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Education :: Course Descriptions


Program Duration: 45 minutes
Grade Level: 7th - 12th Grades
Availability: September to April

Adirondack Peeks
Did you know that the Adirondack Park is the largest publicly protected area in the contiguous United States, greater in size than Yellowstone, Everglades, Glacier, and Grand Canyon National Parks combined? How did this vast mountain range develop? How did logging, mining and the tourist industry affect the land and its inhabitants? Visit a fishing camp, get stuck in a log jam, and stare down one of New York’s largest land mammals.
NYS Standards: MST 4, 5; SS 1, 3, 4

How does a city grow from a small trading post to a thriving metropolis? How did people overcome early challenges in transportation, sanitation, housing and community relations? What issues do we still face today as the population continues to grow and technology evolves? Jump on the original A-Train and explore a variety of cultures in New York City, including an Asian storefront, a Hispanic barbershop and Harlem in the 1920’s. You cannot forget a visit to the original set from Sesame Street!
NYS Standards: SS 1, 3, 4, 5, 7

Native Peoples of New York
Take a journey into the past to meet the people who were the first inhabitants of New York. What kind of tools did they need to survive as hunters? What influence did the changing environment have on their way of life? Avoid an oncoming storm at the fishing village, then sit in a Mohawk Longhouse and listen while grandmother tells stories. Later you can examine the artwork of today's Native Peoples in the Governor's Collection of Contemporary Native American Crafts.
NYS Standards: SS 1, 3, 4

People of the Longhouse
Step into a full-size reconstruction of a section of a Mohawk longhouse and learn how this was not just a place to live, but also an important symbol of the Iroquois Confederacy.  Explore the varied responsibilities of the men, women and children who lived 500 years ago in an Iroquois village. What stereotypes about native cultures still linger? An object based presentation will engage students in exploring the time-tested values of this vibrant, still-thriving culture.     
NYS Standards: SS 1, 3, 4

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