The Rockfall Foundation Funds Chester and Deep River Elementary Schools’ Participation in Science in Nature Education Program
February 19, 2019 – Sixteen classrooms of students in grades kindergarten, 4, 5, and 6 from Chester and Deep River Elementary Schools will participate in the Connecticut Audubon Society’s award-winning Science in Nature Education Program, thanks to a generous $4,450 grant from The Rockfall Foundation.
The program will include curriculum development in coordination with Chester and Deep River Elementary Schools, professional development training for teachers in Next Generation Science Standards, and place-based experiences for 300 students and teachers along the Connecticut River estuary to support classroom science lessons. Each outdoor session, either on the school grounds or off-campus, will be guided by a trained Connecticut Audubon Society teacher-naturalist, with students using the latest education and field technologies to support their learning. The program will run in the spring and fall of 2019, and will focus on Weather & Climate, Geology, and Adaptations.
“This grant compliments a recent National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant, which is funding the installation of school rain /pollinator gardens at Deep River, Chester, and Essex schools,” said Alisha Milardo, director of the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center. “The Rockfall grant will really augment the hands-on study of local environmental topics.”
Connecticut Audubon Society’s mission is to conserve Connecticut’s environment through science-based education and advocacy focused on the state’s bird populations and their habitats. Connecticut Audubon Society established Science in Nature in 2012 to help introduce Connecticut students to basic concepts in outdoor conservation science. It is based on current state and national science standards. More than 70,000 students from across the state have participated at Connecticut Audubon Society’s centers and at their schools.
The mission of The Rockfall Foundation is to promote and support environmental education and conservation in the Lower Connecticut River Valley. Learn more at www.rockfallfoundation.org