1660 Route 25A • Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724

Scout Programs

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 to schedule your program. Or tell us about your group and we will contact you to schedule a program.

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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 participants, $5 for each additional participant, 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.

$3 per person for groups with children ages 3-12 years, $5 for groups with children ages 13+ years, minimum of 15 people, groups of less than 15 people will pay general admission prices, must be scheduled in advance

Tiger Scouts Tour

Electives #31 & #42

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.
1 hour $60 for up to 12 people, $5 per additional person.
Sharing Your World with Wildlife Bear

Scouts Achievement #5
Tour the Hatchery & Aquarium to discover how people share their world with wildlife, and how we can
work together to protect the animals that surround us. Build a bird house to take home to their own
backyards. Sharing Your World with Wildlife is part of the World Conservation Award. 1 1/2 hours
$125 for up to 12 people, $8 per additional person

Naturalist Badge

Webelos Scouts

Webelos 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 $50
deposit required to book program

Available mid-April through October
1-hour option available

Fishing Programs

Fishing Belt Loop or Wolf Scouts Elective #19
Cub Scouts will learn local fishing regulations before they rig their own fishing rod and try 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. 1 hour $150 for up to 12 participants, $8 for each additional participant. Adults not fishing are
free.
Programs can start between 3:30pm & 4pm.

Hatchery & Aquarium Tour

All Scouts

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. 1 hour
$60 for up to 12 people, $5 per additional person

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.
$3 per person for groups with children ages 3-12. $5 per person for groups with children ages 13+.
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 1/2 mile from the Hatchery.

To schedule a program:

Contact Krissy at fisheducator@cshfha.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.

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.

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 1 /2 hour $150 for up to 12 fisherpeople, $8 per additional fisherperson, adults not fishing are free of charge *Programs can be scheduled for 3pm or 3:30pm start times. No weekend programs June through August.

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. 1 hour $60 for up to 12 people, $5 per additional person

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 1 /2 mile from the Hatchery.

Scheduling

Contact Krissy at fisheducator@cshfha.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.

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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.