for grades: 2 - 7


Explore the basic characteristics of the Bird class in the animal kingdom with this interactive program. Students will meet a bird from the Museum's live animal collection! This presentation includes a number of manipulatives such as feathers, eggs and other bird artifacts providing students with a tactile dimension to their learning.  The program also emphasizes a conservation theme as students learn about native and migratory birds of our region and habitat conservation. 

Basic concepts covered in this program include:

  • Unifying characteristics of the Class Aves
  • Life cycles
  • Migration
  • Specialized adaptations
  • Habitats and niche

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

  • Dove
  • Owl

as a field trip

Program Length: 90 minutes

  • 35 minute presentation
  • 10 minutes to explore the Bird on a Wing exhibit
  • 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.