinary department in 1901. At the time, the department consisted only of a pathologist and a veterinarian. Today, the Wildlife Health Sciences division includes departments of clinical care, pathology, nutrition, and field veterinary programs. The Wildlife Health Center, located on Bronx Zoo grounds, serves more than 15,000 animals from the four WCS zoos in New York.

The state-of-the-art Aquatic Animal Health Center at the New York Aquarium opened in 2008 to meet the unique challenges of caring for its collection of marine animals. The high-tech hospital includes a laboratory and an operating room, several pools for patients with flippers, X-ray machines, and a kitchen for preparing meals for residents of all sizes, from a tiny seahorse to a 3,000-pound walrus.

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Bronx Zoo Group Sales

Visit the world’s largest urban zoo and get up close to more than 600 species from around the globe. Meet exotic animals, birds, reptiles and insects from Asia, Africa, the Americas and more without ever leaving the Bronx.

Group Minimum: 10

Click here for more info on Winter Rates

Ticket Options

Total Experience Ticket*: Includes admission and unlimited access to special rides and attractions available during your date of visit. These may include:

  • Bug Carousel
  • Butterfly Garden
  • Children’s Zoo
  • Congo Gorilla Forest
  • Wild Asia Monorail
  • Zoo Shuttle
  • 4-D Theater
  • JungleWorld

*Some rides and attractions are open seasonally. Availability is also subject to weather, capacity, mechanical, and/or animal-related issues.

General Admission Ticket: Includes admission into the zoo only.

Advanced Reservation Group Sales*

TOTAL EXPERIENCE GENERAL ADMISSION
ADULT $24.00 $15.00
SENIOR (65+) $22.00 $13.00
CHILD (3-12) $20.00 $11.00
STUDENTS/CAMPERS** $19.00 $10.00
CHAPERONES $19.00 $10.00

*These rates apply to advanced and prepaid group bookings only. On site rates will vary.
**Applies to grades K-12.

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1 Center St, Newark, NJ 07102, United States 46.57 mi

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) serves as a model for programming, audience diversity, education initiatives, and as a catalyst in returning nightlife and economic activity to its hometown of Newark, New Jersey. Proposed by former New Jersey Governor Thomas H. Kean in 1986, NJPAC raised its curtain on October 18, 1997, making it one of the top ten largest performing arts centers in the United States.

NJPAC is a world-class and community-based cultural venue, showcasing the best artists of national and international acclaim as well as top artists from the State of New Jersey. Since its grand opening, NJPAC has attracted over 6 million patrons (including more than 1 million children), and welcomed renowned artists, cultural icons, two presidents, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and some of the world’s most cherished orchestral, dance, theater, and instrumental works.

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The More the Merrier

Get your Campers and Scout Groups together and get great deals on tickets. We make feel right at home. It only takes to make a group, but the larger the group the more you save

Please Visit our Group Sale Page and see how larger groups can save even more!

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American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West, New York City, NY, United States 46.65 mi

 

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education and exhibition.

The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world’s cultures.

The Education Department creates learning opportunities for learners of all ages, from preschoolers to seniors, at the Museum, at home, in school, and in the community.

Teachers and students can take advantage of the exciting programs and offerings throughout the year. Plan your visit to the Museum. Parents can explore resources at home and in the community.

Groups Visiting Outside New York City Please click the image below for rates and information

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Prepare for and Book Your Visit – Camp or Scout Group

Please note that these pages are for planning NYC and tri-state area school and camp group visits. If you are a school or camp group from outside New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut, please visit the Group Sales page.

There’s a reason we’re a top field trip destination in New York City: amazing new exhibits, over 32 million objects in our permanent collections, and exceptional programs, resources and classes for students and teachers!

Follow these simple steps to plan an unforgettable museum learning experience for your students or camp group.

  1. Get Started!

    With five exhibit floors to explore, less is more! Select a Hall of Focus, sign up for a student program, or get tickets to a Special Exhibition, IMAX Film or Space Show. All of our programs are designed to support the NYC K-8 Scope and Sequence for Science and Social Studies.

    Permanent Exhibitions Special Exhibitions And Shows
    Programs for School Groups For Educators: Guides and Resources
  2. Prepare For Your Day

    Get ready for your visit with these important Museum policies and procedures.

    Price and Payment Lunchrooms
    Museum Conduct Download Museum Map
    Arrival and Departure
  3. Book Your Field Trip

    Book your field trip at least 5 weeks in advance. If you have changes (new field trip date, reduction/increase of reservation numbers, or cancellations), please call Central Reservations 14 days before your visit to receive a refund.

    Before you call Central Reservations to book your field trip, please use the Reservation worksheet to map out your day at the Museum. Keep it handy to expedite your call!

COMPLETE YOUR RESERVATION WORKSHEET 

IMPORTANT DETAILS
Occasionally some halls in the Museum may be closed. To ensure that the specific hall you are coming to see is open, please call the Museum 5 days before your visit at (212) 769-5100 and listen for the weekly hall closings.

Open your confirmation packet immediately! The Museum will only send out one confirmation packet per group and it will be addressed to the one who made the reservation. The packet will confirm your Museum itinerary.

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10 Bridge Street, Phoenicia, NY, United States 46.9 mi

For over 30 years the Town Tinker Tube Rental has provided whitewater equipment for adrenaline seekers to come and experience the intensity of the rapids on the Esopus Creek.

The Course begins up stream from the Town Tinker headquarters, in Phoenicia NY and contains the best and most extreme whitewater the Esopus has to offer. Depending on the water height an average tubing trip takes between 1 ½ to 2 hours. Transportation to the entry points is provided by the Town Tinker Tube Taxi.

The Esopus Creek is “ NOT ” a lazy river! It’s class II whitewater which means 1 to 3 foot waves and rapids.  It is not a man made amusement park ride; there are real rocks and trees that can get in your way. Tubers must be physically capable of maneuvering around obstacles and have the ability to recover when tossed out of the tube.

The Town Tinker Staff is expertly trained to supply you with all of the equipment and gear needed. All tubers will receive safety instructions on how to properly use the equipment and what to look out for on the creek. There are no guides or attendants on the Esopus so tubing is at your own risk.

All Tubers must be over 12 year’s old and good swimmers. Life jackets are mandatory and helmets are strongly suggested. Helmets are required for ages 12-14.

Tubing at with the Town Tinker Tube Rental is fun, exciting, and a Summer Adventure you’re sure to remember.

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Town Tinker Tube Rental

Summer Camp & Scout Group Trips

Whitewater Tubing with the Town Tinker Tube Rental makes for an adventure your Summer Camp Group or Scout Troop will always remember. Open on Memorial Day Weekend, let your students experience a end of year School trip that they will always cherish and remember. We welcome School groups of any size and can accommodate you and your students with all the things that they need to enjoy the day whitewater tubing. Town Tinker tube rental is not only a great choice for a start of the summer trip but also makes a great end of the summer trip for your Campers or Scouts!

The Town Tinker also has a large group Picnic area available. Please call for more information.

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1000 Fifth Avenue, New York City, NY, United States 47.01 mi

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is an art museum located in the heart of New York City. Its permanent collection contains more than two million works, divided among nineteen curatorial departments. The MET currently represents in their permanent collection are works of art from classical antiquity and Ancient Egypt, paintings and sculptures from nearly all the European masters, and an extensive collection of American and modern art. The Met also maintains extensive holdings of AfricanAsianOceanicByzantine, and Islamic art. The museum is also home to encyclopedic collections of musical instruments, costumes and accessories, and antique weapons and armor from around the world. Several notable interiors, ranging from 1st-century Rome through modern American design, are permanently installed in the Met’s galleries.

The Met currently has a global scope of its collections and extends across the world through a variety of initiatives and programs,  including exhibitions, excavations, fellowships, professional exchanges, conservation projects, and traveling works of art.

The Museum offers a variety of programs designed for K–12 educators that explore objects in the Museum’s collections, interdisciplinary curriculum integration, and methods for teaching with objects. Students and teachers may explore the collection with a Museum staff member, who leads discussions and exercises designed to encourage critical thinking in response to original works of art. Tours are appropriate for the group’s grade, level of ability, and subject of interest. Guided tours are offered and recommended for students who are at or above first-grade level and last about an hour.

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Camp and Community Youth Groups

The Museum is currently accepting appointment requests for guided and self-guided visits to occur through June 26, 2014. Requests for summer 2014 will begin the second week of April.

The Met welcomes all camp and community youth groups and invites you to request either a guided visit led by trained Museum staff or a self-guided visit, which allows you to lead your own group through the Museum. Please note that appointments are required for all camp and community youth groups visiting the Museum. To request an appointment, please fill out the Camp and Community Youth Group Visit Request Form.

If you have any questions, you may email schoolvisits@metmuseum.org. Tourism professionals working with camp and community youth groups visiting New York City must contact the Group Services office at 212-570-3711 or mettours@metmuseum.org to request appointments. Qualified tour operators are eligible for discounted rates.


Guided Visits

Hour-long guided visits led by Museum staff offer extraordinary opportunities for children to make the most of their encounters with great works of art. Our educators engage students in learner-centered, inquiry-based conversations that foster curriculum connections and encourage important learning skills such as evidence-based reasoning and critical thinking. Guided visits also inspire children to build strong content knowledge across disciplines, and support their confidence, curiosity, and creativity. To request an appointment, please fill out the Camp and Community Youth Group Visit Request Form.

Group Size
A group may have no fewer than ten children and no more than fifty children, with one chaperone required for every ten children. Larger groups will be divided into smaller ones in order to offer more individual attention to children in the galleries. The Museum reserves the right to limit the number of adult chaperones participating in camp and community youth group guided visits.

Group Fee
Camp and community youth groups pay the following rates for guided visits:

  • Children: $4 each
  • Required adult chaperones (one for every ten students): $4 each

Membership and other discounts do not apply to group admission.

Visit Schedule
Guided visits for camp and community youth groups are conducted Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 3:45 p.m. when school is in session, and from 9:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. during school breaks. School breaks include Monday, January 20 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), February 17–21 (Midwinter Recess), April 14–22 (Spring Recess), May 26 (Memorial Day), and June 5 (Chancellor’s Conference Day).

Guided Visit Topics
These thematic topics introduce students to a range of art from different cultures. All materials are provided by the Museum.

  • Exploring Art across Cultures
    See the world! Develop visual-analysis and evidence-based reasoning skills during a thematic, cross-cultural exploration of the Met’s collection.
  • Amazing Animals
    Take a walk on the wild side! Explore animal imagery in art at the Met.
  • Stories and Legends
    It’s often said that a picture is worth a thousand words; discover the power of storytelling in art across cultures.
  • Symbols and Secrets
    Work together to unravel hidden messages and find unexpected surprises in great works of art from around the globe.

Request a visit appointment.


Self-Guided Visits

A self-guided visit offers camp and community youth group leaders the opportunity to lead their own groups on independent explorations of the Museum’s encyclopedic collection. We encourage group leaders to familiarize themselves with the Met before bringing groups to the Museum (see our Frequently Asked Questions page). Please note that self-guided visits also require appointments.

Group Size
A self-guided group may have no fewer than ten students and no more than fifty students, with one chaperone required for every ten students.

Group Fee
Camp and community youth groups pay the following rates for self-guided visits:

  • Children: $3 each
  • Required adult chaperones (one for every ten students): $3 each

Membership and other discounts do not apply to group admission.

Visit Schedule
Self-guided appointments are available Sunday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m.–3:45 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m. The Museum cannot guarantee access to all galleries at all times.

Collection Areas
Use the links below to selected pre-visit guides that will help you prepare for your self-guided visit with your group.

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60 Chelsea Piers, New York City, NY, United States 48.14 mi

The Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex is a 28-acre waterfront sports village located between 17th and 23rd Streets along Manhattan’s Hudson River. Situated on Piers 59, 60 and 61 and in the headhouse that connects them, the complex features the following sports and entertainment venues:

Chelsea Piers is located adjacent to Chelsea Cove Park, in the heart of Hudson River Park. The bikeway/walkway runs parallel to the Piers and the popular High Line is located one block east of Chelsea Piers.

With 80,000 square feet of fun, the Field House is the perfect location for your next school trip. The Field House can accommodate groups of 10 to 250, from elementary school to high school. Field trip activities include basketball, volleyball, soccer, dodgeball, whiffle ball, flag football, batting cages, gladiator games, rock climbing and gymnastics.  For more info, visit us at the Chelsea Piers Field House.

At New York’s only year-round indoor twin ice rinks, school groups can enjoy a fun-filled day at one of the “coolest” places in town. Skate rentals are included. For more info, visit The Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers for Group Visits.

Field Trip Features

  • Activity Options: Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, Dodgeball, Whiffle Ball, Flag Football, Batting Cages, Gladiator Games, Rock Climbing and Gymnastics
  • Staff and equipment included
  • Complimentary admission for all teachers/chaperon’s
  • Healthy lunch can be coordinated on-site

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Groups at Chelsea Piers

 Summer Camp & Scout Field Trips

The Field House

With 80,000 square feet of fun, the Field House is the perfect location for your next camp or scout trip. The Field House can accommodate groups of 10 to 250, from elementary school to high school.

Our event planners will customize a program for your camp or scout, incorporating several of our sports activities. When you arrive, our friendly staff will greet your group and get them excited about their day of fun. Throughout your program, our experienced, enthusiastic staff will lead your group through a series of fun activities, with student safety as a top priority. We can also structure your program as a Team Building experience, which allows your students to bond and build camaraderie using trust and communications exercises in an encouraging environment.

The Field House features:

  • 2 Basketball Courts
  • 2 Soccer Fields
  • 4 Batting Cages
  • Rock Climbing for children & adults
  • A Gymnastics Center
  • Mezzanines and party rooms for on-site catering

The Field House works with groups of all ages and sizes. We can accommodate school group outings, sports parties for children or adults, corporate team building days, and much more. If you’re looking to host a fun, unique and affordable event, let our experienced event planners plan the perfect day or evening for your group.

To book your event, please call Katie Cooper at 212.336.6500, ext. 6553, or coopek@chelseapiers.com.

Looking to enjoy some indoor fun in the winter or cool off from the summer heat? Come skate at Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers, New York’s only year-round indoor twin ice rinks. Overlooking the majestic Hudson River, Sky Rink offers guests of all ages a refreshing way to relax and have fun in one of the “coolest” places in town.

Prices are per person and include admission and skate rental. Groups of twelve or more skaters are eligible for a discount by reserving a session with Sky Rink at least 48 hours in advance.

Sky Rink is ideal for a variety of events, including group outings, field trips, after-school programs, alumni reunions, camp reunions and much more! You can also make your casual group outing into a memorable event by booking one of our reception spaces for a private affair.

To schedule your next outing at Sky Rink, please contact ShaLishah McCullough at 212.336.6100 ext. 6174 or mcculs@chelseapiers.com.

We look forward to welcoming your group to Chelsea Piers!

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One Blachley Road Stamford, CT 06902 48.36 mi
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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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