On July 11,2 2018 the WAMC Summer Enrichment Program Group 1 students went on a field trip to the Hudson Highland’s Nature Museum (HHNM) in Cornwall, New York. HHNM is a leading provider of nature education in the Hudson Valley. The children are taught, first and foremost, the philosophy of being caretakers of the environment and appreciating the natural habitats of plants and animals.
The hands-on and interactive curriculum focused on aquatic adaptations, camouflage, and how animals and plants have adapted for life in a pond. They then began a journey through the wetlands to a pond where they were taught about algae and how too much algae deprives oxygen to the animals that live there. The children were then able to observe a tadpole and learned how it will soon be a frog!
Next, students were able to observe and identify creatures in samples of pond water. They found all sorts of animals like snails and diving bugs. They were given magnifying cubes to get a good look at their discoveries. They were educated on how these animals are able to survive in their habitat by camouflaging with their natural surroundings.
Lastly, some fun at Grasshopper Grove!
Happy faces on the bus on the way home!
Thank you HHNM! Everyone needs to bring their children here!!