Through the Seasons
Animals and plants adapt to seasonal changes. Depending on the season of your program, we will learn how animals prepare for hibernation, how plants sprout, or how animals migrate.
Ecosystems include live plants and animals as well as non living components such as soil, air and water. Take a close look at some of Connecticut’s ecosystems, their food webs and how those ecosystems change over time.
Long Island Sound Study
In-class – Learn about the creatures that inhabit Long Island Sound and why estuaries are some of the most ecologically productive places on Earth. Field Study – Spend time on the shores of Long Island Sound at Bluff Point, Barn Island or a shore location near you. Test the water and use seine and dip nets to capture a wide array of fish and invertebrates.
Collect and observe different specimens from our on-site pond or yours. Use nets to go ‘Pond-Dipping’ and discover who lives in the pond. Learn about unique pond animals such as fish, frogs and aquatic insects.
Protecting the entire watershed is critical to maintaining healthy water sources for people and wildlife. Students will learn to identify their local watersheds, use the Enviroscape model to see how pollutants can travel through the watershed and learn ways to help protect it. On field trips students will explore the different areas of the Pequotsepos watershed.
Visit the Giving Garden and surrounding habitats to explore techniques for growing fruit and vegetables with activities involving plant life cycles, soil and pest control.
Cultural History of the Land
Land shapes our culture and history. Learn how the Coogan Farm landscape influenced the people who lived and worked there by examining foundations, stonewalls, watersheds and more.
Learning the basic techniques of scientific illustration students gain an appreciation for the beauty and adaptations of our local plant and animal species.
Learn how nature has influenced design and, using simple materials, build and test designs inspired by the environment.
Create your own program
Are you looking for something not listed above? We are flexible with our programming and can design a program to suit your specific needs. Programs can include gardening, amphibians, reptiles, tracking, orienteering, bats, endangered species, wildflowers, mammals, trees, and many other natural science topics.