Student Workshops

Student Workshops

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29 North Davis Street, Jacksonville, FL, United States

Building on the community’s proud heritage, the Ritz is truly a Special Place, where history’s missing chapters are being restored, where talent is nurtured and creativity is celebrated in Jacksonville, Florida.  It is a community gathering place where ideas are exchanged, information is disseminated and a roadmap for the future is developed.

Whether visiting the museum, attending a concert, viewing a film or listening to a lecture, the Ritz has a special energy that leaves you with a special feeling. There is always an exhibition, music, dance or the dramatic arts inside the Ritz that will enthrall, educate and entertain.

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Student Teen Programs at the Ritz Museum and Theater Florida

Ritz Sound & Vocal Performers (RSVP)

RSVP is the combined musical force of the Ritz Voices youth choir and the Ritz Sound instrumental ensemble.  It brings together youth ages 12-18 to discover the power of singing learning and playing music together. RSVP provides a multifaceted music education and performance program for youth, fostering talent and a sense of community. Through concerts and frequent community performances, the Ritz Sound and Vocal Performers serve as ambassadors for the Ritz Theatre and Museum and the City of Jacksonville, using voice and music as a tool for youth development, social healing and community building. The youth perform concerts at the Ritz Theatre, around metropolitan Jacksonville, throughout the state of Florida and occasionally travel outside the state.

  Do you have questions about RSVP?

Email us at

Want to request them for a special event?

Peformance Request Application

Membership Requirements

Membership requirements are designed to insure high quality and standards for the RSVP members. Members take pride in developing a tradition of musical superiority, dedication and commitment to good citizenship.

  • Resident of the Jacksonville Metropolitan area
  • Ages 12-18
  • Completion of membership application
  • Complete an acceptable audition
  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Annual membership fees are required for each student, and are due early in the performance season


The Ritz Youth Institute offers educational programs for youth of African descent that will empower them to achieve and personally develop into productive and contributing leaders. The Ritz Youth Institute programs are designed to be an adjunct to the school curriculum providing an in depth knowledge of African American and the African Diasporan experience, critical thinking and training in public presentation and oration to inspire greatness at any level. Presently, there are two programs offered in Florida,

Young Black Intellectuals (YBI) and the Youth Oratorical Masters Initiative (YOMI)


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100 15th St SW, Washington, DC, United States

A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Federal support guarantees the Museum’s permanent place on the National Mall, and its far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by generous donors.

In addition to its leadership training programs, the Museum sponsors on-site and traveling exhibitions, educational outreach, Web site, campus outreach and Holocaust commemorations, including the nation’s annual observance in the U.S. Capitol.

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Washington, DC

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum For Teachers and Educators


The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum promotes the responsible teaching of the Holocaust through a variety of programs to help the nation’s educators increase their knowledge of Holocaust history and implement sound teaching strategies. The annual Arthur and Rochelle Belfer Conference for Teachers attracts up to 200 middle and secondary teachers from around the United States each year. In addition, the Education Division offers workshops and conferences in Washington, D.C. and in local communities throughout the country, as well as an on-line workshop. Skilled secondary school teachers can participate in the Museum Teacher Fellowship Program and join a national corps of educators who serve as leaders in Holocaust education in their schools, communities, and professional organizations. The Regional Education Corps (REC), a group of master teachers drawn from the Museum Teacher Fellowship Program, assists the Museum in implementing educational programming on a national level.

The Museum also supports a study tour to Germany, Poland, and Israel for secondary school educators. The Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Teacher Program is co-sponsored by the American Federation of Teachers, the Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, and the Jewish Labor Committee.


This online workshop includes video segments from a workshop presented in Baltimore, Maryland. The guidelines and methodological suggestions in these video segments are at the core of every teacher workshop and conference presented by the Museum. They are offered here for teachers who are unable to attend a professional development program presented by the Museum in Washington, DC. In addition to video of the actual workshop session, segments include historical and artifact photographs, text, and links to related sites within the Museum’s Web site.


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The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. To reach those individuals and communities that might not otherwise have access to this education, the Museum has developed a number of programs for youth in the local Washington, DC, region and throughout the country.



For more information, please contact:

Jesse Nickelson, EdD

Director, Youth and Community Initiatives

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW

Washington, DC 20024-2126

(T) 202.314.1768

(F) 202.314.7888



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15 West 28th Street, New York, NY, United States

Since 1984, TADA! has been providing young people of all different backgrounds, including a large number of disadvantaged children and families, the opportunity to explore and perform musical theater together in an educational, supportive, and professional environment. Every year, TADA! produces three original musical theater productions with a discounted ticket program; free pre-professional training and youth development opportunities through the Resident Youth Ensemble composed of over 65 NYC kids ages 8-18; renowned Arts Education in-school residencies and after-school programs that are subsidized by our funders; and theater classes for kids of all ages taught by professional teaching artists and for which need-based scholarships are readily available.



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TADA Theater for Students

Professional Development Workshops for Students

TADA! is a place to develop your skills through professional training, performances and a vast support network. Whether you are just starting out or have been studying and performing since you were little, somethings always happening at TADA!: musical theater, improvisation, acting, performing in our productions, internships and more.

If you’re interested in training and performance, then consider auditioning for ourResident Youth Ensemble. If you get in, you’ll have opportunities to perform in original musicals at our Off-Broadway theater for family audiences. Plus we offer college preparation assistance, paid internships, advanced theater classes and more!

And, of course, you can check out TADA!’s current mainstage musical productions.

The TADA! Resident Youth Ensemble

At the heart of TADA! is the Ensemble, a unique, award-winning, completely free, pre-professional theater training and youth development program for more than 65 children aged 8-18 who come from across the NY metro area. Membership in the Ensemble is by audition only, and members perform in mainstage productions and at special events throughout NYC. However, the program doesn’t end there! Youth development activities range from transportation subsidies to small group mentoring with TADA! staff, to college preparation and tours to free snacks during rehearsals. In addition to theater skills, Ensemble Members improve their abilities in teamwork, time management, public speaking, positive communication, and conflict resolution.

Over 1,000 kids have been part of the TADA! productions and Ensemble program since 1984.

Check the Resident Youth Ensemble FAQ

For detailed information, please contact Angie McCormack, Stage Manager, at or by calling 212.252.1619 x131.

TADA!’s Resident Youth Ensemble Program is supported in part by the Heart & Soul Foundation, The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.


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TADA Theater for Teachers

Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

TADA! recognizes that teachers are students as well, looking for new ways to reach as many of their children as possible. By offering professional development to schools, TADA! provides effective Arts Education methodologies and tangible lesson plans that connect teacher practices to the NYS Learning Standards and NYC DOE Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts. TADA! also works to inspire and re-inspire teachers and to provide a comfort level with using theater and musical theater in the classroom.

TADA! Teaching Artists introduce classroom teachers to theater and provides them with skills necessary to enhance their academic curricula through the arts; engage in theater games and improvisation; become comfortable with basic directing and choreographing; and use theater for conflict resolution. Workshops include: Playwriting, Integrating Literacy and Theater Arts, Movement Games, Living Biography, Diction/Speech/Dialects, Early Childhood Teaching Techniques and Dalcroze Method (musical training through movement).

Selected Biographies of our Education Staff & Teaching Artists


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30 Plant Street, Ogdensburg, NJ, United States

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Mineralogy & Mining Education

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

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

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

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Education: College-Level Instruction

Sterling Hill has long been a destination of choice for universities interested in introducing their students to concepts of geology, ore deposit formation, mineralogy, and industrial process technology through field trips. For decades that function was filled by the New Jersey Zinc Company, operators of the Sterling Hill mine until its closure in 1986.

We continue that tradition by offering the following, either singly or in any desired combination:

  • Underground and surface field instruction at Sterling Hill
  • Lectures and seminars
  • Mineral collecting opportunities, including nighttime collecting for fluorescent minerals
  • Off-site field trips to other localities nearby

In addition, our three Ph.D. geologists can offer local expertise on a variety of research topics, including technical support of thesis research at the baccalaureate and advanced degree levels. We regularly cooperate with university professors and their students on aspects of the local mineralogy and geology, and are eager to see more studies done in the area to continue the flow of knowledge. More remains to be learned than is known thus far.

College groups interested in field trips to Sterling Hill are encouraged to contact Dr. Earl Verbeek at, or by phone at 973-209-7212, to discuss their plans and obtain a price quote. Prices depend on the combination of services desired and the length of time required, but as a rough guide, count on $20 per student for an all-day tour, plus $5 admission fee and $1.50/lb if mineral collecting at Sterling Hill is to be added. Off-site field trips will be slightly more expensive, as will lectures and seminars due to preparation time. Research support is generally offered gratis as long as the results are intended for publication.

Campgrounds are available nearby for groups wishing to spend more than one day in the area, and the town of Franklin, only 2.5 miles distant, offers a full complement of fast-food restaurants for inexpensive dinner fare.


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Discounted Admission for All Members of the New Jersey Education Association

Teacher Instruction

We proudly offer a $1.00 discount on admission to all New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) members and their accompanying relatives.

Why Discounted Admission to Educators?

This access will provide New Jersey educators with numerous valuable opportunities — to preview the museum in preparation for class trips for their students, to gather valuable information and resources as they prepare to teach earth science and history in their classrooms, and much more.

Approximately 30,000 students visit us annually on about 400 class trips. The Sterling Hill Mining Museum works in partnership with New Jersey educators in a wide range of exciting education programs at the museum as well as in New Jersey classrooms.

This program offering discounted admission to New Jersey educators is designed to extend and deepen the relationships we already have established.

Our Commitment to Education

Teacher Resources

Sterling Hill’s education committee has made available several free resources to make class trips to the Sterling Hill Mining Museum more successful and productive: Information SheetsLesson Plans and Student Surveys.

Professional Workshops for Instructors

Sterling Hill Mining Museum is a State-registered provider of professional development training for teachers.

We offer scheduled On-site WorkshopsOff-Site Training and Field Trips. Our scheduled workshops are also announced through the NJSSI List-Serv system.

NJEA membership benefits   Check out the NJEA Member Benefits


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2700 F Street Northwest, Washington, DC, United States

The Kennedy Center Education Department commissions, produces, presents, and tours performances for students, teachers, adults, and families; offers professional development opportunities in the arts for teachers and artists; creates and implements model programs for use by other performing arts centers and schools; develops and encourages community and national outreach programs; fosters careers of young artists and arts managers; and provides arts education resources via satellite, the Internet, in print, and in person. Performances for school groups provide opportunities to learn, to explore, and to embrace the arts.



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Ballet Class Series

Ballet Class Series

The Kennedy Center Ballet Class Series offers advanced high school ballet students the unique opportunity to participate in master classes with teachers from the national and internationally renowned ballet companies performing at the Kennedy Center.

Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Under the direction of Jason Moran, Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor for Jazz, Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead is an international two-week jazz residency performance and composition project discovering and presenting the next generation of jazz greats.

Conservatory Project

Conservatory Project

The Conservatory Project creates an ongoing showcase for our nation’s exceptional young talent and introduces Washington audiences to young musicians destined to have important careers.

The DeVos Institute

The DeVos Institute

As one of the largest, busiest performing arts centers in the world, the Kennedy Center and its leadership have developed extensive expertise in strategic planning, artistic planning, board management, marketing, fundraising, and financial management.

Domingo - Cafritz Young Artist Program

Domingo – Cafritz Young Artist Program

This resident-training program offers artists on the verge of international careers a course of intensive training, study, career guidance, and performance opportunities in Washington, DC and beyond.

Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell

Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell

This three-week summer residency offers intermediate to advanced-level ballet dancers, ages 14-18, an opportunity to study exclusively with one of the most important ballerinas of the 20th century, Suzanne Farrell.

Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

A national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide which has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States.

NSO Youth Fellowship Program

NSO Youth Fellowship Program

The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) Youth Fellowship Program is a full scholarship orchestral training program for talented young musicians in grades 9-12.

National Symphony Orchestra

NSO Young Associates’ Program

The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) is sponsoring its Young Associates’ Program for high school students in grades 11 and 12 in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area who are interested in pursuing a musical career.

NSO Young Soloists' Competition

NSO Young Soloists’ Competition

To perform as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra is every music student’s dream, and this is the prize of the NSO Young Soloists’ competition, High School Division, designed to encourage and foster the development of young performing artists in the Washington metropolitan area.

NSO Summer Music Institute

NSO Summer Music Institute

Every summer, approximately 70 students (ages 15-20) from all over the nation meet in Washington, D.C., to attend the National Trustees’ National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute (SMI).

Opera Institute

Opera Institute

This three-week summer training program for talented high school singers and pianists features an intense and focused curriculum geared toward preparing students for college performance programs and beyond.

VSA International Young Soloists Competition

VSA International Young Soloists Competition

This award annually recognizes outstanding emerging young musicians living with disabilities, ages 14 to 25, from around the world and nurtures their pre-professional career experiences.

VSA International Young Soloists Competition

Rosemary Kennedy Internship Initiative

Students and young adults living with disabilities who have an interest in the arts, arts education, and arts administration are provided with hands-on experiential professional skill development opportunities.


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226 East 42nd Street, Brooklyn, New York City, NY, United States

The MOTNY, located in the heart of Manhattan in New York City, challenges visitors to confront bigotry and racism, and to understand the Holocaust in both historic and contemporary contexts. Through interactive workshops, exhibits, and videos, individuals explore issues of prejudice, diversity, tolerance, and cooperation in the workplace, in schools and in the community.

The Museum of Tolerance New York (MOTNY) is part of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international Jewish human rights organization dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust by fostering tolerance and understanding through community involvement, educational outreach and social action. The MOTNY is a multimedia educational museum located on East 42nd Street in the heart of Manhattan. We provide group tours that focus on the dynamics of racism and prejudice in America, international human rights and the history of the Holocaust, through unique interactive educational exhibits. Main themes include the power of words and images, bullying, personal responsibility, and social action.

Additionally, the MOTNY is a professional development multi-media training facility targeting educators, law enforcement officials, and state/local government practitioners. Modeled after the successful Tools for Tolerance® Program at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, the MOTNY provides participants with intense educational and experiential training programs and welcomes school field trips and group tours. Over 10,000 adults and young people have been trained in the Museum’s customized, professional development programs.

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The Museum of Tolerance Professional Development (Teacher Workshops)

Tools for Tolerance ® for Educators is a specially designed, professional program which aims to aid educators in exploring their evolving role in a rapidly changing, increasingly diverse and complex society.  This interactive, experiential program provides an opportunity for personal growth and professional development through an innovative approach teaching respect and tolerance.  Each program is designed to meet the specific needs of the group but has an overall focus on bullying, conflict resolution in the school community, valuing differences, and cross-cultural communication.

Programs for Educators

“What an amazing experience the Museum of Tolerance New York has been… a real personal look at the real issues- I am definitely empowered!! Thank You!” – NYC Public School Teacher

The Museum of Tolerance New York provides trainings for educators through the Tools for Tolerance®programs. Tools for Tolerance® for Educators is an interactive, experiential program designed to help educators fulfill their potential both as people and professionals. It is built upon the premise that school professionals are the front line in our efforts to shape a better American future. Through interactive workshops, exhibits, and videos, participants explore issues of prejudice, diversity, tolerance, and cooperation in the workplace and in the community. The program offers a holistic approach to teaching tolerance in learning communities. Going beyond heroes and holidays, anti-bias education is articulated in terms of learning processes that promote self-reflection, critical thinking and social action.

This day-long workshop for education professionals is designed around a variety of topics related to tolerance and its effects on learning and safety. The day includes in-depth facilitated exploration of films and interactive exhibits, as well as workshop format classroom modules developed and taught by professional development specialists designed to enhance interpersonal skills and cultivate ‘tools’ for anti-bias education.

Register Online

What Achievement Gaps exist in your school? What achievement strengths? How can you build on those strengths to close the gap in practical sustainable ways, and what does tolerance have to do with it all? Join this collegial experience to ask and answer these and other questions.This program helps education professionals plan strategies to create socially, emotionally, and intellectually safe school cultures that are academically rigorous for all students across all demographic characteristics.

Training Approach

The programs are experiential and learner-centered. Trained facilitators create a safe environment for probing dialogue around difficult issues rarely discussed in the workplace. Our programs challenge participants to question their own assumptions, raise self-awareness, and present fresh perspectives to redefine personal responsibility and taking action.

Powerful Learning Environments

Unique, interactive exhibits set our programs apart from the traditional consultant with a flip chart.  The immersive learning environments of the Museum of Tolerance NewYork enhances and intensifies learning experiences.

The exhibits are a powerful stimulus to explore crucial themes such as the power of words and images, the pursuit of social justice, and the relationship between diversity and democracy. All programs have dedicated time in the exhibits, which provide a powerful stimulus for individual and group insights.

Visit the Exhibits

Visit the Exhibits


The Museum of Tolerance For Students

Tools for Tolerance® for Teens

Musuem of Tolerance New York Teen Programs

Trained facilitators utilize the unique MOTNY environment and customized classroom work to challenge students to assume greater personal responsibility in recognizing and challenging forms of discrimination.

In addition, main areas of focus are bullying prevention and leadership skills.  This five-hour program encourages young people to think critically about the words and images in their own lives and how to use them to create positive change.

The cost for a Tools for Tolerance® for Teens Program is $100 per participant (minimum 15 visitors) and includes lunch and materials.

Contact information:

Dr. Natasha Poor

Manager of Education and Public Outreach

Museum of Tolerance New York

226 East 42nd Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues

New York, NY 10017

Phone: 212.697.1180 x104

Fax: 212.697.1314


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1000 Fifth Avenue, New York City, 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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Internships for College and Graduate Students

The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers internship opportunities for college and graduate students interested in careers in art museums. Based upon their academic training and interests, as well as the availability of projects, interns work in one of the Metropolitan’s departments—curatorial, education, conservation, administration, or library. Most projects require a strong knowledge of art history. Applicants of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Internships for High School Students are also available.

Paid Internships for College and Graduate Students
at the Main Building

The Museum offers forty-one paid internships for undergraduate and master’s-degree students each year. Interns are placed in host departments where they work closely with supervisors on special and ongoing projects.

The Cloisters Summer Internship for College Students

This nine-week internship is awarded each summer to eight college students who are interested in art and museum careers, enjoy working with children, and have an interest in medieval art.

Unpaid Internships for College and Graduate Students at the Main Building

Unpaid internships at the Main Building for college students, graduate students, and recent graduates are available throughout the year on a full- or part-time basis. The number of positions varies according to departmental needs, and opportunities require a minimum of twelve hours per week for at least ten weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Information about program eligibility, deadlines, interviews, notification, housing, and other application-related questions


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Internships for High School Students

Ever wonder what it’s like behind the scenes at one of the world’s largest and finest art museums?

A paid internship at The Metropolitan Museum of Art is your chance to find out. You’ll get the inside scoop on a wide variety of Museum jobs in conservation, education, photography, exhibition design, merchandising, and curatorial areas. You’ll also develop professional skills, visit conservation labs, explore the galleries, and assist an expert in one of the Museum’s departments—valuable experiences to build your résumé. You don’t need prior experience or specific knowledge of art or art history to apply—just an interest in learning about museum careers and great works of art!

The Museum offers internships each fall, spring, and summer. The fall and spring internships are open to students in grades 11 and 12 at a New York City Department of Education Title I high school. (Check Table 2 of the School Allocation Memorandum No. 08, FY 14 for a list of all NYC Department of Education schools and their Title I status. A “1” in the “Title I Status” column indicates a Title I school.) Summer internships are open to students who, on the application date, are enrolled in grades 11 and 12 at any high school in the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut tristate area.

To apply, first complete the application form online. Two recommendations, from two different recommenders, are also required; one recommendation must be from a teacher or school administrator. Recommendations must be submitted using the online recommendation form.

Dates to Remember

Spring 2014 Program

  • Application available: Now
  • Deadline: January 15, 2014
  • Program dates: March 5–May 14, 2014, Wednesdays and Fridays, 4:00–6:00 p.m. (no sessions April 14–22), with additional sessions Saturday, March 15 and Saturday, May 3, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Summer 2014 Program

  • Application available: February 1, 2014
  • Deadline: April 9, 2014
  • Program dates: July 7–August 14, 2014, Monday–Thursday, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Apply Online

Online Recommendation Form

For more information, email or call 212-650-2330.

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Program Support

Support for High School Internships is provided by Mr. and Mrs. Marvin H. Schein, Joseph and Sylvia Slifka Fund for High School Internships, The Billy Rose Foundation, Inc., The Merrill G. and Emita E. Hastings Foundation, and gifts in memory


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Teen Programs

Come in from the hectic city streets and relax in front of a work of art at the Met. Join other teens in free classes and events that are all about understanding art and exploring the Museum.

Art Explore (Ages 11–14)

Never been to the Met? Come all the time? Either way, join us! Talk with other teens about works of art from around the world.

Experiments (Ages 15–18)

Be inspired by the Museum’s masterpieces as you create your own. Play with materials in unexpected ways during these classes in the galleries and studios.

Teen Events (Ages 11–18)

Make the Met’s collection yours through interactive events in the galleries.

Saturday Sketching (Ages 11–18)

Experiment with different drawing approaches as you sketch from original works of art in the Museum’s galleries with the guidance of an artist-instructor.


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2 Institute Drive, Concord, NH 03301, United States
(603) 271-7827 (W-F 8 AM-5 PM)(603) 271-7827 (W-F 8 AM-5 PM)
(603) 271-7832

Hidden in Concord, New Hampshire is the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center. An educational journey to this Discovery Center is sure to appeal to anyone and everyone. The Discovery center offers has an amazing collection of innovative, interactive exhibits to explore engaging in anything from into the exploration in astronomy, aviation, earth and space science.

Visitors can finds themselves immersed in a world of its own delving into an excellent learning environment with programs designed for all ages! With a state of the Planetarium theater to high tech observatory to workshops for younger audiences and educators, there is something for everyone at this Discovery Center in Concord, New Hampshire. Come Experience New England’s premier Space Science and Air Center. 

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model rocket launchFor a list of the upcoming Teacher Workshops, visit our calendar.Download the 2013-2014 Educator’s Guide to the Universe (4.7MB pdf format) Professional Development Targeting NH State Science Frameworks and NECAP assessment, the topics of our professional development workshops will assist you in your efforts to be well informed with content knowledge and practically equipped to teach these required topics.Professional development workshops are offered on the third Wednesday of the month in November 2013 and January, March, and May 2014 from 9 AM to 3:30 PM. The workshop fee is $100. You may bring your own bagged lunch or purchase a lunch at NHTI. Graduate credit is available through Plymouth State University for an additional $185 per credit plus a $30 one-time per term registration fee.
professional development Workshops at your location: You can also arrange for us to offer any of the current workshops at a location of your choosing in a single session or spread across multiple sessions. Offsite workshops require a minimum of 5 enrolled participants, plus mileag


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Teen Programs

The Discovery Center hosts a variety of Programs and Workshops that are designed just for Teens age 13 to 19!  Asides from all the offerings including a visit to center, we have programs that are going to stimulate your mind the world of space exploration that is sure to educational and fun! 

Astronomy Bowl

The Astronomy Bowl is a statewide competition for high school students to compete by answering questions about constellations, planets, stars, and other objects projected in the Discovery Center’s state-of-the-art planetarium. The awards and scholarship money are formally presented during our Aerospacefest event. The winners will also receive special recognition at the State House from the Governor and the members of the Executive Council. Learn how to participate in the next Astronomy Bowl!

Space Camp Scholarships

Apply to Fly! Learn more about this fabulous program that honors the life of Alex Higgins by providing New Hampshire children the opportunity to attend Space Camp.


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1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT, United States

Sitting high on a hill overlooking Greenwich Harbor, the Bruce Museum offers a changing array of exhibitions and educational programs that promote the understanding and appreciation of art and science.

The Bruce Museum has been voted the best museum in Fairfield County for the past five years, a recognition of its growing popularity and efforts to consistently address new subjects of remarkable beauty or great interest with new insights, The Bruce plays an integral role in the cultural life of area residents and attracts approximately 100,000 visitors annually, reaching out to families, seniors, students, the handicapped, at-risk children, and community organizations. The Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, presents more than a dozen new exhibitions in art and science every year.

Consistently voted the “Best Museum” by area media, the Bruce Museum is a regionally based, world-class institution highlighting art, science and natural history in more than a dozen changing exhibitions annually. The permanent galleries feature the natural sciences that encompass regional to global perspectives.

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Teachers’ Program

The Bruce Museum regards teachers as a valuable resource for our program development. The Museum’s Education staff strives to provide teachers with quality programs and resource materials. We also look to teachers to enrich and improve our programs through feedback and evaluations.

Teacher Previews and Workshop

Free programs that include special tours of new exhibitions, along with presentations of school programs and teacher materials

The Student Docent

Trains students to present gallery talks to their peers

Activities and Lesson Plans

Download materials to use in your classroom

Teachers’ Advisory Council

Help the Bruce Museum better serve teachers and students


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The Bruce Museum offers many opportunities to get teens involved. The Bruce Museum’s Youth Committee, Youth@Bruce, and the Junior Educator Program give teens a chance to get on-the-job experience in a wide variety of fields.

Junior Educator Program

The Junior Educator Program is a paid after-school program for students entering grades 9 through 12 with a strong interest in science, art, or careers in museums. Junior Educators teach inquiry-based and hands-on afterschool art and science programs at the Bruce Museum for visiting student groups. Participating students have exciting opportunities to:

  • Delve into art and science at the Bruce Museum
  • Develop and hone their teaching and classroom management skills
  • Get career guidance from museum professionals
  • Visit museums throughout the Connecticut and New York region

Junior Educators are required to attend all training sessions at the Bruce Museum on selected Monday afternoons during the school year from 3:45-4:45pm. For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Julia Harrington, Museum Educator/Reservations Manager, at or (203) 413-6744.


The Bruce Museum Youth Committee is a student-based volunteer group designed to empower area high school students to become active volunteers at the Bruce Museum. Its mission is to elevate the volunteer experience for dedicated high school volunteers by engaging them in learning and managing opportunities that provide the teens with job skills and a visible role in the Bruce Museum. To learn more about our program, visit our website:

Also visit for more information on Youth@Bruce TEDx events.

If you would like to join Youth@Bruce, click here to apply online.

For more information regarding volunteer opportunities specifically for youth, contact Mary Ann Lendenmann, Volunteer Program Manager, Phone: 203-413-6746; or by 

ASL Program

Youth volunteers from the New York School for the Deaf and Youth Committee volunteers collaborated to produce videos in American Sign Language interpreting the museum’s permanent science exhibits. Bruce Museum ASL Project videos are produced by youth volunteers from the New York School for the Deaf and Greenwich High School.



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2014-2015 Zvi Grunberg Resident Internship at the Bruce Museum

Bruce Museum Career Internships

Museum Education Intern

2014 – 2015 Zvi Grunberg Resident Internship at the Bruce Museum

Internship position, 35 hours per week, 34 weeks maximum

The Bruce Museum promotes the understanding and appreciation of Art and Science to enrich the lives of all people. The Museum is located in Greenwich, Connecticut, 40 miles east of New York City, just off I-95 and steps away from Metro-North Railroad’s Greenwich station. The Museum features the long-term environmental history exhibition Changes In Our Land, as well as four galleries showcasing fine and decorative arts, costumes, science and ethnology exhibits. The museum holds a permanent collection of natural history, Native American, and archaeological objects, and a growing collection of art of the 19th and 20th centuries.


The internship provides an opportunity to learn about the operation of museums and to gain professional experience. These internships are offered annually through the Education Department.

Internship terms are 34 weeks, mid-September to mid-May, with a stipend of $15,550 with benefits. This is a full-time temporary position, 35 hours per week, for a maximum of 34 weeks. Includes paid: five days vacation, three standard holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day) and four floating holidays, four sick days, and one personal day.


Intern will work with program directors on a variety of projects related to the Museum’s exhibitions and programs.

Interns will be treated as staff members and will assist staff members with routine work as well as special projects.

The intern’s educational background, interests, work experience, and museum department needs with the final goal of implementing and completing a specific project will determine specific duties.

Terms are full-time, 35 hours per week, with two or three segments. Each segment of the internship will focus on one aspect of the museum: education, collections management, curatorial (either arts or sciences), exhibition design, public relations, development, and/or administration.

Segment assignments are determined by the Museum’s Executive Director and professional staff.


The internship is open to applicants who have completed at least an undergraduate degree by the beginning of the internship. Candidates with training in science, education, art history, fine arts, as well as other fields including business, communications, law, and other areas of the humanities that may be useful to the museum, are eligible. Familiarity with office procedures, computer skills are necessary.

For information contact the Director of Education, 203-413-6740

Or email

Application Procedures

The following items are to be included in the application (incomplete applications cannot be considered).

  1. A personal statement indicating how this internship fits in with your preparation, experience, and goals. Essay should not exceed 500 words, or two double-space typed pages.
  2. A resume or curriculum vitae with phone and email contacts listed.
  3. Two letters of recommendation, one should be from Department Chair or Academic Advisor if possible. Letters should be sent directly by recommenders.
  4. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all colleges, universities, and professional schools previously attended.


The Intern Selection Committee of the Education Committee will review applications. A small group of applicants will be invited for final interviews. All applicants will be notified of the Committee’s decision by Memorial Day weekend.


The 2013-2014 post has been filled. Applications for the 2014-2015 Zvi Grunberg Resident Internship will be accepted beginning in January of 2014. The final application deadline is APRIL 11, 2014.

Submit all material to: 

Zvi Grunberg Resident Internship Program

Bruce Museum

1 Museum Drive

Greenwich, CT 06830-7157


Bruce Museum Career Internships

Internship position, Schedule varies


Career Internships are available for college and university students, are unpaid and are usually taken for credit.  Non-credit applications are accepted for those wanting to gain experience.

Application deadlines:

Applications for the Fall Semester (September-December) are due by August 1.

Applications for the Spring Semester (January-May) are due by December 1.

Applications for Summer posts are accepted beginning in January of each year and are due by April 1. 

Students applying to the Bruce Museum should submit the following information:

  1. Career Internship application. (Click on link for PDF form.)
  2. Letter indicating how this internship at the Bruce Museum fits in with the student’s preparation, experience and goals and the college department granting the credit.
  3. A letter of recommendation from a faculty member who will act as the student’s sponsor. This should be sent directly by the faculty member. The sponsor acts as the administrator/facilitator any for college/university procedures required for the student to earn credit.

Students will be contacted in advance of the commencement of their academic term.  The number of individuals who will be able to participate during any one term will be limited.

Guidelines for Student Interns

The Museum suggests 120 hours of time per semester. However, this will vary according to the college requirements of each intern and the number of credit hours the college will allow the intern to earn.

Each student will be assigned to a Museum staff member whose expertise corresponds to the special interest indicated in the student’s letter and application. Activities designed for college credit will be an accurate reflection of the normal daily work of the museum professional in the student’s area of special interest.

At the end of the internship period, a Museum Intern Evaluation form will be completed by the staff supervisor(s). A copy of this evaluation will remain on file at the Museum and a copy will be forwarded to you and/or your faculty sponsor. If the student’s college has similar forms or requests a report from the museum staff, the student must supply the appropriate forms or information well before the end of the internship period.

An Exit Interview form will be completed by the intern in order to evaluate the internship experience, and submitted to the Director of Education. This form is kept on file at the Museum.

No student will be paid for any work performed for college credit, and the Museum is not in the position to offer employment to interns upon completion of the academic term. Housing will not be available.

The areas of internship programs available at the Bruce Museum are (click to open):

Museum Administration/Development – available in the following departments:

Curatorial – available in the following areas:

Complete descriptions further details are available from the Education Department. Please contact the Director of Education: (203) 413-6740


Museum Education Intern

Internship position, Available during the academic year September – June

Applications for the Sept – December semester are due by August 1st.
Applications for the Januray – April semester are due by December 1st.
A summer postion may be available, please contact the Director of Education for information.

The Bruce Museum Education Internship program is designed for university or college students seeking to gain hands-on experience in a museum education setting. This internship is available during the academic year, September – June. A minimum of 120 hours is required and compensation is $9.00 per hour to a maximum of 150 hours per semester. The exact details of the schedule will be worked out with the individual as the internship begins.

This internship will focus on museum education in an art and science museum. The intern will be working primarily with the Manager of School Services and the Manager of Outreach Education on a variety of projects related to the Museum’s education programs. The intern will experience all aspects of museum education including: teaching from the object, working with a variety of age groups, developing and conducting classes at the Museum and through the Museum’s outreach program – the Brucemobile.

Specific duties include: preparing materials for classes; interacting with visitors and groups through educational and instructional activities and tours; and developing curriculum and educational programs for various exhibitions.

Experience in the following areas is preferred: museum education experience; experience supervising children; teaching experience; good written communication skills; public speaking skills; background in educational theory and practice; computer skills, word-processing; and basic office skills.

The Bruce Museum is a small institution and all staff members, as well as interns, are often called on to do any number of things such as assisting with public programs, basic office work, mailings, etc.

The internship will provide an introduction to standard museum practice and provide a hands-on experience in museum work. At the end of the internship period, the staff supervisor(s) will complete a Museum Intern Evaluation form. A copy of this evaluation will remain on file in the museum and copy will be forwarded to the intern and/or the faculty advisor. If the intern is seeking college credit and the college has similar forms or requests a report from the museum staff, the appropriate forms or information must be supplied well before the end of the internship period. Finally, the intern will complete an Exit Interview form evaluating the intern’s experience, which is to be submitted to the Director of Education and kept on file at the museum.

Application Deadlines:  Fall semester – August 1st.  Spring/Winter semester – December 1st.
Education Internships are available only during the academic year, September – June, however a summer position may be available, contact Director of Education for more information.

Please include application form (click on link), current resume, and letter of interest.

Send to:

Bruce Museum

Museum Education Internship

1 Museum Drive

Greenwich, Connecticut 06830-7100

Or email:


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2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY, United States

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

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

Educator Professional Development 

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On-site Professional Development

The Education Division of WCS offers a wide range of professional development opportunities for teachers. Teacher courses are held at the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, and Prospect Park Zoo. WCS courses for teachers of grades K–12 help bring a new dimension to your lessons, whether you teach science, math, language arts, or anything in between! Professional development courses can also be provided at your school or district. Call 718-220-5136 for more information.

Our multi-disciplinary programs are aligned with both state and national education standards.

Registration Details

Course Offerings


Natural Inquirer: Using Nature to Promote Inquiry

Location: Queens Zoo
Dates: Sundays 3/2, 3/9, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13


Predators: Biology and Conservation

Location: Bronx Zoo

Dates: Saturdays 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12

HELP: Habitat Ecology Learning Program

Location: Bronx Zoo
Dates: 4/14-4/19

Applied Science: Studying Marine Ecology at the Shore

Location: New York Aquarium

Dates: 4/14-4/19

Teaching Big Scientific Ideas with the Little Creatures that Rule the World

Location: Bronx Zoo

Dates: Sundays 4/27, 5/4, 5/18, 6/1, 6/8, 6/22

Zoo Animals and Teaching the Elementary Core Curriculum

Sea Lion

Applied Science: Studying Wildlife at the Zoo


Teaching Scientific Process Through Animal Behavior


Green STEM: Building a Sustainable Future


Conservation Biology for Educators (NEW!)


Marine Animals and Teaching the Elementary Core Curriculum

Registration and Payment

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Online Teacher Academy

WCS’s Professional Development Department invites K-12 educators to take a walk on the wild side. Whether teaching for schools or non-traditional settings, our Online Teacher Academy offers something for every teacher!

WCS’s award-winning Online Teacher Academy is pleased to offer a variety of learning experiences to suit your needs and interests. Our courses conveniently enhance your understanding of the living world and revitalize your love for nature and science. Entirely online, these six-week courses provide unique opportunities to examine the life sciences of zoology, ecology and conservation, through topics including predators, marine biology, habitat ecology, and climate connections.

Realizing it’s not just what we teach, but how we teach it, our courses elaborate on effective science education practices. Pedagogical studies will better equip you to facilitate scientific learning and promote STEM (Science,Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs and curriculum.

  • Enhance your teaching and use of technology in the classroom
  • Learn from virtual and interactive simulations, videos, and presentations from WCS scientists
  • Interact with educators around the world
  • Graduate credits available
  • Receive excellent, ready-to-use education resources

Registration Details

Course Offerings

Our Changing Planet: Climate Change and Wildlife Connections

Nature’s Thread: Weaving Environmental Education into Your Classroom

Habitat Ecology for Educators

Conservation Biology for Educators

Marine Biology for Elementary Educators

Predators: Biology and Conservation

Registration Details

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Wildlife Conservation Society/Fordham University Masters in Education

The Education Division of WCS and the Fordham University Graduate School of Education offer a joint degree program leading to a Master of Science in Education and New York State Initial Teacher Certification in adolescent science education (biology grades 7–12). Coursework is split between Fordham’s Bronx campus and the Bronx Zoo. Download the brochure for more information.


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Conservation Education Fellowships

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The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Conservation Education Fellowship program is a unique opportunity for college students, recent graduates, and graduate students to explore conservation education in-depth. Fellows acquire the skills needed to provide a wildlife classroom that invites and fosters student-directed learning, and learn pertinent information about conservation issues with a global impact. Particular emphasis is placed on the Wildlife Conservation Society’s efforts to protect wildlife and wild lands.

Two fellowship terms are available:

School term (at Bronx Zoo only) – starts mid-September and runs through mid-June; fellows must be available to work four weekdays each week, 9:00 a.m.– 2:30 p.m. Additional weekend and overnight hours are also required. School year fellows must have a valid driver’s license.

Summer term (all facilities) – starts June and runs through the end of August; fellows must be able to work Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. for the entire term. Fellows have the opportunity to work at the NY Aquarium, Central Park, Queens, Prospect Park or Bronx Zoo.


Although exact responsibilities vary based on the park, fellows will help to support the summer camps at each site.  Please keep in mind that this is not your typical camp counselor role though!  You’ll be working with campers age 4-17 and creating an amazing summer experience based on science-content, arts and crafts, animal visits, fun and games.

Please note that Conservation Education Fellows do not have any responsibilities with animal care, maintenance or handling.  They will be involved with the interpretation component when animals come into classrooms or during exhibit visits.

Next Steps:

To apply, please go to Conservation Education Fellow Application and follow instructions for the on-line application system. For questions about the Fellowship, please contact

We will review applications and notify candidates that we would like to invite to our group interviews in March.  Please note that the application process if very competitive.

Teaching Fellowship FAQs 


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301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA, United States

Now in its 134th season, the Boston Symphony Orchestra gave its inaugural concert on October 22, 1881, and has continued to uphold the vision of its founder, the businessman, philanthropist, Civil War veteran, and amateur musician Henry Lee Higginson, for well over a century. The Boston Symphony Orchestra has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, South America, and China; in addition, it reaches audiences numbering in the millions through its performances on radio, television, and recordings.

The BSO’S 2013-14 Season continues the orchestra’s extraordinary 132-year tradition of presenting the very best of the classical music world by spotlighting the virtuosic talents of BSO Musicians along with an internationally acclaimed roster of conductors and guest soloists.

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2013-14 Programs

BSO Youth Concerts

The BSO’s Youth Concerts provide an engaging, age-appropriate, and educational orchestral concert experience of the highest quality. Geared toward students in grades 4-6, these concerts act as an introduction to the full orchestra experience, encouraging long-term ownership of orchestral music and the BSO, and delivering positive character development messages through each performance led by Germeshausen Youth and Family Concerts Conductor Thomas Wilkins.

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BSO Classroom Connections Program

The BSO Classroom Connections Program provides elementary school students with high quality musical performances that offer participating students the opportunity to engage with a range of BSO musicians who the students see onstage during a BSO Youth Concert at Symphony Hall.

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BSO High School Mentorships Program

Taking the form of a sectional coaching or a master class, these high quality instructional sessions allow students and the musician to work together in an environment of mutual respect and mentorship. The program is designed to create meaningful interactive experiences for the students and musician.

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BSO Educators’ Advisory Council

The Educators’ Advisory Council is a group of classroom music educators and fine arts administrators drawn from the greater Boston area.

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BSO High School Open Rehearsals

The BSO’s High School Open Rehearsals program offers students in grades 8-12 an opportunity to observe first-hand the rehearsal experience of a professional orchestra, building their relationship with and ownership of the BSO and orchestral music, and leaving the experience with a greater understanding of the professional rehearsal process.

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Symposium Series for Educators

The Symposium Series for Music Educators serves as a resource for music educators from around the Greater Boston Area, offering the opportunity to learn instrumental methods and techniques from BSO musicians in a focused workshop setting.

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Conducting Workshop with Maestro Thomas Wilkins

The BSO’s Conducting Workshop with Thomas Wilkins serves as a resource for music educators from around the Greater Boston Area, offering the opportunity to learn conducting methods and techniques from Germeshausen Youth and Family Concerts Conductor Thomas Wilkins in a focused workshop setting.

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Education Resource Centers

Education Resource Centers are Located in Boston and the Berkshires. Download Lesson Plans and Curriculum Kits.

More Details 

Leading foundation support for the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s education programs is provided by the MetLife Foundation, with additional grants from over thirty private and public foundations.


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


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

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

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

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

Educator & Teacher Programs

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Summer Programs for Teachers


Common Core Aligned Workshops

Workshops in this series focus on providing teachers with tools to deepen science content and make connections to Common Core reading and writing standards.

NYC Staff Development


Workshops, Institutes, and Courses

Opportunities for teachers at the Museum.

Educator Evening


Educators’ Evenings

Exhibition openings with curator introductions and relevant resources.

Seminars On Science


Seminars On Science – Online Graduate Courses for Teachers

Seminars on Science offers a series of fully online professional development courses.



Urban Advantage

Program designed to support NYC middle school student investigations.

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Blended Courses and Workshops – Online and Onsite

In each of these courses, teachers will spend time reading, reflecting and interacting in an online environment, but will also spend some time at AMNH doing hands-on work.

Graduate and Undergraduate Programs


Graduate and Undergraduate Courses

Programs available for graduate credit, offering in partnership with NYC universities and colleges.


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Internships for College and Graduate Students

Internships for museum, science, social science, and education professionals.

Museum Education and Employment Program


Museum Education and Employment Program

A unique and challenging summer employment experience for young adults ages 18-21.


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After-School Program


After School Program

Courses for NYC high school students interested in the sciences.

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Saltz Internship Program

Interact with Museum visitors as a high-school intern in the exhibition halls.

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Young Naturalist Awards

The Young Naturalist Awards is a research-based science competition for students in grades 7-12 to promote participation and communication in science.

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YouthCaN: Youth Connecting and Networking

A youth-led organization that uses technology to inspire, connect and educate people worldwide about environmental issues.

SRMP Program


Science Research Mentoring Program

In-depth scientific research training for high school students.


College Fair

NYC high school students are invited to explore their future!


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195 New Karner Rd, Albany, NY, United States

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

Marvel at this Spectacular Attraction!

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

Dare to Discover the Extraordinary

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

Exploration Station

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

Get active and connected through nature

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

Educator and Student Programs

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Teachers Workshop

All of the courses below are adaptable for teachers in grades K – 12

Mammals And Their Young

This course focuses on mammalian reproduction. Participants will examine this vertebrate animal group to explore developmental differences and similarities among the bearing and rearing of mammals and sub groups of mammals; marsupials and monotremes. Each group will be classified by their unique characteristics and basic life functions through inquiry-based methods. Participants will incorporate this life science information into the science curriculum to meet NY State Learning Standards and Assessments.

Natural Adaptations With Seasonal Changes: Autumn To Winter

This course focuses on seasonal changes and the resulting adaptations of plants and animals. An introduction to the seasonal variations of the biotic and abiotic components of an ecosystem will be addressed through scientific inquiry. Participants will explore a forest ecosystem and how its associated organisms respond to the changes in the environment. Participants will incorporate this life science information into the science curriculum to meet NY State Learning Standards and Assessments.

Discover Butterflies – Their Life Histories

In this workshop about butterflies, participants will discover ways to integrate the fascinating life history of the butterfly into their science curriculum. Learn how to set up a home for and care for Painted Lady Butterflies in the classroom. A complete package provides teachers with the necessary components for a “butterfly experience” for their students, which meets the NY State Life Science Standards and Assessments.

Discovering Pond Life

This course provides a hands-on close-up look at the natural community of a pond. Participants will be introduced to limnology (study of inland water) and the four habitats of a pond ecosystem. Participants will learn how to enhance pond study through the use of discovery scopes and hand lenses to observe, collect and identify pond specimens. We will discuss the interdependence and interactions of specimens that are collected.

Exploring Estuaries: Endangered Wetlands

Participants will explore the habitats of Alley Creek, Little Neck Bay and Long Island Sound to learn about the various plants and animals that inhabit these estuaries and discuss the concepts of salinity, temperature, nutrients and water flow.Participants will also learn about the geologic history of local estuaries, their various habitats, and resident organisms. Teachers will practice hands on techniques, concepts and activities to convey the importance of these vital ecosystems. These science concepts meet NY State Learning Standards and Assessments.

Birds In New York City

This hands-on workshop focuses on beginning ornithology: the fascinating world of birds! Through scientific inquiry, find out about birds’ natural history, behavior, courtship, nest building, physical features, food finding and eating.Participants will begin to learn to identify some common urban birds and the various natural communities (meadow, forest, marsh, and pond) that they inhabit. A demonstration of live birds will be given during the workshop. Participants will focus on how to introduce interesting bird concepts to their students and how to incorporate this life science information into their science curriculum to meet the NY State Learning Standards and Assessments.

Reptiles And Amphibians. The Cold Blooded Ones. Which Is Which?

This course focuses on the life history of reptiles and amphibians. Participants will learn about the characteristics, behaviors and adaptations of reptiles and amphibians within the natural environment.Participants will be introduced to native reptiles and amphibians, will learn how to use inquiry-based methods to identify and distinguish between them, and will share ways to incorporate these natural science concepts into the classroom to meet NY State Learning Standards and Assessments.

Biodiversity In Alley Pond Park With Focus On Insects

This course is a make-it-take-it live crickets workshop which introduces participants to the concept of biodiversity.Participants will be introduced to the ecosystems in Alley Pond Park – forest, pond and meadow – which contain a diversity of flora and fauna. Each participant will make a terrarium containing a cricket, to demonstrate the components of an ecosystem. Teachers will be able to use the terrariums to help their students study the natural interactions and interdependencies of crickets and their environment. Participants will incorporate this life science information into their science curriculum to meet NY State Learning Standards and Assessments.

Urban Forest Ecology: Trees

This course focuses on urban forest ecology in Alley Pond Park. Participants will learn about the biotic and abiotic relationships and interdependencies within the forest ecosystem, the animals that inhabit trees, how to identify local trees and the stratification of an eastern deciduous forest.Participants will learn about the parts of trees, how to tell the age of trees, and the roles of trees in the forest environment. Each participant will receive and learn to use a dichotomous key to aid in identifying tulip, oak, sassafras, maple and dogwood trees.

Endangered Species

This course explores the reasons that plant and animal species become endangered, the consequences of population decline, and what can be done to halt the decline. An introduction to biodiversity and invasive species will be given through inquiry-based methods.Participants will share ways to incorporate these natural science concepts in their classrooms to meet the NY State Learning Standards and Assessments.

Rain Drops To Drink – Nyc’s Water Supply System

This course focuses on NYC’s water supply system, its watershed and how it works. We will explore the system from raindrops, to mountains, to aqueducts, to pipes, to your faucet, through inquiry-based methods. We will also discuss the benefits of our water supply system and ways to conserve this precious resource – safe, fresh drinking water.Participants will share ways to incorporate these natural science concepts in their classrooms to meet the NY State Learning Standards and Assessments.

Global Warming And Sustainable Energy

This course focuses on global warming—its causes and how it relates to sustainable energy resources. The consequences of global warming will be explored through inquiry-based methods.Participants will be introduced to renewable energy resources that are available now. They will share ways to incorporate the climate change concepts in the classroom to meet the NY State Learning Standards and Assessments.

Trash In New York City – Recycle, Reuse, Reduce, Refuse

This course focuses on solid waste—its sources and where it ends up. Participants will learn to identify household products that are recyclable and what resources are used to make them. They will also learn why the 4 R’s are necessary to help our environment through inquiry-based methods.Participants will be introduced to NYC solid waste issues and remedies to solid waste problems. Participants will share ways to incorporate these issues into the classroom to meet the NY State Learning Standards and Assessments.


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Field Biology Internships (FBI)

The Syllabus

The syllabus is full of many interesting topics that scientists encounter in their studies of the environment. From air and water quality to ecosystem biodiversity, students will experience new challenges each class. Every year new topics are added and expanded. Past classes have focused on Estuary Fauna, Pond Scum, GPS and Orienteering, Water, Soil and Air Testing and Biodiversity.Call Field Biology Internship educator Kimesha Reid Grant at 718-229-4000 ext. 202 for this year’s syllabus and more information.

Semester Details:

Field Biology Internships

Field Biology Internships; students must be high school sophomores or juniors.6 classes per semester; 3 semesters per year:
Minimal registration fee applies*, but acceptance into the program is required in order to attend.*Call 718-229-4000 ext. 202 to ascertain the current fee.

Fall 2014

(application due September 28th)
Sat., 9:30 – 12:30 Oct. 19, 26; Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23


The Senior Independent Internships

Students must be High School seniors

Seniors who are interested in the Senior Independent Internship can contact us for information on setting-up a program that interests them.
Applications must be submitted by the dates listed above, under Semester Details. Please call well in advance of these deadlines, to ensure enough time to develop your program.

Our Classroom

Most of our sessions will begin at the Padavan Pavilion, the Outdoor Classroom at APEC. After a discussion on the topic and materials for that week, we venture out into the park to further explore the day’s subject in a more hands-on manner.Students should come to class dressed according to the weather (ex. boots, rain gear, gloves, winter coats), since we are almost always outside for the full three-hour class. It is suggested that you bring a change of shoes and socks, along with insect repellent and sunscreen. Other than these few things, students are only required to bring a pencil or pen to most classes.

Our Students

Students who apply and participate in our program study at public and private high schools from all over New York City and Long Island.


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