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Opportunities to apply math, science and technology concepts to real-world settings abound for your students at the Genesee Country Village & Museum. In the historic village, our farm animals and gardens define a human-modified ecosystem ready for your students’ analysis, and our large variety of buildings made of logs, cobblestone, brick or wood framing can be the subject of engineering studies. Our collection represents an impressive array of technologies, from lighting and heating devices to ceramics and vehicles, all of which were invented to satisfy human needs. Machines, from levers to looms, are at work and ready for investigation at nearly every turn.
The 175-acre Genesee Country Nature Center is an outdoor laboratory for biology, ecology, geology and environmental studies. We offer naturalist-guided walks and a variety of outdoor science programs, structured to foster your students’ individual explora- tion and discovery.
The John L. Wehle Gallery offers one of the best privately held collections of historic clothing in the country plus extraordinary wildlife and sporting art that spans four centuries.
NYS Learning Standards:
MST1: Analysis, Inquiry and Design
MST2: Information Systems
MST6: Interconnectedness: Common Themes
MST7: Interdisciplinary Problem Solving
Nature Walk (Grades 1-12)
After a brief introduction, students will walk through various habitats to observe and learn about natural communities, plant and animal populations and geology of the Genesee Country. Walks may be either general or focused on a particular theme at your request.
Insects and Their Relatives (Grades 3-12)
This program provides an opportunity to study insects and related invertebrates up close. Topics include characteristics of insect and arthropod biology, insect life cycles, and beneficial and harmful insects. Live specimens are available for study, and your students have the opportunity to observe, collect and safely release insects in the wild.
Introduction to Flowering Plants (Grades 3-12)
Students learn about different kinds of angiosperms (flowering plants), their anatomy, reproduction and role in the world’s ecosystems. On this naturalist-led hike, you and your students will take a seasonal look at the typical Genesee Country flowering plants, including wildflowers, trees, shrubs, vines and grasses. In the fall, the walk emphasizes fruits, nuts, seeds and seed-dispersal mechanisms. In the spring, the focus is on flowers and pollination and, in winter, the emphasis is on cold-weather survival adaptations of plants.
Wild Winter Quest (Grades K-12)
Students will explore the winter woods to look for animal tracks and signs, discover animal and plant winter survival adaptations, and the mysteries of hibernation. Program fee includes snack with hot beverage and choice of live animal show, snowshoeing trek, or outdoor winter games.
Can't make it to the museum? Let us bring our “Moveable Museum” programs to you. These learning experiences are excellent on their own or as a pre- or post-visit experience to enhance the lessons of your field trip.
Museum educators bring touchable, usable objects to your classroom in connection with standards-relevant themed programs specially designed to fit with your curriculum. Programs are designed for small class-sized groups and last 45-60 minutes.
GCVM is open 10 am-4 pm Tues.-Sun.
Closed Mondays except for May 27, Sept. 2 & Oct. 14