Education

School Programs

The Greenburgh Nature Center offers an array of seasonal and year-round environmental education programs for all grades. Students are engaged in and inspired by the wonders of nature. They are challenged to utilize their critical thinking skills. Best of all, these programs are memorable and fun.Many of our school programs have been specifically designed to enrich and support the New York State curriculum. Our programs help encourage students by giving an experiential learning environment.

Thanks to generous funding from Westchester County's Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation, the Greenburgh Nature Center is able to offer discounted programming to Westchester school groups that meet specific criteria of need. Please call 914.723.3470, to determine if your school or organization qualifies for this discounted programming.

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Programs fill quickly. All programs are offered Monday through Thursday, from 10am to 4:30pm. Reservations are for rain or shine. For questions, please call 914.723.3470.

Note: teacher guides are downloadable in pdf format

The codes listed below each program correspond to the New York State Science Stardards for specific grade levels.

Year-Round Programs

Animal Adventures for pre-K to grade 2
Our live animals provide children with the opportunity to interact with some of our furry, feathered, bristled and scaly residents. Class emphasizes respect for each animal and can be tailored to complement your curriculum with inclusion of mammals, nocturnal animals, reptiles, amphibians and others. Also offered as an outreach program - Meet the Animals. Animal AdventuresTeacher's Guide - Meet the Animals Teacher's Guide
Standard One S1.1, S1.1a, S1.1b Standard Four: The Living Environment 1.1a, 1.2a, 2.1a, 2.1b, 2.2a, 2.2b, 3.1a, 3.1c, 3.2a, 3.2b, 4.1a, 4.1e, 4.1f, 4.1g, 5.1a, 5.1b, 5.2b, 5.2c, 5.2d. 5.2e, 5.2f, 6.1a, 6.1b, 6.1c, 6.1d, 6.1e, 6.1f

Animal Adaptations for grades 3 to 7
Animals possess a variety of instinctual behaviors that help them survive in their environments. An outdoor hike provides an opportunity for students to analyze how local wildlife use physical and behavioral adaptations such as camouflage and hibernation to survive in the natural world. Also offered as an outreach program. Animal Adaptations Teacher's Guide
Grades 3-4 Standard One S1.1, S1.1a, S1.1b Standard Four: The Living Environment 1.1a, 1.2a, 2.1a, 2.1b, 2.2a, 2.2b, 3.1a, 3.1c, 3.2a, 3.2b, 4.1a, 4.1e, 4.1f, 4.1g, 5.1a, 5.1b, 5.2b, 5.2c, 5.2d. 5.2e, 5.2f, 6.1a, 6.1b, 6.1c, 6.1d, 6.1e, 6.1f
Grades 5-7 Standard Four: The Living Environment 3.1a, 3.1b, 3.1c, 3.2a, 3.2b, 5.1a, 5.1b, 5.1d, 5.1e, 5.1f, 5.1g, 6.1a, 6.1b, 6.1c, 7.1a, 7.1b, 7.1c, 7.1e, 7.2c, 7.2d

Birds Of Prey for Kindergarten to grade 7
These magnificent creatures capture the minds of all as they soar, swoop and dive. Students explore the differences between raptors and other birds utilizing live animals and artifacts from our museum. A trip to our outdoor Birds of Prey House provide a unique opportunity for students to observe the physiology and adaptations that enable these animals to survive. An investigation of raptors, including the dissection of an owl pellet (for grades 3+), provides insight into “specialization” and what life is like near the top of the food chain. Material fee of $20 per class. Also offered as an outreach program without pellet dissection. Birds of Prey Teacher's Guide

Orienteering for grades 3 to 7
Using a map and compass, students will learn map appreciation skills, develop an awareness of the geography of the New York and examine the relationship and interaction between the natural environment and humans. Students are challenged to navigate their way along an outdoor orienteering course. Orienteering Teacher's Guide

A Plant’s Life for Kindergarten to grade 2
Welcome to the fascinating world of plants! This program introduces students to plant identification through discussion of stems, roots and petals. Children will learn about life cycles and adaptations of plants and their importance in our eco-system. They will also have the chance to study our new aquaponics table and prepare take-home plantings. A Plant's Life Teacher's Guide
Standard One S1.1, S1.1a, S1.1b Standard Four: Physical Setting 1.1a, 2.1c, 2.1d Standard Four: The Living Environment 1.1b, 1.2a, 2.1a, 2.1b, 2.2a, 2.2b, 3.1b, 3.1c, 4.1b, 4.1d, 5.1a, 5.1b, 5.2a, 5.2g, 6.1a, 6.1b, 6.1d, 6.1f

Plants, Our Partners for grades 3 to 7
Discover the great green world of plants in this hands-on program where students learn about the food web and develop an understanding of our dependence on plants for survival. Take a journey through the life of a plant from seed to adult through observation of real plant parts and seeds. Plants, Our Partners Teachers Guide
Grades 3-4 Standard One S1.1, S1.1a, S1.1b Standard Four: Physical Setting 1.1a, 2.1c, 2.1d Standard Four: The Living Environment 1.1b, 1.2a, 2.1a, 2.1b, 2.2a, 2.2b, 3.1b, 3.1c, 4.1b, 4.1d, 5.1a, 5.1b, 5.2a, 5.2g, 6.1a, 6.1b, 6.1d, 6.1f
Grades 5-7 Standard Four: The Living Environment 5.1d, 5.1e, 6.1a, 6.1b, 6.1c, 6.2a, 6.2b, 6.2c, 7.1e, 7.2d Standard Four: The Physical Setting 2.1j

Recycling: Where Does All the Garbage Go? for Kindergarten to grade 5
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Conserving our natural resources is the ultimate goal of the 3R concept. This program empowers children to take small steps that can have a big collective impact on our environment, our economy and our wildlife. Students will play Trash Mountain, a sorting game where samples of typical garbage are studied to understand how much and what kinds of waste we generate, learn how our community currently disposes of waste and consider how humans can make choices to better fit into nature’s system of interconnected cycles. Also offered as an outreach program. Recycling Teacher's Guide

Hydroponics: Conservation through Sustainable Agriculture Grades 5-8, 60-90 minute programs. (Please call us to book this program - 914.723.3470.) 
Students will learn about the future of farming as they explore our aquaponic and aeroponic systems and learn about man-made ecosystems. They will observe how fish thrive alongside vegetables grown without soil. An understanding of agricultural stewardship will be developed through water quality testing experiments and an activity focused on the economics of food, health and the environment. Available as an outreach program and at the Nature Center year round.
Standard One: Analysis, Inquiry & Design M1.1, M1.3, S1.1, S1.2, S1.3, S1.4, S2.1, S2.2, S2.3, T1.1, T1.3 Standard Four: The Living Environment 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 5.1, 5.2, 6.1, 6.2, 7.1, 7.2 Standard Four: The Physical Setting 1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.3, 4.1, 5.2 Standard Six: Interconnectedness Standard 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 4.1, 4.2, 5.2, 6.1, 6.2 Standard Seven: Interdisciplinary Problem Solving 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1

Water World Grades Pre-K through 4th, 60-90 minute programs.
(Please call us to book this program - 914.723.3470.) 
Students will learn about our planet’s water future as they explore our hydroponic systems and observe how fish thrive alongside vegetables grown without soil. An understanding of the water cycle, properties of water, and differences between wet and dry will be developed through hands-on activities and a demonstration of rainwater runoff. Available as an outreach program and at the Nature Center year round.
Standard One: Analysis, Inquiry & Design M1.1, M1.2, M1.3, S1.1, S1.2, S1.3, S2.1, S2.2, S2.3, S3.1, S3.2, S3.3, S3.4, T1.1, T1.3 Standard Four: The Living Environment 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 6.1, 6.2, 7.1 Standard Four: The Physical Setting 1.1, 2.1, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 5.1, 5.2 Standard Six: Interconnectedness Standard 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Standard Seven: Interdisciplinary Problem Solving 1, 2

Sustainability: Learning Lessons From Nature for grades 3 to 7
In this program we’ll learn how a sustainable ecosystem produces food and shelter without resource depletion. Our green roof exhibit, sustainable garden, and forest habitat serve as a jumping off point to show how we can learn to mimic nature’s way and not deplete our resources.

Seasonal Programs

Apple Cidering–September to November, for pre-K to grade 7 (In-house only)
New York is the second largest producer of Apples in the country. In this mouth-watering program, children will use an old-fashioned screw press to make apple cider. Students will learn about the colonial experience of cider making and get a taste of fresh, tangy apple cider. Each group must bring 2-3 apples per child. Apple Cidering Teacher's Guide

Aquatic Adventure–April to June, for pre-K to grade 2
The adventure begins with a stroll through our forest to Wood Frog Pond. Students will observe the diversity of an aquatic habitat and meet some pond critters that reside in our animal museum. Aquatic Adventures Teacher's Guide
Standard One S1.1, S1.1a, S1.1b Standard Four: Physical Setting 1.1a, 2.1c Standard Four: The Living Environment 1.1a, 1.2a, 2.1a, 2.1b, 2.2a, 2.2b, 3.1a, 3.1c, 3.2a, 3.2b, 4.1a, 4.1e, 4.1f, 4.1g, 5.1a, 5.1b, 5.2b, 5.2c, 5.2d. 5.2e, 5.2f, 6.1a, 6.1b, 6.1c, 6.1d, 6.1e, 6.1f

Pond Ecology–April to June, for grades 3 to 7
An abundance of life and activity exists in a seemingly quiet pond. In this hands-on exploration, students will use a variety of tools to discover aquatic ecosystems and learn to identify macro-invertebrates. They learn about the interrelationships and life cycles of plants and animals and the adaptations of each. This program is designed to create an understanding of a pond’s balance of life. Teachers may choose for students to conduct water tests (pH, temperature, turbidity). Download our Pond Life ID SheetsPond Ecology Teacher's Guide 
Grades 3-4 Standard One S1.1, S1.1a, S1.1b Standard Four: Physical Setting 1.1a, 2.1c Standard Four: The Living Environment 1.1a, 1.2a, 2.1a, 2.1b, 2.2a, 2.2b, 3.1a, 3.1c, 3.2a, 3.2b, 4.1a, 4.1e, 4.1f, 4.1g 5.1a, 5.1b, 5.2b, 5.2c, 5.2d. 5.2e, 5.2f, 6.1a, 6.1b, 6.1c, 6.1d, 6.1e, 6.1f
Grades 5-7 Standard Four: The Living Environment 1.1d, 5.1a, 5.1b, 5.1d, 5.1e, 6.1a, 6.1b, 6.1c, 7.1a 7.1e, 7.2c, 7.2d Standard Four: The Physical Setting 2.1j

Bees-April through October, Pre-K through 8th grade, 30 - 90 minute programs 
(Please call us to book this program - 914.723.3470.) 
Students will receive an introduction to the honey bee as they learn about pollen, wax combs and hive structure. Specially designed activities teach the important role bees play in pollination and their essential jobs within the hive.

Forest Ecology–September to October and April to June, for grades 3 to 7
Discover hidden secrets in this sensory journey through nature. Students explore a forest habitat and uncover some of the differences between deciduous and coniferous forests by doing field-testing of plots, studying the flora and fauna and making field observations. Forest Ecology Teacher's Guide

Solar Energy - Let the Sun Shine In!- Available from May through October starting 2016, at the Nature Center for Grades 5-8, 90 minute program.
(Please call us to book this program - 914.723.3470.) 
Also available for scout troops and student clubs.
The sun bathes the Earth in more energy in one hour than is used by the world in an entire year. Aimed at middle school grades 5-8, in this program students will learn about the different ways in which humans are harnessing the power of the sun to meet the needs of people around the globe. Through a STEM oriented design challenge, students will discover how to optimize solar energy collection through design of a passive solar system (e.g., solar building design, solar cooking, solar water heating) or a photovoltaic application (e.g., solar panel-driven model car).
NYS Standard 1, Analysis, Inquiry and Design: S1.2a, S1.2b, S1.2c, S1.3, S1.4, T1.1, T1.1a, T1.3, T1.3a, T1.3b, T1.4a, T1.4b, T1.5 a, T1.5b
Standard 4, The Physical Setting: 4.1a, 4.1b, 4.1c, 4.1d, 4.1e, 4.2a, 4.2b, 4.3a, 4.4d, 4.4e, 5.2d, 5.2e

Native American Tools & Toys-Recommended for K-6
Students will receive a hands-on experience with Lenape tools and toys such as stone axes, arrowheads and a mortar and pestle. 60 minute program. Available as an outreach year-round.
NYS Science Standard: 1, 4, 5
NYS Social Studies Standard: 1, 2, 3

Coming Summer 2016: An immersive Native American experience featuring our newly built Lenape Longhouse and Weckquaesgeek Wigwam.

A Bug’s Life–September to October and May to June, for pre-K to grade 7
Join us on this invertebrate safari and compare the life cycles of insects to our own. Learn how humans depend on insects and discover the many adaptations insects make for survival. Meet some of our live insects and then venture through our forest and observe them in their natural habitat. A Bug's Life Teacher's Guide
Grades preK-4 Standard One S1.1, S1.1a, S1.1b Standard Four: Physical Setting 2.1d Standard Four: The Living Environment 1.1a, 1.2a, 2.1a, 2.1b, 2.2a, 2.2b, 3.1a , 3.1c, 3.2a, 3.2b, 4.1a, 4.1e, 4.1f, 4.1g, 5.1a, 5.1b, 5.2b, 5.2c, 5.2d. 5.2e, 5.2f, 6.1a, 6.1b, 6.1c, 6.1d, 6.1e, 6.1f
 Grades 5-7 Standard Four: The Living Environment 5.1a, 5.1b, 5.1d, 5.1e, 6.1a. 6.1b, 6.1c

Composting - the Magic of Decomposition-April to October, for grades 3 to 7
Hands-on investigation of different methods of composting offers students the opportunity to experience the fun of participating in nature's great drama of decomposition. Students will discover how water, air, plants and animals from the micro to the macro-scopic all work together to recycle organic matter into the nutrient-rich soil-enhancer we call "compost". Students will learn how humans optimize conditions for efficient decomposition through process control. Outdoors rain or shine.

Winter Bird Buddies–December to March, for pre-K to grade 7
Using birds from our live animal museum, students are introduced to the basics of avian anatomy. They learn how to identify some of our common winter residents, why some birds migrate and how others adapt to winter life. Children make a pinecone feeder that they hang outdoors at the Nature Center and look for winged visitors snacking on tasty offerings. (No peanuts are used.) Winter Bird Buddies Teacher's Guide
Grades preK-4 Standard One S1.1, S1.1a, S1.1b Standard Four: Physical Setting 1.1a Standard Four: The Living Environment 1.1a, 1.2a, 2.1a, 2.1b, 3.1a, 3.1c, 3.2a, 3.2b, 4.1a, 4.1e, 4.1f, 4.1g, 5.1a, 5.1b, 5.2b, 5.2c, 5.2d. 5.2e, 5.2f, 6.1a, 6.1b, 6.1c, 6.1d, 6.1e, 6.1f
Grades 5-7 Standard Four: The Living Environment 3.1a, 3.1b, 3.1c, 5.1a, 5.1b, 5.1d, 5.1e

Maple Sugaring–Mid-February to March, for pre-K to grade 7
Students will travel back in time to discover the history of maple sugaring with several stops along the way. Both Native American and colonial techniques are demonstrated at our outdoor sugaring sites. Students can challenge their taste buds as they try to determine the difference between corn syrup and the “real deal” -100% maple syrup. Maple Sugaring Teacher's Guide
Grades preK-4 Standard One S1.1, S1.1a, S1.1b Standard Four: Physical Setting 1.1a, 2.1c, 3.2a, 3.2b, 3.2c Standard Four: The Living Environment 2.1a, 2.1b, 3.1b, 3.1c, 4.1b, 4.1d, 5.2a, 7.1a, 7.1b, 7.1c
Grades 5-7 Standard Four: The Living Environment 6.2a, 6.2b, 6.2c

Schedule a Program

BOOK YOUR PROGRAM 24/7 ONLINE See cancellation/refund policy below.

If you do not see the date(s) and/or time(s) that you are interested in or have any other questions, please call 914.723.3470.

Thanks to generous funding from Westchester County's Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation, the Greenburgh Nature Center is able to offer discounted programming to Westchester school groups that meet specific criteria of need. Please call 914.723.3470 to determine if your school or organization qualifies for this discounted programming.

 

School Programs Refund Policy
For cancellations made 30 days or more in advance of the program date, either a full refund minus 25% or a credit (for the full amount) to be used for a program on a future date will be issued. For cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the program, there are no monetary refunds but a 50% credit to be used for a program on a future date will be issued.

Programs Summary
Animal Adventures, pre-K-2
Animal Adaptations, 3-7
Birds of Prey, K-7
Native American Tools & Toys, K-5
A Plant’s Life, K-2
Plants, Our Partners, 3-7
Orienteering, 3-7
Recycling, K-5
Sustainability, 3-7
Hydroponics, 5-8
Water World, pre-K -4

Seasonal Programs
Apple Cidering
Sept-Oct, pre-K-7

Aquatic Adventure
Apr-Jun, pre-K-2

A Bug’s Life
Sept-Oct and May-Jun, pre-K-7

Composting
Apr-Oct, 3-7

Forest Ecology
Sept-Oct and Apr-Jun, 3-7

Bees
Apr-Oct, pre-K-8

Maple Sugaring
Mid-Feb-Mar, pre-K-7

Pond Ecology
Apr-Jun, 3-7

Solar Energy
May-Oct, 5-8

Winter Bird Buddies
Dec-Mar, pre-K-7

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