Homeschool Program Series: Fall 2018

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. 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.

This year we hope to instill in our students a deeper appreciation for one of our most important natural
resources: water. Throughout our fall series, students will learn about the water cycle, the creatures
that live in our ponds, how the Hudson River formed, and so much more! Programs are offered biweekly
on Wednesdays from 1pm to 2:30pm from Sept. 26th-Nov. 28th 2018, 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

All homeschool programs require a guardian to attend, free of charge, and are recommended for
        children ages 7-12 years old. 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 or *$60 for the full series (*Save 20%) 
  • Adults are free

Program Descriptions

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


 Wonderful, Wonderful Water

  • Wednesday, September 26th
  • 1pm-2:30pm
  • Wildlife Education Center (25 Boulevard, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY 12520) 

Water is crucial to sustaining life on Earth. But what exactly is water? Where does it come from? How can we protect it? Students will learn the answers to all of these questions and more as they become a water droplet and journey through the water cycle. They’ll even get to make their very own cloud!

Registration deadline: September 24th

 Hudson River Study

  • Wednesday, October 10th
  • 1pm-2:30pm
  • Kowawese Unique Area at Plum Point (90 Plum Point Lane New Windsor, NY 12553)

From the banks of the Hudson River at Kowawese Unique Area, our program begins with an overview of the Hudson River from its beginning to its end.  Students will learn some of its valuable history and ecology as we take in the views of Storm King Mountain and Bannerman’s Island. Then we will head to the beach to catch fish in our 30’ seine net.  Learn basic fish identification and some fascinating facts about the adaptations of these remarkable creatures. Our program concludes with a fun scavenger on the beach.

Registration deadline: October 8th

Pond Peril

  • Wednesday, October 24th
  • 1pm-2:30pm
  • Outdoor Discovery Center (120 Muser Dr. Cornwall, NY 12518)

Get ready for Halloween by exploring the watery underworld in our very own pond. Students will learn
how the living and the un-dead rely on each other to keep an ecosystem afloat. The program will
continue with a hike to the wetlands where we will capture and identify monsters from the deep. Learn
with us, if you dare! *Costumes are encouraged!*

Registration deadline: October 22nd

Hudson River Ecosystem

  • Wednesday, November 7th
  • 1pm-2:30pm
  • Wildlife Education Center (25 Boulevard, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY 12520)

Come see what it takes to be a real life scientist! Through their own experiments, students will learn how human action, like commerce and energy production, along the Hudson River, affects aquatic plants and animals.  Students will get the chance to employ the scientific method and gather data like salinity, turbidity, and pH levels. The program concludes with each team reporting their data, determining if their hypothesis was proven and finally designing a new question to investigate based on their experimentation.

Registration deadline: November 5th


  • Wednesday, November 28
  • 1pm - 2:30pm
  • Outdoor Discovery Center (120 Muser Dr. Cornwall, NY 12518)  

Have you ever seen a rainbow after a storm and wondered where it came from? This program is your chance to find out! Students will explore the science of color and light through hands-on demonstrations. To cap it all off, we’ll learn about how famous artists were influenced by the water in our region to create the Hudson River School of painting. Students will even get to paint their very own masterpiece!

Registration deadline: November 26th