for grades: 2 - 12


Explore the basic characteristics of the Mammal Class in the Animal Kingdom by meeting two live animals!  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. Artifacts may cover any of the following:  coyote, fox, black bear, beaver, opossum, skunk, deer.

Basic concepts covered in this program include:

  • Unifying characteristics of the Class Mammalia
  • Life cycles
  • Specialized adaptations
  • Habitats and niche

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

  • Mouse
  • Rabbit
  • Opossum

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.