Environmental Literacy & Stewardship Programs

At School or Nature Center

Our Environmental Literacy programs can be conducted here at the Nature Center or a location like a school, church, etc. These programs focus on our human connection to the natural world through sustainability education, lessons from native cultures, civic role playing, service projects, and the use of science in nature.

Plant Kingdom Programs

Preschool – Grade 1

This program introduces students to the basic identification of plants by discussing the stem, roots, and petals.  Using various plant specimens and hands- on displays we also discuss the life cycle of how plants grow and investigate how simple characteristics show how diverse plants can be.

  • CT science standards PK2, K2, K3, 1.2, 1.3/ NY Living Environment 1.1, 2.2, 3.1, 4.1, 6.1

Grades 2 – 4

What do plants eat? How is a plant like a food factory? How do plants protect themselves? Learn the answers to these and other questions by seeing, touching, and smelling plants. This program focuses on the value of plants and how they are Fantastic!

  • CT science standards 2.2, 3.2, 4.2/ NY Living Environment 1.1, 2.2, 3.1, 4.1, 6

Grades 5 – 8

Did you know plants can defend themselves? Plants can also bring trees and houses down! This program takes a deeper look at common and invasive plants by discussing photosynthesis, demonstrating seed dispersal, and examining edible plants we have in our area!

  • CT science standards 6.2, 6.3/ NY living Environment 1.1, 5.1, 6.1, 6.2

Sustainable Education Programs

Grades 3 – 7

Learn how wildlife interacts with each other and the balance with humans. By discussing certain ecosystems with the use of activities and live animals we can help reinforce the roles various organisms play in the natural world.

  • CT science standards 4.2, 6.2/ NY living Environment 3.1, 6.1, 7.1

Grades 4 – 7

Changing our everyday habits by just one small step can help provide food for wildlife. By leaving certain "weeds" we can maintain our local bee population. This program looks at how we can affect our local habitats in a different positive ways other than learning to recycle.

  • CT science standards 4.2, 4.3, 6.2, 6.4/ NY Living Environment 7.1, 7.2

Grades 5 – 9

This program focuses on the earth system as a whole and the role humans' play. Humans are at the top of any food chain that we wish and we possess the ability to alter or enhance our natural world. The use of real world issues and discussions will help reinforce the positive effect we can have on the earth!

  • CT science standards 6.2, 6.4/ CT social studies standards 1.5/ NY Living Environment 7.1, 7.2

Earth & Water Programs

Grades 2 – 4

The Earth is over 70% water but how much can we actually use? Is the earth making new water or recycling it? This fun program helps students learn about the journey a drop of water can take from its start in the clouds to its travels in a stream and back again.

  • CT science standards 2.1, 3.4, 4.3/ NY Living Environment 2.1

Grades 3 – 5

Rocks and Minerals are the foundation of where we live! Students will learn the difference between sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks through hands on identification, scratch tests, and other useful experiments. If you visit our center, groups can take a tour through our Rock House.

  • CT science standards 3.1, 3.3, 4.3/ NY Physical Setting 3.1, 3.2

Grades 4 – 7

What does this mean? It means that we are all connected to each other by what we do to our water! This program focuses on the definition of and the constructing of a watershed to reinforce the concept. Students will also learn about the local watershed they live in and ways they can keep it clean and healthy.

  • CT science standards 4.3, 6.2, 6.4, 7.3/ NY Physical Setting 2.1