Have our animals come to you - virtually!

Bring our live animals into your classroom or students’ homes via Zoom or other digital platforms! All of our live animal programming is still available to supplement your curricula. Whether you want to delve into Animal Adaptations, Classification, or just have a live animal visit as a treat for your students, we can help! Programs can be done live or can be pre-recorded.
 
Fees: $50 for up to 100 students; $75 for up to 150 students
Contact Director of Education, Lisa Monachelli, to schedule: lmonachelli@stamfordmuseum.org.

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Early Childhood and Preschool

Early Childhood and Preschool

What's Your Job?
Discover the different jobs animals have in their habitat. Meet an animal who is a recycler, one that eats plants, an insect-eater, meat-eater, and one who dines on both plants and animals! We'll also see what the teeth of some of these animals look like.

Meet the Animals
Get up close and personal with our wide variety of teaching animals! From furry chinchillas to slithering snakes to boneless beasts, we'll introduce students to the wonderful world of animals and to the amazing diversity in the animal kingdom.

Nocturnal Animals
Discover the world of night-time animals and explore how their tools and behaviors help them to do their jobs under the cover of darkness. From excellent hearing to silent flight, we'll explore some of the best nocturnal adaptations and meet some live members of the "night crew."

Colors in Nature
Explore the many colors of nature's animals. Learn the reasons why animals have different colors on their bodies. Meet animals who use their colors to warn other animals, an animal that changes color depending on its mood, and animals that use their colors to attract other members of their species.

Dinosaur Discovery
Dig into the world of dinosaurs and their modern-day relatives. Discover what we think we know about the dinosaurs that walked here in the Connecticut region through observing real fossils. Meet some live lizards to learn what they share in common with their prehistoric relatives and discover that our feathered friends share some history with the T-Rex and other dinosaurs.

What's Your Cover
Using live animals and artifacts, students will discover how the differences among our five groups of animals with bones, reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish, and mammals. Meeting live animals from most categories and hands-on activities will bring these characteristics to life.

Living and Non-Living
Using our senses and real-life specimens, we'll discover the characteristics of living and non-living things and the role that each plays in a habitat. We'll explore the importance of non-living factors such as soil, rocks and weather in an ecosystem and how those are interconnected to living things. Meet some live animals and plants to learn about different roles that decomposers, producers and consumers play in a food chain.

Farm Fun
Discover many of the animals that live on a farm and the everyday products that local farmers produce for us. Through live animals, real farm products, tools, pictures, and activities, students will begin to make the connection between farm and food. This program will include a virtual visit from 2-3 small farm animals depending on season and availability. This program is great for those groups who are not able to visit our farm! 

Seasonal Programs

Animals in Winter (November - February)
Discover how animals from furry to feathery, prepare for the changing seasons. Using live animals, mounted specimens, artifacts, and puppets, student will discover the ways that our local animals survive the winter, uncover why some animals migrate and investigate those that sleep for all of part of the winter.

Kindergarten

Kindergarten

Meet the Animals 
Get up close and personal with our wide variety of teaching animals! From furry chinchillas to slithery snakes to boneless beasts, we'll introduce students to the wonderful world of animals and to the amazing diversity in the animal kingdom.
NGSS Standards: K-LS1-1, K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-1
CT Science Standards: K.2

Animal Adaptations
An introduction to ecological principles using live animals, mounted specimens, and other materials to illustrate the special adaptations, such as hibernation, camouflage, and body structure, that help animals to survive in their environment.
NGSS Standards: K-LS1-1, K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-1
CT Science Standards: K.2

Nocturnal Animals
Discover the world of nighttime animals and explore how their tools and behaviors help them to do their jobs under the cover of darkness. From excellent hearing to silent flight, we'll explore some of the best nocturnal adaptations and meet some live members of the "night crew."
NGSS Standards: K-LS1-1, K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-1
CT Science Standards: K.1, K.2

Dinosaur Discovery
Dig into the world of dinosaurs and their modern-day relatives. Discover what we think we know about dinosaurs that walked here in Connecticut and in the region through observing real fossils. Meet some live lizards to learn what they share in common with their prehistoric relatives and discover that our feathered friends share some history with the T-Rex and other dinosaurs.
NGSS Standards: K-LS1-1, K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-1
CT Science Standards: K.1, K.2

Living and Non-Living
Using our senses and real-life specimens, we'll discover the characteristics of living and non-living things and the role that each plays in a habitat. We'll explore the importance of non-living factors such as soil, rocks and weather in an ecosystem and how those are interconnected to living things. Meet some live animals and plants to learn about different roles that decomposers, producers and consumers play in a food chain.
NGSS Standards: K-PS-3-1, K-LS1-1, K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-1
CT Science Standards: K.2.a

Animal Classification
Using live animals and artifacts, students will discover how scientists group our vertebrate animals and what characteristics, including body coverings and life cycles, separate mammals, reptiles, fish, amphibians, and birds from each other. Meeting live animals from most categories and hands-on activities will bring these characteristics to life.
NGSS Standards: K-LS1-1, K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-1
CT Science Standards: K.1.a, K.2.a

Farm Fun
Students will discover many of the animals that live on a farm and the everyday products that local farmers produce for us. Through live animals, real farm products, tools, pictures, and activities, students will begin to make the connection between farm and food. This program will include a virtual visit from 2-3 small farm animals, such as a goat, chicken, duck, or rabbit, depending on season and availability. This program is great for those groups who are not able to visit our farm! 
NGSS Standards: K-LS1-1, K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-1, K-ESS-3-3
CT Science Standards: K.2
CT Social Studies Standards: GEO K.4

Seasonal Programs

Animals in Winter (November - February)
Discover how animals from furry to feathery, prepare for the changing seasons. Using live animals, mounted specimens, artifacts, and puppets, student will discover the ways that our local animals survive the winter, uncover why some animals migrate and investigate those that sleep for all of part of the winter.
NGSS Standards: K-LS1-1, K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-1
CT Science Standards: K.3

1st Grade

1st Grade

Live Animal Programs

Meet the Animals
Get up close and personal with our wide variety of teaching animals! From furry chinchillas to slithery snakes to boneless beasts, we'll introduce students to the wonderful world of animals and to the amazing diversity in the animal kingdom.
NGSS Science Standards: 1-LS3-1
CT Science Standards: 1.2, 1.3

Animal Adaptations
An introduction to ecological principles using live animals, mounted specimens, and other materials to illustrate the special adaptations, such as hibernation, camouflage, and body structure, that help animals to survive in their environment.
NGSS Science Standards: 1-LS3-1
CT Science Standards: 1.2, 1.3

Nocturnal Animals
Discover the world of nighttime animals and explore how their tools and behaviors help them to do their jobs under the cover of darkness. From excellent hearing to silent flight, we'll explore some of the best nocturnal adaptations and meet some live members of the "night crew."
NGSS Science Standards: 1-LS3-1
CT Science Standards: 1.2, 1.3

Dinosaur Discovery
Dig into the world of dinosaurs and their modern-day relatives. Discover what we think we know about dinosaurs that walked here in Connecticut and in the region through observing real fossils. Meet some live lizards to learn what they share in common with their prehistoric relatives and discover that our feathered friends share some history with the T-Rex and other dinosaurs.
NGSS Science Standards: 1-LS3-1
CT Science Standards: 1.2, 1.3

Living and Non-Living
Using our senses and real-life specimens, we'll discover the characteristics of living and non-living things and the role that each plays in a habitat. We'll explore the importance of non-living factors such as soil, rocks and weather in an ecosystem and how those are interconnected to living things. Meet some live animals and plants to learn about different roles that decomposers, producers and consumers play in a food chain.
NGSS Science Standards: 1-LS3-1
CT Science Standards: 1.2.a, 1.2.b

Animal Classification
Using live animals and artifacts, students will discover how scientists group our vertebrate animals and what characteristics, including body coverings and life cycles, separate mammals, reptiles, fish, amphibians and birds from each other. Meeting live animals from most categories and hands-on activities will bring these characteristics to life.
NGSS Science Standards: 1-LS3-1
CT Science Standards: 1.2.a, 1.3.a

Farm-Based Programs

Farm Fun
Students will discover many of the animals that live on a farm and the everyday products that local farmers produce for us. Through live animals, real farm products, tools, pictures, and activities, students will begin to make the connection between farm and food. This program will include a virtual visit from 2-3 small farm animals, such as a goat, chicken, duck, or rabbit, depending on season and availability. This program is great for those groups who are not able to visit our farm!
NGSS Science Standards: 1-LS3-1
CT Social Studies Standards: ECO 1.3, GEO 1.4

Seasonal Programs

Animals in Winter (November - February)
Discover how animals from furry to feathery, prepare for the changing seasons. Using live animals, mounted specimens, artifacts, and puppets, student will discover the ways that our local animals survive the winter, uncover why some animals migrate and investigate those that sleep for all of part of the winter.
CT Science Standards: 1.2

 

2nd Grade

2nd Grade

Plants & Pollinators
Discover the important role of pollinators in a plant's life cycle! Students will explore the life cycles of common pollinators, discover other pollinators besides bees and butterflies, and explore the structures of different flowers which allow for pollination. We'll also have a chance to study the SM&NC honey bee hives, how we care for our bees, and do an 'open hive' demonstration (weather providing).
NGSS Science Standards: 2-LS-2-1, 2-LS2-2, 2-LS4-1
CT Science Standards: 2.2

Meet the Animals 
Get up close and personal with our wide variety of teaching animals! From furry chinchillas to slithery snakes to boneless beasts, we'll introduce students to the wonderful world of animals and to the amazing diversity in the animal kingdom.
NGSS Science Standards: 2-LS4-1

Animal Adaptations 
An introduction to ecological principles using live animals, mounted specimens, and other materials to illustrate the special adaptations, such as hibernation, camouflage, and body structure, that help animals to survive in their environment.
NGSS Science Standards: 2-LS4-1

Nocturnal Animals
Discover the world of nighttime animals and explore how their tools and behaviors help them to do their jobs under the cover of darkness. From excellent hearing to silent flight, we'll explore some of the best nocturnal adaptations and meet some live members of the 'night crew."
NGSS Science Standards: 2-LS4-1

Dinosaur Discovery
Dig into the world of dinosaurs and their modern-day relatives. Discover what we think we know about dinosaurs that walked here in Connecticut and in the region through observing real fossils. Meet some live lizards to learn what they share in common with their prehistoric relatives and discover that our feathered friends share some history with the T-Rex and other dinosaurs.
NGSS Science Standards: 2-LS4-1

Living and Non-Living
Using our senses and real-life specimens, we'll discover the characteristics of living and non-living things and the role that each plays in a habitat. We'll explore the importance of non-living factors such as soil, rocks and weather in an ecosystem and how those are interconnected to living things. Meet some live animals and plants to learn about different roles that decomposers, producers and consumers play in a food chain.
NGSS Science Standards: 2-LS4-1

Animal Classification
Using live animals and artifacts, students will discover how scientists group our vertebrate animals and what characteristics, including body coverings and life cycles, separate mammals, reptiles, fish, amphibians and birds from each other. Meeting live animals from most categories and hands-on activities will bring these characteristics to life.
NGSS Science Standards: 2-LS4-1

Farm Fun
Students will discover many of the animals that live on a farm and the everyday products that local farmers produce for us. Through live animals, real farm products, tools, pictures, and activities, students will begin to make the connection between farm and food. This program will include a virtual visit from 2-3 small farm animals, such as a goat, chicken, duck, or rabbit, depending on season and availability. This program is great for those groups who are not able to visit our farm!
NGSS Science Standards: 2-LS4-1
CT Science Standards: 2.2, 2.3, 2.4
CT Social Studies Standards: ECO 2.3

Seasonal Programs

Animals in Winter (November - February)
Discover how animals from furry to feathery, prepare for the changing seasons. Using live animals, mounted specimens, artifacts, and puppets, student will discover the ways that our local animals survive the winter, uncover why some animals migrate and investigate those that sleep for all of part of the winter.
NGSS Science Standards: 2-LS4-1

 
 
3rd Grade

3rd Grade

Animal Adaptations
An introduction to ecological principles using live animals, mounted specimens, and other materials to illustrate the special adaptations, such as hibernation, camouflage, and body structure, that help animals to survive in their environment.
NGSS Science Standards: 3-LS3-1, 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-2, 3-LS4-3
CT Science Standards: 3.2
 
Nocturnal Animals 
Discover the world of nighttime animals and explore how their tools and behaviors help them to do their jobs under the cover of darkness. From excellent hearing to silent flight, we'll explore some of the best nocturnal adaptations and meet some live members of the "night crew."
NGSS Science Standards: 3-LS3-1, 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-2, 3-LS4-3
CT Science Standards: 3.2
 
Dinosaur Discovery
Dig into the world of dinosaurs and their modern-day relatives. Discover what we think we know about dinosaurs that walked here in Connecticut and in the region through observing real fossils. Meet some live lizards to learn what they share in common with their prehistoric relatives and discover that our feathered friends share some history with the T-Rex and other dinosaurs.
NGSS Science Standards: 3-LS3-1, 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-2, 3-LS4-3
 
Living and Non-Living
Using our senses and real-life specimens, we'll discover the characteristics of living and non-living things and the role that each plays in a habitat. We'll explore the importance of non-living factors such as soil, rocks and weather in an ecosystem and how those are interconnected to living things. Meet some live animals and plants to learn about different roles that decomposers, producers and consumers play in a food chain.
NGSS Science Standards: 3-LS3-1, 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-2, 3-LS4-3
 
Animal Classification
Using live animals and artifacts, students will discover how scientists group our vertebrate animals and what characteristics, including body coverings and life cycles, separate mammals, reptiles, fish, amphibians and birds from each other. Meeting live animals from most categories and hands-on activities will bring these characteristics to life.
NGSS Science Standards: 3-LS3-1, 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-2, 3-LS4-3
 
Farm Fun
Students will discover many of the animals that live on a farm and the everyday products that local farmers produce for us. Through live animals, real farm products, tools, pictures, and activities, students will begin to make the connection between farm and food. This program will include a virtual visit from 2-3 small farm animals, such as a goat, chicken, duck, or rabbit, depending on season and availability. This program is great for those groups who are not able to visit our farm! 

Seasonal Programs

Animals in Winter (November - February)
Discover how animals from furry to feathery, prepare of the changing seasons. Using live animals, mounted specimens, artifacts, and puppets, student will discover the ways that our local animals survive the winter, uncover why some animals migrate and investigate those that sleep for all of part of the winter.
NGSS Science Standards: 3-LS1
CT Science Standards: 3.2
4th Grade

4th Grade

Meet the Animals
Get up close and personal with our wide variety of teaching animals! From furry chinchillas to slithery snakes to boneless beasts, we'll introduce students to the wonderful world of animals and to the amazing diversity in the animal kingdom.
NGSS Science Standards: 4-LS1-1
CT Science Standards: 4.2
 
Animal Adaptations 
An introduction to ecological principles using live animals, mounted specimens, and other materials to illustrate the special adaptations, such as hibernation, camouflage, and body structure, that help animals to survive in their environment.
NGSS Science Standards: 4-LS1-1
CT Science Standards: 4.2
 
Nocturnal Animals
Discover the world of nighttime animals and explore how their tools and behaviors help them to do their jobs under the cover of darkness. From excellent hearing to silent flight, we'll explore some of the best nocturnal adaptations and meet some live members of the "night crew."
NGSS Science Standards: 4-LS1-1
CT Science Standards: 4.2
 
Endangered Species 
Discover the diversity of animal life on our planet and their necessities for survival. Then, explore the reasons why some of this diversity can disappear and learn what extinct, endangered, and threatened mean for a species. Meet live representatives of endangered, threatened, and protected species and discover how we can all be champions for animal diversity on our planet.
NGSS Science Standards: 4-LS1-1
CT Science Standards: 4.2
 
Slimy & Scaly
We'll explore the world of reptiles and amphibians as we meet a variety of these creatures from all over the world. Discover the differences and similarities between the two groups, which animal orders belong in each class, and the adaptations that these animals have to survive in their respective habitats.
NGSS Science Standards: 4-LS1-1
CT Science Standards: 4.2
 
Rainforest Ecology 
Take a closer look at one of the most fascinating biomes on the planet without leaving our local area! We'll delve into the climate of this unique habitat and explore some of the adaptations needed for survival by meeting some live plants and animals from throughout the globe.
NGSS Science Standards: 4-LS1-1
CT Science Standards: 4.2
 
Living and Non-Living
Using our senses and real-life specimens, we'll discover the characteristics of living and non-living things and the role that each plays in a habitat. We'll explore the importance of non-living factors such as soil, rocks and weather in an ecosystem and how those are interconnected to living things. Meet some live animals and plants to learn about different roles that decomposers, producers and consumers play in a food chain.
NGSS Science Standards: 4-LS1-1
CT Science Standards: 4.2.a
 
Animal Classification
Using live animals and artifacts, students will discover how scientists group our vertebrate animals and what characteristics, including body coverings and life cycles, separate mammals, reptiles, fish, amphibians and birds from each other. Meeting live animals from most categories and hands-on activities will bring these characteristics to life.
NGSS Science Standards: 4-LS1-1
 
Farm Fun
Students will discover many of the animals that live on a farm and the everyday products that local farmers produce for us. Through live animals, real farm products, tools, pictures, and activities, students will begin to make the connection between farm and food. This program will include a virtual visit from 2-3 small farm animals, such as a goat, chicken, duck, or rabbit, depending on season and availability. This program is great for those groups who are not able to visit our farm!
NGSS Science Standards: 4-LS1-1
5th Grade

5th Grade

Meet the Animals
Get up close and personal with our wide variety of teaching animal! From furry chinchillas to slither snakes to boneless beasts, we'll introduce students to the wonderful world of animals and to the amazing diversity in the animal kingdom.
NGSS Science Standards: 5-LS2-1
 
Animal Adaptations
An introduction to ecological principles using live animals, mounted specimens, and other materials to illustrate the special adaptations, such as hibernation, camouflage, and body structure, that help animals to survive in their environment.
 
Nocturnal Animals
Discover the world of nighttime animals and explore how their tools and behaviors help them to do their jobs under the cover of darkness. From excellent hearing to silent flight, we'll explore some of the best nocturnal adaptations and meet some live members of the "night crew."
 
Endangered Species 
Discover the diversity of animal life on our planet and their necessities for survival. Then, explore the reasons why some of this diversity can disappear and learn what extinct, endangered, and threatened mean for a species. Meet live representatives of endangered, threatened, and protected species and discover how we can all be champions for animal diversity on our planet.
 
Slimy & Scaly 
We'll explore the world of reptiles and amphibians as we meet a variety of these creatures from all over the world. Discover the differences and similarities between the two groups, which animal orders belong in each class, and the adaptations that these animals have to survive in their respective habitats.
 
Rainforest Ecology
Take a closer look at one of the most fascinating biomes on the planet without leaving our local area! We'll delve into the climate of this unique habitat and explore some of the adaptations needed for survival by meeting some live plants and animals from throughout the globe.
NGSS Science Standards: 5-LS2-1
 
 
6th Grade and up

6th Grade and Up

We usually find that custom programs work best for older age groups, depending on group sizing and structure.

Please contact Lisa Monachelli at lmonachelli@stamfordmuseum.org to discuss a custom program for your group.