Animal Adaptations


Every animal has special features which help it to survive. Together we explore the physical and behavioral attributes of birds, mammals, and insects.  Students participate in experiments, view mounted specimens, examine natural history artifacts, and engage in unique activities!  (This half-day class may be combined with another, to create a full-day trip to the Conservancy!)

In Your Classroom: $120 per class up to 24 students plus a $10 Travel & Transportation fee per class
At the Conservancy: $8 per person ($80 minimum per class) 


For more information or for reservations contact: Tcontacting Linda Oltman, Environmental Education Coordinator, at (610) 287-9383 or

What the students are saying:
            I learned so many new things today!  I really liked to touch the animals.  I also liked to play the games, it was really fun!  I think the watershed is the best place to go in the whole wide world! 
            3rd Grade Student, EMC Elementary School                                        


What the teachers are saying:
            Wonderful program - the students were focused the entire time! 
            3rd Grade Teacher, Grasse Elementary School

PDE Academic Standards covered by this lesson include:
3.2.7A: Answer “What if” questions based on observation, inference or prior knowledge or experience.
3.3.4.A: Know the similarities and differences of living things.
· Identify life processes of living things (e.g., growth, digestion, react to environment).
· Know that some organisms have similar external characteristics (e.g., anatomical characteristics; appendages, type of covering, body segments) and that similarities and differences are related to environmental habitat.
· Describe basic needs of plants and animals.
3.3.7A: Account for adaptations among organisms that live in a particular environment.
3.3.7D: Identify adaptations that allow organisms to survive in their environment.
4.1.7.C: Explain the effects of water on the life of organisms in a watershed.
· Explain how water is necessary for all life.
· Explain how the physical components of aquatic systems influence the organisms that live there in terms of size, shape and physical adaptations.
4.6.7.A: Describe and explain the adaptations of plants and animals to their environment.
4.7.7.A: Identify adaptations in plants and animals.
· Recognize that adaptations are developed over long periods of time and are passed on from one generation to the next.
4.7.7.B: Explain how species of living organisms adapt to their environment.
· Explain the role of individual variations in natural selection.
· Explain how an adaptation is an inherited structure or behavior that helps an organism survive and reproduce.