for grades: 2

Incredible Insects

Explore the basic characteristics of this Invertebrate group in the Animal Kingdom! The program begins with a fun and interactive presentation all about Insects and their life cycle, utilizing the Museum's live animal collection.  Students will learn the difference between true Insects and insect imposters. The discussion concludes by emphasizing the importance of all Invertebrates in our ecosystem and food system. 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. This program was developed in collaboration with the Newburgh School district and is designed to meet many of 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
  • Pollination

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

  • Darkling Beetle
  • Millipede
  • Cockroach
  • Turantula
  • Cricket
  • Honey bee observation hive


as a field trip

Program Length: 90 minutes

  • 45 minute presentation
  • 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.