for grades: 2 - 12

Reptiles and Amphibians

Explore the basic characteristics of Reptiles and Amphibians with live animals!  This program features a special emphasis on comparing these two similar but distinct groups of animals.  Particular focus will be placed on the native species of New York and the challenges to survival that they face.

Your field trip 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:

  • Distinguishing characteristics of Reptiles and Amphibians
  • Life cycles
  • Specialized adaptations
  • Habitats and niche
  • New York State wild populations

This presentation includes a number of manipulatives such as shells, skins, eggs and other animal artifacts providing students with a tactile dimension to their learning.  The program also emphasizes a conservation theme as students learn about native animals of our region and habitat conservation.

Animals typically used for this program may include any of the following:

  • Turtles
  • Snakes
  • Lizards
  • Skinks

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.