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
Outreach Programs

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
Observe and handle artifacts from the Mattinecocks, one of the 13 tribes on Long Island that spoke the Algonquin language. Compare and contrast modern lifestyles and those of the 1500's. Learn about their customs, survival techniques and conservation practices. Instructor demonstrates how to make a bow and arrow out of willow branches...class keeps it!

Pond Power
Students learn  all about pond life including native animals and plants.  Instructor brings pond boards and pin-up animals to demonstrate a typical pond.  Children will meet live pond residents and discuss food webs and amphibian metamorphosis.

Earthworms
Earthworms teach young children sensitivity to living things and illustrate the interdependency of life.  Students interact with and handle these often misunderstood creatures.  Through hands-on activities and discussion, children will learn the earthworm's physical characteristics, habitats, and special adaptations. 

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

Time For Trees
Through an interactive forest community activity, students will learn about the layers of the forest, the animals that inhabit each layer, and photosynthesis.  Program includes a visit from a forest native...the Common Eastern Box Turtle.  

Insect Investigation
This program offers students insight into the world of insects.  With the use of bug viewers, each child will get the opportunity to examine live crickets up close.  Students will learn the body parts of insects, their life cycles and their interrelationship with other animals, plants and their environment.
Endangered Species

Grades 4-5
45minutes

So many animals and plant species are dying off each year....why? During this new program, students will learn the differences among the terms threatened, endangered and extinct. 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.