1660 Route 25A • Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724

Scout Programs

Virtual “Field Trips” are now available through Zoom and Google Meet!  Click the virtual tab below for more information.

The Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium is a great place for Scout groups to visit. Please check back frequently as new programs are being developed. Don’t see a program you are looking for? Contact the education staff and we will gladly work with you to develop a program to fit the needs of your group.

Please contact Krissy at (516) 692-6768 or krissyf@cshfishhatchery.org to schedule your program. Or tell us about your group and we will contact you to schedule a program.

Group Visit Request Form: Click here
Email: krissyf@cshfishhatchery.org | Fax: (516) 692-6769

Daisy Girl Scouts

5 Flowers, 4 Stories 3 Cheers for Animals!
Daisies can work toward their Birdbath Award as they tour through the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium. Through live animal encounters, and feeding the hungry trout, they will learn where these animals live, what they eat, what sounds they make, and how we take care of them.
1 hour $60 for up to 12 people, $5 per additional person

Brownie Girl Scouts

WOW! Wonders of Water
A tour through the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium will give Brownies an opportunity to view natural exhibits and learn about the aquatic habitats found in their communities. They will discover animals living in these habitats through close encounters with fishes, reptiles and amphibians.
1 hour $60 for up to 12 people, $5 per additional person

Looking to enhance your experience at CSHFHA? Choose one of the following additional 30 minute activities:
Life Cycles in Nature: Meet baby turtles, learn how a tadpole turns into a frog, and view fish in all stages of their life cycle.
Animal Adaptations: Learn about the amazing adaptations that aquatic animals have to help them survive in the wild.
Journey Through the Water Cycle: Take an incredible journey through the water cycle and learn where the water you drink today will end up tomorrow.
Water Wonders: Learn about the amazing properties of water through hands-on challenges.
Additional Cost: $36 for up to 12 people, $3 per additional person

Junior Girl Scouts

Get Moving!
Use your own energy to take a journey through the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium. Discover how animals conserve energy, and how they use energy to move, communicate and find food.
1 hour $60 for up to 12 people, $5 per additional person

Looking to enhance your experience at CSHFHA? Choose one of the following additional 30 minute activities:
Artesian Wells: Learn how artesian wells work and how the Hatchery relies on them to supply water to our trout ponds.
Energy Audit: Find out how the Hatchery & Aquarium uses a geothermal system to heat and cool the Fairchild Exhibit Building. Complete an energy audit.
Additional Cost: $36 for up to 12 people, $3 per additional person

Cadette Girl Scouts

Breathe
Become aware of the air around you. Take a tour of the Hatchery & Aquarium and learn how aquatic animals breathe, smell and use sounds to communicate.
1 hour $60 for up to 12 people, $5 per additional person

For All Girl Scouts

I Fish NY
Girl Scouts will learn about the importance of New York State’s fisheries as they tour the fish hatchery. They will also learn how to rig their own fishing rod before trying to catch a fish of their own! Girl Scouts will have a choice of taking their catch home for dinner or releasing it back into its habitat.
1.5 hour $150 for up to 12 fisherpeople, $8 per additional fisherperson, adults not fishing are free of charge

Hatchery & Aquarium Tour
Through live animal encounters and feeding the hungry trout, scouts will learn about the aquatic animals that live in their communities.  Available topics include: Aquatic Habitats, Life Cycles in Nature, Adaptations, or a General Tour.
$60 for up to 12 people, $5 per additional person
1-hour program

 Group Rate
A group rate is available for scouting groups that wish to visit us, but do not want a guided program.
$1 discount off general admission, 15 person minimum
Groups of less than 15 people will pay general admission prices. Must be scheduled in advance.

 Take a Hike!
Coordinate your visit with a hike through the neighboring St. John’s Pond Preserve.  Or head over to the Cold Spring Harbor State Park to hike on the northern trailhead of the Nassau Suffolk Greenbelt Trail, located approximately ½ mile from the Hatchery.

 

Seasonal Programs

Pond Life
Observing specimens collected from our Spring Pond, scouts study the interdependence of all living organisms in the food web. Samples from the pond will be examined upon collection and under our microscope in the classroom.
1 hour $75 for up to 12 people, $6 per additional person
*Recommended for Juniors through Ambassadors.
Available mid-April through October.

Freshwater Ecology
Girl Scouts will explore and compare the inhabitants and characteristics of two freshwater ponds. After observing specimens from our Spring Pond, scouts will hike a nature trail and use dip nets, a seine, and buckets to actively investigate the animals and plants that live and interact in another aquatic site. Be prepared to get wet and muddy!
2 hours $100 for up to 12 people, $8 per additional person
*Recommended for Juniors through Ambassadors.
Available mid-April through October.

Scheduling

Contact Krissy at krissyf@cshfishhatchery.org or (516) 692-6768.  Unless otherwise noted, programs can be scheduled 7 days a week with an earliest start time of 10am. All programs must be completed by 5pm.

Want our education staff to contact you?  Tell us about your group by submitting a group visit request form.

To schedule a program:

Contact Krissy at krissyf@cshfishhatchery.org or (516) 692-6768.  Unless otherwise noted, programs can be scheduled 7 days a week. Earliest start time is 10am. All programs must be completed by 5pm.

Want our education staff to contact you?  Tell us about your group by submitting a group visit request form.

Tiger Scouts

Tigers in the Wild · Animal Encounter
Tiger Scouts will discover the secret world of aquatic life as they explore the Hatchery & Aquarium.  They will have an opportunity to meet animals up close and feed the hungry trout.
Completes requirements #7 of the “Tigers in the Wild” adventure.
$60 for up to 12 people, $5 per additional person
1-hour program

 Tigers in the Wild · Nature Hike
Tiger Scouts will learn how to use their 5 senses to discover plants and animals all around them before completing a scavenger hunt as they hike through a local preserve.
Completes requirements #4 & #6 of the “Tigers in the Wild” adventure.
$60 for up to 12 people, $5 per additional person
1-hour program

Wolf Scouts

Finding Your Way
Wolf Scouts
will learn how to use a map and compass to navigate before taking a hike in a local preserve.
Completes requirements #2-4 of the “Finding Your Way” adventure.
$100 for up to 12 people, $8 per additional person
1½-hour program

Bear Scouts

Furs, Feathers & Ferns · Animal Encounter
Bear Scouts will receive a close encounter with New York native aquatic wildlife as they tour the Hatchery & Aquarium.  They will learn which animals are endangered and how we can work together to protect the animals that surround us.
Completes requirements #2-3 of the “Furs, Feathers & Ferns” adventure.
$60 for up to 12 people, $5 per additional person
1-hour program

Furs, Feathers & Ferns · Nature Hike
Bear Scouts will complete a scavenger hunt as they take a short hike through a local preserve.  Studying plants through a magnifying lens and observing wildlife from a distance will give scouts a better understanding of the natural wonders all around us.
Completes requirements #1 and #4-5 of the “Furs, Feathers & Ferns” adventure.
$60 for up to 12 people, $5 per additional person
1-hour program

A Bear Goes Fishing
Bear Scouts will learn fishing techniques and about local freshwater fish and fishing regulations before trying to catch a fish of their own!  Scouts will have a choice of taking their catch home for dinner or releasing it back into its habitat.
Completes the “A Bear Goes Fishing” adventure.
$150 for up to 12 fisherpeople, $8 per additional fisherperson, adults not fishing are free of charge
1½-hour program

Webelos Scouts

Into the Wild
Webelos Scouts will explore and compare the inhabitants of two freshwater ponds.  After observing specimens from our Spring Pond, scouts will hike a nature trail and use nets to actively investigate the animals that live and interact in another aquatic site.  Be prepared to get wet and muddy!
Completes the “Into the Wild” adventure.
$100 for up to 12 people, $8 per additional person
2-hour program, must start no later than 3pm
Seasonally available mid-April through October

 Into the Woods
Webelos Scouts will venture into the woods to learn how trees and plants play an important role in nature and for people.
Completes requirements #1-3 and #5-7 of the “Into the Woods” adventure.
$60 for up to 12 people, $5 per additional person
1-hour program

All Cub Scouts

Hatchery & Aquarium Tour
Through live animal encounters and feeding the hungry trout, scouts will learn about the aquatic animals that live in their communities.  Available topics include: Aquatic Habitats, Life Cycles in Nature, Adaptations, or a General Tour.
$60 for up to 12 people, $5 per additional person
1-hour program

 Group Rate
A group rate is available for scouting groups that wish to visit us, but do not want a guided program.
$1 discount off general admission, 15 person minimum
Groups of less than 15 people will pay general admission prices. Must be scheduled in advance.

 Take a Hike!
Coordinate your visit with a hike through the neighboring St. John’s Pond Preserve.  Or head over to the Cold Spring Harbor State Park to hike on the northern trailhead of the Nassau Suffolk Greenbelt Trail, located approximately ½ mile from the Hatchery.

Scouts BSA

Many of the educational programs offered at the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium are great for Scouts BSA already working on a merit badge.  During these programs, scouts can learn about fishes, reptiles, amphibians and aquatic invertebrates — all native to New York State.

Reptiles & Amphibians
With the largest living collection of native reptiles and amphibians in New York State, the Hatchery is uniquely prepared to educate scouts on these fascinating creatures.  Learn where these animals live, what they consume, how they protect themselves, and why many species are endangered.  Scouts will be able to get up close and personal with a variety of amazing creatures.
$60 for up to 12 people, $5 per additional person
1-hour program

Aquaculture
Hatcheries are vital to the management of our aquatic resources.  Scouts are introduced to the inner workings of the fish hatchery, how we keep fish disease free, how we use natural artesian well water to minimize consumption, and how fish are collected and delivered safely to their new homes.  Scouts will be able to tour the trout ponds and have an opportunity to feed the hungry trout.
$60 for up to 12 people, $5 per additional person
1-hour program

 Hatchery & Aquarium Tour
Through live animal encounters and feeding the hungry trout, scouts will learn about the aquatic animals that live in their communities.
$60 for up to 12 people, $5 per additional person
1-hour program

Freshwater Ecology
Explore and compare the inhabitants and characteristics of two freshwater ponds.  After observing specimens from our Spring Pond, students will hike a nature trail and use dip nets, seines and buckets to actively investigate the animals and plants that live and interact in another aquatic site.  Be prepared to get wet and muddy!  Old shoes and clothes are necessary.
$100 for up to 12 people, $8 per additional person
2-hour program

 Pond Life
Observing specimens collected from our Spring Pond, scouts study the concepts of predator-prey and producer-consumer relationships, as well as the interdependence of all living organisms in the food web.  Samples from the pond will be examined upon collection and under our microscope in the classroom.
$75 for up to 12 people, $6 per additional person
1-hour program

 Group Rate
A group rate is available for scouting groups that wish to visit us, but do not want a guided program.  For groups with a minimum of 15 people.
$1 discount off general admission
*Groups of less than 15 people will pay general admission prices.  Must be scheduled in advance.

 

Which program do you recommend?

Are you working on a merit badge?  Visit the Fish Hatchery to gain the knowledge needed to fulfill your merit badge requirements.  The below list is a guideline to how some of our educational programs can help you achieve your merit badge.  Working on a specific requirement not listed below?  Contact the Hatchery to setup a custom program for your troop.

I am working on the Fish and Wildlife Management merit badge…
Participate in the Aquaculture program to learn about the inner workings of the Hatchery and why hatcheries are vital to the management of the native fish populations.  Watch the wildlife around the Hatchery and let our exhibit animals teach you about local aquatic animals during the Hatchery & Aquarium Tour and Reptiles & Amphibians programs.  During the Freshwater Ecology program we are sure to find wildlife as we hike through the preserve to Franklin’s Pond, where we will use nets to collect aquatic animals.

I am working on the Reptile and Amphibian Study merit badge…
What better way to learn about these animals than to visit the largest living collection of reptiles and amphibians in New York State?  The Reptiles & Amphibians tour will give you an opportunity to have a close encounter with many of the aquatic turtles, snakes, frogs and salamanders that live in New York.  Want to learn about freshwater fish also?  Let one of our educators guide you on a Hatchery & Aquarium Tour.

I am working on the Nature merit badge…
Learn about the fishes, reptiles and amphibians that live in New York State during a Hatchery & Aquarium Tour or Reptiles & Amphibians program.  See birds and small mammals around the Hatchery.  Collect the aquatic insects eaten by fish and other animals during a Pond Life or Freshwater Ecology program.  The Freshwater Ecology program will also take you on a nature hike to Franklin’s Pond where we will use nets to collect macroinvertebrates and hopefully some fish and amphibians.

I am working on the Insect Study merit badge…
Search through samples of pond water or hike to a nearby pond to get an up close look at various species of aquatic insects during our Pond Life and Freshwater Ecology programs.

Take a Hike!
Coordinate your visit with a hike through the neighboring St. John’s Pond Preserve.  Or head over to the Cold Spring Harbor State Park to hike on the northern trailhead of the Nassau Suffolk Greenbelt Trail, located approximately ½ mile from the Hatchery.

Let technology bring the Fish Hatchery to you!  Virtual field trips are now available through Zoom and Google Meet.  Small group sizes limited to one Troop or Den ensure the Scouts receive a personal and interactive experience.  Scouts will have many opportunities throughout the program to ask all of their unique questions.  Send us a virtual program request form and we will contact you to schedule a program.  Please contact Krissy at krissyf@cshfishhatchery.org or (516) 692-6768 for additional information.

If our Scouts are learning from one location, you can connect your computer to a TV or SMART board for everyone to see.  If they’re learning from home, they can connect individually through their personal computers.

*All programs are 40-minutes in length and cost $110 per Troop/Den

 

All Scout Groups

Animal Encounter
Pre-K through Adult
Want to learn more about New York’s native reptiles and amphibians?  Join us for a virtual “Field trip” to the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium.  See some of our animals up close and find out what makes these animals so special.  Available topics include: Fins & Jaws, Aquatic Habitats, Life Cycles in Nature, Adaptations, and Herpetology.

 

Girl Scouts

3 Cheers for Animals (Daisies)
An introduction to the reptiles and amphibians at the Fish Hatchery & Aquarium will help Daisies work toward their Birdbath Award.  Through an interactive live animal encounter, they will learn where these animals live, what they eat, what sounds they make, and how we take care of them.

WOW! Wonders of Water (Brownies)
Discover which reptiles and amphibians can be found living in your community and throughout New York State.  Learn about their habitats and what adaptations help them survive in the wild.

Get Moving! (Juniors)
Through a virtual animal encounter, you will discover how animals conserve energy, and how they use energy to move, communicate and find food.

Breathe (Cadettes)
Become aware of the air around you.  See some of our animals up close and learn how aquatic animals breathe, smell and use sounds to communicate.

 

Cub Scouts

Tigers in the Wild (Tiger Scouts)
Tiger Scouts will discover the secret world of aquatic life as they are introduced to the reptiles and amphibians that live at the Fish Hatchery.  They will have an opportunity to meet the animals up close through a virtual animal encounter.  Completes requirement #7 of the “Tigers in the Wild” adventure.

Furs, Feathers & Ferns (Bear Scouts)
Bear Scouts will receive a close encounter with New York native aquatic wildlife as they take a virtual “field trip” to the Fish Hatchery.  They will learn which animals are endangered and how we can work together to protect the animals that surround us.  Completes requirements #2-3 of the “Furs, Feathers & Ferns” adventure.

Scouts BSA

Many of our educational programs are great for Boy Scouts already working on a merit badge.  During these programs, Scouts can learn about fishes, reptiles, amphibians and aquatic invertebrates – all native to New York State.

Reptiles & Amphibians
With the largest living collection of native reptiles and amphibians in New Your State, the Hatchery is uniquely prepared to educate Scouts on these fascinating creatures.  Learn where these animals live, what they consume, how they protect themselves, and why many species are endangered.  Through a virtual setting, Scouts will be able to get up close and personal with a variety of amazing creatures.

Aquaculture/Egg Stripping
*Only available late October through mid-November.
*Program fee is $130 per Troop.

Witness one of the most fascinating aspects of aquaculture!  During this unique program, Hatchery staff will demonstrate the centuries-old technique of fish breeding: egg taking and fertilization.  Your Scouts will watch our staff fertilize trout eggs in one of our trout ponds, all while discussing trout breeding and the importance of trout hatcheries.

Add-on option: Want to further discuss trout egg development and how we care for the eggs?  With the help of pictures and video clips, we will discuss the timeline of egg development and learn what is necessary to raise trout from eggs to fingerlings.  

Pond Life
Did you know that many insects begin their life living underwater?  Or that there is an insect responsible for giving us chocolate?  Learn about the fascinating, and often overlooked, macroinvertebrates that live below the surface of a pond.  With the help of photographs, students will discover how their anatomy helps them survive, how they fit into a complex food web, and why they are so important to the ecosystem.

 

Which program do you recommend?  Are you working on a merit badge?  Schedule a virtual “field trip” to gain the knowledge needed to fulfill your merit badge requirements.  The below list is a guideline to how some of our educational programs can help you achieve your merit badge.  Working on a specific requirement not listed below?  Contact the Hatchery to discuss a custom program for your Troop.

I am working on the FISH AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT merit badge…
Participate in the Aquaculture/Egg Stripping program to learn about the inner workings of the Hatchery and why hatcheries are vital to the management of the native fish populations. Let our exhibit animals teach you about local aquatic animals during a Reptiles & Amphibians program.

I am working on the REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN STUDY merit badge…
What better way to learn about these animals than to learn from the largest living collection of reptiles and amphibians in New York State? The Reptiles & Amphibians virtual program will give you an opportunity to have a close encounter with many of the aquatic turtles, frogs, salamanders, and possibly a snake, that live in New York.

I am working on the NATURE merit badge…
Learn about the reptiles and amphibians that live in New York State with a Reptiles & Amphibians program. Discover what aquatic insects are eaten by fish and other animals during a Pond Life program. Learn about the trout produced in our fish hatchery during the Aquaculture/Egg Stripping program.

I am working on the INSECT STUDY merit badge…
Discover what aquatic insects can be found living below the surface of an aquatic habitat. 

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Fish Sales

The Hatchery sells brook and rainbow trout for stocking purposes. If you are interested in purchasing trout, contact Steve DeSimone, Director, at (516) 692-6768. Trout pricing and delivery charges are subject to change. Please contact the Hatchery for the most up to date pricing. We’ll deliver a few dozen for backyard ponds or hundreds for sportsmen clubs. Place your orders early to ensure your preferred delivery date.

Where are the fish stocked?
Fish are stocked all over Long Island and eastern New York and as far north as the Adirondacks.
What time of year are fish stocked?
We stock fish year round, but mostly in the spring and fall due to cooler temperatures. The warmer weather in July and August is more stressful for the trout and makes it more difficult to transport them.
What type of pond is ideal for trout?
Trout require cold, highly oxygenated water (50-65°F), but can tolerate temperatures up to 70°F for short periods of time.
What type of trout do you sell?
We currently sell rainbow and brook trout
Where do the eggs come from?
We take our own brook trout eggs from on-site broodstock.
What size fish do you stock?
The majority of the fish we stock range from 10"-18" brook and rainbow trout.
Where does the water come?
The water comes from spring water and six artesian wells. We get 50-75 gallons per minute of spring water from the Upper Spring Pond and 325 gallons per minutes of well water. This water is at a constant 52°F all year long. No pumps are used to move water through the Hatchery. The springs and artesian wells flow naturally from underground pressure and a slight pitch on the Hatchery grounds allows water to flow freely through the trout ponds.
What about New York State Disease Inspections?
The Hatchery has not tested positive for any certifiable diseases.