School Visit
Appropriate for grades Pre-K through Middle School. Our experienced staff can pack up any of the following 8 programs (all include live animals) and bring to your classroom.

Note: Additional travel fees and tolls will vary depending on location. For additional information or to book a program, please call us at 718-229-4000 and ask for the Outreach Coordinator.

Points to remember:

Since all programs involve full group participation with hands-on specimens, we set a maximum group size to 30 students per presentation (Pre-K=25)
Programs are limited to 3 classes per day
Program length varies according to age group
We do not offer assembly programs
APEC Alive serves all 5 boroughs and Nassau County

For program descriptions, prices, registration information, and policies about our
Outreach Programs, please see our:

Class Visits are by reservation only.
To Schedule a trip call 718-229-4000.
Animals Alive
outreach animalsOur most popular outreach program! Live animal presentations include discussions on animal classifications, habitats and adaptations using open-ended questioning and hands-on learning techniques. Program can include: mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.

Native Americans
Take a journey with us back in time when Native Americans inhabited the land. Observe and handle artifacts from the Matinecock Indians whose villages spanned from present day Newtown Creek in Queens to Smithtown, Long Island. Compare and contrast modern lifestyles with those of the Native Americans. Learn about their customs, survival techniques and conservation practices.

Pond Ecology
What lives in and around a pond?
Through this hands-on educational program, children will learn about the plant and animal life of this complex ecosystem. As they meet some live pond residents, students will discuss food webs, predator/prey relationships and amphibian metamorphosis.

Earthworms teach young children sensitivity to living things and illustrate the interdependency of life. Curious students will “dig for worms” as they interact with and handle these often misunderstood creatures. Through hands-on activities, engaging discussion and crafts, children will learn the earthworms’ physical characteristics, diet, habits and special adaptations.

Birds of a Feather
This exciting program will introduce students to the wonderful world of birds. Children will explore the adaptations birds have developed to survive in different ecosystems, their life cycle, migration patterns and predator/prey relationships. Students learn these concepts and develop their observation skills while examining feathers, eggs, nests, skulls & talons.

Forest Ecology
Through an interactive forest community activity, students will learn about the layers of a deciduous forest and the animals that inhabit each layer. Program includes a visit from live forest animals.

Insect Investigation
“Live crickets in the classroom”
This program offers students a whole new insight into the world of insects. With the use of bug viewers, each child will get the opportunity to examine live crickets and or walking sticks up close. Students will learn the body parts of insects, their life cycles and their role in nature.
Awesome Arachnids
What is an arthropod? What is the difference between an insect and an arachnid? What are spinnerets and who uses them? This exciting lesson, teaches students to distinguish between insects and arachnids based on their physical characteristics, learn what arachnids have in common and see a live tarantula up close.

Endangered Species

Grades 4-5

So many animal and plant species are dying off each year. During this vital program, students will distinguish between the terms threatened, endangered and extinct and understand why so many animal populations are disappearing at an alarming rate. Additionally, students will get to examine products of illegal wildlife trade. By the end of this thought provoking program, students will be able to examine their own lives and determine the role they can play in minimizing further species decline.