Field Trips

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


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.

 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.

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.

All About Animals

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. 

Animal Tales

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

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

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

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?

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

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. 

Innovative Inventors - SUMMER ONLY

What goes into the creation of a great invention? This program will introduce your students to different inventors and their inventions. They will be challenged to design and create an invention of their very own to help solve a very serious dilemma. 

Astronaut Adventures

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

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

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

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!

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?

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.