Trailside Discovery Summer Program
Trailside Discovery is a Summer day program for children (rising 1st Graders through rising 8th Graders) to experience the outdoors and make cherished memories!
Children get up-close to local ecology and history. They get their hands dirty and have fun. Through hands-on activities and exciting games, children are immersed in nature. Middle-school youth learn about and participate in the care of exhibit wildlife and conservation management.
COVID-19 remains a serious public health threat. For the safety of the children, families, and our educators, summer discovery is canceled for 2020. Check back in early 2021 for information and schedule.
Seasonal Public Programs & Events
Trailside’s seasonal public programs and family-friendly special events highlight the wonders of and interconnections of nature, science and history.
Nature Education Resources
Trailside invites teachers, families and group leaders to utilize these resources for guiding exploration of Trailside Museums & Zoo and the surrounding parks and engage in outdoor education at home, schools, and parks.
CHOOSE SOMETHING TO STUDY
a plant, an animal, an insect, a mountain, a stream. Describe it in as much detail as you can and then sketch…
In nature, many animals make sounds for other animals to hear. Those sounds may tell another animal where they are or what they are doing. And, animals aren’t the only things in nature that make noise…
Explore Nature and see how much you can find. This handout shows what to look for…
Go outside and find leaves of different sizes and shapes, and trees with bark of different textures. Make observations and record what you find by making a rubbing! Place the workskeet over a leaf on a hard surface and rub the side of a crayon until the pattern shows…
Harriman Nature Museums
Summer welcomes youth from urban New York and New Jersey to the Group Camps in Harriman State Park. The Group Camps provide children recreation, education and connection to the natural landscape. Trailside’s Harriman Nature Museums serve Group Camps with hands-on nature education to enhance awareness, appreciation and engagement. The Nature Museums employ aspiring environmental educators and scientists as nature museum educators and give them outdoor education training and experience.
Nature Educator showing a small snake to the group.