School Trips

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All Our Trips Align with New York State Core Standards & Include Both a Pre-Trip Classroom Visit and the Field Experience

Hands-on Field Trips that Enhance the Elementary Science Curriculum

school3We offer environmental education programs that have been specifically designed to support and enhance the NY State science curriculums. A unique feature of a Sheldrake program is our pre-trip in-class visits. These classroom visits help to ensure the children are ready to learn from the moment they step off the bus at the outdoor site.

Enrich Your Curriculum School field trips at Sheldrake Environmental Center are led by trained Environmental Educators and emphasize explorations, hands-on activities and inquiry-based learning methods. All programs relate to ecology concepts and are coordinated with NYS curriculum objectives and standards and National Science Education Standards. Every field trip includes explorations and hands-on activities relating to ecological concepts. Each field trip is geared to the grade level of the students.


Three Unique Sites

We offer field trips to three local areas. Teachers choose the location and theme for their students’ trip.

  1. Sheldrake Environmental Center – (Entrance at 687 Weaver Street) This trip focuses on the Larchmont Reservoir – James G. Johnson, Jr. Conservancy area which includes Sheldrake Lake, Goodliffe Pond, a meadow, a river and woodland paths.
  2. Sheldrake River Trail – (Entrance on Rockland Avenue) This 23-acre conservation area features forest trails with towering trees, the Sheldrake River, wooden boardwalks over swampland, vernal pools and wetland areas.

    Jellyfish at Dog Beach
  3. Dog Beach – (Entrance at the foot of Beach Avenue in Larchmont Manor) A beautiful stretch of Long Island Sound shoreline nestled at the edge of Manor Park, where a rich ecosystem includes an abundance of life in its intertidal zones and tidal pools. Barnacles, crabs, snails, and mussels abound, as well as a variety of shorebirds, ducks, geese and swans.

Eight Trip Themes

  1. Habitats – (Sheldrake Environmental Center or Sheldrake River Trail) Discover what animals need to survive, what they eat, where they live, their interrelationships, adaptations and life cycles. Children will use their senses to explore the habitats and ecosystems of field and forest and will learn what makes each of these unique.
  2. Woodland Ecology – (Sheldrake Environmental Center or Sheldrake River Trail) Develop observation and interpretation skills, search for animal homes in different levels of the forest, explore the leaf litter, look under rotting logs, find animals in their special habitats, discover how soil is made and look for the decomposers and nutrient recyclers of the forest floor.
  3. school5Long Island Sound Shoreline Exploration – (Dog Beach) Observe marine life, learn the origins of Long Island Sound, measure the tide, discover the relationships and adaptations of plants and animals in the harsh and ever-changing environment of the inter-tidal zones.
  4. Seasonal Changes – (Sheldrake Environmental Center or Sheldrake River Trail) Explore the “happenings” in our ever-changing local ecosystems, become nature detectives, find out how plants and animals adapt in order to survive seasonal changes, observe life cycles of plants and animals and discover interrelationships. Your sense of smell, sight, hearing and touch will sharpen as we go.
  5. Students collecting microorganisms

    Freshwater Ecology – (Sheldrake’s Goodliffe Pond) Join us on an adventure to explore a pond, observe and investigate plant and animal life cycles, discover the food chains and webs of aquatic ecosystems, compare different pond creatures and how they move, eat and breathe. This interactive program will introduce students to the amazing adaptations that enable plants and animals to survive in their watery habitat.

  6. Freshwater Ecology Plus – (Sheldrake’s Goodliffe Pond and On-site Laboratory Classroom at Sheldrake Environmental Center) This 1.5 hour program augments our ponding field trips and is being offered as a natural complement to Microworld, the fifth grade microscope study unit, or to anyone wanting to take a closer look at their natural treasures through microscopes. Students will bring living samples of freshwater life encountered in their explorations of the pond to the Sheldrake laboratory where our educators will guide them in their use of microscope observations.
  7. school4How the Winter Season Influences Life in the Natural World The weather gets colder, days get shorter, and leaves fall off the trees. We live in warm houses, wear heavy jackets and boots and buy our food at the store. But what do the animals do to find food and stay warm? Find out how plants and animals spend the winter. Do they hibernate, migrate, or adapt? Learn about their survival strategies and the marvels of their adaptability to the stresses of winter. Search for clues Who’s awake and who’s asleep? Some animals stay active in winter. How do they adapt? Find winter birds, insects, egg cases, even butterflies. Look for signs of rabbits, deer, mice, chipmunks and squirrels. Observe their tracks in snow or mud. Find their winter homes.

Program Fee School programs are offered throughout the school year, are 1 to 1.5 hours in length, Monday through Friday, with classes beginning at 9:30 a.m. The fee for our programs is $225 and up for field trip and pre-trip visit. Please inquire about volume discounts. For more information and to book your date, please contact Jennifer Keefe at 914-834-1443 or at