for grades: 2 | 3
Explore the basic characteristics of the Invertebrate group in the animal kingdom with live creatures! Your program will begin in the Ogden Gallery with a fun and informative interactive presentation, followed by a guided trail hike and finally returning to our Hall of Animals where we have many live native animal species on exhibit. This program meets many the Core Curriculum Standards for the second grade Insect ELA.
Basic concepts covered in this program include:
• Characteristics of Invertebrates
• Distinguishing between insects and insect imposters
• Insect life cycles
This presentation includes viewing insects in various life stages as well as shed exoskeletons and preserved, mounted artifacts providing students with a tactile dimension to their learning. The program also emphasizes a conservation theme. Live animals typically used for this program include Tobacco HornwormCaterpillars, Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, and Tarantulas.
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.
as a field trip
Program Length: 90 minutes
• 45 minute presentation
• 45 minute guided trail walk
• Picnic area available
Program Cost: $150 for up to 24 students. Staff is free. Additional students and adult chaperones $7 each.
Location: Wildlife Education Center
in the classroom
Program Length: 45 minutes
Program Cost: $175 plus travel expense for first program for one class, $125 for each additional program on the same day.