Green Activities

Green Activities

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

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

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

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290 Main Street, Spotswood, NJ, United States

The Clay Pot is a unique pottery studio where Imagination and Creativity Come Together. We are a friendly, fun, and fully functional pottery studio offering classes and hosting of group events and parties. We welcome painting walk-ins, children and families, serious students, or just people who want to dive into the imaginative world of clay creation.

The Clay Pot is the dream of potter Martin Talavera and is a family run studio located in Spotswood, New Jersey. Our doors opened in 2008 and since that first day the studio has grown with the support of staff, students, and the local community. Our studio gift shop features finished pieces by Martin Talavera and resident artists. We also offer gift certificates for classes and lessons—a perfect birthday or holiday gift for all those budding artists out there. We do not currently offer phone or internet bookings.

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Groups and Field Trips

Outings at The Clay Pot are a fun way for groups, friends, or co-workers to share creative experiences and to learn about the art of pottery. Scout troops, summer camps, and schools can have their groups come and paint. Friends or co-workers can get together for a relaxing evening of creativity. There are hundreds of items available to paint—plates, mugs, plaques, figurines, and more!

Field trips last an hour.

Group outings are available Monday thru Friday during our studio hours.

Prices vary depending on the size of the groups and items chosen to paint. You pick the price and we offer ideas to fit your budget, such as plates, bowls, small vases, cups/mugs, and more. Reserve a date today! A non-refundable $25  registration fee is required. No internet or telephone bookings. A live wheel demonstration may be added for $25.00.

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Painting Craft Ideas

  • Wedding Favors: Get together to paint gifts for your wedding, picture frames, plaques, vases…
  • Showers: Bridal or baby, celebrate your shower with us and paint a unique keepsake items, figurines, picture frames, vases, bowls…
  • Holidays: Celebrate the holidays by painting unique items such as ornaments, jack-o-lanterns, plaques, bowls, mugs…
  • Personalized Gifts for family or friends: vases, plaques, figurines…
  • Just Because: You don’t have to have a theme or reason to get together—any unfinished piece displayed in our studio can become a personalized keepsake!

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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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Our Education Programs: An Overview

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Educational Field Trips & Programs

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

Museum and Mineralogy Experts

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

Educational Facilities

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

How to Participate in Field Trips & Programs

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

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

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

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67 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket, RI, United States

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

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

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

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School Groups Grades 1-12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jencks Education Center at Slater Mill

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

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

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Our Jencks Education Center

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

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

Conference Room

Conference Room

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

In addition to the in-school curriculum opportunities that Slater Mill currently offers, the Jencks Education Center addresses the need for after school programming, offering various lessons for middle and high school students. We work with urban schools in the surrounding metro areas to provide quality hands-on after school opportunities for a new generation of youth. Our programs include woodworking and textile projects that demonstrate the applied use of science, math, art and communication in a group setting.

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1305 White Mountain Highway, Milton, NH, United States

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

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Planning Your Group Visit

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

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

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

School and Youth Programs at the NH Farm Museum

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

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

The Ox-Cart Man: Farms & Families at Work 

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

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

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

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

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

Hands to Work Program for Pre-schoolers

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

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

An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving on the Farm 

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

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

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1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton, PA, United States

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

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

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

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School in the Clouds

Download our complete School in the Clouds Brochure here

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

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

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

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

Raptors Over the Ridge Introduction

Time: Weekdays; 30-40 minutes

Cost: $75, plus student and adult trail fees

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

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

Raptors Over the Ridge Introduction plus Lookout Interpretation

Time: Weekdays; 1 hour

Cost: $125, plus student and adult trail fees

Limit: 75 students

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

Raptors Over the Ridge Introduction plus Raptor Presentation

Time: Weekdays; 45 minutes

Cost: $175, plus student and adult trail fees

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

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

Mountain Discovery Guided Hike

Time: Weekdays; 3-4 hours

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

Limit: 60 students per group pending Instructor availability

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

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

The Acorn Project

Time: Weekdays; 2-2.5 hours

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

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

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

North Lookout Trail Hike for Adults

Time: varies

Cost: Please contact the Education Dept. for details

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

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

Self-Guided Groups

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

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28 Deveau Road, North Salem, NY, United States

The Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden in North Salem is one of only 2 Japanese Gardens open regularly to the public in New York State. The other one is the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in Brooklyn, N. Y. Partly as a result of a 1988 report on the Hammond Museum funded by NYSCA, The Hammond Museum has redefined and focused its mission as an institution that centers on the presentation, illumination and exhibition of Asian art and culture with the Japanese Stroll Garden as the centerpiece of the Museum’s permanent collection. The Museum seeks to develop itself as a resource for students and people wanting to learn about Asian culture and also as a place where people of Asian Heritage may celebrate their cultural background.

The Japanese Garden is a primary resource that needs to be developed along specific lines as a tool for learning. The board of trustees, the staff and volunteers are trained to view the garden as a work of art – not just as a collection of trees and shrubs. Tours of the garden are given with an emphasis on principles of Asian aesthetics and philosophy, not as a horticultural phenomenon. Visitors are asked to make connections with items on exhibit whether they are from the Museum’s permanent collection or on loan.

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Educational Tours

The Hammond Museum is seeking funds to continue Saturday Educational/Craft Activities and to expand and develop this program into the creation of a resource center for students and visitors with primary and secondary multi media research tools in the areax of Asian culture, art and history.The Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden in North Salem is one of only 2 Japanese Gardens open regularly to the public in New York State. The other one is the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in Brooklyn, N. Y. Partly as a result of a 1988 report on the Hammond Museum funded by NYSCA, The Hammond Museum has redefined and focused its mission as an institution that centers on the presentation, illumination and exhibition of Asian art and culture with the Japanese Stroll Garden as the centerpiece of the Museum’s permanent collection. The Museum seeks to develop itself as a resource for students and people wanting to learn about Asian culture and also as a place where people of Asian Heritage may celebrate their cultural background.

The Japanese Garden is a primary resource that needs to be developed along specific lines as a tool for learning. The board of trustees, the staff and volunteers are trained to view the garden as a work of art – not just as a collection of trees and shrubs. Tours of the garden are given with an emphasis on principles of Asian aesthetics and philosophy, not as a horticultural phenomenon. Visitors are asked to make connections with items on exhibit whether they are from the Museum’s permanent collection or on loan.



During the academic year, the Hammond receives requests every week from middle and high school students asking for information on many different aspects of Asian culture. The topics range from Buddhism to Noh theatre. The Museum is only able to direct these students to several Internet sites and to the White Plains Library. The Board is committed to fulfilling the Museum’s reputation as a resource by developing a facility that will use our permanent collection and adjunct materials to answer the research needs and curiosity of the local population.

The Museum is asking for funds to plan and develop a resource center for students and people interested in Asian culture which would use the Garden and other permanent collection items (Fans, prints, kimonos, ceramics) as primary source material. The goal of the Museum is to have this resource center be available to schools during the academic day and to students and visitors during times when the schools.



The importance of first hand experience in the learning process has been amply demonstrated to have a significant impact on students’ understanding of “difficult” subject matter. It is also important for teachers whose own education and experience are dominantly eurocentric to be able to trust and rely on outside resources for backup with this expanded curriculum. This dual role of backing up teachers and making an impact on students is a role that the Hammond Museum is in a unique position to develop.

The current New York State curriculum for the instruction of Global History in the 9th and 10th grade includes significant segments on Asia which seek not only to teach chronologically sequential periods in Asian history but also to develop an understanding of beliefs and cultural aesthetics which developed in the Eastern Hemisphere. In order to successfully complete the Regents examination, students are being asked to understand how the birth of an idea or technology in one part of the world affected the development of mankind in other parts of the world. For instance, students must have an understanding of world religions and how they spread and evolved, including Buddhism and Taoism. By comparing tangible objects with the ideas expressed in the Japanese Garden, students will be better equipped to make the connections and comparisons being asked of them.



The Museum is fortunate in that we will be able to work closely with the students and teachers from the North Salem Schools to monitor and assess the program as it grows. However, we need to call in educational consultants, an architect and curators to plan and develop this unique program which will be an important step in the development of the Museum and also serve the needs of Westchester, Putnam and possibly Dutchess and Rockland Counties.

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400 West Street, Rocky Hill, CT, United States

Welcome to Dinosaur State Park

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

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

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School Groups All Ages and Grades

Grades 1-5 Fun with Fossils – Travel back in time to learn what Connecticut was like at the time of the dinosaurs, and what we can learn about dinosaurs from their footprints and other fossils. Students will examine a variety of fossils and dinosaur models to learn about what made dinosaurs unique. Core Science Standards 1.2, 3.2, 4.2, 4.3
Grades 3-5 Rocks & Minerals Around Us – The rocks and minerals around us tell a story of dramatic changes in Connecticut over hundreds of millions of years. We also use many of these materials in our lives today. Students will examine samples of rocks and minerals from around Connecticut, explore their distinctive properties, and discuss ways we use these materials. Core Science Standards 3.1, 3.3, 4.3
Grades 6-8 Connecticut Landforms  – The Connecticut landscape around us today was shaped over hundreds of millions of years by colliding continents, erupting lava, flowing water, and massive ice sheets. Students will learn how these forces interacted by examining the shape of the land surface and samples of bedrock from key locations around the state. Core Science Standard 7.3
Grades 9-12 Evolution – Find out how the dinosaur footprints in Connecticut relate to the larger story of evolution through time, beginning with Earth’s earliest lifeforms and leading to the rise of the mammals in the Cenozoic. Choose from a timeline activity examining key evolutionary events, or a fossil-dating activity. Core Science Standard 10.5
Grades 9-12 Earth Systems – The dinosaur footprints and rocks found in Connecticut provide evidence for the cycling of matter and energy through the Earth system. Students will examine rock samples from Connecticut and piece together the exciting story of moving plates and changing environments that made Connecticut what it is today. Core Science Standards 9.1, 9.4, 9.5, 9.7, and 9.8
Also available at the Park:
  • Outdoor Casting Area – Make a plaster cast of a dinosaur footprint (seasonal -bring own material).
  • Mine for Gems and Fossils in our outdoor mining sluice (seasonal – additional fee applies)
  • Outdoor Picnic area
  • 2 1/2 miles of hiking trails
  • Bookstore – contact us for information about pre-purchased “Treasure Bags” for your group.

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19 Purvis Road, Brooklyn, CT, United States

“Are you ready to take a breath and slow down? Well, you can head to rural Connecticut where the air is fresh and the scenery is picturesque. Creamery Brook Bison Farm in Brooklyn is rustic, charming and completely devoid of modern distractions.

This 110 acre working farm features a wagon ride that takes visitors out to the fields to visit 150 plains bison which swarm around the tractor.  Sure, this is the east coast but the sight of these high-shouldered, massive creatures evokes visions of the old west.  ‘We are definitely unique,’ says owner Debbi Tanner.  ‘There’s no other place like it in the state of Connecticut.’”

School Groups All Ages

Guided tours are available for groups. You will be able to walk to see small groups of animals and a petting area. We will help you make ice cream and butter. A picnic area is available if you would like to extend your day in the country. Don’t forget to stop in our store for your bison meat and unique bison souvenirs.

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED!

Minimum Charge $90.00 for 1-15 people.

16th person & up $6.00 per adult, $5.00 per child

Note: this package does NOT include a wagon ride.

Full Tour

Add a 40 minute wagon ride to our Group Activity Tour which includes making ice cream & butter as well as a walk to small groups of other animals. Plan to spend about 2 hours with us.

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED!
Minimum charge $150.00 for 1-15 people
16th person and up $8.50 per person

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

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

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

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

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School and Student Programs

Green Girls!

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

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

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

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Coastal Classroom (4th Grade and up)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learning Gardens

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

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

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

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Youth Made Media

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

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

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

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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.

School Field Trips at the Bronx ZOO

Enrich your Class field trip to the zoo with an educational program. Our inquiry- and standards-based curricula take advantage of the Zoo’s naturalistic exhibits and allow students up-close encounters with animals from the Zoo’s unmatched educational animal collection in a supervised environment. We have programs for specific for all grade levels and ages.

Please call 718-741-1681 between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday (except holidays), or email reserve.bronxzoo.com@wcs.org with any questions about education programs or the registration process. Click Here to view the cancellation policy.

School Group Programming at the Bronx Zoo

Pre-K to 5th Grade

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School Group Programming at the Bronx Zoo Pre-K to 5th Grade

Box Turtle

Animal Alphabet

Pre-K

Animal alphabet friends including a charming chinchilla and tantalizing turtle will help early learners recognize, identify, and write letters to solve wildlife word puzzles. From antelopes to zebras, your students will discover a living alphabet at his or her fingertips.

Time: 1 hour

Fee: $200/class

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Flamingo

1, 2, Counting at the Zoo

Pre-K

Your students will explore the amazing variety of animal life while practicing their math skills. Up-close meetings with animals and storytelling will reinforce students’ recognition of numerals and help them examine the different relationships among numbers.

Time: 1 hour

Fee: $200/class

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Bronx Zoo Education

Size and Shape

Grades K-2

Students will compare and contrast sizes and shapes and recognize these as adaptations that help an animal to survive. Science based activities also support English language art and math skills when exploring measurement as well as how animals grow and change.

Time: 75 minutes/session

Fee: $225/session

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Tiger

Textures and Patterns

Grades K-2

Students will explore the variety of textures and patterns that exist in the natural world. In addition to hands-on encounters with animals and visiting zoo exhibits, students will examine Mystery Texture Buckets and solve pattern puzzles.

Time: 75 minutes/session

Fee: $225/session

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Red-eyed Tree Frog

Colors

Grades K-2

Why are animals the colors they are? How does an animal’s color help it to survive? Your students will discover the answers to these questions by visiting Zoo exhibits including Madagascar and JungleWorld as well as through up close observations of animals in the classroom.

Time: 75 minutes/session

Fee: $225/session

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Sea Lions

Sounds

>Grades K-2

From a tiger’s growl to a sea lion’s bark, the program will develop students’ awareness of the variety of sounds that animals make. Students will be able to identify specific animal sounds and understand that these sounds communicate specific information.

Time: 75 minutes/session

Fee: $225/session

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Guanaco

Moves and Meals

Grades K-2

This program will introduce students to a variety of animal locomotion styles and the reasons that animals move from place to place. Students will observe animals in the classroom to identify carnivores from herbivores and omnivores and identify the adaptations each has for finding food.

Time: 75 minutes/session

Fee: $225/session

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Collard Lemur

Animal Survival Needs

Grades K-2

In this program, students will explore what a habitat is along with identifying the living and non-living parts. Students will recognize what animals need to get from their habitat to survive and how they get it.

Time: 75 minutes/session

Fee: $225/session

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Wolf's Guenon

Mammals

Grades K-3

Students will explore Mammal Clue Kits to discover the unique characteristics of mammals and learn what sets them apart from other classes of animals. Up-close visits from some furry friends along with visits to zoo exhibits make this program an excellent learning opportunity.

Time: 75 minutes/session

Fee: $225/session

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Macaw

Bird

Grades K-3

From feathers and beaks to eggs and nests, students will learn about the major characteristics of birds. Visits to zoo exhibits and in-class observations of a couple of fine-feathered friends will complete this all avian adventure.

Time: 75 minutes/session

Fee: $225/session

Girdled Lizard

Reptiles and Amphibians

Grades K-3

Through small group work and hands-on activities, students will compare and contrast these two classes of animals. Students will walk away from this program with an appreciation of all things scaly and slimy.

Time: 75 minutes/session

Fee: $225/session

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Giraffe

Wildlife and Habitats of Africa

Grades 3-4

This exciting interdisciplinary program offers a unique opportunity for students to be immersed in the African experience as they travel on an Adaptation Safari and meet African animals up-close in the classroom.

Time: 2 hours/session

Fee: $250/session

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Gorilla

Saving Africa’s Wildlife

Grades 3-4

Students will explore the plight of Africa’s endangered animals including gorillas, rhinos and elephants. They will investigate the impact that people have had on the environment and what conservation actions can be taken to protect Africa’s wildlife.

Time: 2 hours/session

Fee: $250/session

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Polar Bear

Endangered Wildlife

Grades 3-5

What are the major causes of wildlife endangerment and extinction? In this program, students will learn the answers to this question by investigating Threats to Wildlife Boxes and visiting the zoo’s exhibits. Students will discuss issues involved with the development or protection of wildlife areas and leave this program with an understanding of conservation actions they can do everyday.

Time: 2 hours/session

Fee: $250/session

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Bronx River

Temperate Forests

Grades 3-5

In this program, students will explore the characteristics of this New York City habitat, discover how animals that live there adapt to seasonal changes and complete a Temperate Forest Journal.

Time: 2 hours/session

Fee: $250/session

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Makira

Rainforests

Grades 3-5

Students will learn about the characteristics of tropical rainforests including the stratification and biodiversity of plant and animal species that live there. Students will also discover the ways in which humans depend on the rainforest in their everyday lives.

Time: 2 hours/session
Fee: $250/session

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Lion

Grasslands

Grades 3-5

Students will explore Habitat Boxes and the Bronx Zoo’s African Plains to learn about the unique characteristics of the grassland habitats and the adaptations that animals have to survive there.

Time: 2 hours/session

Fee: $250/session

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Surinam Horned Frog

Wild Poetry

Grades 3-5

With the Bronx Zoo’s incredible animals and exhibits as their inspiration, your students will enhance their observation skills and build their literacy skills as they learn how to write an ode for a toad or creative words about birds. In the classroom, students will be introduced to amazing animal adaptations and explore 5 fundamental forms of poetry.

Time: 2 hours/session
Fee: $250/session

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School Group Programming at the Bronx Zoo

5th to 12th Grade

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School Group Programming at the Bronx Zoo 5th to 12th Grade


Zebras

Animals of the Land

Grades 5-8

This program invites students to discover animal adaptations first hand. In Animals of the Land, students focus on zebra hooves, cheetah paws, monkey hands, and even tree frog toes as they conduct their own observations of animal movement.

Time: 2 hours/session

Fee: $250/session

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Golden Eagle

Animals of the Air

Grades 5-8

Using the Zoo as a living laboratory, students will examine real bird feathers and bones, and receive up-close visits from bids to help study adaptations for flight.

Time: 2 hours/session

Fee: $250/session

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Nile Crocodiles

Animals of the Water

Grades 5-8

Students will be amazed by the Super Swamp Thingas they explore the adaptations that animals have to survive in aquatic environments.

Time: 2 hours/session

Fee: $250/session

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Tiger

Tiger Territory

Grades 5-8

In this program, students will learn about the natural history of the world’s largest cat and the threats to its survival. Students will discover how the field work of conservation biologists has been applied in the care and conservation of tigers at home and abroad.

Time: 2 hours/session

Fee: $250/session

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Bronx Zoo Education

Mathmania

Grades 5-8

Grade appropriate math exercises, animal demonstrations and exhibit visits will provide students insight and appreciation for the importance of mathematics in the study and conservation of wildlife.

Time: 2 hours/session

Fee: $250/session

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Cheetah

Predators…and Prey

Grades 7-9

How are cheetahs able to hunt alone whereas lions hunt in groups? How are gazelles able to escape from the fastest moving land animal? In this program, students will observe and examine the hunters and the hunted to determine the adaptations each has for eating or avoiding being eaten.

Time: 2 hours/session

Fee: $250/session

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Langur

Primate Behavior

Grades 7-9

What’s the difference between a lip flip and an eyebrow raise? What’s a bluff charge? In this program students will observe primates including gorillas, ring-tailed lemurs, and ebony langurs. They will use ethograms to collect and analyze data to learn about this unique order of mammals.

Time: 2 hours/session

Fee: $250/session

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Zoo Exhibit Design

Grades 9-12

Students will explore the amazing world of zoo exhibit design – a field that combines wildlife biology, art, education, math, botany, and technology. Your class will see the Zoo through new eyes as they analyze exhibits to understand and appreciate how the field of zoo exhibit design contributes to conservation.

Time: 2 hours/session

Fee: $250/session

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Zebra

Wildlife Careers

Grades 9-12

There is an amazing diversity of wildlife careers to be found in a modern zoo. In this program, students will meet animals in the classroom and visit naturalistic exhibits to explore the multitude of careers involved in the care and conservation of wildlife.

Time: 2 hours/session

Fee: $250/session

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Distance Learning For School Groups

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Take your students on a trip to the Zoo without setting foot outside your own classroom! Using two-way videoconferencing technology, the Bronx Zoo can bring engaging programs for K-12 students right into your own classroom—live! All Distance Learning Expeditions include several live animal “guests”—lemurs, lizards, owls and more. Programs are approximately 50 minutes and include extensive teacher support materials. These time-tested, teacher-endorsed programs are aligned with the National Science Education Standards and have received rave reviews from students and teachers alike.

An extensive teacher guide accompanies every program including:

  • Tips on preparing for a videoconference
  • Content background
  • National Science Education Standards correlation
  • Lesson plans for pre-conference activities
  • Lesson plans for post-conference activities
  • Reproducible student materials

Technical Requirements

Bronx Zoo Distance Learning Expeditions are broadcast at a minimum speed of 384 Kbps using a Tandberg Codec 6000 videoconference unit via H.323 standard over Internet Protocol (IP). To receive an IP videoconference, you must have a broadband connection.  For schools without  videoconferencing units, Bronx Zoo Distance Learning Expeditions are broadcast via the computer-based, web platform, SAFARI Montage Live!  Minimum hardware for schools using SAFARI Montage Live! include a computer, web camera, and headphones.  Check with your district or building technology coordinator to see if your school is compatible.

Cost

Each program is priced at $180 per single class with a maximum of 35 students.

Availability

7 days a week from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST. Due to the popularity of these programs, please reserve three weeks in advance.

Contact

For more information contact:
Ami Dobelle
Distance Learning Coordinator
P: (718) 741-1693
F: (718) 364-2225 or (718) 733-4460
E: distancelearning@wcs.org
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308 Congress Street, Boston, MA, United States

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

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

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

EXHIBITS AND PROGRAMS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Balls & Tracks

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

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

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

Age recommendation: Grades 2 and up


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

Age recommendation:Grades K-4


Global Stories

If objects could talk…

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

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

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

Alignment with Massachusetts frameworks:

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

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


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

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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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