Remotely-Delivered Programs with the Preserve
Our unique outreach programs engage learners through active, inquiry-driven lessons that build positive outdoor-inspired experiences which support healthful living and foster an appreciation of the natural world. All programs are led by professional educators and are aligned to Common Core, NYS Learning and Next Generation Science Standards and can be tailored to your needs.
Scheduling a Remotely-Delivered Program
Outreach programs are offered from November to April on weekdays only. Scheduling operates on a first-come, first-served basis. To schedule an outreach program, contact Ashawna Abbott, Education Outreach Coordinator, 845-255-0919 ext. 1242 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remotely-Delivered Program Descriptions
Remotely-Delivered Pond Keepers
Students in grades K-5 can now experience our Pond Keepers program virtually through both synchronous and asynchronous learning! This remote program will features a live session to introduce students to the pond with a Mohonk Preserve Educator. Then, over the course of two weeks, students access videos and view a pond as it is created in the aquarium. They’ll meet pond creatures, and watch as they move, breathe, and defend themselves. Students will also have activities to work on to support their video learning. At the end of the two weeks, they again have a live, interactive session with the Preserve Educator to share what they have learned. This program will use Zoom (or your school’s synchronous platform), Padlet, and Edpuzzle to engage with students.
Creatures Alive! Underwater Learning Adventures
1 hour program.
Meet some of our live creatures from the pond! Learn about vertebrates and invertebrates and their adaptations for aquatic life. Students will have the chance see creatures as large as a turtle and as small as a mayfly or damselfly. This online virtual program is suitable for students in grades K through 2.
Animal Classification: Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Insects and Amphibians
Our planet is home to amazing creatures! Spend an hour learning about some of the creatures that call New York home. Students will learn about the differences between mammals, birds, reptiles, insects and amphibians. This interactive lesson will incorporate animal artifacts, video, and live animals. Program is suitable for students in grades K through 3.
The Hidden World of Seeds1-hour program
Seeds come in all different shapes and sizes, but they all serve the same purpose. Inside those packages are new plants waiting to grow! Learn what seeds need to grow, how the seed protects the plant inside, and how they travel and disperse. This interactive virtual lesson will incorporate video, examples of seeds, and a craft to be done after the program. Program is suitable for students in grades K through 3.
Hudson Valley Climate and Species Change
Climate change has been studied by scientists for decades and the data tells us that our global climate is shifting to one that is warmer with more severe storms. The impacts of climate change are felt right here in the Hudson Valley as scientists are observing shifts in migration patterns of birds, the blooming of flowers and the timing of other events in nature. In this hour-long program, students will learn the history of how weather data has been collected for over 120 years at Mohonk Preserve, and how the shifting climate is impacting flora and fauna of our region. Program is suitable for students in grades 5 through 8.
Introduction to Fire Ecology
Fire plays an important ecological role in our environment. While wildfires can be devastating, many species benefit from or even require periodic fires to survive. Learn how some plants are adapted to fire, how fire suppression has altered habitats, and how prescribed fires are used to manage for biodiversity and restore health to critical habitats. This interactive virtual program is a great addition to an ecology or environmental science course and is suitable for grades 7 through 12.
Fees for Remotely-Delivered Programs
One Hour Programs:
Creatures Alive!, Animal Classifications, Hidden World of Seeds or Intro. to Fire Ecology
$150 for first class
- $80 per class
Two-Week Extended Programs:
Pond Keepers or Hudson Valley Climate and Species Change
$225 per class $245 per class for Pond Keepers
- $150 per class
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Photos (top to bottom): Pond Keepers by Lauren Borer; Creatures Alive by Roberta Forest; Animal Classification by John Fischer; Hidden World of Seeds by Renee Zernitsky; Hudson Valley Climate and Species Change by Amanda Rogers; Introduction to Fire Ecology by Frank Tkac