There will be no NHDP for the 2017 season. We apologize for this inconvenience.
Where students experience the natural world through observation, exploration, and research
The Natural History Day Program at Huyck Preserve is for middle school and junior high school students interested in exploring the natural world through hands on research.
New in 2016!
Natural History Day Program will be offered as 1 session for combined grades 6th through 10th.
About the program
The Natural History Day Program provides the opportunity for middle school and junior high school students to explore the Preserve's natural treasures and ecological concepts in an immersive hands-on format. Students spend lots of time hiking the Preserve's trails and frequently end the day swimming at the lake.
The week long program will introduce students to field investigations in such topics as forest, behavior, community, invasive, and aquatic ecology. Students will have opportunities to handle wildlife while learning techniques in field research, previous years programs have included:
The week includes a short research project done in teams in which students will pick a topic to study, collect data, analyze their data, then present their results in a poster to their classmates. Previous year's student projects have included:
Students are also given the opportunity to participate in the MAPS banding station at the Preserve, which is a citizen science research effort that monitors the health, breeding status, and populations of birds at the Preserve. This provides a unique experience as students are taught the proper technique for handling songbirds and given a rare up-close chance to measure and hold birds.
If you have questions about the program or application, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 518-797-3440
To sign up for an education program, please follow the instructions on this page. Application forms must be submitted by mail or email or completed on the first day of the program.
How to Apply
To apply online: apply online using our secure website via the link at the upper right of this page
To apply by mail: download the application using the link at at the upper right of this page, or stop by the Preserve to obtain a printed copy of the application. Submit the completed application by mail or drop it off at the Preserve.
Applications are not completed until Payment is received.
Natural History Day Program for either age group is $200 for Preserve Members and $250 for Non-members. Programs can be paid for by check or cash in person at the Preserve, or by credit or debit card online. To pay for a program online, add the item to the right to your cart.
Financial Assistance: No family should be discouraged from applying to the Natural History Day Program because of lack of funds. We welcome a broad cross section of students interested in ecological research and can offer financial assistance to interested students. Please contact the Preserve office directly for information on scholarships.
Please note: To account for online processing fees, online program prices include an approximately 3% price increase. Payments by check or cash in person or by mail at the Preserve are not charged this fee.
Natural History Day Program
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This item is for paying for one space for one child for the Natural History Day Program. Please be sure to include the STUDENT's name in the box in the options below.
To complete your child's registration you MUST complete the enrollment form, available on our website.