for grades: Prek | K | 1 | 2

Tools, Toys, and Tales of American Indians

What was it like to be a child in a Lenape village centuries ago?  Was their life very different than ours today?  Children will travel back in time as they imagine walking across a winter landscape to a longhouse.  As we visit each hearth in the longhouse, we will explore the way Native Americans of our region used items from nature as tools and as toys 400 years ago.  Genuine artifacts will enrich the hands-on experience.  Students will try their hand at a game of skill and learn the lessons that games would teach the Lenape children. Our adventure concludes with the story of “When the Turtle Flew South”, a traditional tale passed along through the generations to teach a lesson of patience.

Concepts presented in this program include:

  • Native American Culture
  • Social and family life
  • Use of toys and stories as teaching tools
  • Tool making, clothing construction, food preparation

as a field trip

Program Length: 60-90 minutes

  • 30-45 minute presentation, depending on grade level
  • 15-30 minute guided trail walk, depending on grade level
  • 15 minutes free exploration
  • Gift shop available upon request
  • Picnic area available upon request

Program Cost:

  • PreK: $90 for up to 16 students. Adults are free. Additional students are $7 each
  • Kindergarten: $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: 30-45 minutes

Program Cost: 

  • PreK: $115, plus travel fee, for first program. $70 for each additional program on the same day
  • Kindergarten: $175, plus travel fee, for first program. $125 for each additional program on the same day