for grades: 1 | 2

Animal Kingdom

This program explores the basic characteristics of four major divisions of the animal kingdom:

  • Reptiles
  • Amphibians
  • Mammals
  • Birds

Using live animals that represent each group, students will explore the characteristics that all animals share such as locomotion, predator-prey relationships, basic life processes and reproduction.  Students will then discover the unique characteristics that scientists use to classify animals in each of these Orders.  Basic concepts covered in this program include:

  • Distinguishing characteristics used for classification
  • Life cycles
  • Specialized adaptations for locomotion, survival, feeding strategies,
  • Cold blooded vs. warm blooded
  • Habitats and niche

This presentation includes a number of manipulatives such as shells and pelts, providing students with a tactile dimension to their learning. 

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

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

as a field trip

Program Length: 90 minutes

  • 30-45 minute presentation, depending on group size and grade level
  • 30 minute guided trail walk
  • 15-30 minutes free exploration/gift shopping
  • Picnic area available

Program Cost: $150 for up to 24 students. Staff is free. Additional students and adult chaperones $7 each

Location: Wildlife Education Center

in the classroom

Program Length: 30-45 minutes, depending on grade level and group size

Program Cost: $175 plus travel expense for first program for one class, $125 for each additional program on the same day



    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.