Exploring in the woods is fun, exciting and provides endless opportunities to learn. The John Patrick Flanagan Trail Blazers program incorporates the best of adventure while meeting required state science standards. The Bridgeport Public School students participating in this unique program are largely from Title 1 schools where the majority of students qualify for free lunch. If this program did not exist, likely these students would only see nature through digital and printed media.
The Trail Blazers program brings students from the Bridgeport schools to the Society’s Center at Fairfield with the goal of provide them a safe and educational experience in nature. With 155 acres to explore at the Center at Fairfield, nature becomes more than a wooded lot; it becomes an experience. Children meet the inhabitants, like turtles, frogs, chipmunks and the occasional barred owl while participating in a hands-on science learning experience. Over 1,000 children from Bridgeport’s schools have participated in this program since its inception in 2010.
The State of Connecticut requires science teachers to meet certain Core Curriculum Standards. The John Patrick Flanagan Trail Blazers program not only brings children from the city to explore nature, but it also helps these science teachers meet state science standards.
The John Patrick Flanagan Trail Blazers Program is sponsored by the John Patrick Flanagan Foundation (JPFF). The John Patrick Flanagan Foundation helps vulnerable children and families by supporting charities that provide the direction, education and healthy environment that children and families need to have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Please visit www.jpff.org to learn more about the John Patrick Flanagan Foundation.