Nature Place

The Nature Place allows your child to explore the natural world and learn about plants, animals, the weather, and our natural resources.

The Nature Place exhibit space includes Operation W.I.L.D., Weather Front, and the Living Hudson River, as well as the Animal Spotlight show and Science Cart Demo.

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  • Inquiry
  • Modeling
  • Systems
  • Life Cycles
  • Adaptations
  • Food Chains
  • Human Impacts on Natural Environments

Operation WILD

Operation W.I.L.D. "Working In the Living Domain" has an impressive living collection of exotic animal species (from snakes to rabbits to owls to legless lizards, & more), which are housed in an interactive and sensory stimulating environment that Uploaded Image: /uploads/images/skyline01.jpgrepresents their appropriate habitats.

NYS Curriculum Standards       

  • MST 1 - Scientific Inquiry
  • MST 4 - The Living Environment Key Idea 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
  • MST 6 - Interconnectedness: Common Themes Key Idea 1, 2

Living Hudson River

Explore the unique environment of one of America's most historically significant tidal rivers. Our 75 foot long Living Indoor Hudson River exhibit allows visitors to travel from the river's source in the Adirondacks all the way to its end, the Atlantic Ocean.Uploaded Image: /uploads/images/066.JPG

NYS Curriculum Standards

  • MST 1 - Scientific Inquiry
  • MST 4 - The Living Environment Key Idea 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
  • MST 6 - Interconnectedness: Common Themes Key Idea 1, 2

Adk Campsite

Featuring an oversized tent, a cozy "campfire" and an array of nature themed books, the Adk Campsite is an excellent place for pretend play or to snuggle up with a book.

Drop-in Activities:

Animals Live! Join us and explore the SUNY Poly CMOST animal collection. An educator will perform a live presentation with a variety of animals to explore adaptations, behaviors and more of the inhabitants who make their home in our Operation W.I.L.D. exhibit. Approximately 30 minutes in length and recommended for all ages. Free with museum admission. Please visit our detailed calendar for exact times this presentation is offered.

Hudson River Show - Discover the ecology of our living Hudson River exhibit. Visitors will explore the geography of The Hudson as well as have the opportunity to meet some of its inhabitants. Approximately 30 minutes in length and recommended for all ages. Free with museum admission. Please visit our Detailed Calendar and click 'Daily Schedule' for exact times this presentation is offered.

Educators: Reserve a Field Trip!