Homeschool Program Series- Fall 2017

Join Environmental Educators at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum to add a memorable, hands-on component to your homeschool curriculum! We promote respect for nature through hikes, live animal presentations and scientific exploration. Our educational homeschool series offers inclusive, secular, non-partisan programs focused on academics and the natural history of the Hudson Valley. All Programs include an outdoor portion and will be held rain or shine, so please dress appropriately for the weather. Pre-paid registration is required for all programs- see below to register. 

Programs are offered biweekly on Wednesdays from 1pm to 2:30pm from Sept. 20th-Nov. 15th 2017, see program details below. The buildings will open at 12pm for early check-in. This will allow extra time for free exploration, picnicking and/or visiting the gift shop before the program begins at 1pm. All programs begin promptly at 1pm, so please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes in advance to check-in.

Register your child for all 5 sessions or choose your favorite subjects! Register online at or call us at (845)534-5506 x 211. Payment is non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by HHNM staff. For supply and planning purposes, pre-registration and advance payment is required by the registration deadline.

All homeschool programs require a guardian to attend, free of charge, and are recommended for children ages 7-12 years old.  We prefer a ratio of 1 child to 1 adult if possible. Please make other arrangements for siblings. There must be a minimum of 10 children enrolled for programs to run.

Program Pricing

$15 per child, per program 

Save 20% when you register for the full 5 program series: $60 (instead of $75!)

Adults are free- We prefer a ratio of 1 child to 1 adult if possible.

Program Descriptions

**Please Note: We have facilities at two separate locations. Programs will be offered at varying locations, depending on the topic and are listed below.**


September 20th- The Wonders of Wetlands at the Outdoor Discovery Center (120 Muser Dr. Cornwall, NY 12518)

Join us on an adventure to one of our most unique habitats, the wetland! Discover some of the amazing creatures that call this habitat home. This interactive program will introduce students to the adaptations that allow plants and animals to survive in this aquatic ecosystem. In teams of 3 or 4, students will investigate, observe and identify creatures in samples of pond water.  The program concludes with the use of our MicroEye, a video microscope, to take a closer look at the adaptations of the groups favorite finds!

Registration deadline: Sept. 18th 2017

October 4th- Stories in Stone at Outdoor Discovery Center (120 Muser Dr. Cornwall, NY 12518)

This program is science exploration at its best!  The program begins with a hands-on presentation about how paleontologist use fossils to create a picture of what life could have been like millions of years ago. Students will learn how scientists read the stories in the rocks … genuine fossils of sea life and dinosaurs will highlight the discussion.  Next we will head to our excavation site with trowel, brush and ruler in hand.  Students become paleontologists in this authentic science experience as they work together to excavate a full size replica of a dinosaur skeleton. 

Registration Deadline: Oct. 2nd 2017

October 18th- Creepy Crawlies at Wildlife Education Center (25 Boulevard, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY 12520)

Students get up close and personal with animals that some may consider “Creepy”, just in time for the Halloween season! Learn all about snakes, cockroaches, tarantulas and toads! Students will develop an understanding of the important role these strange and wonderful animals play in the ecosystems. Enjoy a woodland hike to search for clues that animals have roamed the area and search for wild creepy crawlies!

Registration Deadline: Oct. 16th 2017

November 1st- Forest Ecology Ramble at Outdoor Discovery Center (120 Muser Dr. Cornwall, NY 12518)

Join an Environmental Educator for a mile hike to learn all about the forest ecosystem! Students will stop to investigate the habitats of the forest floor and identify the creatures that make a rotting log their home. Have you ever wondered why the leaves turn so bright and beautiful this time of year? Learn tree ID skills, along with which plants are invaders. You never know what you will find on a woodland adventure!

Registration Deadline: Oct. 30th 2017

November 15th- Owls: Raptors of the Night at Wildlife Education Center (25 Boulevard, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY 12520)

Explore the fascinating world of our nocturnal birds of prey. This program includes a discussion of owl behaviors, adaptations and food preferences. You will have the opportunity to meet a live owl from the Museum’s collection along with the chance to dissect a real owl pellet! Whoooo …… whoooodid your owl eat for dinner? Join us to find out!

Registration Deadline: Nov. 6th 2017