for grades: 3 | 4 | 5

Symbols of New York

Did you know that New York has 16 state symbols?  Why is each symbol special to our state?  How does an official symbol get chosen?  Discover the origins and facts about products made in New York in this fascinating hands-on program.  Learn about the life cycles and history of our state bird, tree, mammal, reptile and insect.

Our program begins with a discussion of the concept of “symbols” as well as the nomination and legislative processes involved.  Students are then challenged to test their knowledge of each category of symbol… is our official state fruit a blueberry or an apple?  After taking a vote, the true symbol is revealed followed by an interactive presentation of fun facts and artifacts.

The program concludes with encouragement of students to get involved in citizen science projects involving our symbols, such as placing bluebird boxes and searching for the lost 9-spotted ladybug.  And maybe your class can nominate the next symbol of New York (we don’t yet have an official amphibian!)

  • Concepts presented in this program include…
  • Government and the passing of laws
  • Citizen science
  • Symbolism
  • Commerce, Tourism, Recreation
  • Wildlife conservation and habitat protection

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.