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.