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Programs for Pre-school & Kindergarten 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 National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards, Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework, Next Generation Science Standards, and the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards, and have been developed for students ages 3 and up.

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 Pre-School & Kindergarten Groups

Pre-School & Kindergarten Field Trip Pricing

   1 hour  Half Day
 (2 programs)
 Full Day
 (3 programs)
 Up to 15 students  $105  $150  $180 
 Up to 20 students   $140  $200  $240
 Up to 25 students   $175  $250  $300 
  • There is no additional charge for teachers and aides.
  • Maximum Pre-school & Kindergarten group size is 25 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 Pre-school & Kindergarten students into groups of 25 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 one hour):

 Sample Schedule  Half Day
 9:15 am  Groups arrive at TNC
 9:30 am-10:30 am  Program Option #1 (ex. Maple Sugaring)
 10:30 am-10:45 am  Snack Time in reserved space
 10:45 am-11:45 am  Program Option #2 (ex. What is a Tree)
 11:45 am  Group departs TNC
   
 Sample Schedule  Full Day
 9:15 am   Groups arrive at TNC
 9:30 am-10:30 am  Program Option #1 (ex. Maple Sugaring)
 10:30 am-10:45 am   Snack Time in reserved space
 10:45 am-11:45 am  Program Option #2 (ex. What is a Tree)
 11:45 am-12:30 pm  Lunch Time in reserved space
 12:30 pm-1:30 pm  Program Option #3 (ex. Leaf Shapes)
 1:30 pm  Group departs TNC

  1. Apple Cider Making (September-November Only)

    K-LS1-1, K-ESS3-1, K-ESS2-2, K-2-ETS1-1
    Identify different parts of a plant, what they need to survive, and the relationship with animals needed to assist in their survival. Learn 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.


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    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
  2. Bird is the Word

    K-LS1- 1, K-ESS3- 1, K-ESS3- 3, K-2- ETS1-2
    Meet a live bird and learn what it is that makes a bird a bird. Discover what birds needs to survive and how people can reduce their impact on avian species. Identify how the shape of a bird assists it in flight and what adaptations enable birds to obtain food in their habitats.

  3. Cold-blooded Creature Double Feature
    K-LS1-1, K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-1, K-2-ETS1-2
    Gain a respect for and decrease fears of two cold-blooded live animals while discovering how people are similar and different to each species. Discover how animals respond to cold and warm temperatures and what they need to survive. Learn about a variety of body coverings and the relationship between their needs and the places they live.

  4. Creative Camouflage
    K-LS1-1, K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-1, K-2-ETS1-2
    Discover how the shape and/or color of some animals help them to survive by enabling them to blend into their surroundings. Meet a live animal that uses camouflage and play a game to emphasize the lessons learned and see if people can do better than nature at keeping animals hidden.

  5. Invertebrate Safari

    K-LS1- 1, K-ESS2- 2, K-ESS3- 1, K-ESS3- 3, K-2- ETS1-2
    Examine live invertebrates and learn how each animals shape and other adaptations help it to survive. Discover how insects are similar yet different from other invertebrates and what they need from their habitats. Learn how invertebrate actions help humans and what we can do to reduce our negative impacts on their populations.

  6. 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.

  7. 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! 

  8. Sleep, Stay, Run Away
    K-LS1-1, K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-1
    Meet an animal that hibernates in the winter season and learn where migrating animals go. Discover what strategies animals utilize to survive the colder months and how these responses differ. Learn about some of the adaptations animals have to meet their needs and what makes an animal a true hibernator.

  9. What is a Tree
    K-LS1-1, K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-1, K-ESS3-3, K-2-ETS1-2
    Examine the different parts of a plant and how each tree's shape assists with its survival. Discover what plants (specifically trees) need to survive and the relationship between these needs and where they live. Learn about some of the ways we and other animals utilize plants and meet a live animal whose survival is dependent on the trees it inhabits.

  10. Wonderful Wiggling Worms
    K-LS1-1, K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-1, K-ESS3-3, K-PS3-1
    Dig in and discover the slimy yet satisfying wormy world under our feet! Meet a few live worms and learn about the roles they play in our ecosystem. Discover how sunlight and other environmental factors affect them as they recycle and compost scraps into nutrient-rich soil.


  11. A World of Weather

    K-PS3- 1, K-PS3- 2, K-ESS2- 1, K-ESS3- 2
    Determine the effect sunlight has on the earths surface and learn about the elements that contribute to our weather systems. Learn about the patterns and variations in local weather and how forecasting helps us to prepare for, and respond to, severe weather.

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 Pre-School & Kindergarten 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

 30-Minute Individual Class

 (<25 students)

 60-Minute Individual Class

 (<25 students)

 1st Program (NJ & NY)  $125  $200
 1st Program (NYC boroughs)  $250*  $325*
 Consecutive Programs  $100  $125

  • 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 classes 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.
  • Maximum Pre-school & Kindergarten group size is 25 children per TNC educator. 
  • 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 45-60 minutes):

  1. Creative Camouflage
    K-LS1-1, K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-1, K-2-ETS1-2
    Discover how the shape and/or color of some animals help them to survive by enabling them to blend into their surroundings. Meet a live animal that uses camouflage and play a game to emphasize the lessons learned and see if people can do better than nature at keeping animals hidden.


  2. Cold-blooded Creature Double Feature
    K-LS1-1, K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-1, K-2-ETS1-2
    Gain a respect for and decrease fears of two cold-blooded live animals while discovering how people are similar and different to each species. Discover how animals respond to cold and warm temperatures and what they need to survive. Learn about a variety of body coverings and the relationship between their needs and the places they live.

  3. Incredible Invertebrates
    K-LS1- 1, K-ESS2- 2, K-ESS3- 1, K-ESS3- 3, K-2- ETS1-2
    Examine live invertebrates and learn how each animals shape and other adaptations help it to survive. Discover how insects are similar yet different from other invertebrates and what they need from their habitats. Learn how invertebrate actions help humans and what we can do to reduce our negative impacts on their populations.

  4. Remarkable Raptors
    K-LS1-1, K-ESS3-1, K-ESS3-3, 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.

  5. Sleep, Stay, Run Away
    K-LS1-1, K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-1
    Meet an animal that hibernates in the winter season and learn where migrating animals go. Discover what strategies animals utilize to survive the colder months and how these responses differ. Learn about some of the adaptations animals have to meet their needs and what makes an animal a true hibernator.

  6. What is a Tree
    K-LS1-1, K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-1, K-ESS3-3, K-2-ETS1-2
    Examine the different parts of a plant and how each tree's shape assists with its survival. Discover what plants (specifically trees) need to survive and the relationship between these needs and where they live. Learn about some of the ways we and other animals utilize plants and meet a live animal whose survival is dependent on the trees it inhabits.

  7. Wonderful Wiggling Worms
    K-LS1-1, K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-1, K-ESS3-3, K-PS3-1
    Dig in and discover the slimy yet satisfying wormy world under our feet! Meet a few live worms and learn about the roles they play in our ecosystem. Discover how sunlight and other environmental factors affect them as they recycle and compost scraps into nutrient-rich soil.

  8. The World Beneath Our Feet
    K-LS1-1, K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-1
    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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