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$11 Museum Experience | $7 Enrichment Programs

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  • All field trip programs are 1 hour in length.  The Museum Experience has an $11 per person rate with a 20-person minimum.  We allow 2 teachers per group for free, adults beyond this are charged at the $11 per person rate. 
  • The $7 field trip programs have a 20-student minimum, with only students being charged. There are four options, see below for details. 
  • Programs can be combined for a multi-hour trip. For example, half of your group sees the exhibit while the other half sees an animal show.  After the first program is completed, the groups switch to the other program to ensure everyone has the same experience. 
  • Advanced booking required: call 516-764-0045 or e-mail [email protected]


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The Dinosaurs! and Animal Adventure museum experience is a perfect field trip experience to learn about animal adaptations. The museum features full-size museum quality dinosaur mounts, snakes, birds, reptiles, mammals, and hands-on activities. Combine this trip with any $7 per student field trip experience described below.

Teachers Exhibit Guide, and Pre & Post Teacher Activities:

For school groups visiting the museum, feel free to take advantage of our teachers exhibit guide, our adaptation pre-exhibit activity, and our post-exhibit activity. For an extra learning experience inside the museum, take advantage of our two adaptation scavenger hunts, which will help train your students’ eyes to spot adaptations and get them thinking critically about how different adaptations fit different environments.

  • Download our Teachers Exhibit Guide here.
  • Download the pre-exhibit activity here, and answer key here.
  • Download the post-exhibit activity here.
  • Download the first adaptation scavenger hunt here and the second one here.


CSTL’s Field Trip programs have been designed to align with the Next Generation Science Standards!

Live Animal Show – In this program, students learn about animal adaptations, lifestyles, and conservation in the best way possible: by meeting some of our live animals face-to-face!
NGSS Standards: LS1.A; LS1.D;

Naturalist Hike – In this program, students take a guided hike through the woods of our preserve, where they’ll find insects, birds, and other wildlife, and explore the interactions between the plants and animals of the local ecosystem.
NGSS Standards: LS1.C; LS2.A;

Aquatic Habitats – In this program, students explore freshwater habitats of the preserve. They’ll search for aquatic plants and animals, and learn about the balance of these delicate habitats.
NGSS Standards: LS4.D; ESS3.C;

Paleontology – How do scientists investigate the creatures of the ancient past? In this program, students get up close with fossils and get to dive into our dig site to make some discoveries of their own.
NGSS Standards: LS4.A; SEP.7; LS1.A;

a close up of a dinosaur

Teacher Testimonials

Bayview Primary School

Staff was very kind, knowledgeable, and flexible! We had a great experience!

– Dani Schatz
Oceanside High School

Brandon our guide was amazing and knowledgeable, he adapted the tour to the HS level and was amazing with our largely non English speaking group of ENL students. Very patient and worked well with our translator!

– Breanne Elsesser
Maurice W Downing School

Our 2nd graders had a wonderful time on our trip. Our guides were were so nice and provided a wealth of information for our students. Would highly recommend for all grades!

– Maura Spar

I just wanted to say thank you for the fabulous aquatics program that my Troop attended last Saturday. The girls loved it!! Our guide was terrific too! He taught the girls so much about the environment and all the organisms found in the pond.

– Jennifer Tampone
Kiddie Junction

We had a wonderful experience during our field trips. The excitement on the kids faces was a joy to watch. The parents absolutely loved it! I would be happy to be back next year.

– Abbie Brodtman
Massapequa Elementary

Thank you so much for a great field trip. All the staff were wonderful. The students had an amazing time! We will definitely be booking another trip next year!

– Denise Sicignano
East School

This trip was my absolute favorite! The hike was beautiful. I appreciated having the scavenger hunt for students - they loved having specific things to look for. The two guides in the museum were amazing. They were so knowledgeable, worked so well with the kids, and kept them engaged and excited! Thank you for a great day!

– Megan Lewitin
Forest Rd School

Our students were fully engaged and excited about learning all about the living organisms on site. Your staff was knowledgeable and patient when asking and answering questions. The grounds were well kept and inviting. We had a great day! Thank you so much!

– Kim Lapera
St Marks Nursery

Thank you for a wonderful trip! It sounds like the children and teachers had a great day!

– Kristin Dunn
Stewart Manor School

This field trip was wonderful! The students learned so much about various animals and the ecosystem around them. We loved how organized the trip was and how the information was presented in a kid-friendly way. We will definitely consider booking another trip here next year!

– Denise Pascullo
John Lewis Child's School

The students had a great time! It was very well organized and engaging!!

– Victoria Foley
William S Covert School

Our students LOVED every part! Your staff was amazing with the students and they learned so much from the very age appropriate explanations. We will for sure return!

– Valerie Sprague
Newbridge Rd Elementary

My group had a fabulous day ! CJ was an excellent and enthusiastic guide.

– Karen Barrins
Plaza Elementary

Our nature walk guide was very relatable to my students, he spoke to them on their level and allowed them to ask and answer questions. Our animal guide was extremely informative and we learned so much great information about the animals. My class had an amazing time.

– Tricia Wilder