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Educational Activites

Welcome to the educational activities page. Each one of the eight Discovery Trail sites have posted an activity that you and your family can do at home and another activity to try while you are visiting the site.

From the History Center:

family treeMy Family Tree:  Many of you have probably read some or all of the "Little House on the Prairie" book series.  You know that Laura Ingalls and her family lived out West, but did you know that her family had their "roots" back here in New York State?

From the Johnson Museum of Art:

art trekArt Trek:  STOP, LOOK, AND WONDER TOUR OF THE JOHNSON MUSEUM For families with young children ages 3-7. The activity cards in this pack are a way for you and your child to explore the Museum together and to learn more about the art in our collection.

From the Museum of the Earth:

earth detectivesMuseum of the Earth Detectives:  Dinosaurs, fossils, and skeletons!

From the Sciencenter:

draft detective Draft Detective (part 1):  Create a Draft Catcher. As a draft detective you can make a simple device to detect drafts around the house. Once you put together a simple draft catcher, watch to see if the tissue paper flutters, indicating air flow and a draft. This device is easy to make and can be decorated however you’d like!

draft detective Draft Detective (part 2):  Create A Draft Stopper. Now that you have made a draft catcher to detect where drafts are entering your house, use these simple plans to make a fabric draft stopper for the bottoms of doors or windowsills. Kids can then decorate the draft catcher as an animal or other fun creature.

Sustainability Scavenger Hunt:  Sustainability at the Sciencenter. The word sustainability refers to living within our limits. This often means making choices that are better for the environment and better for us. Next time you visit the Sciencenter use this scavenger hunt to explore how we are making sustainable choices for our electricity, waste, and exhibits.

From the Tompkins County Public Library:

library detective Be a Library Detective:  Use the clues below to discover all the great things you can find at your library! You can always ask for help from a library staff person – we are here to help! Do it by yourself or with a friend or family member!

Basic Guide to the Dewey Decimal System for Non-Fiction Books:  By using the Dewey Decimal Numbers and their subjects, see if you can match the titles of these books with their section of the Dewey Decimal System!

From the Cayuga Nature Center:

under logs and rocks What's Living Under the Logs and Rocks?  How many can you find?

From the Cornell Botanic Gardens:

bontanic gardens Botanic Gardens at home activity:  Nature Printing at home
Create your own beautiful cards, wrapping paper and/or pictures using nature printing techniques! Using leaf inspired designs, learn how to imprint the exquisite patterns of leaf veins onto paper with block printing inks! This is so much fun for all ages.

Botanic Gardens on-site activity:  Vote for your favorite tree while visiting Cornell Botanic Gardens Arboretum! Using a marked map locate the 5 trees we think are special and tell us which one you like best and why!

From the Lab of Ornithology:

lab of ornithology Explore the World of Birds: Study the birds found in your city or rural neighborhood. Set up a feeder area and count the birds you find there.

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