Do you know the state animal of NY? It's the beaver. A baby beaver is a kitten. I present the obligatory kitten picture for online posting. See the smile? He must have seen Around the World in 80 Days at Arizona Theatre Company.
Take a track guide with students on hikes around the school. Fun alternative to free recess and kids love it! Also check with local Game and Fish Dep't. They often have miniature pocket guides that can be laminated.