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Learning to Observe

06 Nov 2017, Posted by Davnet Schaffer in Early Childhood, Nature Preschool

Last year, while taking respite from a particularly bustling day, I felt envious watching the musicians who were not actively playing during a performance at the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra. They were at attention, reverently counting bars, yet somehow also in peaceful repose. Listening, reflecting…

New Upstairs Early Childhood Classroom at DPNC

27 Sep 2017, Posted by Davnet Schaffer in Early Childhood

Early childhood programs at DPNC have been the acorn in the “acorn to oak” for decades. They have long been the cornerstone of our environmental programs, inspiring an expansion into a formalized preschool in 2006 and providing generations of children with natural childhoods full of…

In Between is Living

07 Apr 2017, Posted by Davnet Schaffer in Animals, Early Childhood, Nature Preschool

As early childhood educators we are tasked with addressing not just the joyful parts of a child’s life, but also the more difficult. As naturalists we also have a healthy understanding of the circle of life.  Some animals have distressingly short lifespans, from 2 years…

Meet… Al Brown

04 Jan 2017, Posted by Cassandra in Staff Spotlight

Al took a few minutes recently to answer some questions for us! Age? 69 Hometown? Groton Where were you born and raised? I was born in Glasgow, Scotland. I grew up in Groton Heights. Education/degrees? I have my BS in Geology, Oregon State. I have my Masters in GIS…

Meet … Lori Edwards

18 Nov 2016, Posted by Cassandra in Staff Spotlight

Lori Edwards is one of the Nature Center’s most beloved preschool teachers, but she is perhaps most famous as Mr. Wiggles’ “Mom.” Mr. Wiggles, as most folks know, was a Virginia opossum that was orphaned as an infant and hand-raised by Lori. He grew quite…

Volunteer Spotlight: Mike & Dori Charnetski

26 Oct 2016, Posted by Cassandra in Volunteer Spotlight

Name: Mike and Dori Charnetski Town of Residence: North Stonington What’s your ‘real’ job: Mike: Aquarion Water Co. Dori: Stonington Public Schools What do you do as a DPNC volunteer? Animal Care every Monday and every other Tuesday, Animal Care laundry weekly, monthly enclosure cleaning…