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In-School Workshops

Our educators bring the museum right into your classroom!

Young children in a classroom seated in two rows wearing paper animal masks

Animal Homes Lesson with PS 4, May 2016


Animal Homes: Who Lives There? Pre-K – 4th
Learn about the specific adaptations plants and animals make to survive and thrive. Explore the habitats of birds, insects, reptiles, and other native species.

Biodiversity in a Stable Ecosystem 3rd – 5th
Explore the interdependent relationship between plants and animals. Design a food web to model how energy from the sun transfers through the environment to help create a stable ecosystem.

Come Fly with Me: Butterflies and Moths Pre-K – 2nd
Time to emerge and let your imaginations fly! Compare and contrast specimens and explore metamorphosis through puppets and art.

Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Pals Pre-K – 2nd
What makes a dinosaur a dinosaur? Become a paleontologist and uncover fossils to determine what they ate, how they moved, and why they are extinct. Recreate prehistoric creatures using artifacts, rubbings, and art.

A Day at the Beach Pre-K – 2nd
Feel the sand and transport your class to the beach! From native clams and oysters to the tiny seahorse and prehistoric horseshoe crab, examine specimens that thrive at the Staten Island shore.

Watch Me Grow: Plants Pre-K – 3rd
Investigate the magic of seeds! Discover how plants grow and why they are important to us. Plant your own seeds to take home and nurture.

Geo Wonders 2nd – 7th
Observe and classify rock and mineral specimens based on physical properties. Utilize the Mohs Hardness Scale while discovering local geology with hands-on access to the Museum’s collection of sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rock.


Art Now: Watercolor Fun Pre-K – 2nd
Experiment with paints, brushes, and basic painting techniques. Examine works of art, create watercolor paintings, and discover your hidden talents.

Romare Bearden Collage Pre-K-2nd, 3rd – 8th
Jazz-up your days with the colorful and rhythmic art of African American artist, Romare Bearden, whose brilliant work reveals memories of his 20th century childhood. Create a collage to the smooth sound of jazz.


Land of the Lenape Pre-K-2nd, 3rd – 6th
Our unique collection of local native artifacts and authentic materials will introduce the Lenape culture and local Algonquin lifestyle through sound, sight, and touch. Learn about the challenges of survival in early Staten Island and make a traditional pinch pot to take home.

Community Workers: Whose Hat is That? Pre-K – 2nd
Identify workers and the jobs they perform in the local community through map skills, creative drama, and art.


Booking Your In-School Program

To book a field trip for your class or for more information, please contact or 718-483-7135.

$175 per class outside of Museum Building

Please contact the Education Department for information on Title 1 and Special Education accommodations.

Available Times
Programs are 45 minutes to one hour long, scheduling between 9:00am – 2:00pm. Multiple lessons at your school per day are encouraged.

Group leaders must mail or charge a non-refundable deposit of $50 at least four weeks in advance. All balances are due on the day of the program. You may pay by credit card, check, or money order, payable to “Staten Island Museum.”

Cancellations/ Postponements
All group cancellations/postponements must be made at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled trip by calling the Education office at 718.483.7135 or emailing Groups that cancel with less than 48 hours’ notice will forfeit their deposit.

To book an In-School Workshop or a field trip to the museum for your class or for more information, please contact or 718-483-7135.