For grades: 1 | 2 | 3

Aquatic Adaptations

What is an adaptation, and how are aquatic animals and plants adapted for life in the pond?  These questions will be explored through a fun, interactive and hands-on exploration of pond life! Your program begins with an educator-lead discussion of the concept of adaptations and habitats.  As students gain understanding, we’ll head to the wetlands to observe how the small creatures of the pond, the invertebrates, amphibians and fish, are each adapted in fascinating ways.  In teams of 3 or 4, students will investigate, observe and identify creatures in samples of pond water.  The program concludes with a group discussion and sharing of discoveries, utilizing the Museum's video microscope, the MicroEye.

Concepts presented in this program include:

  • Adaptation
  • Camouflage
  • Carnivore, herbivore and predator-prey
  • Food chain
  • Insect life cycles, including larvae and nymph stages
  • Amphibian life cycles

field trip only (no in-school option)

Program Length: 90 minutes

  • 20 minute presentation
  • 10 minute walk to ponds
  • 30 minute pond exploration
  • 15 minute return walk and clean-up
  • 15 minute conclusion and video microscope viewing
  • 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

Location: Outdoor Discovery Center

(120 Muser Dr. Cornwall NY, 12518)