Agriculture and Nature

Agriculture and Nature

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3883 New York 97, Barryville, NY, United States

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

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

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

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28700 Route 25, Cutchogue, NY, United States

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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School Group Programs Grade 1 to 12

 

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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755 South Park Drive, Salisbury, MD, United States

The Salisbury Zoological Park is committed to enhancing our quality of life by providing a friendly, relaxing environment where educational and recreational opportunities come together through participation and interaction. With its animals, staff, volunteers, and park-like setting, the zoo encourages an appreciation of wildlife and inspires conservation of our natural world.

Zoo Tours

Tours are available for schools and civic groups, and need to be pre-booked. Call 410-546-3440 or go to the education section in our website.

Come see the Sloth at the Salisbury Zoo

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Salisbury Zoo for School Group Pre-k to 12th Grade

Education Programs           

The Education Department offers a variety of programs. We are sure you will be able to find something to meet your needs. 

We offer our Wildlife Encouter Classroom Program that is a hands-on (inquiry based) lesson. In creating a setting where students interact and physically use the information being taught, science concepts presented will be reinforced and bring those ideas to life in the student’s hands. 

Adaptations, diet and classification are a few topics to choose from when selecting a program.
In our Wildlife Encounter Stage Presentation our presenters offer an up close look at three of our educaiton animals. Information on the animals classification, habitat, diet, adaptations and issues dealing with conservation are discussed and questions answered.
Based on our education animal collection and your theme of study, these presentations can be tailored to match.
During our Guided Tours guests will be given a multitude of facts and some insider information on each of the exhibit animals as our education guides lead them around the zoo.
In all of our programs, the presenter-student ratio has been reduced to give better opportunity for one on one interaction and the chance for students to experience the information personally.
A variety of our programs are being offered as part of our Zoo2U menu as well.  Our hope is to reach even more students by taking our programs off site to those groups that can’t come to us.
To find out more information on our programs, contact the education department.

 

WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS

Classroom Program

Choose from several theme-specific, interactive programs that utilize the zoo’s education animal collection. Topics include adaptations, food chains and classification. Approximately 45 minutes in length.

Animal Presentation

This presentation of three animals generally includes a bird, mammal and reptile, but can be tailored to your topic of study. Topics can be discussed with the education department at time of booking.  Approximately 30 minutes in length.

LEAF (Local Ecology, Animals and Forests)

Program for 4th grade students focusing on local forests, their animals, uses, ecology, and threats. Approximately 2 hours in length.

Teacher Training

Topic specific trainings are available for homeschool, preschool and classroom teachers.  These trainings give a variety of ideas and ways to incorporate science across the curriculum.  Approximately 2 hours in length.

Zoo-2-U

We bring the zoo to you.  Several of our Wildlife Encounter options are mobile.  If you cannot come to us, we can come to you.  With each of these programs we utilize the zoo’s education animal collection.  Several programs offer a hands-on component.  Approximately 45 minutes in length.

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Humane Way, Lacey Township, NJ, United States
(609) 693-1900(609) 693-1900
(609) 693-8404

Popcorn Park Zoo was established in 1977 for the sole purpose of providing a refuge for wildlife that were sick, elderly, abandoned, abused, or injured, and which could no longer survive in its natural habitat. As time went on, we expanded to include exotic and domestic animals. All our residents once faced these circumstances, as well as exploitation and illegal ownership. Over 200 of these animals and birds now live in spacious surroundings in the heart of the scenic Pine Barrens in southern New Jersey.

When you visit the zoo, you may be greeted at the gate by a gaggle of geese, but soon you will see a marvelous array of animals including African lions, tigers, mountain lions, a camel, emus, rheas, muntjacs, Australian wallabies and more. Many different types of monkeys clamor for your attention in the monkey house, and the Zoo abounds with all kinds of native wildlife such as white-tailed and fallow deer, bobcats, an American black bear, and a raccoon. Farm animals such as horses, steer, sheep, pigs and goats often look for a handout, and reptiles and tortoises enjoy their own special house. In addition, you’ll find numerous species of birds have made themselves comfortable throughout the zoo.

But what makes Popcorn Park so special is that each animal was rescued from suffering, exploitation and/or death – each has its own unique story to tell. You will learn these stories as you walk through the Zoo and as you visit our web site. You have entered a world where all the residents were once in danger and now are safe. So start your journey – bring your curiosity and respect for these beautiful creatures.

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School Groups All Ages and Grades

Humane Education is an important key to the well-being of our society.  Understanding animals and their needs and kindness to animals is a cornerstone in the development of empathy in children. Understanding that animals are a living, breathing and integral part of the web of life, and should be respected accordingly is a valuable gift.  To that end, the more we can all know about the magnificent creatures that share this planet with us, the more stable and whole the world can be. In this regard, humane education is an important component.

Currently, the Society’s focus for humane education is in Ocean and Monmouth Counties. Ranger Dave (Sharpe) holds both classes and tours at Popcorn Park Zoo and our Forked River Animal Care Center, and provides education `in the field’ at local service organizations, schools, churches, etc. in the area. If you are interested in a guest speaker or in coming to the zoo to learn more, contact Ranger Dave at our Forked River facility at (609) 693-1900.

TOURS

The Society offers tours of Popcorn Park Zoo by appointment for many groups, be it school children, service organizations or others.  Please contact our Forked River facility if you are interested in scheduling a tour.  Take the time to watch our virtual tour of Popcorn Park below, and see for yourself how beautiful our zoo is.
Above right is a hawk enclosure surrounded by a pond for the waterfowl, complete with a waterfall. Below and left is the entrance to our Reptile House. And below, right is the entrance to the Zoo itself.

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30 Cherrytown Road, Kerhonkson, NY, United States

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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School Groups and Scouts All Ages and Grades

Pinegrove welcomes groups of all sizes. Our resort is ideal for School 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 School Groups 

 

 

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1305 White Mountain Highway, Milton, NH, United States

The New Hampshire Farm Museum is a non-profit 501 c3 educational organization dedicated to preserving, promoting and carrying forward New Hampshire’s rural and agricultural heritage. The New Hampshire Farm Museum consists of two adjoining farmsteads situated on 50 acres located on Plummer’s Ridge in Milton, New Hampshire. The historic Jones Farm and the Plummer Homestead are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and were passed down in the same families for two centuries. The Museum operates a working farm growing heirloom varieties of vegetables for our Community Supported Agriculture Program and for sale in our Country store. We raise hens for eggs and keep a small selection of heritage breed farm animals to support our educational efforts. We have displays of agricultural implements and educational exhibits on rural life and agriculture for the visiting public and our many visiting school children. We offer guided tours of the historic Jones farmhouse as well as farm animal tours. Special events and programs, workshops, and day camps are offered throughout the year.

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Planning Your Group Visit

School, homeschools, scouting or camp groups are all welcome at the New Hampshire Farm Museum We need a minimum of 10 children or $60. to run a program. The museum accepts school and youth group visits from May 1st through December. Visits can be scheduled Tuesday through Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm depending on the program.

To Schedule Your Visit : Please call 603-652-7840 or email: info@farmmuseum.org.

We recommend one chaperon per ten students. Chaperons or home school parents are charged at half the student rate. There is no charge for teachers, group leaders, counselors or bus drivers or children ages 3 and under. In good weather students can pack a lunch to eat in our picnic area. We have an outdoor handicapped accessible restroom/port-a-potty. We can show students historic games like hoop rolling and graces for all to play with during lunch. We welcome students to shop in our Country Store if permitted during lunch break. The store contains many inexpensive items, educational toys, juice and soda, penny candy and farm grown produce and eggs.

School and Youth Programs at the NH Farm Museum

The New Hampshire Farm Museum provides a wonderful, hands-on opportunity for your students to explore New Hampshire’s agricultural heritage and see where farming and technology intersect with New Hampshire history.  Students who visit the museum have the opportunity to tour a working organic farm and learn about agricultural practices such as the “three sisters”, a method of co-planting corn, beans, and squash that the European settlers learned from the Native Americans. In addition to being a working farm, the museum is home to a vast collection of historic agricultural implements and artifacts of rural life including Daniel Webster’s plow and Horace Greeley’s privy and two historic farmhouses. No visit is complete without a chance to interact with the heritage breed farm animals!

Any of the following educational programs offered by the museum can be easily adapted to fit your curriculum and meet your class’s specific needs.

The Ox-Cart Man: Farms & Families at Work 

Program recommended for grades k-3. Offered May-mid-November. Cost $6 per child. 10 student minimum-60 maximum, Approx. 3 hours

In this hands-on program based on NH poet Donald Hall’s story, The Ox-Cart Man, children explore the way families lived and worked in the past throughout rural New England. The students tour the 18th-century farmhouse cape and learn about the roles of each member of the household and how each was needed to make the family’s living. In gathering farm products to bring to market, they learn about the artifacts and objects of daily life in Colonial times. On their hunt through the barn they search for many of the farm objects depicted in the story and learn about barter and trade. Students make butter, meet our sheep, chickens, turkeys and pig, work with wool, try a planting or harvesting activity and help pack the ox-cart for the trip to Portsmouth.

Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: Rural Life & Technological/Agricultural Evolution 

Program recommended for students grades 3-8. Offered May-mid-November Cost $6 per child. 10 student minimum-60 maximum. Approx. 3 hours

The Jones Farmstead consists of a set of connected farm buildings referred to in an old children’s rhyme as, “Big House, little house, back house, barn.” Each piece of this connected farm structure tells a different story about New Hampshire history from Colonial times to the Twentieth century. In this hands-on program students learn about rural life and technological and agricultural change in New England as they tour the historic farmhouse, hunt for artifacts in the barn, and participate in farm chores. Students will view “Hands to Work,” a short film which uses oral histories and historic photographs of New Hampshire farming. They will try farm chores like grinding corn, carrying water with a yoke, and doing the wash. They will visit the farm animals and make butter. This program can be used supplement lessons on the transition from farms to factories as part of economic evolution or adapted to fit a range of other learning goals.

Hands to Work Program for Pre-schoolers

Program recommended for children ages 3-5 yrs. Offered May through mid-November. Cost: $5 per child. 10 student minimum- maximum: 25. Approx. 2 hours.

Children will learn all about the work on the farm and how the children helped in this completely hands-on program for pre-schoolers. They will grind the corn to feed the chickens, do the wash with washtub and wringer, pump the water at the well, feel the wool from the sheep, churn the cream to make butter, plant a seed or harvest the vegetables depending on the season and explore the Big Yellow Barn to hunt for fun things related to the farm.

An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving on the Farm 

Program recommended for children grades K – 5. Offered November 1st through November 20th. Cost: $7 per child 10 student minimum- maximum 45. Approx. 2 ½ hours.

New Hampshire has a special connection to Thanksgiving as it was our own Sarah Josepha Hale who persuaded President Lincoln in 1863 to declare it a National Holiday. Students will enjoy a tour through the historic farmhouse with costumed roleplayers portraying the Civil War Era. Then they will learn to grind and pound flint corn to make our cornbread and to churn cream into butter for our bread and press apples to make cider for us to drink. We will also explore the 104 ft. long great barn on a special barn hunt and visit with our heritage breed turkeys and other farm animals.

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401 Southwest 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

There is always something new happening at the Museum of Discovery and Science. Spend a day of discovery exploring hundreds of interactive exhibits including the new EcoDiscovery Center. Visitors can take a ride on the Everglades Airboat Adventure, experience hurricane force winds in the Storm Center, dig for fossils alongside a giant prehistoric Megalodon, get close to a confrontation between a saber-toothed cat and an Imperial mammoth, and enjoy the playful antics of North American river otters in their two-story indoor/outdoor habitat.

See exciting science demonstrations, and presentations by community experts. Discover the amazing Everglades in the Florida EcoScapes exhibit. Hang out with bats, turtles and sharks. Meet an alligator and be charmed by a 6-foot-long snake. Take a ride to Mars or soar through the skies in an FA-18 cockpit simulator. And immerse yourself in a five-story-high film adventure at the AutoNation® IMAX 3D Theater, home of the BIGGEST screen in South Florida. Whether you’re two or 82 visit the Museum of Discovery and Science and enjoy a full day of fun. 

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The mission of the Museum of Discovery and Science is to provide experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for children and adults through exhibits, programs, and films. Founded in 1976 as The Discovery Center, the nonprofit facility serves approximately 400,000 visitors each year.

We invite you to bring your students and groups to the Museum of Discovery and Science, Florida’s premier science center, for an exciting hands-on learning adventure, bringing science alive for your students and groups.

Use the links to the left to discover how much we have to offer. Remember we’ve got fun down to a science!

Please click the Image for Current Imax Shows and Times playing at the MOD

Discovery Museum Outreach Programs and Overnight Programs Available

Special Exhibits Available for School Field Trips

Permanent Exhibits for School field Trips

ECODISCOVERY CENTER

A major expansion of the Museum of Discovery and Science, the new 34,000-square-foot EcoDiscovery Center, which more than doubles the Museum’s current exhibit space, offers more dynamic hands-on explorations.

There are five new exhibit areas: Otters at Play, Everglades Airboat Adventure, Prehistoric Florida, Florida Water Mysteries and Storm Center.

Plus, the Mangurian Foundation Lifelong Learning Center featuring four new learning labs will allow visitors to enjoy hands-on learning experiences. LEARN MORE

  • Watch the playful antics of North American river otters
  • Take a ride on the Everglades Airboat Adventure
  • Experience hurricane force winds
  • Dig for fossils alongside a giant prehistoric megalodon
  • Come face-to-face with a saber-toothed cat
  • Walk under a 12-foot-tall Imperial Mammoth
  • Discover the natural path of water through Florida
  • Learn how you can help protect and conserve the Everglades
  • Science will come to life in the new 100-seat Keller Science Theater with entertaining science presentations and live animal shows.

POWERFUL YOU!

This new permanent exhibit showcases the amazing miracle of the human body features four zones: Powerful Pulse, Powerful Team, Powerful You, and The Cutting Edge.

GO GREEN

Ever wonder where your waste goes after the garbage truck takes it away? Climb in our garbage truck and explore with Harry as he guides visitors in learning what going green really means.

MINERALS ROCK EXHIBIT

Did you know minerals are the building block of the entire Universe? The iron in hematite, in spinach and in the hemoglobin in our blood is all the same.   

RUNWAYS TO ROCKETS 

Discover how scientists study the fascinating mysteries of space in our recently expanded space hall. 

LIVING IN THE EVERGLADES

Explore this hands-on interactive exhibit and nature trail that tells the story of the restoration of Florida’s Everglades.

DISCOVERY CENTER

Children seven and under will enjoy this hands-on play and learning center designed especially for them.

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18 Highlawn Road, Warner, NH, United States

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

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

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

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

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Over the course of 20 years, MKIM has offered educational group tours to over 105,000 children. Education is the core of our mission and we look forward to welcoming your group on a memorable journey encompassing the amazing diversity of North American Indian cultures and reverence for nature. In addition to school tours, MKIM offers tours for homeschoolers, scout tours, senior tours, and special interest tours for groups such as cultural awareness, gardening, craft, Native studies, and museum studies groups.Groups begin their visit by viewing a 10-minute DVD that orients them to the museum. Museum Educators introduce themselves and lay out the framework and rules for the tour. Then the journey begins!

Enter the Northeastern Woodlands with its birch bark containers, moose hair embroidery and split ash baskets, into the Southeast with artifacts from the Seminole and Cherokee cultures. Around a corner, enter the Southwest with a fascinating discussion about corn, pueblo pottery, Navajo weaving and basketry from the western part of the country.

Next, step into the Plains Galleries.  This work, completed under the direction of Chris Bullock, Wampanoag, brings a full-scale furnished tipi into the galleries! Children and adults alike will marvel at this glimpse into Plains life with discussions of the American bison, beadwork and feather headdresses. The Northwest Coast is represented by artifacts such as harpoon heads, fur lined moccasins, model kayaks and more recent stone sculptures.

Finally, our Ceremonial Room focuses on the pipes, the musical instruments and the regalia that have been used in ceremonies of all kinds by Native Americans. Connect the Circle Tours also include a guided walk through of the Medicine Woods Nature Trail, where we have over 100 plants native to our area that have been used by Native peoples for tools, medicines, foods, dyes, transportation, shelter, and more. Click here to download a Group Reservation Form. 

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

Plains-style tipi.  Photo by Richard Senor. 2008.

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Group tours

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

MUSEUM GROUP TOUR PRICES
Students 12 and Under $5.50
Students 17 and Under $6.50
Adults 18 and Over $7.50
Seniors 65 and Over $6.50
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TOUR PRICES
Students 12 and Under $10.50
Students 17 and Under $12.50
      Adult Chaperones $5.00
      Teacher Aides Free
Adults 18 and Over $14.50
Seniors 65 and Over $12.50
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1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, United States

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

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

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

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School Groups

School Groups

Make the Met part of your school year! The Museum is currently accepting appointment requests for guided and self-guided visits to occur through June 26, 2014. Requests for summer 2014 will begin in early June.

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

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

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s school tour program is made possible by the generosity of Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman.


Guided Visits

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

Works of art at the Met are rich, primary-resource texts, and guided visits align with a range of state and national learning standards, including the following Common Core Learning Standards:

  • Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1)
  • Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.1).
  • Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.2).

Guided visits are offered and recommended for students who are at or above first-grade level and last about an hour. Due to the demand for guided visits, each school is limited to three guided visits per semester. To request an appointment, please fill out the School Group Visit Request Form.

Group Size
A group may have no fewer than ten students and no more than fifty students, with one chaperone required for every ten students. The Museum reserves the right to limit the number of adult chaperones participating in school group guided visits.

Group Fee
All fees are waived for schools located within the five boroughs of New York City due to the generous support of Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman. Schools outside New York City pay the following group rates:

  • Students: $15 each
  • Required adult chaperones (one for every ten students): $15 each
  • One teacher per reservation receives complimentary admission.
  • Any additional adults: $28 each
  • Groups of 15 or fewer: $225 flat fee

Membership and other discounts do not apply to group admission.

Visit Schedule
Guided visits are conducted Monday through Friday, 9:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Topics for Grades 1–3
These thematic tours introduce primary grade students to a variety of art from different cultures. Sketching is included. All materials are provided by the Museum.

Recommended for First-Time Visitors

  • Exploring Art across Cultures
    See the world! Develop visual-analysis and evidence-based reasoning skills during a thematic, cross-cultural exploration of the Met’s collection.

Thematic Topics

  • Amazing Animals
    Take a walk on the wild side! Explore animal imagery in art at the Met.
  • Communities around the World
    What is a community? Explore possible answers by examining relevant artworks from around the globe and considering the ideas and activities that bring different groups of people together.
  • Faces and Masks
    What happens when art looks back at us? Find out as we come face-to-face with art from around the world.
  • Patterns
    How do artists use line, shape, and color to generate patterns in works of art? Discover the possibilities in two- and three-dimensional artworks.
  • Stories and Legends
    It’s often said that a picture is worth a thousand words; discover the power of storytelling in art across cultures.

Topics for Grades 4–12
Students explore works of art through close observation and inquiry-based discussion.

Recommended for First-Time Visitors

  • Exploring Art across Cultures
    See the world! Develop visual-analysis and evidence-based reasoning skills during a thematic, cross-cultural exploration of the Met’s collection.

The Ancient World

  • Ancient Egypt: Art for Eternity
    Uncover the relationships between daily life and the afterlife, the role of the pharaoh, and the powers of gods and goddesses in the art of ancient Egypt.
  • Ancient Greece and Rome: Art of Heroic Ideals
    Learn how the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome used visual art and mythology to understand concepts like beauty, death, and heroism.
  • Ancient Mesopotamia: Art of Power and Beliefs
    Explore the art of the ancient Near East, a diverse geographic region that includes the cultures of ancient Assyria, Babylonia, and Sumer, among others.
  • Art of the Ancient World: Connections across Cultures
    Unearth connections between different ancient cultures by examining relationships between the works of art they left behind. This tour can include objects from two to three of the following cultures: Egypt, Greece, Rome, and Mesopotamia.

Crossroads of Asia

  • Art of the Silk Road
    Investigate the objects, belief systems, and ideas that spread along trade routes on the ancient Silk Road for many hundreds of years. Consider the visual evidence of connections between China, India, Central Asia, and European cultures.
  • Art of the Islamic World
    Explore the dynamic intercultural exchange that helped shape both sacred and secular art in the Islamic world from as far west as Spain and Morocco to areas now occupied by India and Pakistan.
  • Art of China: Tradition and Innovation
    Examine the art of China, and consider the interplay of geography, tradition, and belief that helped shape this remarkable and inventive culture.
  • The Natural World in the Art of Asia
    Flowing water, lush trees, and scurrying wildlife: examine visions of the natural world in art from Japan, China, and beyond, and consider what these images tell us about their makers.

Perspectives on Europe

  • Art of Medieval Europe
    The art of the Middle Ages—a span of nearly twelve hundred years—reveals an age of profound social, religious, and artistic change. Trace the growth of this new visual vocabulary in the art of Medieval Europe.
  • European Art in the Renaissance (14th–16th Century)
    Witness the rebirth of the Classical world in Italy and across Europe. Consider notions of status, family, and identity in both secular and sacred art.
  • European Art in an Age of Reason and Religion (16th–19th Century)
    Explore the political, social, and scientific innovations in Europe during this time, and consider how they relate to shifts in artistic thinking.
  • Art of Spain: Converging Cultures
    From the Islamic design of pre-Catholic Spain to the vigor of painters like Velázquez and Picasso, discover why the history of art in Spain is a history of cultural convergences.
  • Art of France: Romance and Revolution
    Explore the culture of France through its art, tracing changing attitudes toward artistic expression from royal patronage to Impressionism and beyond.

African Experiences

  • African Art
    Examine powerful, communal, and spiritual art from the diverse cultures of sub-Saharan Africa, and reflect on what we can learn about the cultures that create it.

Connections in North and South America

  • American Art: Change and Continuity
    Chart the course of the United States of America through its art. Discover how this country has changed over hundreds of years, and consider what it means to be living in America.
  • Art of Native North America
    Experience the artistic achievements of native cultures in North America, and reflect on how these artworks incorporate symbols of the natural world. Groups limited to 25 people.
  • Art of Ancient Central and South America
    Discover gold, ceramic, and stone artworks from pre-Columbian cultures in Central and South America, and consider what we can learn about the beliefs of the Olmec, Maya, and Aztec civilizations.

Thematic Topics

  • Modern and Contemporary Art
    Break the rules! Explore how twentieth- and twenty-first-century artists have pushed boundaries and experimented with new ideas, materials, and notions about the very nature of art.
  • The Musical Museum
    Explore musical instruments across the Museum’s collections and from a variety of cultures and time periods.

World of Art: Afternoon Guided Tours for High School Students
These guided visits offer high school students the opportunity to work in small groups to think critically about cross-cultural connections between artworks, world history, and their own lives. These tours are ideal for students who can benefit from individualized attention and collaborative small-group work. Teachers are welcome to book multiple visits. (Available Tuesday through Thursday, 1:30 or 2:00 p.m. only.)

  • Art of Power and Belief
    Take a cross-cultural journey that delves into the complex relationship between these two intriguing concepts in art.
  • The Artist Speaks
    Investigate how artists from around the world make choices, share ideas, and communicate cultural perspectives through the language of visual art.
  • The Human Figure
    The human body has been a source of inspiration for artists around the world. How does the art of the human figure relate to the cultures that produce it?

Request a visit appointment.


Self-Guided Visits

Teachers and their students may explore the Museum’s encyclopedic collection independently. Please note that self-guided visits also require appointments. All teachers who participate in a K–12 educator program offered by the Museum receive priority registration for self-guided visits to the Museum.

Group Size
A self-guided group may have no fewer than ten students and no more than fifty students, with one chaperone required for every ten students. Each school is limited to one group of up to fifty students per day.

Group Fee
All fees are waived for schools located within the five boroughs of New York City due to the generous support of Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman. Schools outside New York City pay the following group rates:

  • Students: $9 each
  • Required adult chaperones (one for every 10 students): $9 each
  • One teacher per reservation receives complimentary admission.
  • Any additional adults: $20 each

Membership and other discounts do not apply to group admission.

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

Teacher Resources
Use the links below to selected pre-visit guides that will help you prepare for your self-guided visit with your students.

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370 Zoo Road, Jacksonville, FL, United States

Escape to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for the only walking safari in Northeast Florida. Discover the earth’s wildlife through interactive and educational experiences. A true family adventure, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is growing and changing daily and is dedicated to consistently improving.  Beginning in 2004 with Range of the Jaguar and continuing with Giraffe Overlook and Savanna Blooms garden, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is quickly becoming a world-class establishment. The Zoo has something for everyone with more than 2,000 rare and exotic animals and 1,000 varieties of plants. Whether you are a visitor to Florida’s First Coast or a lifetime resident, we invite you to experience the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens through interactions with people, wildlife and the environment.

THINGS TO SEE AND DO!

BEHIND THE SCENE TOURS

CAROUSEL

EXHIBITS

GARDEN TOURS

KEEPER TALKS

JAZOO’S KIDZONE

TRAIN RIDES

BIRD WATCHING AT THE ZOO

ZOO KEEPER FOR THE DAY!

4-D Ride

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School Field Trips at the Jacksonville Zoo and Garden

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is home to over 1,400 species of animals and 2,000 species of plants from around the world.  It is also the field trip destination for nearly 100,000 school students, teachers and chaperones every year from as far away as Columbia, SC & Savannah, GA, Orlando & Tallahassee, FL.  Whether you are studying Life Cycles and Adaptations or Animal Behavior or Ecosystems, there is plenty to see and do while visiting the Zoo.  Field trips are self-guided, but we encourage you to download scavenger hunts, attend keeper talks and schedule an education program to maximize the resources available to you and your students while you are here.

Education Rates

Public and private school groups of 15 or more receive a deeply discounted Education Rate when they visit the Zoo between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday – Friday during regular school days and make a reservation at least two weeks in advance.  For more information or to request a field trip via e-mail, please send requests to the Education Department or call (904) 757-4463, ext. 122.

DUVAL COUNTY PUBLIC & PRIVATE SCHOOLS of 15 or more receive FREE admission and 1 chaperone for every 10 students receives FREE admission when they visit the Zoo between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday – Friday during regular school days and make a reservation at least two weeks in advance.

DUVAL COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 2ND GRADES are required to participate in the Classroom Programs when scheduling a Zoo field trip.  Through a memorandum of understanding with the Duval County School Board, these grades are approved for field trips to the Zoo when they participate in the on-site program.  Student admission is FREE, 1 adult per 10 students are admitted FREE, and the on-site program is FREE.

SEASONAL WARNING

March, April & May are the busiest months for school visits.  Nearly 50,000 or 50% of our annual field trip attendance occurs during these spring months, and our programming schedule fills to capacity.  To avoid the reservation rush, make your reservation TODAY!  Or, avoid the spring rush and plan your visit for fall or winter.

Scavenger Hunts

The Education Department has prepared a variety of scavenger hunts to help you maximize the educational resources at the Zoo.  All of the answers may be found in animal graphics and identification panels at the exhibits.

Basic Scavenger Hunt & Answer Sheet

Freshwater Food Web Activity in Play Park

Play Park Scavenger Hunt

Upper Elementary Culture Scavenger Hunt & Answer Sheet

Upper Elementary Animal Population Dynamics Scavenger Hunt & Answer Sheet

Upper Elementary Habitats & Geography Scavenger Hunt & Answer Sheet

Secondary Scavenger Hunt for Range of the Jaguar

Are you using The Great Water Odyssey™ curricula from the St. Johns River Water Management District for 3rd, 4th & 5th Grades?

The Great Water Odyssey™ Scavenger Hunt in Play Park & Answer Sheet .pdf

 

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Classroom Programs

Classroom Programs

Formal education programs at the PepsiCo Foundation Education Campus may be scheduled Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.  Our presentations focus on a grade-level appropriate subject and include up-close and hands-on animal encounters.  Programs are available for Pre-K through twelfth grade curricula and have been developed in conjunction with the Sunshine State Standards and the Common Core Standards.  Program activity packets are emailed in advance of the program and include vocabulary lists, suggested reading lists, as well as suggested activities.  The fee for one program is $3 per student with a minimum of 15 students and does not include admission into the Zoo.  Admission to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is an additional fee if applicable.  Choose from the following list of programs.  If you don’t see a class that fits your needs, our Educators can create a program just for you with at least 6 weeks notice.

Pre-K (30 minutes) choose from:

Animal Friends – This classroom program is designed to help answer the questions: How do animals help people?  How can people help animals?  Which animals make good pets, and what do pets need?  Children will learn how they can help and show respect for wild and domestic animals.

Storybook Programs Storybook Programs (Designed for groups of 15 or fewer) – These Story Safaris include a popular children’s storybook, a themed hands-on activity for each child and an encounter with an animal from the book.  Choose from:

  • Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in a Ball, Vicki Churchill
  • Barnyard Dance, by Sandra Boynton
  • THe Hoppameleon, by Paul Geraphty, or
  • In the Forest, by Maurice Pledger

Kindergarten (30 minutes)

Animal Life– What does it mean to be “alive”?  What does a living thing need to survive?  Explore the world of living things and learn the characteristics of living and non-living things.

1st Grade choose from:

Life Cycles – Explore the basic developmental stages of plants and animals.  Learn about metamorphosis and how young plants and animals may look different from their parents. See how living things grow and change and how plants and animals are like their parents but may look different.  Also learn how an animal’s family life may be different from ours.

Animal Senses – How do people and animals use their senses to learn about the world?  What organs provide us with our senses?  Join us as we compare and contrast how people and animals use their senses to survive.

2nd Grade choose from:

Backbones and Bodies – Learn about the parts of the human body:  the skeleton, muscles, heart, lungs and brain.  Learn how they compare to other vertebrate animals using examples from the vertebrate classes – fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.

Adaptations – What tools do plants and animals have to help them survive in their environment?  Some plants and animals are built for life on land some are built for life in the water.  Discover living things’ amazing adaptations for both.

3rd Grade choose from:

Fur, Feathers, Scales and Slime – In this program, we will discover the basic characteristics of the vertebrate classes: fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

Ecosystems – Join us as we explore the characteristics of some of the following ecosystems: tundra, taiga, deciduous forests, grasslands, deserts, tropical rain forests and freshwater.  Learn what adaptations the animals living in those systems need to ensure their survival.

Grades 4 and 5 choose from:

Endangered Species – Why do species become extinct?  What can be done to save them?  Discover how animals become threatened or endangered and what you can do to help save them.

Florida Habitats – Explore with us the variety of habitats found in Florida and discover the plants and animals found here.  Some are fragile and some are disappearing; learn what you can do to help conserve them for future generations.

Grades 6 thru 8 choose from:

Ecosystems – Join us as we explore the characteristics of some of the following ecosystems: tundra, taiga, deciduous forests, grasslands, deserts, tropical rain forests and freshwater.  Learn what adaptations the animals living in those systems need to ensure their survival.

Endangered Species – Why do species become extinct?  What can be done to save them?  Discover how animals become threatened or endangered and what you can do to help save them.

Florida Habitats – Explore with us the variety of habitats found in Florida and discover the plants and animals found here.  Some are fragile and some are disappearing; learn what you can do to help conserve them for future generations.

Anatomy and Function – What’s the use of a giraffe neck, jaguar spots or an alligator’s snout?  This program explores the various physical structures of animals and how they relate to body functions.

Grades 9 thru 12 choose from:

Endangered Species– Why do species become extinct?  What can be done to save them?  Discover how animals become threatened or endangered and what you can do to help save them.

Anatomy and Function – What’s the use of a giraffe neck, jaguar spots or an alligator’s snout?  This program explores the various physical structures of animals and how they relate to body functions.

Captive Care – What do zoos do?  Why do they exist?  Explore the world of exotic animal management including a focus on diets, health issues, enrichment and breeding.

Special Needs – All Grades (30-40 minutes):

A Touching Experience – Every audience benefits from the positive interaction and hands-on experiences in this multi-sensory encounter with a variety of animals.  Individual programs may be tailored for each group.  Emphasis is placed on respect for animals by creating a positive, hands-on experience.
Interested in booking a program? Email education or call 904-757-4463 x122.

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Zoo to You Outreach

Let us bring the Zoo to YOU!

Our Outreach Program transforms your classroom lesson or special event into a not-to-be-missed occasion!  Every program includes a variety of animals and artifacts that provide for hands-on learning.  We Bring Life to Learning!

Classroom Program (Up to 30 attendees)
An intimate, hands-on, 45 minute experience with our animal ambassadors.

Auditorium Program (Up to 150 attendees)
A 45 minute stage show featuring our animal ambassadors.

*Participants may be invited to get up close and personal with one of the stars after the performance, depending on animal health, your group size, and overall behavior.*

Events/Festivals
Looking to add a little excitement? Our animal ambassadors can liven up any function!  Simply provide us a space at your event and we will bring the Zoo to YOU!


Keep an eye out for new pricing changes coming soon! For current cost information, reservations or for more information, email education@jacksonvillezoo.org or call 904-757-4463 x122.

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

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

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

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

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School Group Programs

Program Fees

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

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

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

Farm Programs:

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

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

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

FARM ANIMALS PROGRAM: Station Activities

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

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

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1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton, PA, United States

Hawk Mountain is the ideal outdoor destination. The 2,600-acre Sanctuary offers superb hiking in every season, the chance to see large numbers of hawks, eagles and falcons each autumn, and in spring, the chance to enjoy comfortable weather, Mountain Laurel blooms, and returning songbirds. Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is the world`s first refuge for birds of prey, and a leader in the study and protection of our magnificent hawks, eagles and falcons.

At Hawk Mountain, we know first hand how moved people are to see a hawk soar across the sky. That`s why raptors, or “birds of prey” make such a compelling focus for learning. Here, we study birds of prey, monitor their annual, amazing migrations, and use our findings to train young conservationists and educate the public.

To help connect more people with nature and, in particular, birds of prey, Hawk Mountain operates a 2,600-acre Sanctuary open to the public year-round. But whether the birds fly or not, Hawk Mountain still boasts an incredible view, 8 miles of trails and its rich conservation legacy. Some highlights:

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School in the Clouds

Download our complete School in the Clouds Brochure here

Make the most of your field-trip to Hawk Mountain and start your day with a program by one of our Educators. Introductions and Guided Group programs are available throughout the year. Groups are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Scheduling 6-8 weeks in advance is recommended during peak seasons (April-May and September-November).

Trail Fees: There is a trail fee for each participant in addition to the program cost. A 20% discount on trail fees may be available to groups registering more than 2 weeks in advance. Children 6-12 $3; Adults – $6; Seniors – $5. On Autumn weekends (Sept-Nov) and Columbus Day: Children 6-12, $4, Adults and Seniors – $8

Chaperones: We recommend 1 chaperone /5 students to accompany all groups.

To Schedule: Phone: 610-756-6000, ext. 210

Raptors Over the Ridge Introduction

Time: Weekdays; 30-40 minutes

Cost: $75, plus student and adult trail fees

Limit: 75 students, groups larger than 75 meet in Amphitheater & Outdoor Classroom

Your group will receive an overview of the Sanctuary by an Educator or trained volunteer. Discussion will include natural history, raptor identification, migration information and Sanctuary guidelines. Then, you’re off to explore the Sanctuary on your own!

Raptors Over the Ridge Introduction plus Lookout Interpretation

Time: Weekdays; 1 hour

Cost: $125, plus student and adult trail fees

Limit: 75 students

Includes an overview of the Sanctuary, natural history, raptor identification, migration information PLUS a guided walk to South Lookout and flight interpretation and review of local landmarks. Then, you continue exploring the Sanctuary on your own.

Raptors Over the Ridge Introduction plus Raptor Presentation

Time: Weekdays; 45 minutes

Cost: $175, plus student and adult trail fees

Limit: 75 students, group larger than 75 meets in Amphitheater & Outdoor Classroom

In addition to learning about natural history, raptor identification, migration information and Sanctuary guidelines, your groups will spend time getting an up-close and personal look at one of our educational raptors.

Mountain Discovery Guided Hike

Time: Weekdays; 3-4 hours

Cost: $250, plus student and adult trail fees. We recommend 1 adult chaperone/5 students

Limit: 60 students per group pending Instructor availability

This program begins with a 45 minute introduction to raptors, migration and Sanctuary history and then a live raptor presentation. Each student is given a pair of binoculars to use for the day with instruction on proper use. Explore Appalachian flora and fauna as your group hikes to one of the Sanctuary’s Lookouts where students practice newly acquired binocular skills and identify raptors on migration.

Students must bring a lunch and water carried in a daypack.

The Acorn Project

Time: Weekdays; 2-2.5 hours

Cost: $150, plus $3/child trail fee (adult chaperones are free)

Limit: Up to 2nd grade. Group size is a minimum of 10 and maximum of 20 students.

Students spend approximately 30 minutes learning about the Appalachian forest and are introduced to a live raptor. Then, students head outside to collect acorns and leaves and explore the forest. After the walk, students return to the classroom ready to sort their leaves and dissect acorns helping them discover how these items are connected and how each one benefits the forest. Teachers are encouraged to bring along a snack for young students.

North Lookout Trail Hike for Adults

Time: varies

Cost: Please contact the Education Dept. for details

Limit: Group size is a minimum of 10 adults. Program is intended for private adult groups only.

Program begins at the Visitor Center with an introduction to the Sanctuary and follows the trail to North Lookout. Groups will be provided with in-depth information about the Sanctuary’s flora and fauna and unique cultural and natural history. Ideal for small corporate outings, all proceeds will directly benefit Hawk Mountain education programs.

Self-Guided Groups

You may choose to lead your own group without the help of sanctuary Educators. Please review our Guiding Your Own Group Guide before your visit for registration procedures and pointers on preparing for your trip.

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28 Deveau Road, North Salem, NY, United States

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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Florida Museum of Natural History Gainesville, FL 32611

Enjoy hundreds of exotic butterflies in a rain forest setting, witness a South Florida Calusa Indian welcoming ceremony, experience a life-size limestone cave and see a mammoth and mastodon from the last ice age.

Located on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville and open year round, the Florida Museum is one of the nation’s top five museums with more than 34 million specimens, including one of the world’s largest collections of butterflies and moths.

Visitors are greeted by a 14-foot-tall, 16,000-year-old Columbian Mammoth discovered in the Aucilla River in northwest Florida. Ninety percent of the bones are fossil material, making it one of the most complete ever found.

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To assist educators planning a trip to the Museum, guides for permanent and temporary exhibits are available. There are other classroom learning resources on the Museum’s website, including databases of specimens and artifacts in the Florida Museum’s collections, images, audio and video recordings, and much more.

You can also move the educational power of the Museum into your classroom with collections assembled in our Inquiry Boxes.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Guided School Programs

Guided school program in South Florida hall

Join our museum docents for hands-on classroom activities and interactive walks through our state-of-the-art exhibits and outdoor natural areas!

  • Designed for grades K-8
  • 1 or 2 hour programs available
  • Individualized to provide age-appropriate activities
  • Meet Florida Next Generation Sunshine State Standards
  • Larger groups may schedule two separate calendar dates if necessary

Indoor Program Options

NEW! Museum Explorations
NEW! Museum and Butterfly Rainforest Explorations
NEW! Museum Explorations and Surfing Florida and Surf Science
Butterfly and Moth Explorations
Fossils – No Bones About It!
Trails in Time – Florida’s Early Native Peoples

Outdoor Program Options

  • 10-40 students per program.
  • Groups over 40 may schedule two or more calendar dates for the same program. Separate online reservation forms must be completed for each calendar date.

Nature Detectives

Program Fees and Times for Guided Programs

Program Availability Capacity* Times Student Rate Free Chaperones Additional Chaperones
NEW! Museum Explorations Oct. 1-May 23
Tue-Fri
10-60*** 10
11:15
$3 One free per 10 students $3
NEW! Museum & Butterfly Rainforest Explorations1 Oct. 1-May 23
Tue-Fri
10-60** 10-12:15
(includes lunch break)
$8 One free per 10 students $8
NEW! Museum Explorations & Surfing Florida1 Oct. 1-Jan 17
Tue-Fri
10-120 10-12:15
(includes lunch break)
$6 One free per 10 students $6
Butterfly & Moth Explorations1 Oct. 1-May 23
Tue-Fri
10-120* 10
11:15
$5 One free per 10 students $8
Fossils – No Bones About It! Oct. 1-May 23
Tue-Fri
10-120* 10
11:15
$3 One free per 10 students $3
Nature Detectives Oct. 1-May 23
Tue-Fri
10-40 10
11:15
$3 One free per 10 students $3
Trails in Time – Florida’s Early Native Peoples Oct. 1-May 23
Tue-Fri
10-120* 10
11:15
$3 One free per 10 students $3

1 The fee for these programs includes admission to the Butterfly Rainforest and/or Surfing Florida exhibits.

*** Groups exceeding 60 may schedule two or more calendar dates for this program or schedule to self-guide the Butterfly Rainforest or self-guide Surfing Florida.

** Groups exceeding 60 may schedule two or more calendar dates for this program.

Groups 61 – 120 may participate in both program times with students divided into two groups and groups exceeding 120 may schedule two or more calendar dates for this program or choose to self-guide. Separate online forms must be completed for each calendar date.

Self-Guided School Group Visits

School children looking though Fossil Hall jaw case

Self-guided visits are suitable for any school groups that prefer to visit the Museum without the benefit of docents or staff. Reservationsare required for all self-guided visits of 10 or more students to ensure a positive experience for your group.

A staff member will greet your group and facilitate check-in. After that, your group leaders are entirely responsible for the educational experience of the students.

Exhibit & Educator Guides are available for each of the permanent exhibits and many of the temporary exhibits. They contain information about the exhibits, discussion questions, classroom activities and related resources.

Reservations

Complete the Online Reservation Form to schedule a self-guided visit.

If you have questions, contact the Group Sales Coordinator, reservations@flmnh.ufl.edu, or 352-273-2027.

Admission (10 or more students)

Free admission* to all exhibits except the Butterfly Rainforest and Surfing Florida: A Photographic History and Surf Science: Waves and Wildlife. Groups can visit multiple exhibits in one day.

Exhibit Dates Student Rate Free Chaperones Additional Chaperones
Butterfly Rainforest Year Round $4 One free per 10 students $7
Surfing Florida Sept. 3, 2013-
Jan. 17, 2014
$3 One free per 10 students $3

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Outreach Programs at Florida Museum of Natural History (All Grades)

Bring the Museum to your classroom!

The Florida Museum of Natural History currently offers five Inquiry Box outreach programs for use in the classroom. A free 45-minute educational program using artifacts and natural history objects is delivered by museum staff or volunteers to enhance science and social studies lessons or Museum field trips.

Download Inquiry Boxes Flier

Inquiry Boxes may be kept in your classroom for two (2) weeks at a cost of $25/box, allowing students to further examine the hands-on items and other materials included in the box. Teachers will be responsible for returning the Inquiry Boxes to the Museum.

To reserve an Inquiry Box and presentation, please email carlislej@flmnh.ufl.edu or call 352-273-2026.

Outreach programs Available

Florida’s Butterflies & Moths

Suitable for: All ages but geared to K-4th grade

Participants will:

  • Learn about the life cycle of butterflies and moths.
  • Learn how butterflies and moths are similar and different.
  • Examine actual moths and butterflies found in Florida and discuss sizes, colors, and body parts.
  • Gain a better understanding of how important camouflage and adaptation methods are for survival.
  • Understand that Lepidoptera have scales covering their wings.
  • Experience how Lepidoptera see with their compound eyes.

The Florida’s Butterflies and Moths Inquiry Box (a large plum duffle bag) contains books (both fiction and nonfiction), a video, word cards, laminated teaching aids and a teacher’s guide (including a suggested approach sheet). This Inquiry Box features 14 shared boxes, each designed to be explored by 1-3 students.

Inquiry Box contents - Butterflies and Moths

Each shared box contains:

  • One clear plastic box containing 1 of 4 Florida butterflies
  • One box containing 1 of 3 Florida moths
  • Packet of cards for identifying the above (Within the 14 boxes, there are 7 different Florida moths and butterflies.)
  • 2 magnifying glasses
  • 2 eyepiece teleidoscopes
  • Packet of plastic life cycle parts
  • Butterfly finger puppet
  • This Inquiry Box was designed using the Sunshine State Standards and is intended to enhance FCAT preparation.

Educators’ Guide & Recommended Reading

 

Florida’s Reptiles & Amphibians

Suitable for: All ages but geared to K-3rd grade

Participants will:

  • Discover the great variety of reptiles and amphibians that make their home in Florida: crocodilians, snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs and salamanders.
  • Learn how reptiles and amphibians are the same and how they are different.
  • Hold a snake shed and learn why and how snakes shed their skin.
  • Learn what a tadpole is and how it is part of the transformation from egg to frog through the process called metamorphosis.
  • Discover the difference between warm blooded and cold blooded animals by using a simple thermometer.

The Florida’s Reptiles and Amphibian Inquiry Box (2 green suitcases) contains books (both fiction and nonfiction), a video, 6 replicas, word cards, laminated teaching aids and a teacher’s guide (including a suggested approach sheet). This Inquiry Box features 14 shared boxes, each designed to be explored by 1-3 students.

Inquiry Box contents - Reptiles & Amphibians

Each box contains:

  • Envelope A contains a real snake shed
  • Envelope B has a hands on camouflage activity
  • Envelope C contains a flat thermometer
  • Envelope D contains 6 frog metamorphosis cards
  • 2 sock puppets
  • Replica of a snapping turtle

This Inquiry Box was designed using the Sunshine State Standards and is intended to enhance FCAT preparation.

Florida’s Seminole People

Suitable for: All ages but geared to K-5th grade

Participants will:

  • Learn about the way of life of the Seminole people of Florida, both today and when the word Seminole first came into use.
  • Explore customs, clothing, food sources, housing, economics and government as a way to learn about these early Floridians.
  • Find out how adaptability and resourcefulness have led to the survival of the Seminole culture, after only a few Seminole escaped attempts at deportation.
  • Try on a Seminole vest or skirt and learn how the sewing machine changed the traditional clothing.

Inquiry Box contents - Florida's Seminole People

The Florida’s Seminole Peoples Inquiry Box (a black suitcase) contains books, (both fiction and nonfiction), a video, word cards, laminated pictures and teaching aids, replicas, sweetgrass basket, Seminole doll, patchwork samples, a vest and/or skirt, and more. There is a teacher’s guide which includes a suggested approach sheet. There are many hands-on articles along with a bingo-type game.

This Inquiry Box was designed using the Sunshine State Standards and is intended to enhance FCAT preparation.

 Teacher’s Guide to Florida’s Native People

This teacher’s guide may be used for Inquiry Box presentations, Inquiry Box loans and museum visits. The guide contains information on Florida’s Indian people, information on associated subjects and related fields of study, vocabulary and suggested activities. All activities are designed to integrate social studies, language arts, math and science in a unified learning experience. Permission is granted to reproduce the information and activities for student and teacher use. All guides are in PDF format.

Northern Florida’s Early Native People

Suitable for: All ages but geared to 3rd-5th grade

Participants will:

  • Investigate the lives of Florida’s early native peoples from the hunting-and-gathering Paleoindians to the farming Apalachee and Timucuan peoples.
  • Learn about their culture, community, clothing, games, houses, tools, food and trade items.
  • Find out how life changed in Florida after the arrival of European explorers.
  • Hold and explore replicas and ancient artifacts.

The Florida’s Northern Early Native People Inquiry Box (2 large royal blue suitcases) contains books (both fiction and nonfiction), a video, word cards, laminated teaching aids and a teacher’s guide (including a suggested approach sheet). This Inquiry Box features 14 shared boxes, each designed to be explored by 1-3 students.

Inquiry Box contents - North Florida Early Native People

Each shared box contains:

  • Celt
  • Chunky stone
  • Owl totem replica
  • Food packet (corn kernel, pumpkin seeds, dried bean, jerky, seashell, sunflower seed, peach pit, fish bones, acorns, shark tooth, and peas)
  • Trade bag (bell, glass beads, jewelry, mica, potsherd, quartzite, seashells, shark tooth, and string)
  • 2 pieces of terra cotta clay
  • Packet with fibers for cord making

This Inquiry Box was designed using the Sunshine State Standards and is intended to enhance FCAT preparation.

Teacher’s Guide to Florida’s Native People

This teacher’s guide may be used for Inquiry Box presentations, Inquiry Box loans and museum visits. The guide contains information on Florida’s Indian people, information on associated subjects and related fields of study, vocabulary and suggested activities. All activities are designed to integrate social studies, language arts, math and science in a unified learning experience. Permission is granted to reproduce the information and activities for student and teacher use. All guides are in PDF format.

Southern Florida’s Early Native People

Suitable for: All ages but geared to 3rd-5th grade

Participants will:

  • Discover the people who inhabited South Florida, descendants of the Paleoindians and Archaic people who came to Florida thousands of years ago.
  • See replicas of early Indian crafts – a wooden Ivory Billed Woodpecker plaque, a mask, a hammer, a scoop and the feline statue.
  • Find out what middens (old trash heaps) tell us about diet, culture, and climate.
  • Learn how the early people made cord and rope.
  • Read a translation from Spanish records about the Calusa.
  • Handle ancient tool artifacts – points, knives, drills, and scrapers.

The Southern Florida Early Native People Inquiry Box (a large red suitcase and a small red duffle bag) contains books (both fiction and nonfiction), a video, word cards, laminated teaching aids, replicas, artifacts, a timeline, a game, a sorting tray and a teacher’s guide (including a suggested approach sheet). This Inquiry Box features 14 shared boxes, each designed to be explored by 1-3 students.

Inquiry Box contents - South Florida Early Native People

Each shared box contains:

  • Sealed packet of 1000+ year old midden
  • Packet fishing gear – hook, net, net gauge, and illustration
  • Packet containing artifacts of tools with identification cards
  • Packet of fiber from which to make cord
  • Replica of the famous feline

This Inquiry Box was designed using the Sunshine State Standards and is intended to enhance FCAT preparation.

Teacher’s Guide to Florida’s Native People

This teacher’s guide may be used for Inquiry Box presentations, Inquiry Box loans and museum visits. The guide contains information on Florida’s Indian people, information on associated subjects and related fields of study, vocabulary and suggested activities. All activities are designed to integrate social studies, language arts, math and science in a unified learning experience. Permission is granted to reproduce the information and activities for student and teacher use. All guides are in PDF format.

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Railroad Avenue, Essex, CT 06426, United States

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

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

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

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

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SCHOOL TRIPS 

School Field Trips
Here at Essex Steam Train we love kids! A ride on the Essex Steam Train and the Connecticut Riverboat offers many educational touchstones:

  • The science of our steam engines
  • The history of our railroad and vintage rail cars
  • The ecology and history of the river valley
  • Cruise by historic Gillette Castle, Goodspeed Opera House, and other sights

Round trip ticket is $12.00 per person. Operating dates are Monday – Friday, June 3 – June 14, 2013. Please contact our office for more information on an enjoyable and educational field trip.

Teachers! You can download a 7 Page Fun Activities file with word games, railroad glossary, landmarks, and trivia. Perfect for the bus trip to the Essex Steam Train! (439KB)

Box Lunches
Schools can arrange for box lunches arranged by the railroad. Your group can enjoy:

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

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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400 West Street, Rocky Hill, CT, United States

Welcome to Dinosaur State Park

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

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

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School 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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19 Purvis Road, Brooklyn, CT, United States

“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.’”

School 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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830 5th Avenue, New York, NY, United States

CPF (City Parks Foundation) is the only nonprofit organization to create programs in parks throughout all five boroughs of New York City. We enrich and connect New Yorkers through free and accessible arts, sports, education and community-building initiatives.

We connect teachers, students and families through hands-on classroom, after school and teacher-training programs in parks, schools and Recreation Centers across New York City. Annually, our programs reach 7,500 students and community members and 600 teachers.

Information on Events and Calendar Dates for the City Park Foundation can be found here

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School and Student Programs

Green Girls!

Green Girls is an innovative program that encourages girls to excel in the sciences and realize their potential to create change within the natural environment and their own lives.

The three-week Green Girls Summer Institute, going into its sixth summer, serves 30 girls from the four Young Women’s Leadership Schools in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, with hands-on activities and trips to parks and natural areas, wildlife refuges, and cultural institutions. Green Girls provides middle-school girls with intensive summer experiences that enrich their understanding of science and environmental justice issues, familiarize them with New York City’s vast natural and institutional resources, and promote leadership and life skills. Ultimately, the Green Girls Summer Institute helps girls explore their own vast potential and the extensive career possibilities available in the sciences.

These carefully-selected and sequenced activities address a variety of science subject matter, including environmental education, ecology, biology, geology, zoology, and botany. Sessions encompass an array of environmental and environmental justice issues that focus on community problems and the need for green spaces, water conservation, air quality and the natural world.

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Coastal Classroom (4th Grade and up)

Discovering the Secrets of Our Aquatic Ecosystem! Coastal Classroom – offers workshops in parks along the waterfront, focused on coastal ecology, aquatic habitats, water quality, and urban waterfront restoration and preservation.

Hands-on activities in our parks are among the very best opportunities to learn about ecology and the environment. Few places in the city provide better resources for active learning about our natural world and the issues we face in preserving it than our parks.

Coastal Classroom provides young people (4th grade and up) and community members of all ages opportunities to “get their feet wet” in some of New York’s coastal hot spots. Situated within the Long Island Sound watershed, participants delve into New York City’s waterfront and explore the world beneath the waves through exciting, meaningful programming. See the present state of our water resources and get a glimpse into the challenges of future preservation efforts.

Seed to Trees (1st Grade to 4th Grade)

Since 1992, Seeds to Trees: A Field Based Environmental Education Program for Public Schools has introduced NYC children to science and nature in the urban environment through classroom activities and unparalleled field experiences. Seeds to Trees reinforces core academic skills while continually experimenting with new models and strategies.

Seeds to Trees Early Childhood Program: City Parks Education’s interdisciplinary nature and science pilot is specifically designed for children who are 3-4 years old. This program emphasizes science observation, sensory awareness, creative expression, literacy and analytical skills development. In a series of 3-5 sessions, plant and animal themes are introduced via songs, stories, movement and craft projects.

Seeds to Trees for Elementary Schools (1st-4th Grades): Seeds to Trees offers an inquiry-based, dynamic program in the span of four months—either in the fall or in the spring. The program includes lessons on topics relating to the natural environment and environmental stewardship, such as learning about the forest ecosystem and the effects of pollution on the health of a forest and the water supply, among other topics.

Learning Gardens

Learning Gardens brings garden-based learning to NYC schoolchildren and community members. UsingNYC Parks gardens, we present engaging interdisciplinary lessons in core subjects. Students in grades pre-K – 8 and their teachers receive learning materials, curricula, and tools to enhance their use of the gardens.

The environmental education idea is simple: build a communal garden, combine it with a series of wonderful lessons, and then invite community members—schools, senior and day care centers, families, and organizations—to work on their gardens and cultivate valuable benefits.

We serve over 2,850 community members, children, and teachers through school, out-of-school and summer programs. The program is open to groups that are within close proximity to (e.g. close walking distance) the gardens. All scheduled classes, workshops, and events take place in local parks: at Grove Hill Community Playground in the Bronx, the Umoja Community Garden in Brooklyn, in Liberty Park in Jamaica, Queens.

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Youth Made Media

Youth Made Media (YM2) is a multimedia/technology after school program offering video production training, media literacy, new media, academic support and life skills training. Launched in 2004 out of the Red Hook Recreation Center in Brooklyn, Youth Made Media expanded in 2009 to operate in all five boroughs.

 During the school year, the program is open from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays; in the summer, we conduct an Intensive Summer Institute, four days per week, to train youth in all aspects of production.

Through multifaceted activities, these programs help kids discover their unique talents and aptitudes, while mastering valuable technology skills and exploring careers and workplaces. Participants gain experience in using a broad range of standard and specialized industry software for video and sound editing. These programs provide a safe space where teens can share with one another, develop leadership skills, forge a group identity, and serve their community.

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