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Over 1100 groups of area children and scouts learn about the natural world with the Tenafly Nature Center each year. Invite one of our professional educators to bring classroom concepts to life and lead your students in hands-on learning with live animals and/or artifacts from our 380-acre living museum. Programs are designed to help educators meet many of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards and have been developed for students ages 3 and up.

These programs are designed to be taught at your location. You may also visit our After School Series page for information about our other offerings at your location. If you are interested in coming to the nature center for a program, please visit our Field Trip page.


Pre-school and Kindergarten Programs

All programs are one hour.

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

A New Year: Making Apple Cider & Honey
Students investigate simple machines and the differences in plant parts as they use an old-fashioned screw press to make and sample fresh apple cider. As they see frames of honeycomb they will learn how honey is extracted and discover the life history of New Jersey's state insect. Only offered in September through November. This program is only available if your organization has wheelchair accessible transportation available for our cider press. NJCCCS- Science: 5.1 (A, B, C, D), 5.2 (A,B), 5.3 (A,B,C,D, E), 5.4 (E,G)

Apple Cidering
Students investigate simple machines and the differences in plant parts as they use an old-fashioned screw press to make and sample fresh apple cider. In the process, they learn about the history of the cider making from colonial times to the present. This program is only available if your organization has wheelchair accessible transportation available for our cider press.
NJCCCS- Science: 5.1 (A, B, C, D), 5.2 (A,B), 5.3 (A,B,C,D, E), 5.4 (E,G) 

Bird is the Word
Students learn what makes a bird unlike any other animal. Through activities, hands-on artifacts, and games, classes will learn what attributes birds share with other animals and which adaptations set them apart from the various avian species. The program concludes with an up-close visit with a live bird. Extended programs include an in-depth look at various species adaptations.
NJCCCS- Science: 5.1 (A,B,C,D), 5.2 (A,E), 5.3 (A,B,C,D,E), 5.4 (B, E)

Creative Camouflage
Is it a stick? Is it a rock? Students discover how various creatures are shaped or colored to blend into their surroundings. Classes meet animals that survive by using camouflage and play a hands-on game to see if they can do better than nature at keeping animals hidden!

Creature Double Feature
Students use their senses to meet live animals. They will discover how they are different and similar to these creatures. Focusing on how each species adapts to survive in its environment (what it eats, what covers its body, etc.), helps children gain a respect for and decrease their fears of several animal species.
NJCCCS- Science: 5.1 (A,B,C), 5.3 (A,B,C)

Incredible Invertebrates
Students meet several live specimens as they learn what makes an insect different from other invertebrates  By observing life stages and adaptations, students will learn how unique each creature is and why they are important to the environment and people alike.
NJCCCS- Science: 5.1(A,D), 5.3 (A,B,C,D,E), 5.4 (G) 

Rapp’n with Raptors
Students will observe several live raptors up close and learn about their behavior, physiology, adaptations, ecological importance and natural history. Hands-on artifacts and demonstrations will capture the imagination of young and old.
NJCCCS- Science: 5.3(A,B,C,D,E), 5.4(G)

Sensible Senses
The call of a bird, the scent of a tree, and the texture of bark are all ways to identify plants and animals. Students learn these and other techniques to improve their sensory observation skills and to use them to identify natural organisms. After learning how our fellow animals use their senses to survive, we’ll investigate how we can apply their sensual adaptations to enrich our own lives.
NJCCCS- Science: 5.1 (A,B,C,D), 5.3 (A,C), 5.4 (C) 

Sleep, Stay, Run Away
Students learn how animals know winter is on the way and how they prepare for it, Students will investigate winter strategies with hands-on activities, artifacts, and live animal observations. Discussions include adaptations, hibernation, migration and animal behavior. Extended programs include a look at animal tracking.
NJCCCS- Science: 5.1 (A,B,C), 5.3 (A,B,C) 5.4 (E,F)

What is a Tree
Through role-playing, songs, games and a journey into our woods, your class will discover the inner workings of a tree and the physical characteristics that define some of the common species found here in NJ. Students learn how animals and humans use the different parts of a tree, and who here at the Nature Center calls a tree home.

NJCCCS-Science: 5.1 (A,B,C,D), 5.2 (B), 5.3 (A,B,C,D), 5.4 (E, F)  

Wonderful Wiggling Worms
Dig in and discover the slimy yet satisfying wormy world under our feet! Students learn about the roles worms play in the ecosystem and how they recycle and convert scraps into nutrient-rich soil. Through hands-on interactions, songs, preschoolers will develop an understanding and appreciation of nature, and help build up their observation skills.

The World Beneath Our Feet
A hole in the ground is always mysterious as it invites curiosity and wonder. Learn about the creatures that live underground as we shed some light on the mysteries under our feet. Discover what other unseen organisms might share this world and how they affect our lives from below.


1st– 12th Grade Programs

(1-1.5 hours)

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

Animal Adaptations: 1-1.5 hours, 1st-5th grade
How do animals thrive in such varied environments as deep oceans, harsh deserts, dense rain forests, and the frigid polar caps? Through skull examinations and a visit with TNC education animals, students will discover the adaptations animals depend on for their survival and success.

Apple Cider Making: 1 hour, 1st-12th grade
Students investigate simple machines and the differences in plant parts, as they use an old-fashioned screw press to make and sample fresh apple cider. In the process, they learn about the history of the cider making from colonial times to the present. Only offered in September through November. This program is only available if your school/organization has wheelchair accessible transportation available for our cider press.
NJCCCS- Science: 5.1 (A, B, C, D), 5.2 (A,B), 5.3 (A,B,C,D, E), 5.4 (E,G)

Bird is the Word: 1-2 hours, 1st-8th grade
Students learn what makes a bird unlike any other animal. Through activities, hands-on artifacts, and games, classes will learn what attributes birds share with other animals and which adaptations set them apart from the various avian species. The program concludes with an up-close visit with a live bird. Extended programs include an in-depth look at various species adaptations.
NJCCCS- Science: 5.1 (A,B,C,D), 5.2 (A,E), 5.3 (A,B,C,D,E), 5.4 (B, E)  

Creatures of the Night: 1 hour, 1st-12th grade
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.

Endangered NJ: 1-2 hours, 3rd-12th grade
Learn about the major factors that threaten animals with endangerment and extinction worldwide. Through use of artifacts and live animals, participants will learn the status of select native New Jersey fauna. Activities are designed to raise awareness of New Jersey’s over 60 endangered species, and inspire participants to practice how they can help prevent threats to local wildlife.
NJCCCS- Science: 5.1 (D), 5.3 (C, D,E), 5.4 (B,G) 

Group Challenges: 1-2 hours, 3rd-12th grade 
Through problem-solving challenges and group work, this program will help your class recognize their strengths and practice their listening skills. Using their physical and mental abilities, students will learn how to communicate effectively with each other and cultivate cooperative skills. 

Have to Have a Habitat: 1-2 hours, 1st-3rd grade
Students discover what animals, plants, and people need to survive and what makes a habitat a “home”. 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. This program requires sufficient outdoor space at your facility.
NJCCCS- Science: 5.1 (A,B,C,D), 5.3 (A,B,C,D,E), 5.4 (E,G) 

Heavenly Herps: 1-2 hours, 1st-12th grade
“Herps” (reptiles and amphibians) are among the most under-appreciated and misunderstood species of the animal world. This program will introduce students to live snakes, frogs, salamanders and turtles and highlight the characteristics which distinguish between reptiles and amphibians.
NJCCCS- Science: 5.1 (A,B,C,D), 5.3 (A,B,C,D,E), 5.4 (B,G)

Invertebrate Safari: 1-2 hours, 1st-12th grade
Students examine live invertebrates in an introduction to the vast array of arthropods, life stages, adaptations, and interactions. If outdoor space is available, participants will be taught where to find insects outside and how to identify them. Extended programs includes more on such topics as how our attempts to control insect populations affect the environment. 

NJCCCS- Science: 5.1(A,D), 5.3 (A,B,C,D,E), 5.4 (G)


Oogling Owls: 1-1.5 hours, 1st-12th grade
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.

NJCCCS- Science: 5.3(A,B,C,D,E), 5.4(G)


Rapp’n with Raptors: 1-1.5 hours, 1st-12th grade
Students will observe several live raptors up close and learn about their behavior, physiology, adaptations, ecological importance and natural history. Hands-on artifacts and demonstrations will capture the imagination of young and old.

NJCCCS- Science: 5.3(A,B,C,D,E), 5.4(G)

Web of Life: 1-1.5 hours, 3rd-5th grade 

Students will discover how energy flows from the sun through the food web. They will search for living examples of producers, consumers and decomposers in a variety of habitats. Your class will discuss the concept of food chains, population dynamics, adaptation and change. Activities include games to highlight predator and prey relationships and an interpretive hike. Extended programs can include comparison of herbivores, carnivores and omnivores by examining different skulls and sets of teeth.

NJCCCS- Science: 5.2 (D), 5.3 (A,B,C,E). 5.4 (E,G)

The World Beneath Our Feet: 1 hour, 1st-4th grade
A hole in the ground is always mysterious as it invites curiosity and wonder. Learn about the creatures that live underground as we shed some light on the mysteries under our feet. Discover what other unseen organisms might share this world and how they affect our lives from below. 

Assembly Programs

All assembly programs are one hour.

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, participants will learn about local species that inhabit the dark. From owls to opossums, learn about the amazing adaptations creatures posses to roam the nighttime landscape.

Endangered NJ
Learn about the many factors that threaten animals with endangerment or extinction worldwide. Students will use artifacts and LIVE animals to learn how to distinguish between these classifications. Activities are designed to help students understand a little more about NJ’s over 60 endangered species, and learn how they can help prevent the threats to local wildlife. NJCCCS- Science: 5.1 (D), 5.3 (C, D,E), 5.4 (B,G)

Heavenly Herps
“Herps” (reptiles and amphibians) are among the most under-appreciated and misunderstood species of the animal world. This program will introduce students to live snakes, frogs, salamanders and turtles and highlight the characteristics which distinguish between reptiles and amphibians. NJCCCS- Science: 5.1 (A,B,C,D), 5.3 (A,B,C,D,E), 5.4 (B,G)

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. NJCCCS- Science: 5.3(A,B,C,D,E), 5.4(G)


Rapp’n with Raptors
Students will observe several live raptors up close and learn about their behavior, physiology, adaptations, ecological importance and natural history. Hands-on artifacts and demonstrations will capture the imagination of young and old.
NJCCCS- Science: 5.3(A,B,C,D,E), 5.4(G)


The World Beneath Our Feet
A hole in the ground is always mysterious as it invites curiosity and wonder. Learn about the creatures that live underground as we shed some light on the mysteries under our feet. Discover what other unseen organisms might share this world and how they affect our lives from below.


Upcoming events

Saturday, March 15, 2014 • TNC Trails
Monday, April 21, 2014 1:00 PM • TNC Visitor Center
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 11:00 AM • TNC Visitor Center

 
 

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