School and Group Programs


CNSE CMOST uses New York State curriculum standards in creating and carrying out our programs.
Click here to see our Programs at a Glance!

SINK OR FLOAT (PRE-K)
It's the age old question of does it sink or does it float?† Come and experiment with different materials to see which they do and why!

THE WEATHER IS EVERYWHERE! (PRE-K)
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 craft to take home!

ALL ABOUT ANIMALS (PRE-K - 1ST GRADE)
From feet to fins, 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, meet live animals up close and create a unique animal of their own.

WHERE DO YOU CALL HOME? (PRE-K -1ST GRADE)
What do animals need in order to survive? Students will explore the survival needs of all animals while traveling down the Hudson River (our 75 ft long living indoor river environment!), categorizing animals, meeting a few live critters and examining artifacts of people from the past.

WONDERFUL WORLD OF WEATHER (K -3RD GRADE)
Get wild about the weather through games and experiments. Test your skills as a weatherman and watch the water cycle in action.

MOLECULARIUM (K - 4TH GRADE)
Take a magical animated adventure with Oxy, Hydro and Hydra on the molecularium ship during our award-winning Dome Show and Workshop. Students will investigate the world of atoms and molecules from nanoscale to the galactic scale. They will learn about the size of atoms and molecules, the three states of matter, and create their own polymers to take home with them.

IT'S AIR-STOUNDING (2ND - 5TH GRADE)
Come and explore the amazing properties of air. Learn how to inflate a giant bag with one breathe and float a 50 foot long bag using solar energy!

LIFE CYCLES (2ND - 5TH GRADE)
Explore the lifecycles of reptiles, mammals and insects by meeting a member of each species and investigating their differences and similarities. Students will learn the difference between complete and incomplete metamorphosis by meeting our animals, playing a game and working together in groups.

WHAT's EATING WHAT? (2ND - 5TH GRADE)
Explore the food chains and food webs in the Hudson River. Students will meet 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.

RIVER JOURNEY (2ND - 5TH GRADE)
Embark on an ecological journey along our 75-foot living Hudson River exhibit. Students will explore the diversity of organisms and ecosystems that make the Hudson River so unique. They will investigate how different animals meet their habitat needs within the river by collecting their own data and reviewing it. They can then apply what they've learned to create their own Hudson River animal.

ELECTRIFYING SCIENCE (3RD - 5TH GRADE)
Come and learn about the basics of electricity. We'll explore static, experiment with a Van de Graaf generator and explore magnetics with various hands on experiments.

READY, SET, REACTION (3RD - 5TH GRADE)
What is a reaction? We'll blow up balloons, create rockets out of film canisters and heat things up! Students will learn all about physical and chemical reactions while getting hands on with chemistry.

INVESTIGATIONS IN ENERGY (4TH - 6TH GRADE)
What is energy? How does it work? Join us for this investigation of energy as it transfers from one type to another. We'll also examine energy sources and learn about the alternative energies of the future.

AMAZING ADAPTATIONS (5TH - 8TH GRADE)
Examine live animals and discover animal adaptations close-up. Students will learn about both physical and behavioral adaptations and how they help animals to survive in many different environments.

TURNING THE TIDES (5TH - 8TH GRADE)
Take an in-depth look at the Hudson River watershed and it's ecology through hands-on scientific investigation and handling artifacts. Students will investigate streams first hand using hand held equipment to monitor the water's health. During this three hour program, students will learn about and collect data on water quality and the different species of organisms living in the water. (Only available April - October)**$7 per student

PLANETARIUM DOME SHOWS


MOLECULARIUM (K - 4TH GRADE)

Take a magical animated adventure with Oxy, Hydro and Hydra on the molecularium ship during our award-winning Dome Show and Workshop. Students will investigate the world of atoms and molecules from nanoscale to the galactic scale. They will learn about the size of atoms and molecules, the three states of matter, and create their own polymers to take home with them. Watch the trailer!


TWO SMALL PIECES OF GLASS (4TH GRADE - 12TH GRADE)
For audiences of all ages, this planetarium show traces the history of the telescope from Galileo's modifications to a child's spyglass - using two small pieces of glass to the launch of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy. It explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers through out the last 400 years! Watch the trailer!

 

GROUP PROGRAM FEES:

Explore the world of science and technology for $6.00 per child.

* Educator led program

* Private planetarium show

* Time to explore The Museum

* Teachers are admitted free

* A minimum of 16 children is required for a group program.

* Adult chaperones are required and are admitted free at the rate of one chaperone per eight students

* Additional chaperones are charged the student fee.

MUSEUM GROUP PROGRAM HOURS

* Monday through Sunday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

* The Museum is closed on select holidays.

* Hours are subject to change. Please call 518-235-2120 or visit us online at www.CMOST.org

SCHEDULING YOUR VISIT

* Call us at: (518) 235-2120

* Schedule visits at least 4 weeks in advance to ensure you get the day and time you want.

* Choose at least 3 potential dates for your visit.

* Identify the program(s) you are interested in.

* Field trips to CNSE CMOST are eligible for BOCES and Questar III reimbursement through the BOCES Arts in Education and Exploratory Enrichment Programs