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Programs for 1st & 2nd Grade groups

More than 1100 groups of area children and scouts come to the Tenafly Nature Center each year. With their boundless curiosity, they touch, observe and listen to the natural world. This year you can join our professional educators as they bring classroom concepts to life and lead your students in hands-on learning and close observations in our 380-acre living museum.

Our programs are designed to help educators meet some of the Next Generation Science Standards and the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards, and have been developed for students in 1st and 2nd grades.

If a subject of interest to you does not appear below, please contact the Education Director for more information on how we can design programs to reinforce your curriculum.

You may also visit our After School Series page for information about our other offerings.

Field Trips for 1st & 2nd Grade Groups

1st & 2nd Grade Field Trip Pricing

   Half Day
 (1 program)
 Full Day
 (2 programs)
 Up to 20 students  $140  $240 
 Up to 25 students   $175  $300
 Up to 30 students   $210  $360
  • There is no additional charge for teachers and aides.
  • Maximum 1st-12th grade group size is 30 children per TNC educator.
  • A maximum of 120 students can be accommodated at TNC at one time. Larger groups can be divided between morning and afternoon, or scheduled over several days.
  • Programs require one teacher per class and one adult chaperone per five students who may attend for free. 
  • In order to obtain adequate staff, advance notice of additional students and adults is required. We reserve the right to limit the number of non-registered participants on the trail to the number originally registered on the confirmation form.
  • Please separate 1st-12th grade students into groups of 30 max (or one class) prior to arrival.
  • If your funds are limited, please consider applying for a scholarship (we strive to make nature accessible to everyone).

Current Field Trip Programs (All programs are 1.5-2 hours):

 Sample Schedule  Half Day
 9:15 am  Groups arrive at TNC
 9:30 am-11:00 am  Program Option #1 (ex. Animal Adaptations)
 11:00 am-11:45 am  Lunch Time in reserved space
 11:45 am  Group departs TNC
   
 Sample Schedule  Full Day
 9:15 am  Groups arrive at TNC
 9:30 am-11:00 am  Program Option #1 (ex. Animal Adaptations)
 11:00 am-11:45 am  Lunch Time in reserved space
 11:45 am-1:15 am  Program Option #2 (ex. Pond Ecology)
 1:15 pm  Group departs TNC


F
ield Trips Add-Ons

  1. Butterfly House (30 min.)
    (open Memorial Day-October)

    Come visit our new 12 x 24' butterfly house filled with native butterflies. This add-on offers visitors a total immersion experience as it introduces students to the wonders of metamorphosis.

    Fee: $1 per person

  2. Self-guided Seasonal Walk
    (all year)

    Grab a trail map and guide your students on one of our trails.

    Fee: Free
  1. Animal Adaptations
    1-LS1-1, 2-LS4-1, K-2-ETS1-1, K-2-ETS1-2
    Meet four different live animals and identify how they use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs. Discover how animals need different adaptations to survive in various habitats and what tools people have designed to mimic some of these adaptations.

  2. Apple Cider Making (September-November Only)
    1-LS3-1, 2-LS2-1, 2-LS2-2, K-2-ETS1-1
    Discover how young and old plants are alike and what elements are needed for growth to occur. Learn how animals assist in seed dispersal and about the history of apple cider and the tools and solutions people developed to solve extraction problems. Then use an old-fashioned screw press to make and sample fresh apple cider.

  3. Bird is the Word
    1-LS1- 1, 1-LS3- 1, 2-LS4- 1, K-2- ETS1-2
    Meet a live bird of prey and learn what it is that makes a bird a bird. Discover bird diversity, what they need to survive, and how people can reduce their impact on avian species. Learn how a birds external parts help it to grow and survive and identify how the shape of a birds beak enables it to obtain food.

  4. Have to Have a Habitat
    Students discover what animals, plants, and people need to survive and what makes a habitat a “home”. Venturing into the forest, your class will investigate wildlife homes and diets, and learn to identify signs of various species and how an assortment of factors control wildlife populations.

  5. Hanging with the Herps
    1-LS1-1, 1-LS1-2, 1-LS3-1, 2-LS4-1
    Meet a few live reptiles and amphibians (herps) and learn about the many ways they are similar and different. Discover the patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help younger generations survive. Field trip programs enable exploration and comparison of the diversity of life found in the different habitats here at TNC.

  6. Invertebrate Safari
    1-LS1- 1, 1-LS1- 2, 1-LS3- 1, 2-LS4- 1, K-2- ETS1-2
    Examine live insects and learn how diverse invertebrate life can be in a forest habitat. Discover how each animals shape help it to survive and how insects are similar yet different from other invertebrates. Learn about insect life stages and how some insects provide for their young. Learn how invertebrate have influenced humans and what we can do to reduce our negative impacts on their populations.

  7. Leaf Shapes
    Students get an up-close look at all the colors and patterns nature has to offer and how the shape of an object helps it function. We’ll review an assortment of leaf shapes and discover ways to identify some of NJ’s common trees, during a walk through the woods.

  8. Maple Sugaring (February-March Only)
    Students learn about the history of maple sugaring in North America by observing a TNC educator tap our Sugar Maple trees. (We encourage sap tasting, if enough has been collected.) We demonstrate both Native American and colonial syrup-making techniques outdoors. We challenge students to try to distinguish between corn syrup and 100% maple syrup by taste alone.

  9. Pond Ecology (late April through early October)
    1-LS1-1, 1-LS3-1, 2-LS2-1, 2-LS4-1, 2-ESS2-1, 2-ESS2-2
    Examine the living macroinvertebrates found in a freshwater pond system and discover how their external parts help them to survive, grow, and meet their needs. Learn how the shape of land changes over time and what solutions people have developed to prevent this change.

  10. Remarkable Raptors
    1-PS4-2, 1-LS1-1, 1-LS3-1, 2-LS4-1, K-2-ETS1-1, K-2-ETS1-2
    Meet a live hawk and owl and learn how each animals shape and other adaptations help it to survive. Discover what birds of prey need to survive and how people can reduce their impact on all avian species. Identify how the shape of a bird assists it in flight and what specific adaptations enable diurnal and nocturnal raptors to obtain food in their habitats.

  11. Seasonal Discovery (Fall/Winter/Spring)
    Students will explore the wonders each season brings to the forest. On a walk along the trails, your class will learn to observe and record temperature, weather, and wind direction. They will learn how each of these measurements, as well as plants and animals, respond to seasonal changes! Your students can bring this knowledge back to the classroom to make their own observations! 

  12. Seed Dispersal
    1-LS1-1, 1-LS1-2, 1-LS3-1, 2-LS2-1, 2-LS2-2, K-2-ETS1-2, K-2-ETS1-3
    Identify how plants use their external parts to help themselves survive, grow, and meet their needs. Discover the various elements plants utilize to help disperse their seeds and how the shape of an object helps it to function as needed to solve a problem.

  13. Water, Water Everywhere
    2-PS1-4, 2-LS2-1, 2-ESS2-1, 2-ESS2-2, 2-ESS2-3
    Learn about the various shapes and kinds of bodies of water in our area and how they are all interconnected within our watershed. Explore while on a trail hike how TNC prevents erosion, runoff, and fill-in and discover how the states of water can be identified and altered.

Accessibility at TNC

Many of the programs Tenafly Nature Center offers can be altered to accommodate participants with special needs. We ask that you disclose pertinent information with a minimum of two weeks notice about any students that have any special needs (particular educational requirements resulting from learning difficulties, physical disability, or emotional and behavioral difficulties). This information enables us to make the necessary accommodations needed to meet the needs of your group.

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TNC to Go for 1st & 2nd Grade Groups

TNC to Go programs are designed to be taught at your location, however you can also schedule a field trip to Tenafly Nature Center to participate in these same experiences.

TNC to Go Pricing

 60-Minute Individual Class

 (<30 students)

 90-Minute Individual Class

 (<30 students)

  60-Minute Assembly

 (>30 students)

 1st Program (NJ & NY)  $200  $225  $350
 1st Program (NYC boroughs)  $325*  $350*  $475*
 Consecutive Programs  $125  $150  $300
  • There is no additional charge for teachers and aides.
  • *Additional fee is included to the first program fee for all New York City boroughs visits to cover NYC permit requirements.
  • A mileage charge of the current IRS rate per mile round trip is added to the program fee if the location is outside of Tenafly.
  • One parking space must be provided near the entrance of your location (if no parking is available at your site then a fee will be added to cover any associated garage fees).
  • Consecutive programs are programs held one right after another, for different classes, in the same school with no more than a 60 minute break between two of the programs.
  • Classes with more than 30 students will be charged the assembly fees. An assembly program is one program, held for multiple classes, in one location, and at one time.
  • If your funds are limited, please consider applying for a scholarship (we strive to make nature accessible to everyone).

    Current TNC To Go Programs (All programs are 60-90 minutes):

    1. Animal Adaptations (90 minutes required)
      1-LS1-1, 2-LS4-1, K-2-ETS1-1, K-2-ETS1-2
      Meet four different live animals and identify how they use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs. Discover how animals need different adaptations to survive in various habitats and what tools people have designed to mimic some of these adaptations. 


    2. Creatures of the Night
      Do you know if you are nocturnal, diurnal, or crepuscular? Join educators from the Tenafly Nature Center and find out! Through live animal demonstrations, learn about local species that inhabit the dark. From owls to opossums, learn about the amazing adaptations creatures posses to roam the nighttime landscape.

    3. Hanging with the Herps
      1-LS1-1, 1-LS1-2, 1-LS3-1, 2-LS4-1
      Meet a few live reptiles and amphibians (herps) and learn about the many ways they are similar and different. Discover the patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help younger generations survive. Field trip programs enable exploration and comparison of the diversity of life found in the different habitats here at TNC.


    4. Oogling Owls
      Students learn how these nocturnal raptors have adapted to night flight, as they observe our live resident owl. Your class will learn about NJ’s owls’ status by discussing the pros and cons of human interactions with these powerful and efficient predators.

    5. Remarkable Raptors

      1-PS4-2, 1-LS1-1, 1-LS3-1, 2-LS4-1, K-2-ETS1-1, K-2-ETS1-2
      Meet a live hawk and owl and learn how each animals shape and other adaptations help it to survive. Discover what birds of prey need to survive and how people can reduce their impact on all avian species. Identify how the shape of a bird assists it in flight and what specific adaptations enable diurnal and nocturnal raptors to obtain food in their habitats.

    6. The World Beneath Our Feet
      2-LS4-1
      A hole in the ground is always mysterious as it invites curiosity and wonder. Discover why some organisms can survive in this underfoot habitat while others cannot at all. Meet several live animals who spend part of their lives underground and discover why subterranean ecosystems are diverse, balanced, and much more active than you may think.
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