for grades: kindergarten
Introduction to Animals
This program explores basic life processes of living creatures. Students will meet four live animals! Students will be encouraged to compare these animals to learn about their similarities and differences. Basic 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
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.
Animals typically used for this program may include but are not limited to, any of the following:
- Box Turtle
- Giant Millipede
as a field trip
Program Length: 90 minutes
- 30-45 minute presentation, depending on group size and grade level
- 30 minute guided trail walk
- 15-30 minutes free exploration/gift shopping
- Picnic area available
Program Cost: $150 for up to 24 students. Staff is free. Additional students and parent chaperones $7 each
Location: Wildlife Education Center
In the classroom
Program Length: 30-45 minutes
Program Cost: $175 plus travel fee for first program for one class, $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.