for grades: 3 | 4 | 5

Native Americans: Meeting Your Basic Needs

The original inhabitants of this area, the Lenape, were skillful at meeting basic needs using the resources of nature.  Learn what Henry Hudson would have discovered upon meeting these Native Americans 400 years ago.  Through the use of actual artifacts and replicas, students will explore how these resourceful people obtained food, clothing and shelter.  Topics covered include…

  • Hunting and gathering for food
  • Basic structure of shelters such as the long house and wic-a-wam
  • Construction of tools from stone, bone and wood
  • Clothing made from skins and pelts

Our program concludes with a traditional Native American tale of the Hunted Songbirds which teaches the lesson of harvesting from nature only what one requires to meet basic needs of survival.

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 expenses for first program for one class, $125 for each additional program on the same day.