Summer 2013 Lesson Topics

These summer programs are appropriate for children ages 6 and up. (Preschool group leaders should schedule a visit for younger visitors.)

Lesson Topics: All programs include an interactive lesson to introduce the chosen topic, real natural history specimens to touch, and a scavenger hunt in the museum gallery. Part of the program will take place outdoors (weather permitting).

  • Amazing Animal Adaptations.  How do animals survive in their habitats? Camouflage, mimicry, and sharp teeth are just a few strategies animals use. Search outside for evidence of animals as you explore the local ecosystem.
  • A Bevy of Birds!   From nests and beaks to feathers and feet, this lesson explores the features and behaviors that make birds so unique. Help Cornell University scientists count birds!
  • Investigating Insects.  There are millions of insects! Find out what they all have in common, and how they impact your life. See how many different kinds of insects you can find in Wagner's backyard.
  • Pollinator Power!   Have you ever thought about how important flowers are? Learn about different animal pollinators and why they are crucial for life on Earth. Study bees and butterflies in the Institute's garden!

Length of visit : Ninety minutes.

Group Size: Minimum of 10 children, maximum of 30 children.

Chaperones: Please bring adult chaperones:

  • one for every five children under 8 years of age;
  • one for every ten children over 8 years of age.

Note: Counselors under 18 years old do not count as adult chaperones.

Cost: All of our programs are free, although donations are encouraged. The recommended amount is $5 per child. This is a suggestion - - any contribution your group can offer will make a difference.

Please read our Policies page before scheduling a visit.


























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