Homeschool Program Series: Winter/Spring 2019

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. Most 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.

Programs are offered biweekly on Wednesdays from 1pm to 2:30pm from February 6 – April 10, 2019, 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 below or call us at (845) 534-5506 x 206. 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. Please make other arrangements for siblings. There must be a minimum of               10 children enrolled for programs to run.

Program Pricing

  • $20 per child, per program or *$80 for the full series (*Save 20%)

  • Adults are free

Program Descriptions & Registration

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

 Tracks and Traces

  • Wednesday, February 6

  • 1pm-2:30pm

  • Outdoor Discovery Center (120 Muser Dr. Cornwall, NY 12518)

Take a walk throughout the sanctuary and sharpen you wilderness skills by following tracks, searching for signs of wildlife, and looking out for different forms of animal communication. We will examine animal artifacts and learn about the unique adaptations local wildlife has evolved to help them catch prey and escape predators.

Registration deadline: February 4th

 Maple Sugaring

  • Wednesday, February 20

  • 1pm-2:30pm

  • Outdoor Discovery Center (120 Muser Dr. Cornwall, NY 12518)

Learn how to identify a sugar maple tree, and discover why sugar maple trees are the most widely used species.  An environmental educator will describe how a tree is “Tapped” to collect the sap, and why the sap flows only in the late winter and early spring. Discover how the Native American and Colonists made maple syrup. Observe our modern techniques for collecting and boiling sap into delicious maple syrup.  Students will have a chance to taste sap directly from the tree and to take our taste test challenge. This program content and approach can be modified to be age/grade appropriate.

Registration deadline: February 18

Backbone Not Required!

  • Wednesday, March 6

  • 1pm-2:30pm

  • Wildlife Education Center (25 Boulevard, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY 12520)

What do insects, spiders, snails, and centipedes have in common? They have no spine! It takes a strong outer shell and some wild adaptations to be a spine-less creature in the natural world.  Join us for an afternoon of investigation in decomposers, predator-prey relationships, and play games that help us understand the awesome characteristics of invertebrates.

Registration deadline: March 4

Branching Out!

  • Wednesday, March 27

  • 1pm-2:30pm

  • Outdoor Discovery Center (120 Muser Dr. Cornwall, NY 12518)

Tall trees, short trees, fallen trees, and snags – each one plays an important part in the forest ecosystem! During this afternoon of bark, branches, twigs, and stumps, get to know the quiet giants of the forest through up-close examination, sensory learning, and games. Come and explore with us and have a "tree-mendous" day!

Registration deadline: March 25

Wild Jobs

  • Wednesday, April 10

  • 1pm - 2:30pm

  • Wildlife Education Center (25 Boulevard, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY 12520)

Learn what it’s like to have a Wild Job! A Nature Museum naturalist will discuss the different professional applications of a degree in Environmental Science or Biology such as research, conservation, education, photography or wildlife rehabilitation. Visit behind the scenes at the Wildlife Education Center to see what it takes to keep the Nature Museum’s living collection happy and healthy!

Registration deadline: April 8