for grades: Prek & kindergarten

Introduction to Animals

This program explores basic life processes of living creatures.  Students will meet three to four live animals!  Students will be encouraged to compare these animals to learn about their similarities and differences. This presentation includes a number of manipulatives, such as shells and pelts, providing students with a tactile dimension to their learning.  The program also emphasizes a conservation theme as students learn that wild animals are not pets and must be protected in their habitats.

Concepts covered in this program include:

  • Different ways animals move from place to place
  • How animals change throughout their life cycle
  • How animals use their senses for survival
  • What each animal eats and where they might be found in nature

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

  • Box Turtle
  • Frog
  • Toad
  • Mouse
  • Rabbit

as a field trip

Program Length: 60-90 minutes

  • 30-45 minute presentation, depending on grade level
  • 15-30 minute guided trail walk, depending on grade level
  • 15 minutes free exploration
  • Gift shop available upon request
  • Picnic area available upon request

Program Cost:

  • PreK: $90 for up to 16 students. Adults are free. Additional students are $7 each
  • Kindergarten: $150 for up to 25 students & 5 parent chaperones. Staff is free. Additional students are $7 each

Location: Wildlife Education Center

(25 Boulevard, Cornwall-on-Hudson NY, 12520)

In the classroom

Program Length: 30-45 minutes

Program Cost: 

  • PreK: $115, plus travel fee, for first program. $70 for each additional program on the same day
  • Kindergarten: $175, plus travel fee, for first program. $125 for each additional program on the same day
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.