Ecosystems (Choose Rainforest, River, or Forest) STEM Class

by  Long Island Science Center

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Ecosystems – Choose from 3 themes 

Rainforest Ecosystems: Take a journey through a tropical rainforest to discover this unique ecosystem and its effect on the world. Students will learn about forest layers, animals, plants, and products using a variety of unusual and rare materials shown. A slideshow of photos of the Amazon and Australian rainforests emphasize the importance of this resource. 

River Ecosystems: Using water samples from your local source, students assess water quality and discuss the negative effect of various environmental factors on rivers. Students learn about the plants and animals that make up a river environment and their interdependence. Students design food chains and food webs for greater clarity and understanding of this delicate ecosystem.  

Forest Ecosystems: Students view slides, observe plant specimens, and conduct a pH test on soil.  They discover the healthy role of fire in maintaining one of our local endangered forest ecosystem of the Pine Barrens, as well as the role that the Pine Barrens plays in maintaining the Long Island water source, our aquifer.  This program features natural and social science topics with a specific emphasis on Long Island, its people, and its landscape. 

All classes can be conducted in both English and Spanish.

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About This Program


Point to Point: $225.00

This program includes a mailed project materials kit, please allow time for standard mail delivery. Additional session booked for the same calendar day are discounted to $195. An amended version of this program without the in-class project is available for $150 per 30-45 minute session. Any booking of the program for the 2020-2021 school year done before September 30, 2020 will receive a 10% discount.


45-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Pre-K Students, Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8Public Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines


Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
ZoomWe can use the organizations platform of choice

Booking Information

Programs are available from 8am-7pm EST

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

If your plans change, please let us know as soon as possible. Cancellations made less than 4 weeks out from your reserved date will be subject to a 10% cancellation fee. Cancellations made less than 2 weeks out are subject to a 25% cancellation fee. Date rescheduling may be done up to 2 weeks before your reserved date. Rescheduling done less than 2 weeks before your date will be subject to a 10% rescheduling fee.

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Long Island Science Center

Riverhead, NY
United States

Today's students - tomorrow's innovators! The Long Island Science Center is a 501(c)3 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics)  Learning Museum with a mission to prepare young people for the challenges of a 21st century economy built on advanced technology and innovation. We have provided STEAM based programs to students in schools and libraries in the New York Area since 1995. Our programs have been delivered to more than 350,000 students.

We ignite curiosity, fuel creativity and unlock the passion for problem-solving and discovery with hands-on STEAM curricula, programs, and interactive experiences designed to cultivate future leaders and engaged citizens.

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Program Details


The program format varies based on the theme. You can expect that each will include:
1. A visual presentation of wither slides or materials found in the ecosystem
2. A discussion of what an ecosystem is and how it is affected by environmental factors
3. An experiment or project related to the ecosystem chosen


Objects vary by theme chosen but you can expect that each will include:
- developing an understanding of what an ecosystem is and how environmental factors affect it.
- understanding the interdependency of the flora and fauna within an ecosystem
- understanding how human activity affects ecosystems

Standards Alignment

National Standards

ESS2D 3-5 -- Weather and climate
ESS3A K-2 -- Natural resources
ESS3C 3-5 -- Human impacts on Earth systems
ESS3C 6-8 -- Human impacts on Earth systems
LS1A 3-5 -- Structure and function
LS1A K-2 -- Structure and function
LS1B 3-5 -- Growth and development of organisms
LS1B 6-8 -- Growth and development of organisms
LS1C 3-5 -- Organization for matter and energy flow in organisms
LS1C K-2 -- Organization for matter and energy flow in organisms
LS1D 3-5 -- Information Processing
LS1D K-2 -- Information Processing
LS2A 3-5 -- Interdependent relationships in ecosystems
LS2A 6-8 -- Interdependent relationships in ecosystems
LS2A K-2 -- Interdependent relationships in ecosystems
LS2B 3-5 -- Cycles of matter and engergy transfer in ecosystems
LS2B 6-8 -- Cycles of matter and engergy transfer in ecosystems
LS2C 3-5 -- Ecosystem dynamics, functioning, and resilience
LS2C 6-8 -- Ecosystem dynamics, functioning, and resilience
LS4C 3-5 -- Adaptation
LS4D 3-5 -- Biodiversity and humans
LS4D 6-8 -- Biodiversity and humans
LS4D K-2 -- Biodiversity and humans

State Standards

New York State
NGSS Learning Standards