Distance Learning

Distance Learning

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2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA, United States

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

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School Group Programs

The Division of Education of the Philadelphia Museum of Art relates, through interpretation, the Museum’s collections and its commitment to their preservation, study and display, to the needs and interests of a diverse audience. The department has developed nationally and internationally recognized programs for children, families, teachers, adult learners, and special audiences alike.

Each year, approximately 75,000 students participate in Philadelphia Museum of Art programs meant to enliven their understanding of and responses to works of art. The goal of the Museum is to guide students toward a deeper and richer interpretation of the visual arts, by fostering their critical thinking and viewing skills, and by helping them to see how works of art relate to both their school curriculum and their life experiences.

Registration begins in September of each year. Register early as programs fill quickly; a minimum of two weeks notice is required when making your appointment. Appointments may be made by phone at 215-684-7580 Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Arranging Your Visit  ●  Before, During & After Activities  ●  Online Visit Request

Tours & Programs

Learn the about the many ways to connect art and the classroom with a variety of workshops, programs, and resources designed especially for teachers.

Tours of Exhibitions

School tours of select exhibitions at the Museum allow students a unique opportunity to experience works of art only on view for a limited time.

Distance Learning

Before, after, or even instead of a Museum tour, visit us from your classroom! Our award-winning Distance Learning virtual fieldtrips provide meaningful, interactive learning experiences, ideal for the 21st-century classroom. Using videoconferencing technology, we bring the Museum to you as a stand-alone lesson or in conjunction with a Museum visit. Our lessons are designed to fit seamlessly into almost any area of classroom curricula.

Wachovia Education Resource Center

Equipped as a high-tech research site and resource lending library, this center will house materials to help make cross-curricular connections: from online research sites, art-reference texts, and exhibition catalogs to teaching materials prepared by the Museum’s Education staff.

Distance Learning

Before, after, or even instead of a Museum tour, visit us from your classroom! Our award-winning Distance Learning virtual lessons provide engaging, highly interactive learning experiences, ideal for the 21st-century classroom. Using videoconferencing technology, we bring the Museum to you as a stand-alone lesson or in conjunction with an on-site Museum visit. Our lessons are designed to fit seamlessly into almost any area of classroom curricula and all lessons are aligned with Pennsylvania and Common Core state standards.

Correlations between Museum lessons and Academic Standards:
Pennsylvania State Standards | NJ State Standards | Common Core State Standards

For more information, please contact Distance Learning by phone at (215) 684-7333, by fax at (215) 236-4063, or by e-mail at distancelearning@philamuseum.org.

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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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1660 New York 25A, Cold Spring Harbor, Oyster Bay, NY 11724, United States

Welcome to the Fish Hatchery & Aquarium

After 99 years as a New York State trout hatchery, we opened as a non-profit educational center dedicated to educating our visitors about the freshwater ecosystems of New York. We are proud to have the largest living collection of New York State freshwater reptiles, fishes and amphibians. Visitors can tour our two aquarium buildings and eight outdoor ponds, feed the hungry trout, and try our “Catch & Keep” fishing.

Each year schools, scouts and other groups visit the Hatchery to learn about the freshwater ecosystems of New York State. Elementary level programs, such as Fins and Jaws, Habitats and Life Cycles, and secondary level programs, such as Pond Life and Freshwater Ecology, complement New York State learning standards and enrich the learning experiences of the students. The Hatchery’s seasonal Egg Stripping program allows students to witness the centuries-old technique of fish breeding: egg taking and fertilization.

With the continuing support from Hatchery members, government agencies, private organizations and foundations, the Hatchery has been able to expand its programming with outreach options. Working in conjunction with Trout in the Classroom, the Hatchery is able to bring Egg Stripping programs into schools.

The ability of the Hatchery to serve the community as a gathering place for special family and educational events, attests to its dedicated mission to increase awareness and appreciation for the freshwater ecosystems of New York State.

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School Field Trips at the Fish Hatchery and Aquarium (Pre-School & Elementary Level)

The Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium offers exciting programs with live animals for students of all ages. Programs listed are suitable for grades pre-K through college. The grade level indicated is only a suggestion and specific topics and level of presentation can be adapted to various ages and classes. All of our programs are designed to correlate with New York State Learning Standards, and can be specially adapted to fit your specific needs.

While students have the opportunity to view all displays of living wildlife in our two aquarium buildings, our primary classroom is the outdoor environment. All program participants should dress suitably for time spent outside.

Trip Information:

  • All of our programs include time indoors and outdoors. Please have your students dress appropriately for the weather. Programs run rain or shine.
  • Payment by check or cash is expected at the beginning of your program unless prior arrangements have been made.
  • Minimum fees apply to all of our education programs.
  • Teachers and Chaperones: You will be allowed 2 free adults per program. ALL additional adults will be charged the per person program fee.
  • Our Gift Shop can be opened upon request at the conclusion of your program.
  • There are 5 picnic tables available outside. Please take your trash with you when you leave.

Elementary Programs

The Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium offers programs for students of every age. Programs listed below are suitable for pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade. The grade level indicated for a program is only a suggestion. Specific topics and the level of presentation can be adapted for various ages and classes. We hope you, the teacher, will find a program that fits the needs of your class.

Many programs are suitable for in-school presentations. The Fish Hatchery & Aquarium staff gladly offer these outreach programs from December to March.

**Fees: Minimum fees apply for each program.

**Teachers and Chaperones: You will be allowed 2 free adults per program. ALL additional adults will be charged the per person program fee.

For reservations please fill out the Group Visit Request Form or contact the Hatchery: (516) 692-6768 or fisheducator@cshfha.org.

Guided Tours

All of the following programs are one hour in length, and will allow students to tour our entire facility and feed our hungry trout. Programs vary by topic, and focus on inquiry-based learning. Our extensive collection of fish, amphibians and reptiles native to New York State allow students to observe wildlife rarely seen in captivity or in the wild. Can’t decide which program to choose? Combine two programs for $8/person (1.5 hours, minimum fee $96).

Fins and Jaws

Pre-K and K (age 4 and up), 1 Hour, $5 per person, Minimum fee $60

Discover the secreat world of aquatic life! Students learn how fish swim and breathe in the water, and how some animals can live both in the water and on land. How do turtles differ from fish? How do frogs leap? Students will view all of our exhibits while learning the answers and then compare the needs of these animals to those of themselves.

Aquatic Habitats

Grade 1, 1 Hour, $5 per person, Minimum fee $60

Utilizing our fascianting stream tank and other natural exhibits, students will compare the different habitats of fishes, reptiles and amphibians. Learn how turtles leave their watery home and trek over land to lay their eggs, and how many species can hibernate during winter in frozen ponds. Discover who eats whom and how animals protect themselves in the wild.

Life Cycles in Nature

Grade 2, 1 Hour, $5 per person, Minimum fee $60

At the Hatchery, we are seldom without baby trout and hatchling turtles! Students are able to view aquatic wildlife in all stages of their life cycles and learn how some lay eggs in water, while others lay eggs on land. Metamorphosis is discussed, as well as needs of the animals in their various stages.

Adaptations

Grade 3 and up, 1 Hour, $5 per person, Minimum fee $60

Our aquatic fish and animals have a fantastic array of adaptations that help them survive in the wild. Students will observe how fish and certain amphibians breathe dissolved oxygen under the water through gills, while many aquatic species have lungs and need to surface for air. Some species camouflage as a protective device, and certain frogs actually have sticky pads on their toes allowing them to climb trees!

Aquaculture

Grade 6 and up, 1 Hour, $5 per person, Minimum fee $60

Hatcheries are vital to the management of our aquatic resources. Students are introduced to the inner workings of the fish hatchery, how we keep fish disease free, how we use natural artesian well water to minimize energy consumption, and how fish are collected and delivered safely to their new homes. Students will be able to tour the trout ponds and have an opportunity to feed the hungry fish.

Hatching Trout

Grade 4 and up, 1 Hour, $5 per person, Minimum fee $60

As a working hatchery stocking ponds and lakes all over the state, we are experts on the life cycle of trout. Students will learn how eggs are collected from live trout and cared for at the Hatchery, and compare this process to trout spawning naturally in the wild. Students will observe the amazing attributes of trout at all stages of development, as well as tour our live exhibits.

Reptiles & Amphibians

Grade 5 and up, 1 Hour, $5 per person, Minimum fee $60

With the largest living collection of native reptiles and amphibians in New York State, the Hatchery is uniquely prepared to educate students on these fascinating creatures. Learn where these animals live, what they consume, how they protect themselves, and why many species are endangered. Students will be able to get up close and personal with a variety of amazing creatures.

Seasonal Programs

Our seasonal programs are very popular for students of all ages. Make reservations for these programs early! These programs do not include a guided tour of the Fish Hatchery & Aquarium. We invite your students to spend time exploring our exhibits at the conclusion of the program. Fish food may be purchased in our Gift Shop.

Egg Stripping

Grades 4 and up, 1 Hour, $6 per person, Minimum fee $72

Late October through mid November

During the program, which is unique to our Hatchery, students will witness one of the most fascianting aspects of aquaculture! Hatchery staff demonstrates a centuries-old technique of fish breeding: egg taking and fertilization. Students will participate in a discussion of trout development, and a comparison of hatchery breeding and spawning in the wild. We participate in Trout in the Classroom!

Pond Life

Grades 4 and up, 1 Hour, $6 per person, Minimum fee $72

Mid April through October

Observing specimens collected from our Spring Pond, students study the concepts of predator-prey and producer-consumer relationships, as well as the interdependence of all living organisms in the food web. Samples from the pond will be examined upon collection and under our microscope in the classroom.

Freshwater Ecology

Grades 4 and up, 2 Hours, $8 per person, Minimum fee $96

Mid April through October

Explore and compare the inhabitants and characteristics of two freshwater ponds. After observing specimens from our Spring Pond, students will hike a nature trail and use dip nets, seines and buckets to actively investigate the animals and plants that live and interact in another aquatic site. Be prepared to get wet and muddy. Old shoes and clothes are necessary.
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School Field Trips at the Fish Hatchery and Aquarium (Middle School Level)

The Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium offers exciting programs with live animals for students of all ages. Programs listed are suitable for grades pre-K through college. The grade level indicated is only a suggestion and specific topics and level of presentation can be adapted to various ages and classes. All of our programs are designed to correlate with New York State Learning Standards, and can be specially adapted to fit your specific needs.

While students have the opportunity to view all displays of living wildlife in our two aquarium buildings, our primary classroom is the outdoor environment. All program participants should dress suitably for time spent outside.

Trip Information:

  • All of our programs include time indoors and outdoors. Please have your students dress appropriately for the weather. Programs run rain or shine.
  • Payment by check or cash is expected at the beginning of your program unless prior arrangements have been made.
  • Minimum fees apply to all of our education programs.
  • Teachers and Chaperones: You will be allowed 2 free adults per program. ALL additional adults will be charged the per person program fee.
  • Our Gift Shop can be opened upon request at the conclusion of your program.
  • There are 5 picnic tables available outside. Please take your trash with you when you leave.

Secondary Programs

Our educational programs for the middle school, high school, and college levels are designed to supplement curricula taught in the classroom, and can easily be integrated into existing courses of study. Specific topics, activities, and presentations can be adapted for various ages. Some of these programs are suitable for in-school presentation.

**Fees: Minimum fees apply for each program

**Teachers and Chaperones: You will be allowed 2 free adults per program. ALL additional adults will be charged the per person program fee.

For reservations please fill out the Group Visit Request Form or contact the Hatchery: (516) 692-6768 or fisheducator@cshfha.org.

Guided Tours

Students will receive a guided tour of the Fish Hatchery & Aquarium. Our educators can answer your students many questions. Students will also feed our hungry trout. Please choose from one of the following topics for discussion during your guided tour. Can’t decide which program to choose? Combine two programs for $8/person (1.5 hours, minimum fee $96).

Aquaculture

1 Hour, $5 per person, Minimum fee $60

Hatcheries are vital to the management of our aquatic resources. Students are introduced to the inner workings of the fish hatchery, how we keep fish disease free, how we use natural artesian well water to minimize energy consumption, and how fish are collected and delivered safely to their new homes. Students will be able to tour the trout ponds and have an opportunity to feed the hungry fish.

Hatching Trout

1 Hour, $5 per person, Minimum fee $60

As a working hatchery stocking ponds and lakes all over the state, we are experts on the life cycle of trout. Students will learn how eggs are collected from live trout and cared for at the Hatchery, and compare this process to trout spawning naturally in the wild. Students will observe the amazing attributes of trout at all stages of development, as well as tour our live exhibits.

Reptiles & Amphibians

1 Hour, $5 per person, Minimum fee $60

With the largest living collection of native reptiles and amphibians in New York State, the Hatchery is uniquely prepared to educate students on these fascinating creatures. Learn where these animals live, what they consume, how they protect themselves, and why many species are endangered. Students will be able to get up close and personal with a variety of amazing creatures.

Seasonal Programs

Our seasonal programs are very popular for students of all ages. Make reservations for these programs early! These programs do not include a guided tour of the Fish Hatchery & Aquarium. We invite your students to spend time exploring our exhibits at the conclusion of the program. Fish food may be purchased in our Gift Shop.

Egg Stripping

1 Hour, $6 per person, Minimum fee $72

Late October through mid November

During the program, which is unique to our Hatchery, students will witness one of the most fascinating aspects of aquaculture! Hatchery staff demonstrates a centuries old technique of fish breeding: egg taking and fertilization. Students will participate in a discussion of trout development, and a comparison of hatchery breeding and spawning in the wild. We participate in Trout in the Classroom!

Pond Life

1 Hour, $6 per person, Minimum fee $72

Mid April through October

Observing specimens collected from our Upper Spring Pond, students study the concepts of predator-prey and producer-consumer relationships, as well as the interdependence of all living organisms in the food web. Samples from the pond will be examined upon collection and under our microscope in the classroom.

Freshwater Ecology

2 Hours, $8 per person, Minimum fee $96

Mid April through October

Explore and compare the inhabitants and characteristics of two freshwater ponds. After observing specimens from our Spring Pond, students will hike a nature trail and use dip nets, seines and buckets to actively investigate the animals and plants that live and interact in another aquatic site. Be prepared to get wet and muddy. Old shoes and clothes are necessary.

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142 Free St, Portland, ME 04101, United States

Located in the Arts District of downtown Portland, the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine features a wide variety of interactive exhibits and activities for children and families! The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine exists to inspire discovery and imagination through exploration and play.

The Museum & Theatre serves as an indispensable resource for families and educators, helping to create a broad community devoted to our children’s development and learning.

The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine serves as an indispensable resource for educators. In addition to inspiring discovery and imagination through exploration and play, we offer a variety of educator-led school programs. All programs are linked to the Maine Learning Results and can be adapted to suit the needs of your students. Group visits allow your students to learn through play while exploring the Museum & Theatre. Adding an optional educational program can enhance your group’s experience, teaching your students about science, culture, arts and theatre with hands-on, artifact-rich learning experiences. Our educators are eager to make your job easier – please let us know how we can best serve your needs and the needs of your students!

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School Group Programs 

Onsite Programs & Group Visits

onsite science and animal education

Kids on the Block puppet show

The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine serves as an indispensable resource for educators. In addition to inspiring discovery and imagination through exploration and play, we offer a variety of educator-led school programs. Group visits allow your students to learn through play while exploring the Museum & Theatre. Adding a program can enhance your group’s experience, teaching your students about science, culture, arts and theatre with hands-on, artifact-rich learning experiences. Our educators are eager to make your job easier – please let us know how we can best serve your needs and the needs of your students!

BOOKING A VISIT TO THE MUSEUM

Reservations

Group reservations must be confirmed with a Museum & Theatre staff person at least 24 hours in advance. Please begin by clicking the appropriate link below to submit your group reservation request. A staff member will contact you to confirm that your requested time is available, arrange the details of your visit and process payment.

Click here to complete an online request form for a Group Visit.

Click here to complete an online request form for a Group Visit with a Program.

Schedule

Schedule a two-hour visit on Tuesday through Friday (9am-5pm).

Group Size

Groups of 10 or more are eligible for group admission rates.

Rates

$6 per person for a two hour visit to explore the Museum & Theatre on your own!

$7 per person for a two hour visit plus a program: visit includes time to explore the Museum & Theatre on your own.

Two adults per 10 children are admitted free. Payment can be made on the day of the visit. Checks, credit cards and purchase orders are accepted.

Special Offer!

Receive $0.50 off each admission when your group visits in September, October, January or February.

During our programs, our educators share a variety of scientific and cultural resources with your group, encouraging hands-on learning, discovery and engagement.

We frequently revise our programs to ensure a high quality experience for students and educators. If you have booked a program in the past and you want to be sure that specific features are still included, please discuss your expectations at the time of booking.

THEATRE PERFORMANCES FOR GROUPS

Group Size

Groups of 10 or more are eligible for group ticket rates.

Groups up to 65 total adults and children may book a theatre performance.

Rates

Advance payment is required for theatre productions.

$7 per person for a 45 minute performance

$13 per person for a 45 minute performance plus play time: visit includes time to explore the Museum & Theatre on your own.

$400 to book a private show (1 month advance payment required; additional play time not included; audience max of 65)

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS FOR GROUPS

Science, Arts and Culture Programs

Camera Obscura

Ideal for grades K to Adult

How do our eyes really work? Find out inside of our Camera Obscura, a room-sized optical exhibit demonstrating principles of light, perspective and vision. Discover the similarities between cameras, our eyeballs and periscopes in this interactive show, then create a collaborative piece of camera obscura art to take back to your classroom.

Color Matters

Ideal for grades K to 5

Markers, magazines and cameras all process color, but in very different ways. Investigate the world of color systems at a series of interactive art and science stations. We’ll find that there is much more to color than what meets the eye!

Prehistoric Fossil Detectives

Ideal for grades K to 5

What is a fossil, and what can it tell us? Experience the life of a fossil through dramatic play, and then explore our collection of prehistoric fossil replicas to determine which creatures they once belonged to. You’ll get to touch and examine real dinosaur fossils!

Maine Animal Adaptations

Ideal for grades Pre-K to 3

Discover an array of Maine animal adaptations using drama and real artifacts from the Museum & Theatre’s collection. Compare the natural abilities and limitations of a variety of animals – even humans! Handle amazing animal artifacts like a moose antler, a turtle shell, mammal teeth, skulls and furs.

Meet the Turtles!

Ideal for grades Pre-K to 5

Learn about the anatomy and biology of various turtles and tortoises from land and sea. Explore real turtle artifacts like shells and skulls. Make your own observations when you get up close and personal with our yellow-bellied slider turtles.

Ocean Exploration: An Interactive Puppet Show

Ideal for grades Pre-K to 3

Learn about the ocean through the eyes of a little clownfish who’s going on a big adventure! Pretending we’re ocean creatures, we’ll explore everything from the shallowest tidepool to the darkest depths of the midnight zone.

Recycle Challenge

Ideal for grades K to 5

Reduce, reuse, recycle! We’ll explore these important conservation concepts in all sorts of playful ways. Have a recycle relay race, witness amazing recycling transformations and discover nature’s own recyclers.

Rock Cycle

Ideal for grades K to 5

Geology, art and mystery converge when we uncover the three stages of the rock cycle. Build your own model rock from scratch to learn how rocks compose our earth and discover all the ways they are part of our daily lives. Work in teams to explore mysterious situations and identify rocks, gems or fossils. View, touch and investigate rock and mineral specimens from the Museum & Theatre’s collection.

Simple Machines

Ideal for grades K to 5

When you use simple machines to solve silly problems, you earn superhero powers! Learn how to find practical solutions to real world problems and make work easier by rotating through six simple machine model stations.

StarLab: The Science of Constellations

Ideal for grades K to 5

What is a star made of? How did the ancients use the stars like a compass? Learn about the intersection between science and culture by observing the night sky in our mini planetarium. We’ll also analyze a set of stars and make up our own constellation myth. Choose a cultural theme: Greek, Navajo/Dine* or Chinese.

Navajo/Dine available September-March only

The Story of Istar the Whale

Ideal for grades Pre-K to 2

Using large format illustrated story cards we’ll share the life story of Istar, a real humpback whale who lives in the Atlantic Ocean. Learn about her daily routine, including what she eats, the places she travels, and with whom she spends her time. After learning about this famous whale’s life, we’ll go inside an inflatable 45 foot, life-size replica of her body.

We Are Maine: Explore India

Ideal for grades K to 5

Learn about India through the eyes of Jaharanara, a Maine child who has Indian family roots. You’ll explore aspects of Indian culture with your senses. We’ll smell aromatic spices, listen to Bollywood music and even learn to write a word in Hindi.

Whale Science

Ideal for grades 1 to 5

Compare and contrast the size of whale intestine, vertebrae and brain to those of a human. Discover differences between whales and dolphins by investigating real whale baleen. Learn about the many ways humpback whales travel through and adapt to their environments in order to survive. Then take a trip inside of Istar, our life-size inflatable humpback whale.

Worm Bin Workshop

Ideal for grades Pre-K to 5

Red wiggler worms make great neighbors! When a bin full of wrigglers moves into your classroom, they turn leftover scraps from lunches and snacks into rich compost for indoor and outdoor plants and gardens. In this workshop, we’ll learn about all kinds of worms, including red wrigglers, and the science behind Vermicomposting. At the end of the program, your group will have its own ready-to-use worm bin and the skills to keep it healthy and productive.

Additional materials fee: $50/bin

Theatre Programs

The Kids on the Block © Puppet Shows

Ideal for grades K to 5

Kids on the Block © is nationwide disability awareness program. In short skits, Bunraku puppets with different abilities, personalities, families and backgrounds help us break down boundaries and accept individual differences. Each program includes two skits; following each skit, students can ask the puppets questions and meet the puppeteers. Each skit explores a different topic related to health, safety or disability. Examples include cerebral palsy, visual impairment and Down syndrome.

Take the Stage

Ideal for grades Pre-K to 5

We’ll bring a familiar story to life with a series of improvisational theatre games. In this inclusive dramatic experience, everyone has a chance to build confidence and work as a team and take the stage! Create memorable interactive learning experiences that inspire students to think creatively, work cooperatively and make connections. Teachers and students will become familiar with process drama techniques that are versatile and easy to apply in the classroom. Choose from the following featured stories: The Three Little PigsWhere the Wild Things Are; and Cinderella.

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School Group Programs (Outreach)

Outreach Programs

Meet Istar the whale!

The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine can come to you! Outreach programs and performances bring the Museum & Theatre’s resources and expertise directly to your school.

The cost for an outreach program is $100 per program (exceptions noted in blue), plus mileage. There is a two program minimum beyond 10 miles and a three program minimum beyond 25 miles of the Museum & Theatre. Programs can accommodate a maximum of 25 students unless otherwise noted.

Reservations: To book an Outreach Program please begin by clicking the link below to submit your program request. A staff member will contact you to confirm that your requested time is available, arrange the details of your program and process payment.

Please note: We frequently revise our school programs to ensure a high quality experience for students and educators. If you have booked a program in the past and you want to be sure that specific features are still included, please discuss your expectations at the time of booking.

OUTREACH PROGRAMS FROM THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM & THEATRE OF MAINE

Arts, Science and Culture

Maine Animal Adaptations

Ideal for grades Pre-K to 3

Discover an array of Maine animal adaptations using drama and real artifacts from the Museum & Theatre’s collection. Compare the natural abilities and limitations of a variety of animals – even humans! Handle amazing animal artifacts like a moose antler, a turtle shell, mammal teeth, skulls and furs.

Prehistoric Fossil Detectives

Ideal for grades K to 5

What is a fossil, and what can it tell us? Experience the life of a fossil through dramatic play, and then explore our collection of prehistoric fossil replicas to determine which creatures they once belonged to. You’ll get to touch and examine real replicas of dinosaur fossils!

Recycle Challenge

Ideal for grades K to 5

Reduce, reuse, recycle! We’ll explore these important conservation concepts in all sorts of playful ways. Have a recycle relay race, witness amazing recycling transformations and discover nature’s own recyclers.

Rock Cycle

Ideal for grades K to 5

Geology, art and mystery converge when we uncover the three stages of the rock cycle. Build your own model rock from scratch to learn how rocks compose our earth and discover all the ways they are part of our daily lives. Work in teams to explore mysterious situations and identify rocks, gems or fossils. View, touch and investigate rock and mineral specimens from the Museum & Theatre’s collection.

Simple Machines

Ideal for grades K to 5

When you use simple machines to solve silly problems, you earn superhero powers! Learn how to find practical solutions to real world problems and make work easier by rotating through six simple machine model stations.

StarLab: The Science of Constellations

Ideal for grades K to 5

What is a star made of? How did the ancients use the stars like a compass? Learn about the intersection between science and culture by observing the night sky in our mini planetarium. We’ll also analyze a set of stars and make up our own constellation myth. Choose a cultural theme: Greek, Navajo/Dine* or Chinese.

Navajo/Dine available September-March only ($125)

The Story of Istar the Whale

Ideal for grades Pre-K to 2

Using large format illustrated story cards we’ll share the life story of Istar, a real humpback whale who lives in the Atlantic Ocean. Learn about her daily routine, including what she eats, the places she travels, and who she spends her time with. After learning about this famous whale’s life, we’ll go inside an inflatable 45 foot, life-size replica of her body.

This program requires a large space such as a gymnasium or cafeteria. Istar can be inflated outdoors, but the interior cannot be accessed during outdoor use. ($150)

We Are Maine: Explore India

Ideal for grades K to 5

Learn about India through the eyes of Jaharanara, a real child in Maine who has Indian family roots. You’ll explore aspects of Indian culture with your senses. We’ll smell aromatic spices, listen to Bollywood music and even learn to write a word in Hindi.

Whale Science

Ideal for grades 1 to 5

Compare and contrast the size of whale intestine, vertebrae and brain to those of a human. Discover differences between whales and dolphins by investigating real whale baleen. Learn about the many ways humpback whales travel through and adapt to their environments in order to survive. Then take a trip inside of Istar, our life-size inflatable humpback whale.
This program requires a large space such as a gymnasium or cafeteria. Istar can be inflated outdoors, but the interior cannot be accessed during outdoor use. ($150)

Worm Bin Workshop

Ideal for grades Pre-K to 5

Red wiggler worms make great neighbors! When a bin full of wrigglers moves into your classroom, they turn leftover scraps from lunches and snacks into rich compost for indoor and outdoor plants and gardens. In this workshop, we’ll learn about all kinds of worms, including red wrigglers, and the science behind Vermicomposting. At the end of the program, your group will have its own ready-to-use worm bin and the skills to keep it healthy and productive.

Additional materials fee: $50/bin

Theatre Programs

The Kids on the Block© Puppet Shows

Ideal for grades K to 5
Kids on the Block © is nationwide disability awareness program. In short skits, Bunraku puppets with different abilities, personalities, families and backgrounds help us break down boundaries and accept individual differences. Each program includes two skits; following each skit, students can ask the puppets questions and meet the puppeteers. Each skit explores a different topic related to health, safety or disability. Examples include cerebral palsy, visual impairment and Down syndrome.

No maximum number of students

Stories of Kindness

Ideal for grades 2 to 5

One of the most effective ways to combat bullying is to celebrate kindness. With playback theatre – a simple improvisational theatre technique – we can use movement, sound and our own unique voices to reflect our best experiences and share stories of kindness. This program was developed with the help of nationally recognized anti-bullying expert Stan Davis as part of Youth Voices, a project dedicated to encouraging resiliency and celebrating positive peer experiences.

Take the Stage

Ideal for grades Pre-K to 5

We’ll bring a familiar story to life with a series of improvisational theatre games. In this inclusive dramatic experience, everyone has a chance to build confidence and work as a team and take the stage! Create memorable interactive learning experiences that inspire students to think creatively, work cooperatively and make connections. Teachers and students will become familiar with process drama techniques that are versatile and easy to apply in the classroom. Choose from the following featured stories: The Three Little PigsWhere the Wild Things Are or Cinderella.

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BOOKING A VISIT TO THE MUSEUM

Reservations
Group reservations must be confirmed with a Museum & Theatre staff person at least 24 hours in advance. Please begin by clicking the appropriate link below to submit your group reservation request. A staff member will contact you to confirm that your requested time is available, arrange the details of your visit and process payment.

Click here to complete an online request form for a Group Visit.
Click here to complete an online request form for a Group Visit with a Program.
FMI call 207-828-1234 x232 or email shana@kitetails.org

Schedule
Schedule a two-hour visit on Tuesday through Friday (9am-5pm).
Click here for programs available during the school year.
Click here for programs available during summer vacation.

Group Size
Groups of 10 or more are eligible for group admission rates.

Rates
$6 per person for a two hour visit to explore the Museum & Theatre on your own!
$7 per person for a two hour visit with a program: visit includes time to explore the Museum & Theatre on your own.

Two adults per 10 children are admitted free. Payment can be made on the day of the visit. Checks, credit cards and purchase orders are accepted.

Special Offer!
Receive $0.50 off each admission when your group visits in September, October, January or February.

During our programs, our educators share a variety of scientific and cultural resources with your group, encouraging hands-on learning, discovery and engagement.

We frequently revise our programs to ensure a high quality experience for students and educators. If you have booked a program in the past and you want to be sure that specific features are still included, please discuss your expectations at the time of booking.


THEATRE PERFORMANCES FOR GROUPS

Group Size
Groups of 10 or more are eligible for group ticket rates.
Groups up to 65 total adults and children may book a theatre performance.

Rates
Advance payment is required for theatre productions.
$7 per person for a 45 minute performance
$13 per person for a 45 minute performance plus play time: visit includes time to explore the Museum & Theatre on your own.
$400 to book a private show (1 month advance payment required; additional play time not included; audience max of 65)

This season’s theatre productions can be found on the Our Season page.

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1 Bay St, Sag Harbor, NY, United States

Operating year round, Bay Street Theatre is a not-for-profit regional theater presenting new, classic and contemporary works, with a commitment to challenging and entertaining our diverse community. This commitment extends to innovative educational programs that highlight the power of live theater. It is our mission to be an artistic haven for an extended family of artists and audience, while continuing to provide a gathering place to share in the unique collective theatrical experience.

Many of the productions that premiered or were developed at Bay Street have moved to Broadway, Off-Broadway, regionally and abroad, including NOBODY DON’T LIKE YOGI, HEDDA GABLER, LOVE JANIS, IF LOVE WERE ALL, FULL GALLOP, SWINGTIME CANTEEN and THREE HOTELS. Now in its 19th Season, Bay Street is considered ” …one of the Country’s pre-eminent regional theatres” ( CBS Sunday Morning ) and “…in the same league with the best major regional and Off-Broadway theatres.” ( Newsday )

In addition to the Mainstage productions, the variety of year-round programs at Bay Street include The Comedy Club, The Workshops, Special Events, and Educational Outreach Initiatives including Literature Live!, a Summer College Internship Program, Theatre Workshops and Kids Theatre Camps and Classes.

School Group Programs Available

(Grades 6 to 12)

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For School Groups Grades 6 thru 12

Literature Live Program at Bay Street Theatre

What is Literature Live?

LITERATURE LIVE! brings the power of the word from the page to the stage.  Using curriculum-based literature, Bay Street Theatre creates a unique learning experience by bringing professional theatre artists together to present first class productions.  The possibilities for insight and understanding of the subject matter are only increased when students can witness the characters from a great play or novel living and breathing and telling their stories right before their eyes.

Why is it appropriate for schools?

Bay Street Theatre will select standards-based literature, and this program will be supported with teacher-developed lesson plans and reference materials.  In addition, we will provide a “Q&A” session with the cast.

Who should attend?

LITERATURE LIVE! is designed specifically with middle and high school age students, their teachers and administrators in mind.  In addition, Bay Street Theatre will present the play on weekends for family audiences, and other types of groups (such as seniors, churches, and temples) who may wish to attend.

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American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West, New York, 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.

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

School Group Programs Available (All Grades)

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Discovery Room

Permanent Exhibitions 

Adventures in Science

Multi-day and weeklong science immersions for children in grades pre-K – 8 that introduce them to a wide variety of scientific disciplines through thought-provoking, hands-on investigations and interactive tours of Museum exhibits.

Discovery Room for School Groups

A hands-on exploration of science and inquiry for School Group visits.

Discovery Room

The Discovery Room offers families, and especially children ages 5-12, an interactive gateway to the wonders of the Museum and a hands-on, behind-the scenes look at its science.

The Early Adventures Program

This program encourages preschoolers, ages 2 to 5 years old, to use their instinctive nature to investigate and explore the world around them in an environment designed for them.

Drop-In Events for School Groups

A series of free, hands-on events for school groups of all ages on a variety of topics. Check out the Drop-In events for the 2013-14 school year.

LeFrak Class of the Month Essay Contest – Whales: Giants of the Deep

The LeFrak Class of the Month Essay Contest invites New York City students in grades K-8 to submit essays about their Museum visit to the LeFrak Family Gallery, where they can experience Whales: Giants of the Deep.

Nature Walks

Observe the vibrant migration of birds in Central Park and other nature walks hosted by the Museum.

The Science and Nature Program

Classes for young children and their parents or caregivers about the wonders of science and nature.

Sackler Educational Laboratory for Class Trips

Grades 8-12: Middle and high school laboratory experiences in comparative genomics, evolution, and the brain.

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228-06 Northern Boulevard, Douglaston, Queens, NY, United States

The Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC), a nonprofit environmental education organization, is dedicated to educating children and adults in the New York metropolitan area, protecting and preserving Alley Pond Park, open spaces and waterbodies, and advocating for sustainable environmental policies and practices.

Our nature trails traverse ponds, salt marshes, forests and meadows where visitors will see shore birds, migrating flocks, and a variety of small animals. Or, visitors can attend one of APEC’s many environmentally-informed programs for children and adults. Please explore our website to learn more.

APEC is dedicated to establishing awareness, understanding and appreciation of the environment and to preserving nature in an urban setting. The building is open 7 days a week, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except for major holidays. Please check the calendar for closures. Walking trails are open from dawn to dusk, year ‘round. Parking and entrance to the building and grounds is free.

School Group Trips (Grades 6-12)

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School Group Programs (Pre-K to 5th Grade) at Alley Pond Environmental Center

Kindergarten through Grade 5 Programs

APEC provides class visits for thousands of school children each year. All workshops provide educational concepts about various aspects of Alley Pond Park’s living environment that will enrich the New York City and State science curriculum objectives.

K through Grade 5 programs incorporate some standards from the following:

 

  Science Standard 1, Analysis, Inquiry and Design;
  Science Standard 2, Information Systems; and
  Science Standard 4, the Living Environment.

Classes are held rain or shine; please dress accordingly – boots in wet weather, coats and hats in the cold, insect repellent in the spring.

Classes may bring lunch, and eat at our outdoor picnic tables, weather permitting. No indoor lunch facilities are available.

Discipline is always the responsibility of the class teacher. Adult supervision is mandatory. We recommend one adult chaperone for every six children.

Class Visits are by reservation only. To Schedule a trip call 718-229-4000.

For program descriptions, prices, registration information, and policies about our Nursery and Pre-K programs, please see our Early Childhood Brochure.

Programs are available in 2 formats:

 1 Hour Workshop: Includes live animals and a nature walk

 1 Hour and 15 minutes Workshop: Same as above plus a theme-related craft to take back to the classroom.

CHOOSE FROM THE FOLLOWING THEMES:

For 2′s, 3′s, Pre-K and Special Needs

Animals! Animals!

Whose Clues?
What’s in a Pond?
Crawling Critters
Fantastic ForestsPre-K
Furry Friends

 

Seasonal Pre-K

Let’s Talk Turkey (November Only)

Beautiful Butterflies (May Only)

*Butterfly larvae can be ordered to take back to the classroom for an additional fee. Orders must be made at least two weeks in advance.

Outreach Programs

School Visit

Appropriate for grades Pre-K through Middle School. Our experienced staff can pack up any of the following 8 programs (all include live animals) and bring to your classroom.

Note: Additional travel fees and tolls will vary depending on location. For additional information or to book a program, please call us at 718-229-4000 and ask for the Outreach Coordinator.

POINTS TO REMEMBER:

Since all programs involve full group participation with hands-on specimens, we set a maximum group size to 30 students per presentation (Pre-K=25)
Programs are limited to 3 classes per day
Program length varies according to age group
We do not offer assembly programs
APEC Alive serves all 5 boroughs and Nassau County

Animals Alive

Our most popular outreach program! Live animal presentations include discussions on animal classifications, habitats and adaptations using open-ended questioning and hands-on learning techniques. Program can include: mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.

Native Americans

Observe and handle artifacts from the Mattinecocks, one of the 13 tribes on Long Island that spoke the Algonquin language. Compare and contrast modern lifestyles and those of the 1500′s. Learn about their customs, survival techniques and conservation practices. Instructor demonstrates how to make a bow and arrow out of willow branches…class keeps it!

Pond Power

Students learn  all about pond life including native animals and plants.  Instructor brings pond boards and pin-up animals to demonstrate a typical pond.  Children will meet a live pond resident and discuss food webs and amphibian metamorphosis

Earthworms

Earthworms teach young children sensitivity to living things and illustrate the interdependency of life.  Students interact with and handle these often misunderstood creatures.  Through hands-on activities and discussion, children will learn the earthworm’s physical characteristics, habitats, and special adaptations.

Birds of a Feather

This program will introduce students to the world of birds.  Children will explore the adaptations birds have developed to survive in different ecosystems, their life cycle and predator/prey relationships.  Students learn these concepts and develop their observation skills while examining feathers, eggs, nests, skulls and talons.

Time For Trees

Instructor visits your classroom and reviews photosynthesis, the forest food web and biodiversity with an interactive forest community activity.  Program includes a visit from a forest native…the Common Eastern Box Turtle.

Insect Investigation

This program offers students insight into the world of insects.  With the use of bug viewers, each child will get the opportunity to examine live crickets up close.  Students will learn the body parts of insects, their life cycles and their interrelationship with other animals, plants and their environment.

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School Group Programs (6th to 12th Grade) at Alley Pond Environmental Center

Our secondary education programs focus on supplementing Junior High, Regent’s and Advanced Placement curricula in the sciences. Through hands-on experiences implementing the scientific method with environmental testing, sampling, and observations in the field, students gain a true sense of ecology in New York City’s natural habitats.

All programs provide educational concepts about various aspects of Alley Pond Park’s living environment that will enrich the NYC science curriculum objectives.

Class Visits – Grades 6 – 12

Class visits are by reservation only. To schedule a trip or for further information call the Upper Grade Coordinator in the Education Department at (718) 229-4000

We begin scheduling for the current school year on the day after Labor Day.

Middle School and High School programs are generally 2 hours in length. Programs include a walk on

Alley Pond Park’s trails and a field component.

For program descriptions, prices, registration information, and policies, please see our Middle and High School Trip Brochure

CHOOSE FROM THE FOLLOWING TOPICS:

The Nature of Water (water cycles, water sheds)
Wetland Systems
Endangered Species
Invertebrate Lifestyles
Evolution and Adaptations
Plant Anatomy
Ecosystems of Alley Pond Park
Soil Quality
Geology of Alley Pond Park

 Custom Programs

Work with APEC staff to organize a program that will complement your current curriculum. Topics range from native plant identification to air pollution studies. Call APEC’s diverse and experienced staff to discuss your program ideas!

Outreach Programs

School Visit

Appropriate for grades Pre-K through Middle School. Our experienced staff can pack up any of the following 8 programs (all include live animals) and bring to your classroom.

Note: Additional travel fees and tolls will vary depending on location. For additional information or to book a program, please call us at 718-229-4000 and ask for the Outreach Coordinator.

POINTS TO REMEMBER:

Since all programs involve full group participation with hands-on specimens, we set a maximum group size to 30 students per presentation (Pre-K=25)
Programs are limited to 3 classes per day
Program length varies according to age group
We do not offer assembly programs
APEC Alive serves all 5 boroughs and Nassau County

Animals Alive

Our most popular outreach program! Live animal presentations include discussions on animal classifications, habitats and adaptations using open-ended questioning and hands-on learning techniques. Program can include: mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.

Native Americans

Observe and handle artifacts from the Mattinecocks, one of the 13 tribes on Long Island that spoke the Algonquin language. Compare and contrast modern lifestyles and those of the 1500′s. Learn about their customs, survival techniques and conservation practices. Instructor demonstrates how to make a bow and arrow out of willow branches…class keeps it!

Pond Power

Students learn  all about pond life including native animals and plants.  Instructor brings pond boards and pin-up animals to demonstrate a typical pond.  Children will meet a live pond resident and discuss food webs and amphibian metamorphosis

Earthworms

Earthworms teach young children sensitivity to living things and illustrate the interdependency of life.  Students interact with and handle these often misunderstood creatures.  Through hands-on activities and discussion, children will learn the earthworm’s physical characteristics, habitats, and special adaptations.

Birds of a Feather

This program will introduce students to the world of birds.  Children will explore the adaptations birds have developed to survive in different ecosystems, their life cycle and predator/prey relationships.  Students learn these concepts and develop their observation skills while examining feathers, eggs, nests, skulls and talons.

Time For Trees

Instructor visits your classroom and reviews photosynthesis, the forest food web and biodiversity with an interactive forest community activity.  Program includes a visit from a forest native…the Common Eastern Box Turtle.

Insect Investigation

This program offers students insight into the world of insects.  With the use of bug viewers, each child will get the opportunity to examine live crickets up close.  Students will learn the body parts of insects, their life cycles and their interrelationship with other animals, plants and their environment.

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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.

School Group Trips (All Grade levels)

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School and Camp Groups All Ages

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

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

How do I sign up for a program?

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

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

How much does it cost?

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

Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center School Programs

 Fall

Seeds of change (1.5 hours)

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

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

Buckmoths (2 hours)*

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

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

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

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

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

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

Forces at work (1.5 hours)*

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

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

Suggested grade level: 5–8

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

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

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

Winter

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

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

Suggested grade Level: 4–8

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

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

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

Spring

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Suggested grade level: 2 Click here for detailed learning standards

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

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

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

Forces at work (1.5 hours)*

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summer

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

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

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

Forces at work (1.5 hours)*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We Can Come to You!

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

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