for grades: 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

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 mammal, reptile, insect and fossil! The program begins with a discussion of the concept of “symbols”. The students will role-play as they become legislators.  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. Maybe your class can nominate the next symbol of New York (we don’t yet have an official amphibian!)

Basic concepts covered 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

  • 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

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