Live Animal Programs at the Nature Center

The Cayuga Nature Center boasts an impressive collection of many interesting animals, including, but not limited to: a variety of snakes and other reptiles, birds, flying squirrels, chinchilla, hedgehogs, and other interesting mammals.

Our Animal Programs can be tailored to your needs for grades Pre-K and up; for example, we could create a class on vertebrates or nocturnal animals.

  • Programs can be scheduled for 30 minutes, 45 minutes, or 1 hour.
  • Pricing: Up to $100 per program and $2 per participant
  • *Recommended 1:10 chaperone to student ratio. Adults over this number will be charged regular admission.

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Examples

Backyard Raptors

Ages: Pre-school through high-school students and community adults
Program Length: 30 minutes with 1 animal, 45 minutes with 2 animals, 1 hour more in-depth with 2 animals

In this program, students will learn about local raptors and how they are special and different from other types of animals. What does “raptor” mean? And how these birds fend for themselves. It provides the opportunity to interact with raptors from our outdoor animal collection.

The Invasive/Introduced Animal Experience

Ages: Pre-school through high-school students
Program Length: 30 minutes with 2 animals, 45 minutes with 3 animals, or 1 hour with 3-4 animals

Many animals at the Cayuga Nature Center cannot be found in New York State, or even in North America! This program will talk about what makes an animal exotic and how they are specifically adapted to their home environment.

The Native Animal Experience

Ages: Pre-school through high-school students
Program Length: 30 minutes with 2 animals, 45 minutes with 3 animals, or 1 hour with 3-4 animals

Let’s learn about the animals that call New York State their home. What makes these animals suited to living in the Ithaca area? We will explore this question and others in this program by meeting some of the native animals at Cayuga Nature Center.

Preparing for the Seasons

Ages: Pre-school through high-school students
Program Length: 30 minutes with 2 animals, 45 minutes with 3 animals, or 1 hour with 3-4 animals

How do animals get ready for the changing of seasons? Since they can’t just go out and buy a winter coat, this program will explore how different animals prepare themselves for the changing seasons in order to survive.

The Changing Climate Changing Animals

Ages: 3rd grade through high-school students
Program Length: 30 minutes with 2 animals, 45 minutes with 3 animals, or 1 hour with 3-4 animals

Climate change is affecting the natural world around us and animals are having to adapt to the changing climate. This program explores how climate change affects animals found in our collection.

Endangered Species

Ages: 3rd grade through high-school students
Program Length: 30 minutes with 2 animals, 45 minutes with 3 animals, or 1 hour with 3-4 animals

What does it mean for an animal to be endangered? This program will highlight some of the animals that are endangered that call the Cayuga Nature Center home and will explore what causes animals to become endangered and what we can do to help.

Contact

For animal programs information, contact:

Dayna Jorgenson
Director of Nature Center Programs
607-273-6260 x224
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Our thanks to Agway for their sponsorship of our animal feeding program