• The following field trips are recommended for elementary age students:

    • Albany Institute - Each lesson is approximately 60 minutes and was co-written with K-12 teachers.  Lessons correspond with New York State and National Standards.

      • The Serious and the Smirk
        Grades 3-8

        "Portraits reveal a great deal about the sitter, the artist and the cultural context in which they were created. The Albany Institute’s rich portrait collection allows students to learn about history and material culture through body language, clothing, setting and accessories."
      • Ancient Egypt: Art and Culture
        Grades 3-8
        "The Albany Institute’s collection of art and artifacts from ancient Egypt and its two mummies provide students with an opportunity to learn about ancient Egypt hieroglyphs and symbols; funerary object, religious practices; and culture and customs of daily life."
      • Traders and Culture: Colonial America 
        Grades 3-8
        "The lives of people who settled in the Hudson Valley in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries and the Native Americans who lived along side them are illuminated for students through the exploration of the Albany Institute’s collection of paintings, account books, furniture, ceramics, maps, metal ware, documents, tools, and more."
      • Art, Artists and Nature: The Hudson River School
        Grades 4-12
        "The landscape paintings created by the 19th century artist known as the Hudson River School celebrate the majestic beauty of the American wilderness. Students will learn about the elements of art, early 19th century American culture, the creative process, environmental concerns and the connections to the birth of American literature."

    • Bronx Zoo Distance Learning (2008-2009) - Each lesson is approximately 50 minutes and costs $180 per single class (maximum 35 students).  Available  between 10:00 am and 4:30 pm EST.

      • Size and Shape
        Grades K-3
        "Why do giraffes have such long necks?  Students consider this and other questions about how an animal's size and shape are related to its way of life. By observing a variety of animals, students discover some fundamental concepts about how size and shape help an animal survive. Students also draw conclusions about where an animal lives and what it eats."
      • Animal Colors
        Grades K-3
        "This appealing program capitalizes on children's natural curiosity by engaging them in observation and deduction. Using visuals, games, and live animals, students will explore the role that color plays in animal survival. Students will learn that an animal's color may help it to attract a mate, to warn off other animals, and to hide from other animals."

      • Movies and Meals
        Grades K-3
        "There seems to be no end to the ways in which animals move. Some slither, swim, hop, fly, run, crawl, and swing. In this lesson students explore the many different ways animals move about in order to find their food and to avoid becoming someone else's food!"

      • Lemur Watch!
        Grades K-4
        Bring your class to Madagascar!  Live cameras will transport your students to the Bronx Zoo's new Madagascar! exhibit, where they will explore two ecosystems: the dry spiny forest and the Masoala rainforest.  Students will investigate the relationships between these environments and the lemurs that inhabit them.  Based on their findings, students must decide how to protect these threatened and endangered primates.