for grades: prek & kindergarten

Who Lives at the Pond?

A visit to the pond will introduce young students to the specific animals that inhabit the pond ecosystem.  Your program begins with an interactive discussion about the many fascinating and wonderful creatures that make the pond their home.  A museum educator will then lead students on a short hike to the wetlands. On the way, children will have picture field guides to help them take a closer look for red wing black birds, cattails, geese and more! Then, students will head to the pond’s edge where they get a first hand look at the many tiny creatures that live just below the surface.

Concepts presented in this program include:

  • Habitat
  • Animal vs. Plant:  different forms of living things
  • Color
  • Animal Movement
  • Counting
  • Matching Pictures to live animals, image recognition

field trip only (no in-school option)

Program Length:  60-90 minutes

  • 10-20 minute presentation, depending on grade level
  • 10 minute walk to wetland
  • 20-30 minute pond exploration, depending on grade level
  • 15 minute return walk and clean-up
  • 5-15 minute conclusion, depending on grade level
  • 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: Outdoor Discovery Center

(120 Muser Dr. Cornwall NY, 12518)