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Students GET THEIR HANDS-ON the five senses, water and bubbles or static electricity. ROLE PLAY paleontologists, squatters, EJ tanners, and newspaper reporters. Children LEARN when they touch, role-play, explore, discover, observe, experiment and challenge themselves with our engaging school programs. Fourth Graders love hands-on New York State History! Try a customized "Touch Local History" program, or explore the world of canals with "Locks & Dams."

We have over 20 school programs to choose from to entertain, educate, and enlighten your students. All of our school programs are guided by the NYS core curriculum and are available for purchase through BOCES, district purchase order or private payment. The goals of our school programming are simple: to provide programs that are engaging for students, content intensive for teachers, and manipulative rich for retention. Our programs are a great way to kick off or culminate a themed unit!
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For more information on any
of our school programs
please contact Amanda Florance
773-8661 ext. 202, or email
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BOCES Discount! -  
Attention teachers: good for the 2013-14 school year ONLY, you will receive $1 off per person for any school programs ordered through your local BOCES. Purchasing your school program through BOCES means you will be eligible for up to 118% state aid reimbursement, and this year you’ll get our discount on top of that! Enhance your classroom or school field trip with a Museum-to-You or Discovery Center workshop this year through BOCES, and save. Contact your principal or local BOCES representative for more information and to place your order today.

Featured 2013-14 School Programs

Grades K-2 – Candy Math Math will never be this yummy! Learn about the history of sugar and practice your tally skills as we work with counting, pattern making, sorting, and measuring—all use candy as the game pieces!
Grades K-2 – Fabulous Fossils Grab your gear as we become paleontologists and “dig” for clues to help us discover all about dinosaurs! Learn how fossils are made, and hear about the dinosaurs that made them.
 Grades 3-5 – Locks and Dams: Engineering a Canal In this hands-on engineering workshop, students will learn first-hand how a lock-and-dam system makes an impassable part of a waterway navigable. Students work in teams to build a miniature lock system right in the classroom.
Grades 3-5 – Touch Local History! Travel back in time with The Discovery Center and learn about the people who settled your community with a unique, hands-on exploration of your very own local history! TLH is tailored to the local communities surrounding each school district.


Just For Our Preschool Age Friends!

There is something special just for our youngest friends! In these 40 minute classes designed for our preschool aged friends, your students will be dancing and singing, painting and crafting, learning and laughing. Schedule the program here at the museum or we can bring it right to your classroom!

Dinosaur Roar (Grade Pre-K) Pre-K paleontologists set off on a fossil adventure! Explore what dinosaurs looked like, what they ate, and even get your hands dirty with an excavation of your own!

Animals in Winter (Grade Pre-K)
How do animals survive during the cold winter months? Using songs and movement activities, we’ll learn about animal adaptations for survival when it’s cold outside and the food is scarce.

Sand, Sea and Me (Grade Pre-K) Explore the world under the ocean with this hands-on ocean class. Your students will be amazed as they touch live sea creatures and sing fun songs to learn all about our friends under the sea.

The Sensational 5 Senses (For Grades K-2) 
Hop on the brain train as we explore how each of our five senses make sense of the world around us. Students will explore their bodies with interactive experiments and activity stations dedicated to one sense. While moving from station to station, they will complete a “You’re Sensational” booklet to help them see how our senses help our body work.
Learn about nerves and their role in sense interpretation


H20 Bubbles & Beyond
For Grades K-5
Explore the many uses of water and density with our wet and wacky activity stations. Add a little soap for some bubble fun as we learn about the many unique qualities bubbles have.

Starlab Planetarium Show *NEW*
For Grades K-5
The magical world of astronomy comes to life! This portable planetarium is a fun way to learn about the stars. Enter the giant silver dome and explore celestial bodies with our star show. Each show runs approximately 40 minutes. Students of all ages will be inspired to explore astronomy, earth science, oral traditions, history, and mythology.

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