for grades: 2 - 12

Reptiles and Amphibians

Explore the basic characteristics of Reptiles and Amphibians by meeting 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. 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.

 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

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

  • Turtle
  • Snake
  • Lizard
  • Frog
  • Toad
  • Salamander

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.

Large Audience Presentation

Program Length: 60-75 minutes, depending on age group

Program Cost: $350, plus travel expense, for up to 100 students

    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.