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Science Outreach

Colgate's Robert H. N. Ho Science Center does significant outreach with school groups from throughout central New York during the year.
To schedule a field trip or to find out more information about Colgate's Science Outreach program, please e-mail to or call 315-228-6125.

Groups are limited to no more than 50 students per visit.

Contact Information

Science outreach outdoor program
Jodi McNamara
Science Outreach Coordinator
Office Hours
(Mon -Fri 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM)

Joe Eakin
Sr. Vis Lab Designer & Technician
Science Outreach Manager
408 Ho Science Center

Local schoolchildren mesmerized by fluorescent mineral display
Students touring the Colgate Greenhouse

Students perform hands-on activities in the Ho Tung Visualization Laboratory, the greenhouse, Linsley Geology Museum, and other areas of the Ho Science Center.


Students observe the night sky in the Ho Tung Visualization Lab

Ho Tung Visualization Laboratory and Planetarium

The state-of-the-art 55-seat digital theater has the ability to display the sky showing planets, constellations, and other astronomical objects as well as immerse the audience in a full-dome experience like no other.
Visualization Lab
The Robert M. Linsley Geology Museum

Robert M. Linsley Geology Museum

The Robert M. Linsley Geology Museum exhibits minerals, rocks, and fossils, highlighting the beauty and wonder of these objects while also informing visitors about how geologists study the Earth. Threaded throughout the museum is a specific focus on what we know about New York State's geologic past.
Geology Museum
Plants in the Colgate greenhouse

The Colgate Greenhouse

Our state-of-the-art greenhouse houses an extensive collection that consists of approximately 1000 species. It includes ferns, orchids, cycads, cactus/succulents, bromeliads/epiphytes, plants of economic importance, and flowering vines in approximately 1800 sq. ft. under glass.

Activities and Demonstrations

Below is a list of activities the science outreach center offers to school groups. They are based on grade level and are aligned to New York state learning standards.
Grades Pre K–1
Solar System, a night sky talk

Grades 1–2
Solar System/The Changing Earth: A look at the night sky; Linsley Geology Museum scavenger hunt

Grades 2–4
Solar System: A look at the night sky; meteorites show and tell

Grades 3–4
Energy: Van der Graaf generator
Science outreach outdoor program
Grades 5–6
Evolution: Paleontological dig; Linsley Geology Museum fossil scavenger hunt

Solar System: Make a comet; night sky talk; meteorite display/Linsley Geology Museum

Forces: Volcanology

Grades 7+
Evolution: paleontological dig; Linsley Geology Museum 

Solar System: night sky talk; meteorite display/Linsley Geology Museum

Plant/The Changing Earth/Matter: 
greenhouse tour/make cytoplasm; Linsley Geology Museum

Energy: Van der Graaf generator

Useful Links

Space & Science Centers, Astronomy Resources