Town Tinker Tube Rental

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10 Bridge Street, Phoenicia, NY, United States

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Summer Camp & Scout Group Trips

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

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

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Additional Information

Meals

Meals are not available at Town Tinker Tube Rental. Please refer to locations nearby or pack lunches before leaving for your trip!

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Destination Hours and Admission

Memorial Day Weekend to September 30th

Weekends by Reservation Only after Labor Day

9am to 6pm Daily Last Rentals at 4:00pm

Click on Map below to Print Your copy of the Esopus River Map

Standard Tubing Package: $25.00 includes a seated tube, life jacket, and one time Tube Taxi Transportation.

Full Gear Discount Tubing Package: $35.00 includes a seated tube, life jacket, wetsuit, and one time Tube Taxi Transportation.

Helmets are always recommended but required for the ages of 12-14.

Helmets are an additional $3.00

Please call for Group and Tax Exempt Rates.

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30 Cherrytown Road, Kerhonkson, NY, United States 19.95 mi

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

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

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

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Summer Camp Groups and Scouts All Ages and Grades

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

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

Packages for Summer Camp & Scout Groups 

 

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240 Main Street, Goshen, NY, United States 46.9 mi

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Scout patch programs may include the following:

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

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

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

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195 New Karner Rd, Albany, NY, United States 49.51 mi

Looking for a one-of-a-kind learning experience for your students? The globally rare Albany Pine Bush offers Summer Camps and Scouts a locally unique outdoor classroom where learning comes alive. Our programs also travel to schools, bringing the Pine Bush to your classroom. Check out our educational program page to learn more about group programs offered through the Albany Pine Bush Preserve and Discovery Center. Our programs meet NYS Learning Standards and are led by trained staff and volunteers. Call us at (518)456-0655 and press 1 to book your program today!

Marvel at this Spectacular Attraction!

This fascinating ecosystem is one of just 20 inland pine barren environments in the world. The Discovery Center transforms this globally unique destination into an exciting adventure where learning comes naturally through hands-on activities.

Dare to Discover the Extraordinary

As the gateway to the Pine Bush, the Discovery Center introduces you to everything that makes the Preserve rare and adventurous. You can touch a snake skin, make a sand dune, plan a prescribed fire, learn how to help the environment and much more!

Exploration Station

Stop by our Exploration Station to explore “The World of Herps!” Our Summer Exploration Station will feature interactive stations on the unique biology and natural history of reptiles and amphibians native to the Pine Bush. Please call the Center before visiting for Exploration Station hours.

Get active and connected through nature

Take part in fascinating programs designed to inform and delight year-round. Join a First Friday Hike, take a walk to observe the flight displays of the American woodcock or solve mysteries along the trail in an all-natural C.S.I. (Critter Scene Investigation). These and other educational and recreational activities cost $3/person or $5/family.

Summer Camp & Scout Group Trips (All Grade levels)

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Summer Camp & Scout Groups All Ages

Do you want to get your class outside to experience a local and rare natural community?

If so, then a trip to Albany Pine Bush Preserve is the right choice for you. We have several programs to choose from and each program is led by a well trained and experienced guide. Our programs meet several NYS learning standards and are designed to promote hands-on, inquiry-based learning. We look forward to seeing you!

How do I sign up for a program?

Take a look at the programs below and decide which one is right for your class and the season of your visit. Then contact us at (518)456-0655 x1250 orinfo@albanypinebush.org to sign up. Programs need to be scheduled at least 2 weeks in advance.

If your school is unable to travel to the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, please contact us about the Friends of the Pine Bush Community Transportation Reimbursement grant and our Outreach Programs.

How much does it cost?

$3.00 per student, teachers and chaperones attend free of charge.

Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center Programs

 Fall

Seeds of change (1.5 hours)

The Pine Bush needs our help! Join us in an exploration of how and why we are restoring the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. During this program we will investigate the tools that are used to maintain this globally rare ecosystem. Students will also have the opportunity to be a part of our restoration program by participating in a seed collection activity within the Pine Bush Preserve. The seeds that we collect will be used to restore degraded areas of the Pine Bush back to healthy pine barrens.

Suggested grade level: 5–9 Click here for detailed learning standards

Buckmoths (2 hours)*

Did you know the Albany Pine Bush has a greater number of moth and butterfly species than the entire state of New Jersey? Join us as we discover the diversity of Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) that thrive in the Albany Pine Bush. Meet up close one of our most rare moths — the inland barrens buckmoth. Participate in authentic buckmoth research along the trails of the Pine Bush Preserve, experience buckmoth habitat first hand and learn why this insect needs the Pine Bush.

* Pre-requisite: Students should complete the “Butterflies and Moths of the Pine Bush” kit in preparation for this program.

Suggested grade level: 5–8 Click here for detailed learning standards

Discover the Albany Pine Bush: A unique habitat (1.5 hours)

The Albany Pine Bush Preserve represents one of the best remaining examples of an inland pine barrens ecosystem in the world. Join us on a journey to the Pine Bush to explore what makes this ecosystem so unique. Through authentic firsthand experience, students will be introduced to the Albany Pine Bush and the natural forces of fire and ice that have shaped this ecosystem yesterday and today. We’ll also explore the diversity of life that depends on the pine barrens for its survival.

Grade level: 1-12 Click here for detailed learning standards

Forces at work (1.5 hours)*

The Albany Pine Bush is a dynamic place, shaped by the forces of nature. Most prominent are the forces of weather and fire. This program begins with an introduction to the Pine Bush and the forces that have shaped it for thousands of years. Students will then participate in a hands-on activity that further explains how the forces of weather and fire continue to shape the Pine Bush today.

* Pre-requisite: Students should complete the “Discover the Pine Bush” kit in preparation for this program.

Suggested grade level: 5–8

A point in time (Part 1: 1 hour at your school, Part 2: 1.5 hours at the Discovery Center)

The landscape of the Pine Bush has changed dramatically over the past 60+ years. From unbroken tracts of pine barrens to a highly fragmented Preserve, the Pine Bush hardly resembles the vast barrens it once was. In Part I of this program (at your school), students will learn about the basic ecology of the Pine Bush and through hands on discovery, learn to use a compass and global positioning system unit (GPS). In Part II of this program (at the APBP), students hike in the Preserve, observe and track ongoing changes using established photo points. Students will use hand held GPS units to locate the photo points, then use a digital camera and compass bearing to photograph a scene that had been photographed one month to 40 years before.

Suggested grade level: 6–12 Click here for detailed learning standards

Winter

Where do all the wild things go? Explore on snowshoes Pine Bush winter ecology (2 hours)

How would you survive living outside for the winter? The Albany Pine Bush is a year-round home to many animal species. Where do they go and how do they survive during the winter? In this program, students will discover how animals are adapted to winter survival. Students will also learn how to search for and identify animal activity. The Discovery Center will provide all students with snowshoes for this program.

Suggested grade Level: 4–8

Discover the Albany Pine Bush: A unique habitat (1.5 hours)

The Albany Pine Bush Preserve represents one of the best remaining examples of an inland pine barrens ecosystem in the world. Join us on a journey to the Pine Bush to explore what makes this ecosystem so unique. Through authentic firsthand experience, students will be introduced to the Albany Pine Bush and the natural forces of fire and ice that have shaped this ecosystem yesterday and today. We’ll also explore the unique diversity of life that depends on the pine barrens for its survival.

Grade level: 1-12 Click here for detailed learning standards

Spring

Help a habitat (Part 1: 1 hour at your school, Part 2: 1.5 hours at the Discovery Center)

Participate in the restoration of the endangered Albany Pine Bush landscape and “help a habitat.” In the first part of this two-part program, students learn about the natural history of the Albany Pine Bush ecosystem and the challenges the Pine Bush faces today. Students then participate in a hands-on habitat restoration project for the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly. Seeds of the Karner blue’s host plant, the wild blue lupine, are planted and germinated in the classroom. Students care for the seedlings in the classroom until they are ready for planting. In part two of the program students visit the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center and transplant their lupine seedlings to a Karner blue butterfly habitat restoration area in the Pine Bush Preserve.

Suggested grade level: 1–4 Click here for detailed learning standards

Exploring life in a pine barrens vernal pond (2 hours)*

You might call it big puddle or a little pond, but the temporary pools of water we find in the spring are actually “vernal ponds.” Come out to the Pine Bush and explore the plants and animals that make use of these special water bodies. Discover what characteristics make up a pine barrens vernal pond, create your own field notebook, and experience a habitat that is full of life. Maximum group size for this program is 30 students.

* Pre-requisite: Students should complete the “Pine Barrens Vernal Pond Kit” in-class education kit (available through the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center) before participating in this program.

Suggested grade level: 5–8 Click here for detailed learning standards

The future of the Karner blue is in our hands (1.5 hours)

Within the Albany Pine Bush lives the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly. Join us for an exploration into why this beautiful butterfly is nearing extinction. Learn about its natural history, how we are trying to save the Karner blue and how you can help.

Suggested grade level: 2 Click here for detailed learning standards

Discover the Albany Pine Bush: A unique habitat (1.5 hours)

The Albany Pine Bush Preserve represents one of the best remaining examples of an inland pine barrens ecosystem in the world. Join us on a journey to the Pine Bush to explore what makes this ecosystem so unique. Through authentic firsthand experience, students will be introduced to the Albany Pine Bush and the natural forces of fire and ice that have shaped this ecosystem yesterday and today. We’ll also explore the unique diversity of life that depends on the pine barrens for its survival.

Grade level: 1–12 Click here for detailed learning standards

Forces at work (1.5 hours)*

The Albany Pine Bush is a dynamic place, shaped by forces of nature. Most prominent are the forces of weather and fire. This program begins with an introduction to the Pine Bush and the forces that have shaped it for thousands of years. Students will then participate in a hands-on activity that further explains how the forces of weather and fire continue to shape the Pine Bush today.

* Pre-requisite: Students should complete the “Discover the Pine Bush” kit in preparation for this program.

Suggested grade level: 5–8 Click here for detailed learning standards

A point in time (Part 1: 1 hour at your school, Part 2: 1.5 hours at the Discovery Center)

The landscape of the Pine Bush has changed dramatically over the past 60+ years. From unbroken tracts of pine barrens to a highly fragmented Preserve, the Pine Bush hardly resembles the vast barrens it once was. In Part I of this program (at your school), students will learn about the basic ecology of the Pine Bush and through hands on discovery, learn to use a compass and global positioning system unit (GPS). In Part II of this program (at the APBP), students hike in the preserve, observe and track ongoing changes using established photo points. Students will use hand held GPS units to locate the photo points, then use a digital camera and compass bearing to photograph a scene that had been photographed one month to 40 years before.

Suggested grade level: 6–12 Click here for detailed learning standards

Summer

Discover the Albany Pine Bush: A unique habitat (1.5 hours)

The Albany Pine Bush Preserve represents one of the best remaining examples of an inland pine barrens ecosystem in the world. Join us on a journey to the Pine Bush to explore what makes this ecosystem so unique. Through authentic firsthand experience, students will be introduced to the Albany Pine Bush and the natural forces of fire and ice that have shaped this ecosystem yesterday and today. We’ll also explore the unique diversity of life that depends on the pine barrens for its survival.

Grade level: 1–12 Click here for detailed learning standards

Forces at work (1.5 hours)*

The Albany Pine Bush is a dynamic place, shaped by forces of nature. Most prominent are the forces of weather and fire. This program begins with an introduction to the Pine Bush and the forces that have shaped it for thousands of years. Students will then participate in a hands-on activity that further explains how the forces of weather and fire continue to shape the Pine Bush today.

* Pre-requisite: Students should complete the “Discover the Pine Bush” kit in preparation for this program.

Suggested grade level: 5–8 Click here for detailed learning standards

A point in time (Part 1: 1 hour at your school, Part 2: 1.5 hours at the Discovery Center)

The landscape of the Pine Bush has changed dramatically over the past 60+ years. From unbroken tracts of pine barrens to a highly fragmented Preserve, the Pine Bush hardly resembles the vast barrens it once was. In Part I of this program (at your school), students will learn about the basic ecology of the Pine Bush and through hands on discovery, learn to use a compass and global positioning system unit (GPS). In Part II of this program (at the APBP), students hike in the preserve, observe and track ongoing changes using established photo points. Students will use hand held GPS units to locate the photo points, then use a digital camera and compass bearing to photograph a scene that had been photographed one month to 40 years before.

Suggested grade level: 6–12 Click here for detailed learning standards

Exploring life in a pine barrens vernal pond (2 hours)*

You might call it big puddle or a little pond, but the temporary pools of water we find in the spring are actually “vernal ponds.” Come out to the Pine Bush and explore the plants and animals that make use of these special water bodies. Discover what characteristics make up a Pine Barrens vernal pond, create your own field notebook, and experience a habitat that is full of life. Maximum group size for this program is 30 students.

* Pre-requisite: Students should complete the “Pine Barrens Vernal Pond” in-class education kit (available through the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center) before participating in this program.

Suggested grade level: 5-8 Click here for detailed learning standards

We Can Come to You!

If you can’t come to us, let us bring our programs to you. Discovery Outreach Programs are programs brought to your school and presented in the classroom and on school grounds by trained Albany Pine Bush staff and education volunteers. Please give us a call to arrange an Outreach Program (518)456-0655 and press 1.

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3883 New York 97, Barryville, NY, United States 53.23 mi

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

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

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

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All Youth Groups (Age 11 and Up)

Schools,  Summer Camps and Scouts 

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

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

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

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

Activities available for Schools, Camps, Scouts and Families

Delaware River Rafting

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

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

Delaware River Canoeing at Indian Head

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

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

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

Delaware River Kayaking 

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

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

Delaware River Tubing Rates

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

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28 Deveau Road, North Salem, NY, United States 64.1 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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30 Plant Street, Ogdensburg, NJ, United States 70.69 mi

mining artifacts at sterling hill mining museum

Mineralogy & Mining Education

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

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

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

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Our Education Programs: An Overview

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Educational Field Trips & Programs

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

Museum and Mineralogy Experts

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

Educational Facilities

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

How to Participate in Field Trips & Programs

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

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

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

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Scouts

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

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Webelos

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

Cub Scouts Astronomy Pin

Cub Scouts

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

Cub Scout Geology pin

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

Boy Scouts Geology Badge

Boy Scouts

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

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

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

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

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Eagle Scout

Eagle Scouts

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

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

Girl Scouts of America

Girl Scouts

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

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

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110 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs, NY, United States 72.75 mi

Saratoga Automobile Museum

Welcome to the Saratoga Automobile Museum where we preserve, interpret and exhibit automobiles and automotive artifacts. We celebrate the automobile and educate the general public, students and enthusiasts regarding the role of the automobile in New York State and in the wider world. In addition to technical and design aspects, our educational focus is on the past, present and future social and economic impact of the automobile.

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Saratoga Automobile Museum

Field Trips

Grade/age level specific field trips have been designed to engage and educate all students.  Each program begins with an introduction to our Museum and the history of the automobile in New York State, followed by a guided tour of each exhibit.  Programs conclude with a “Traffic Safety” music and craft project (for pre-k and elementary students) and a “New York State Auto Archaeology” scavenger hunt for middle-high school students.

*Each student will receive a gift bag from the museum containing practical, fun and informational materials.
Cost: $5.00 per student (Chaperones are free).

SAM’s Garage

SAM’s Garage is a place where children learn about cars while gearing up for life.

Programs at SAM’s Garage encourage non-traditional, multigenerational learning opportunities for underserved children utilizing historic automobiles. The goal is to help students increase their understanding and proficiency in math, science and history, while helping them to improve their desire to stay in school, develop strong leadership skills and healthy community relationships. Previous projects include the restoration of the iconic Ford Model TT Popcorn Wagon seen at many of the Museum’s summer auto and lawn shows, and a Model A Huckster built from scratch.

The Museum has also served as a host for the Pinewood Derby with local Cub Scouts, provides an education area inside the museum where students can learn about cars and racing and during the Holidays, welcomed Santa Claus to its garage.

The mission of the Saratoga Automobile Museum is to preserve, interpret and exhibit automobiles and automotive artifacts.

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EMR Paintball 77.28 mi

EMR Paintball in Pennsylvania welcomes Youth Groups and Scout groups. Visit EMR Paintball today for the most fun and excitement you can have in the area with a game of paintball! Located at 577 Wolf’s Lair Road, New Milford, Pennsylvania, EMR Paintball is an outdoor paintball field featuring more than 122 Acres action and adrenaline! The largest playing Fields in Pennsylvania.

EMR Paintball Park is a premiere paintball and airsoft facility and home of the famous Castle Conquest. We have 20 diverse playing fields that include; Castles, Forts, Villages, and Towns complete with 2 story buildings, bunkers, tunnels, bridges, woods and various terrain!

Book a private group, stop by for paintball or airsoft open play, or register for an EMR Big Event and play with up to a 1000 people! We have a full service Rec Center and Store for all of your paintball playing needs and offer overnight stays with campsites and bunkhouses available!

We offer the best in customer service, certified safety referees, and a customizable playing experience to fit your needs! We have 20 diverse playing fields that include Castles, Forts, Villages, Towns, and Speedball complete with 2 story buildings, bunkers, tunnels, bridges, woods and various terrain! We have a full service Rec Center and Store for all of your paintball playing needs including rental equipment, foosball tables, ping pong, large TV, snacks and beverages, and tables and chairs to sit down and relax. In addition there is a Picnic Pavilion with a Gas Grill and Picnic Tables as well as Horseshoe Pits and a Volleyball Court.

EMR Paintball also offers overnight stays! For overnight stays there are 35 bunkhouses, 96 Campsites, and a Bon Fire Area..

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Paintball for Youth Groups 

Treat your SchoolCamp Group or Scout group to the best game of Paintball in Pennsylvania.

EMR Paintball Park is 122 acres of Paintball Fun and Excitement. We offer the best in customer service, certified safety referees, and a customizable playing experience to fit your needs! We have 20 diverse playing fields that include Castles, Forts, Villages, Towns, and Speedball complete with 2 story buildings, bunkers, tunnels, bridges, woods and various terrain! We have a full service Rec Center and Store for all of your paintball playing needs including rental equipment, foosball tables, ping pong, large TV, snacks and beverages, and tables and chairs to sit down and relax. In addition there is a Picnic Pavilion with a Gas Grill and Picnic Tables as well as Horseshoe Pits and a Volleyball Court. For overnight stays there are 35 bunkhouses, 96 Campsites, and a Bon Fire Area.

All private groups must reserve their play date with a deposit covering the minimum number of players for their group. The deposit will apply towards your groups fees when you Check-In. We highly recommend reserving your play date at least two weeks in advance to insure getting the day that you desire. Walk-on Groups and individual players are accepted on scheduled OPEN PLAY days and Big Events.

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10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT, United States 82.12 mi

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

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

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

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Camp Directors & Scout Troop Leaders:

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

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

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Educational Programs

Preschool-Class

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

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

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

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

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

Programs by Grade

Pre-K & Kindergarten

Grades 1 – 2

Grades 3 – 4

Grades 5-8

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pre-K and Kindergarten

“House for Hermit Crab”

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

Living vs. Non-Living

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

Sharks!

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

Grades 1 & 2

Intertidal Animals

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

Sea Turtle Life Cycle

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

Whales and Dolphins

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

Grades 3 & 4

Life Between the Tides

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

Sharks and Fish

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

Squid

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

Grades 5-8

Brine Shrimp Inquiry (for Grades 5-6)

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

Intertidal Habitat

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

Marine World Magnified

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

Squid Anatomy

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

Environmental Issues for Grades 3-8

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

Climate Change

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

Invasive Species

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

Water Pollution

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

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Dr. LivingSound® Traveling Science Show!

For Grades 2-6

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

Touch Tank for a Day!

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

Long Island Sound Day

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

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Field Programs

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

Also:

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

Grades K – 2

Visit to the Seashore

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


Grades 3 – 6

Shoreline Exploration

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

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One Blachley Road Stamford, CT 06902 82.36 mi
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Chelsea Piers Connecticut was developed and is managed by the same management team that built and currently manages the highly acclaimed Chelsea Piers Sports and Entertainment complex in New York City (http://www.chelseapiers.com). Like Chelsea Piers New York, it is our mission to provide an unparalleled athletic environment that is always Clean, Safe, Friendly and Fun.

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

Chelsea Piers Connecticut programming highlights:

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

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

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Aquatics Center at Chelsea Piers Connecticut

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


The Courts at Chelsea Piers

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


The Fields

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

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

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


Gymnastics at Chelsea Piers

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

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

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

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


The Rinks at Chelsea Piers

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


Squash Club

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


Tennis Club Overview

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

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


Batting Cages at Chelsea Piers

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

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373D U.S. 46, Fairfield, NJ 07004, United States 83.05 mi

New Jersey Rock Gym

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

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

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For Summer Camps, Programs and Groups over 20 participants

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

Rate Options:

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

Rock Climbing Group Events

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

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

Rate Options:

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

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

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

Climb On Safely

For Leaders of Boy Scouts

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

Introduction to Rock Climbing

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

Rate Options:

1 1/2 hours ($18 per participant)

2 hours ($22 per participant)

3 hours ($30 per participant)

This package includes:

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

Merit Badge Program – for boy scouts ages 13 and up

Cost: $60 per scout; 4 scout minimum

This package includes:

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

Ranger Award-Mountaineering

For Venturing Crews

Cost: $60 per scout; 4 scout minimum

This package includes:

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

Lock-in Program/Overnight

For all scouts

Cost: $28 per scout; 20 scout minimum

This package includes:

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

Belay Certification Class for Scout Leaders

This program includes:

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

Adventure Sports Badge – for Juniors

Cost: $32 per scout; 4 scout minimum

This package includes:

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

High Adventure Interest Patch – for Ambassadors, Juliettes and Seniors

Cost: $32 per scout; 4 scout minimum

This package includes:

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

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2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY, United States 88.09 mi

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

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

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Bronx Zoo Group Sales

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

Group Minimum: 10

Click here for more info on Winter Rates

Ticket Options

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

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

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

General Admission Ticket: Includes admission into the zoo only.

Advanced Reservation Group Sales*

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

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

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