Submarine Force Museum

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1 Crystal Lake Road, Groton, CT, United States

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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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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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Museum Summer and Winter Hours of Operation

Summer Hours

Winter Hours

May 1 – October 31

November 1 – April 30

9am – 5pm Wed – Mon

9am – 4pm Wed – Mon

Closed Tuesdays Closed Tuesdays

We are CLOSED on all TuesdaysThanksgivingChristmas and New Year’s Day. We are also closed the last week of April and the first week of November for upkeep.

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14 Stott Avenue, Norwich, CT, United States 13.22 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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Railroad Avenue, Essex, CT 06426, United States 16.7 mi

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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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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19 Purvis Road, Brooklyn, CT, United States 27.54 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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28700 Route 25, Cutchogue, NY, United States 33.17 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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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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247 South Main Street, Manchester, CT 06040, United States 33.86 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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400 West Street, Rocky Hill, CT, United States 34.74 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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67 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket, RI, United States 49.71 mi

Located on the Blackstone River in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Slater Mill is a museum complex dedicated to bringing the American Industrial Revolution to life.

Come and enjoy our tours, exhibits, collections of artifacts, gallery, research library, theatre, gift shop, and more. Slater Mill offers concerts, demonstrations, lectures, meeting spaces for rent, family programs, specialized tours, holiday programs and exhibits of fine crafts and artwork. Along with our on-site programs, we offer an extensive selection of curriculum-based programs for schools and entertaining presentations for social clubs and community groups.

Slater Mill tells the story of innovation, labor, artisans, women’s rights, cotton economy, immigration and assimilation, and industry. It is culturally, educationally and historically important for people of all ages and origins to be able to come, see, touch, learn and be inspired at Slater Mill.

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Slater Mill is the birthplace of modern American industry. As part of their visit, students will be taken through three buildings:

In the Slater Mill, opened in 1793, students will see the original factory floor and machine layout as it was in Mr. Slater’s day. Interpreters will guide students through the history of the industrial revolution, periodically bringing the tour to life with various demonstrations of the still-working factory equipment.

In the Wilkinson Mill, opened in 1810, students will see the machine tool shop used to service Mr. Slater’s original mill. Students will see a working 16,000 pound water wheel in the shop’s wheel pit. Upstairs, our interpreters will explain how the factory transferred power from the Blackstone River into real working machines. Students will see massive gears moving overhead that power the still-functioning drills, lathes, and other machines.

In the 1758 Sylvanus Brown House students will see how a middle class artisan family would have lived in the late 18th century prior to the industrial revolution. Here, interpreters will demonstrate pre-industrial manufactures techniques so students can better understand the true meaning of the factory manufacturing methods they will see in the other buildings.

Students will also visit the nearby Visitor Center, which features a large floor map and a film that lend historical background and modern perspective to the students’ visit.

One travel guide describes their Slater Mill visit: “We were frankly startled by the completeness fo this exceptional visitor attraction…Interpreters have a remarkable amount to show you…There’s nothing quite like this.”

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Jencks Education Center at Slater Mill

Established in memory of Davis Jencks, The Jencks Education Center is Slater Mill’s major initiative to link knowledge of the past with the rich opportunities of modern Pawtucket. The Center hosts a variety of arts and handcraft workshops, educational programs, after school learning opportunities, and business and group events. In conjunction with the Center , the Slater Mill Gallery across Roosevelt Avenue in the Visitor Center exhibits the work of local and national artists and craftspeople. The adjoining gift shop serves as an outlet to purchase their work.

The Jencks Education Center is located on the physically accessible second floor of Slater Mill. The Board of Trustees has made a deliberate choice to honor the historic character of the interior of Slater Mill. With the exception of a bit of paint and floor repair, the Center maintains the building’s historic authenticity. Our architect, Luke Mandle, designed fixtures and furnishings that reflect an industrial feel as opposed to a colonial reproduction style that would confuse visitors and chip away at the true integrity of the mill space.

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Our Jencks Education Center

The Innovation Room is a gorgeous space with banks of windows overlooking the Blackstone River on three sides. This room serves up to 60 people and has been outfitted with conference/work tables using recycled textile machinery as bases. It is fully wired for technology. The room serves rental needs for retreats, corporate meetings, community programs, the Mill’s own interpretation programs with school children and as a space for workshops with regional and national craftspeople.

The Confluence Room is an extremely inviting library with large, comfortable seating and warm lighting. It also serves as a breakout space for meetings held in the Innovation Room.

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Conference Room

The Artifact Access Space use an innovative collection storage method (currently being put into use at the RISD Museum and across the country) called “visible storage” to bring our vast collection to the public. We rotate exhibitions of tools, historical documents, textiles, printing items, early hand machines, and other items so that students, historians, artists and the public can study, read, draw and explore the fantastic collection that was once hidden away in a physically inaccessible third floor archive.

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288 Plymouth Avenue, Fall River, MA, United States 52.93 mi

Lazer Gate opened its doors in October of 1999. During the first year of business it has become a popular site for young and old alike. The facility is designed to host birthday parties, corporate events, and fundraisers and of course, group and individual play.

Lazer Gate is a family entertainment center providing the ultimate experience in the game of laser tag. We have the most technically advanced computer equipment in the game today. Our play arena is an interactive multi leveled, 8,500 square foot area with mazes and special effect sound and lighting to enhance play. At Lazer Gate we use Zone Equipment. It is our belief that we have the best equipment in the game today. Not only because of the ease of its use, but because it provides us with flexibility to create numerous game situations. Zone Equipment allows us to keep the game of laser tag interesting for our new and repeat customers!

Lazer Gate has an arcade with coin-operated games, including a Redemption Arcade, complete with SkeeBall, Colorama, and the ever popular Deal or No Deal! Our snack bar has grown into the Cygnus 18 Cafe, complete with hot food such as Mozarella Sticks, Chicken Tenders, French Fries and more! Check out what’s new at the Cafe!

There are FOUR party rooms located off the arcade that can be used for parties, meetings, business trainings, and group events!

Gate Golf, Lazer Gate’s out of this world black light mini golf course is 18 holes of mini golf fun for all ages.

In 2013 Lazer Gate opened the Laser Trap, a laser maze which lets players run a gauntlet of laser beams for the best score. Coming soon, 2 player mode. Race your friends for the best time.

With our laser tag ,Laser Trap,and blacklight mini golf products, we firmly believe Lazer Gate is the BEST value in entertainment for the whole family in the Southcoast! Come by and try it out, we’re sure you’ll agree!

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Schools – Camps – Scouts

Have your next meeting, gathering, or phlocking at Lazer Gate. Whether you have a School group, Camp Group or Scout Group, we can accommodate to all. You can use a party room for your group and have a genuine good time playing Lazer Tag and Blacklight Mini Golf Bring your group here, and they’ll be sure to want to come back. Perfect location to host any event or even your School Prom, Project Graduation, Camp Reunion.

The Lazer Gate team will work with you to provide the best possible experience for you and your group!

Lazer Gate is a great place to get out of the cold, not worry if your outing is going to be ruined by the snow, and is a great value for budget conscious group leaders. Town Recs, YMCAs, and other groups all get special rates for coming.

Lazer Gate’s laser tag can now be combined with the Ultimate Indoor BlackLight Miniature Golf Course in the South coast and in Massachusetts! Gate Golf!

Lazer Gate, Gate Golf, Cygnus 18 Cafe, the best arcade in the area with Fun Rock Wall, Fruit Ninja, Dance Dance Revolution, Guitar Hero, Deal or No Deal, and so much more! Special off hour reservations can even take advantage of an Arcade Freeplay option so that all of the non-redemption/prize games are FREE for all of your players! The choice is easy, no other FUN center can compare to the Original Southcoast Fun Center – Lazer Gate!

Call soon, as reservations are booking quickly! 508-730-1230.

Special rates also available for smaller groups, starting with at least 8 people. Call for details and reservations!

ming to Lazer Gate. Most reservations are exclusive reservations prior to opening (subject to availability, call for details and dates).

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10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT, United States 71.85 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

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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 76.1 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 77.69 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 77.83 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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Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125, United States 83.88 mi

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated to the memory of our nation’s thirty-fifth president and to all those who through the art of politics seek a new and better world. Located on a ten-acre park, overlooking the sea that he loved and the city that launched him to greatness, the Library stands as a vibrant tribute to the life and times of John F. Kennedy.

Come tour our Museum which portrays the life, leadership, and legacy of President Kennedy, conveys his enthusiasm for politics and public service, and illustrates the nature of the office of the President.

Students and scholars can also arrange to conduct research using our collection of historical materials chronicling mid-20th century politics and the life and administration of John F. Kennedy.

Experience our Museum through our three theaters, period settings, and 25 dramatic multimedia exhibits, and enter the recreated world of the Kennedy Presidency for a “first-hand” experience of John F. Kennedy’s life, legacy, and leadership.

Shop in our Museum Store or dine in the JFK Café. Walk along the Harborwalk or picnic on our beautiful grounds at the Harbor’s edge. From May to October, President Kennedy’s 26′ sailboat Victura is on display on our grounds.

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Group Visits

Experience the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy by taking a self-guided tour of the 25 Multimedia exhibits in our Museum.

Visit the Museum as part of a group of 12 or more and receive a discount on admission with reservations made at least two weeks in advance.

To Make a Reservation

To reserve a group visit, please contact our Group Visits Department using the information listed below or use our online Group Reservation Request Form.

Contact Information

For group reservations, please contact our Group Visits Department.

Phone: 617.514.1589 or 1.866.JFK.1960 x41589

Fax: 617.514.1593

Group Admission Rates with advanced reservations

Adults $10.00

Seniors and College Students $10.00

Youth (13-17) $9.00

Children (age 12 and under) Free

Duration

We suggest that you allow a minimum of 90 minutes to get the most from your Museum experience.

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Interactive Exhibits 

Clouds Over Cuba

Clouds over Cuba

Explore the Cuban Missile Crisis from various perspectives. This interactive exhibit sets the context of the early 1960s, and gives you the opportunity to explore What If? scenarios.

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President's Desk

The Presidents Desk

Sit at President Kennedy’s Oval Office Desk and discover what it means to hold the highest office in the land.

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World on the Brink: JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis

World on a Brink

For 13 days in October 1962, a confrontation between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. brought the world to the abyss of nuclear destruction and the end of mankind. Read formerly classified documents and listen in on secretly recorded ExComm meetings as President Kennedy and his advisors seek a peaceful resolution for the removal of Soviet intercontinental missiles from Cuba.

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Integrating Ole Miss

Integrating Ole Miss

In the fall of 1962 the college town of Oxford, Mississippi, erupted in violence. James Meredith, an African American, attempted to register at the all-white University of Mississippi, known as “Ole Miss.” This site lets visitors witness the events firsthand through the actual letters, recorded telephone conversations, and images of those who made history.

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White House Diary

White House Diary

Travel back in time to the early 1960′s and experience first- hand each of President Kennedy’s thousand days in office through the interactive White House Diary – a daily schedule of President John F. Kennedy that includes digital scans of his actual appointment diary for any given day as well as video, audio, and photos of the day’s events.

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Virtual Tour of the JFK Library Museum

Virtual Museum Tour

This online tour includes selected highlights of the museum’s introductory film and allows you to virtually explore selected exhibits and learn more about key items in the Museum collection.

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We Choose the Moon

We Chose Moon

Each stage of this interactive online exhibit allows visitors to follow the historic moon landing minute by minute and explore archival photos and footage of President Kennedy’s pioneering space efforts. More than 1.3 million individuals logged on to launch of this international award-winning website during the July 2009 40-year anniversary of the five-day journey to the moon.

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Permanent Exhibits 

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Campaign Trail

After narrowly losing the vice presidential nomination in 1956, Senator John F. Kennedy sought the presidency in 1960. After hard-fought primary victories, JFK won his party’s nomination and faced-off against sitting Vice President Richard Nixon in a campaign that featured the first live-broadcast television debates between presidential candidates. After his election as the 35th president of the United States, JFK set out to redeem his campaign pledge to “get America moving again.”

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Radio and Television

The Briefing Room 

John F. Kennedy was the first president to effectively use the new medium of television to speak directly to the American people through live televised press conferences. Video samples of his responses to reporters’ questions and exhibits of objects and documents illustrate the wide range of issues he confronted as President.  Also included is his speech to the people of West Berlin denouncing the construction of the Berlin Wall.

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Launch of the Mercury MR-3 Space Capsule Freedom 7

The Space Race 

In 1961 responding to the Soviet Union’s lead in the exploration of space, President Kennedy challenged the United States to keep up in the “Space Race” and not fall behind the Soviets.  He said: “We have a long way to go in the space race. We started late. But this is the new ocean, and I believe the United States must sail on it and be in a position second to none”.  Kennedy set the goal of landing an American on the Moon before the end of the decade and initiated the programs to make it possible.

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Robert F. Kennedy's US Treasury Badge

Attorney General Office

President Kennedy appointed his 35-year old brother Robert Francis Kennedy as the attorney general of the United States. The close working relationship of John and Robert Kennedy was one of the most unusual and successful in the history of American public life. When Robert Kennedy became attorney general, the civil rights struggle was entering a new phase of activism which precipitated the Justice Department involvement in protecting and upholding the rights of many African Americans.

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Oval Office 

The Oval Office has been the President’s office since 1909.  The preference for an oval room dates back to George Washington, who greeted his guests standing in a circle around him, equally distant from the President.  The circle became a symbol of democracy.  President Kennedy personalized his Oval Office with his collections of ship models and scrimshaw, reflective of his lifelong affection for the sea and sailing.  In this setting visitors view a video covering the struggle against racial segregation in 1963.

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Watercolor Painting of the White House Treaty Room

First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy

After becoming first lady at the age of thirty-one, Jacqueline Kennedy embarked on extensive historic restoration of the White House interiors, in which she sought to make the White House a museum of the presidency. Mrs. Kennedy also used the prestige of her position to champion American arts and culture, often inviting prominent actors, artists, writers, poets, and musicians to participate and perform at White House events. Her simple-yet-elegant sophistication and interest in other cultures made her well-known and beloved around the world.

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Kennedy Commemorative Cup

Kennedy Family

John F. Kennedy was the offspring of two families, the Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, whose roots stretched back to Ireland. They immigrated to Boston in the 1840′s seeking greater economic opportunity, religious and political liberty in America. The Irish in particular readily adapted to the American political system. By the end of the nineteenth century the President’s two grandfathers had become successful Boston politicians, establishing the Kennedy tradition of political involvement.

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137 Warren Avenue, Plymouth, MA, United States 84.5 mi

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

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

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

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Summer Camp Groups Field Trips

Plimoth Plantation school field trip

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

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

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

Plimoth Plantation Field Trips

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

Special Programs 

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

We Can Visit You

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

Invite Plimoth Plantation to your camp or group meeting.

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

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

Speakers

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

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

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

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

 

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Scout Groups Field Trips

Cub Scouts Visit Plimoth Plantation

Plimoth Plantation is a great place for scouting out history!

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

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

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

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308 Congress Street, Boston, MA, United States 85.35 mi

For over 90 years, Boston Children’s Museum has served as a leader in Boston and within the museum community. Boston Children’s Museum engages children and families in joyful discovery experiences that instill an appreciation of our world, develop foundational skills, and spark a lifelong love of learning.

It is a private, non-profit, educational institution that is recognized internationally as a research and development center and pacesetter for children’s exhibitions, educational programs and curriculum. Boston Children’s Museum focuses on three key areas of expertise: visitor programs, teacher resources and early childhood education.

Since its founding by teachers a century ago, Boston Children’s Museum has been a leading destination for memorable field trips and outside-the-classroom learning. We welcome visiting groups from schools, community groups, afterschool programs, childcare centers, and even colleges and corporations to roll up their sleeves, learn together, and interact with our world-class exhibits and staff. We support learning by providing real objects and direct experiences that encourage imagination, curiosity, and questioning. Our environment is informal, but our purpose is serious!

EXHIBITS AND PROGRAMS

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For information about organizing your visit, reservations, and policies please explore the sections below.

You can start a reservation right now by clicking the Request a Reservation here or by calling our Groups Coordinator between 9am-4pm, Monday through Friday. We recommend initiating reservation at least two weeks in advance. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Groups Coordinator at 617-426-6500 x405 or e-mail GroupVisits@BostonChildrensMuseum.org

Boston Children’s Museum offers two types of group visits:
Do-It-Yourself Visits and Program Visits. Both types of visits are eligible for sponsorship.

Two Hour Do-It-Yourself Visits
Cost: $10 per student
Two Hour Do-It-Yourself Visits offer groups the opportunity to explore our many exhibits and public programs at their own pace, following the childrens’ curiosity and imagination. Children and their chaperones are likely to discover some very thought–provoking activities—and in doing so develop lifelong interests and skills.

Program Visits
Boston Children’s Museum offers several educational programs suitable for children in grades 1 and up. We offer one hour and two hour programs, hands-on experiences and a place where children’s imagination and creativity is encouraged through play and educational activities.
Single Program Visits
Cost: $13 per student (50 student maximum)
Single Program Visits consist of a one-hour educator-led program and one hour of do-it-yourself museum exploration.Double Program Visit
Cost: $18.50 per student (50 student maximum)
Double Program Visits consists of two different programs, one hour each, and a bonus hour of Museum exploration.
Please note: Double Program Visits cannot be sponsored.
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A Day in the Life of a Japanese Child
“Always a fabulous culmination of our Japan unit.”
“Educator is knowledgeable, patient, organized, prepared and clear!”

Take off your shoes and step into an authentic 100-year old house from Kyoto, Japan! Your students will experience a typical day for a Japanese child and will discover what customs, artifacts, and aspects of home and school life in Japan are similar to, and different from their own.

We provide cultural immersion and hands-on activities in the Kyo-no-Machiya (the Japanese House) using contemporary stories, objects, and images.

Age recommendation: Grades 1 – 6. Specially arranged programs are also available for Grades 7 through 12. Adaptations to connect with your curriculum may be available.

Standards Met: History and Social Science: 1.1, 1.6, 2.1, 2.3, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9,G6 NEA

English Language Arts: 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 3.5, 4.3


Balls & Tracks

“Staff is knowledgeable and engaging. The program is simple enough to understand, but with opportunities for complexity and thought.” —Ken A., 2nd grade teacher

“Students had a wonderful time and learned how to work together, to test their creations on a regular basis and that science is FUN!” —Carol M., 5th grade teacher

After observing gravity, friction and momentum in action in the Raceways exhibit, your class will work in groups to design their own unique Raceways track. Kids are the engineers as each team of students designs a roller coaster track using only the materials given to them. In addition to putting their problem-solving skills to work, your students will improve their teamwork abilities. The design challenges will be adjusted to suit your grade.

Age recommendation: Grades 2 and up


Money Matters
Money Matters is an early financial literacy program designed especially for students in grades K-4. In this exciting one-hour program, students can role-play as wage earners in our Boston Black exhibit, discuss important community roles and jobs, and “spend” the money they’re earning at the local barber shop, flower store, corner market and restaurant. Together as a group they will explore the many ways that members of a community rely on each other for goods and services. This program aligns with Massachusetts Standards in both Economics and Mathematics.

Age recommendation:Grades K-4


Global Stories

If objects could talk…

Boston Children’s Museum has been collecting objects from around the world for nearly 100 years. In this new school program for Grades 2-4, we invite students to put on white gloves and take a closer look at the Museum’s collections. We’ll open our eyes to just how much we can learn from careful observation of a single cultural artifact and what it tells us about its origins: Who made this? What is it for? What is it made of? Is it old or new? Where is it from? What makes you think so?

This multidisciplinary program will feature selected collections pieces representing Europe, Latin America, North America, Asia, and Africa*. Using a variety of media, students will explore the geography and culture behind the objects, how form fits function, and common threads across the human experience. Students will then incorporate these concepts into an original 2D or 3D work of art inspired by their observations.

Age recommendation:Grades 2-4, Grade 5 by special arrangement

Alignment with Massachusetts frameworks:

Visual Arts for K-4: 1.2, 2.5, 3.1, 6.1, 8.1

History and Geography: 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.4


*A note to educators: we have some flexibility to select objects that align with your classroom units and grade frameworks; for example, we sometimes can accommodate requests for Native American or Chinese objects. Call or email us for more information.

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19 North Square, Boston, MA, United States 85.89 mi

On the night of April 18, 1775, silversmith Paul Revere left his small wooden home in Boston’s North End and set out on a journey that would make him into a legend. Today that home is still standing at 19 North Square and has become a national historic landmark. It is downtown Boston’s oldest building and one of the few remaining from an early era in the history of colonial America.

The home was built about 1680 on the site of the former parsonage of the Second Church of Boston. Increase Mather, the Minister of the Second Church, and his family (including his son, Cotton Mather) occupied this parsonage from 1670 until it was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1676. A large and fashionable new home was built at the same location about four years later.

Paul Revere owned the home from 1770 to 1800, although he and his family may not have lived here in some periods in the 1780s and 90s. After Revere sold the home in 1800, it soon became a tenement, and the ground floor was remodeled for use as shops, including at various times a candy store, cigar factory, bank and vegetable and fruit business. In 1902, Paul Revere’s great-grandson, John P. Reynolds Jr. purchased the building to ensure that it would not be demolished. Over the next few years, money was raised, and the Paul Revere Memorial Association formed to preserve and renovate the building. In April 1908, the Paul Revere House opened its doors to the public as one of the earliest historic house museums in the U.S. The Association still oversees the preservation and day-to-day operations of this national treasure.

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Paul Revere House for Summer Camp & Scout Groups

The Paul Revere House offers interactive educational programs designed to acquaint your campers with Boston’s long and colorful history. Built in the 1680s for a wealthy merchant, the house became home to silversmith and famous midnight rider Paul Revere during the Revolutionary era. In the 19th century, landlords divided the structure into cramped apartments for immigrant families. Containing remnants of many periods,the house provides a perfect setting in which to explore everyday life from colonial times to the early 20th century.

Reservations

Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance.

We accept reservation requests by phone(617-523-2338) or by fax. Before contacting the Education Department please fill out a Reservation Request Form (available to download below) to assist you in the planning process. We do not accept reservation requests by email. If you are planning to make a booking for April, May, or June, we encourage you to contact us several months in advance as these are popular times for field trips to the museum. 

Please remember that you do not have a reservation until we have confirmed the arrangements with you by telephone and you have received a written confirmation.

To request a reservation for a Paul Revere House site visit
or program, please use our Reservation Request Form

Summer Camp & Scout Group Trip Programs

Site Visit

For groups walking the Freedom Trail or on a whirlwind tour of Boston,this is the perfect option. Outside the Revere House, a member of the museum staff tells the story of Revere’s ride and presents a brief history of his home. Inside the building, museum staff provide a fascinating glimpse into everyday life for the Revere family, describing the intriguing furnishings and personal artifacts on display. Plenty of time is available for questions. Pre-visit materials provided.

  • Time: 30 – 45 minutes
  • Grades: 1st – 12th
  • Class Size: Up to 40 people at a time.
  • Larger groups may reserve consecutive times (30 minutes apart).
  • Fee: 75 cents per child 5-17, $2.50 per college student or senior over 62, $3.00 per adult

The Man Behind the Myth

During a short slide presentation, children find out what really happened on Revere’s midnight ride. In small groups, students examine letters, advertisements and reproduction artifacts, looking for clues about the man behind the myth. Intriguing details emerge about Revere’s personality, contributions to the Revolution, large family and many business ventures. An interactive tour of Revere’s house completes the program. Pre-visit materials provided.

  • Time: 1 1/2 hours
  • Grades: 4th – 7th
  • Class Size: Up to 22 students.
  • Two programs may be scheduled concurrently.
  • Fee: $130

Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride: Storytelling Program

Find out what really happened during Paul Revere’s midnight ride. Watch a short slide show which separates the facts from the myths surrounding the ride, then retrace Revere’s route from his home in North Square towards the Charles River. Children don hats and carry props as they go,taking on the roles of Paul and Rachel Revere, their children, British soldiers, rowers, Samuel Adams, John Hancock and many others. Pre-visit materials provided.

  • Time: 1 1/2 hours
  • Grades: 1st – 3rd
  • Class Size: Up to 22 students
  • Fee: $130
  • One-hour version available for classroom presentation. Fee: $175. (Outreach Program)

Walking Tour: Paul Revere’s Boston

Explore the neighborhood where Paul Revere lived and worked. This tour includes stops at the locations of Revere’s silversmith shop and foundry, Boston’swaterfront, Copp’s Hill Cemetery and outside the Old North Church. As they explore the North End, students gather details about Revere’s life by inspecting prints and reproduction artifacts, and discover how Revere used Boston’s geography to his advantage. Price includes a tour of the Revere House and pre-visit materials.

  • Time: 1 1/2 hours
  • Grades: 3rd – 12th
  • Class Size: Up to 20 students per tour. Two tours may be scheduled concurrently.
  • Fee: $130

The Revere Children and the Siege of Boston

After his midnight ride, Paul Revere couldn’t return to Boston. Whatbecame of his family as patriot forces besieged the city, trying toexpel the British troops? Children find out as they take on the roles ofSarah, helping her mother pack to flee the city, and Paul Jr., leftbehind to guard the house against marauding soldiers. Pre-visitmaterials provided.

  • Time: 1 1/2 hours
  • Grades: 3rd – 6th
  • Class Size: Up to 22 students.
  • Two programs may be scheduled concurrently.
  • Fee: $130
  • One-hour version available for classroom presentation. Fee: $175. (Outreach Program)

Boston’s North End: The Immigrant Experience

Paul Revere’s North End changed dramatically in the 1800s as Irish,Eastern European and Italian immigrants settled in the colonialdwellings in enormous numbers. At the City of Boston Archaeology Lab,students examine 19th-century personal care items, toys and kitchenutensils excavated at the Revere House. Each artifact providesfascinating clues about the families who lived and worked in the RevereHouse when it was a boarding house.

On a walking tour through the NorthEnd’s twisting streets and alleyways students hear accounts of childrenwho grew up in the nearby tenements, discovering how they helped supporttheir families by working as “newsies,” trooped to the local bath housewith little brothers or sisters in tow, played stickball, and helpedtend rooftop gardens. Pre-visit materials provided.

  • Time: 1 1/2 hours
  • Grades: 3rd – 12th
  • Class Size: Up to 22 students per tour.
  • Two tours may be scheduled concurrently.
  • Fee: $130

Fun and Games in the 1700s

Introduce young children to life in colonial Boston through games popular in the Reveres’ era. Inside the Revere House, students search for beans, thimbles, a bed wrench and other household items colonial families incorporated into pastimes. Students then try their hands at games such as Snail, Button-Button, Jackstraws, Beast-Fish-Fowl, and Ninepins. Fascinating details emerge about many aspects of daily life. Pre-visit materials provided.

  • Time: 1 1/2 hours
  • Grades: PreK-1st
  • Class Size: Up to 22 students.
  • Two programs may be scheduled concurrently.
  • Fee: $130
  • One-hour version available for classroom presentation. Fee: $175. (Outreach Program)

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USS CONSTITUTION, Boston, MA, United States 86.38 mi

USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world. It was first launched in 1797. Constitution is one of six ships ordered for construction by George Washington to protect America’s growing maritime interests. The ships greatest glory came during the war of 1812 when she defeated four British frigates which earned her the nickname “Old Ironsides,” because cannon balls glanced off her thick hull. The ship was restored in 1927 with contributions from the nation’s school children.

The Charlestown Navy Yard was built on what was once Mouton’s or Morton’s Point, the landing place of the British army prior to the Battle of Bunker Hill. It was one of the first shipyards built in the United States. During its 174 year history, hundreds of ships were built, repaired and modernized, including the World War II destroyer USS Cassin Young. Today, thirty acres of the Navy Yard are preserved by the National Park Service as part of Boston National Historical Park.

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Summer Camp & Scout Group Trips

Take a tour of your ship USS CONSTITUTION. You’ll find free, guided tours available to our visitors. Each guided tour, given by several active-duty Navy Sailors, takes you through the ship’s spar deck (top deck), gun deck and berth deck and explains the history of the ship, its crew, and why we still have the ship here today. Guided tours begin every half-hour from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm and last approximately one half-hour each. Each tour group can accommodate up to 80 visitors.

USS CONSTITUTION is a commissioned warship in the U.S. Navy and is not fully equipped to accommodate people with certain disabilities. We ask that any guests requiring additional assistance contact our Events Department prior to their arrival so that we may arrange the best possible tour. The crew of USS CONSTITUTION wants to ensure we make every effort to provide as many guests as possible the opportunity to enjoy and experience the history of our great ship.

Learn the History behind the USS Constitution here

Every Tuesday morning during USS CONSTITUTION’s Summer Hours, the crew of USS CONSTITUTION will be offering the CONSTITUTION EXPERIENCE. Visitors are invited to observe the Morning Colors ceremony (including the firing of USS CONSTITUTION’s Saluting Battery) from Pier One and then board the ship for a special extended tour of duty through the ship’s spaces before being escorted to the USS CONSTITUTION Museum. Group size is limited to 50 visitors. To reserve your spot, please email constitution.events@navy.mil. Visitors participating in the experience must arrive at Pier One by 7:40AM in order to participate.

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