for grades: 2 - 8
Explore the basic characteristics of the Mammal order in the animal kingdom with live animals! 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. Basic concepts covered in this program include:
- Unifying characteristics of the Order Mammalia
- Life cycles
- Specialized adaptations
- Habitats and niche
This presentation includes a number of manipulatives such as pelts, skulls and other mammal artifacts providing students with a tactile dimension to their learning. The program also emphasizes a conservation theme as students learn about our region’s native mammals and the survival challenges they face. Live animals typically used for this program are a mouse and rabbit. Artifact materials may include any of the following: coyote, fox, black bear, beaver, opossum, skunk, deer.
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 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.
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.