Field Trips

Field trips inspire student’s curiosity, spark their imaginations, and nurture a sense of discovery!


Field trip space is currently FULL for the 2023-2024 school year AND summer.

The Museum recommends booking ahead for the 2024-2025 school year now.

Booking Your Field Trip

Exploration Visit:

For groups of 10 or fewer children, or groups with special needs.

A self-guided visit that gives children the chance to explore the Museum the best way they know how, through touch. Contact the Museum for questions about limitations.

Exploration visits cost $12 per child. 

Discovery Visit:  

When you book a Discovery Visit at CMAS your students will have 60 minutes of educator led programming as well as time to explore all the fun and educational exhibits the Museum has to offer. Only one programming option may be selected per field trip.

Discovery Visits are $14 per student. One (1) free adult may come for every 8 children.  Any additional adults must pay full admission. Maximum of 10 adults.

The Museum’s priority is to make educational programs accessible to all students. We ask that you please share any special needs your students may have ahead of time so that we can accommodate their needs and help offer appropriate programs.

Field Trips MUST be booked in advance. A minimum of 10 students per program group (for Discovery Visit), except for special education groups. All programs and activities are scaffolded to meet the academic requirements of each age group. For more information on group visits please email or call the Museum at (518) 584-5540. If you don’t see a program you’re looking for, our Education Department can work with you to design an appropriate program. Download a copy of the Field Trip Brochure.

There is extremely limited availability for large groups at this time.


All About Animals

Recommended for Grades PK-K

From feet to find, beaks to mandibles and scales to scutes, we’ll explore the animal world. Students will discover the different functions of animal body parts as they participate in animal yoga and create a unique animal of their own. 

Alphabet Sleuths

Recommended for grades PK-K 
This program is a celebration of letters and literacy! Your students will uncover the alphabet through an interactive program that further develops their social, motor, and language skills. 

Animal Tales

Recommended for Grades PK-K

Have you ever wondered what the animals of a story book would be like if you could meet them? Together we will read their stories and learn about their real lives in this exciting animal story time. 

Junior Engineers

Recommended for Grades K-3

This program introduces students to the world of engineering, as well as the Engineering Design Process. Students will begin to problem solve like an engineer as they propose and design a solution to solve a major dilemma and save the day! 

Catching Rainbows

Recommended for Grades PK-1

Learn the myth and the science behind rainbows. Students will be introduced to how rainbows are created and craft a way to catch a rainbow of their very own! 

Frogs and More Frogs - SUMMER ONLY

Recommended for Grades PK-K

Younger children can learn about frogs through manipulatives and hands-on fun. Students will learn about the frog’s life cycle and habitat. 

Where Do We Call Home?

Recommended for Grades K-2

In the woods and fields and right outside our homes there are furry animals that are our neighbors. Children discover the unique traits of some of our mammal neighbors, and how they coexist in their habitats. 

Honeybee Business - SUMMER ONLY

Recommended for Grades PK-K

Students learn about how the honeybee fits into the insect family, how humans have relied on bees over time, methods for collecting honey and the life cycle of the bee. Children will study pollen transfer and engineering like a bee as they construct models of honeycombs in this program about the life cycle of a honeybee. 

Astronaut Adventures

Recommended for Grades K-2

Students blast off for a visual journey through our amazing solar system. Through hands-on activities and experiments students learn about the relationship between Earth, the sun, and the rest of our solar system. 

Kitchen Science

Recommended for Grades K-2

Explore the three states of matter during this hands-on exploration using common household kitchen ingredients. This program includes a variety of chemistry activities in addition to the creation of a new material. 

Life Cycles

Recommended for Grades 2-5

Explore the lifecycles of reptiles, mammals, and insects by learning about a variety of animal species and investigating their differences and similarities. Students compare and contrast complete and incomplete metamorphosis cooperative games and activities.  

Look, Listen, & Touch

Recommended for Grades PK-1

Can you smell with your tongue? Can you see in the dark? Jump in and learn all about senses in this hands-on exploratory program. Students will have the opportunity to see the world in different colors, play musical instruments, and more! 

The Weather Is Everywhere!

Recommended for Grades K-3

What is your weather like today? Why does the weather matter to us? Join us as we explore the weather outside and create a weather art project to take home! 

What’s Eating What?

Recommended for Grades 2-5

Explore the food chains and webs in the Hudson River. Students will learn about predator and prey animals, put together a food chain puzzle, play a game to experience how people and animals interact, and brainstorm ways that people can impact the environment in a positive way.

Haudenosaunee How-To

Recommended for Grades 3-5

The Haudenosaunee made significant contributions to our region’s history and development of technology. Explore the Northeast’s early history through artifacts, objects, and engineering challenges. Discover how the early Haudenosaunee lived, their ingenious ability to use their available natural resources, and how the Haudenosaunee people keep their traditions alive today.