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Animal Kingdom

This program explores the basic characteristics of four major divisions of the Animal Kingdom: Reptiles, Amphibians, Mammals & Birds. Using live animals to represent each group, students will discover the unique characteristics that scientists use to classify animals in each of these Classes. This presentation includes a number of manipulatives, such as feathers, pelts and eggs, providing students with a tactile dimension to their learning.  Students will also explore the characteristics that all animals share such as locomotion, predator-prey relationships, basic life processes and reproduction. 

Basic concepts covered in this program include:

  • Distinguishing characteristics used for classification
  • Life cycles
  • Specialized adaptations
  • Cold blooded vs. warm blooded
  • Habitats and niche

Animals typically used for this program may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Snake
  • Blue Tongue Skink
  • Toad
  • Frog
  • Mouse
  • Dove

as a field trip

Program Length: 90 minutes

  • 45 minute presentation
  • 30 minute forest trail walk
  • 15 minutes free exploration
  • Gift shop available upon request
  • Picnic area available upon request

Program Cost: $150 for up to 25 students & 5 parent chaperones. Staff is free. Additional students are $7 each

20% discount on the program fee for program(s) scheduled between Dec. 18th-March 16th.

Location: Wildlife Education Center

(25 Boulevard, Cornwall-on-Hudson NY, 12520)

in the classroom

Program Length: 45 minutes

Program Cost: $175, plus travel fee, for first program. $125 for each additional program on the same day

20% discount on the program fee for program(s) scheduled between Dec. 18th-March 16th.



    Please Note:  The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum and its professional staff are fully licensed by state and federal agencies to maintain a collection of live native animal species for the purpose of education.  For the health and well-being of our animals, our permits require that we have a NO TOUCH policy.  Children will not be permitted to touch or pet any of our living collection.
    Choice of animals is at the discretion of the museum staff, based on availability.