Fairfield School Programs
Field Trips for Home Learning Groups
Looking for a way to enrich your home learning group? Take a field trip to the Connecticut Audubon’s Center at Fairfield for hands-on learning programs in earth and life sciences, ecology, conservation, stewardship and more.
These field trips, appropriate for students in Kindergarten to 5th Grade, take place entirely outdoors at our 2325 Burr Street location and are specially-designed for home learning groups (12 students maximum).
Program content is aligned with state science, math and literacy content standards, and integrates the Three Dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards.
Science in Nature — Distance Learning
Bring the excitement and learning of our Science in Nature programs to your classroom! These live, virtual programs meet the Next Generation Science Standards and are appropriate for students in Kindergarten to 5th Grade. Topics range from Exploring Weather to Water Cycling.
Also included with some of the sessions are “Program Activity Kits” that complement the virtual portion of the program and are designed to foster additional student learning. Packed with the curriculum and all the materials needed for hands-on activities for each student, these kits can be used in the classroom or at home, and include a virtual 60-minute guided lesson with one of our educators.
Science in Nature — In-Person Learning
Offerings Include In-Person Programs at Your School, Field Trips to the Center at Fairfield or a Local Park
Our award-winning Science in Nature program consists of hands-on, inquiry-based activities in earth and life sciences, ecology, conservation and responsible citizenship. These half- and full-day programs are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and can take place at our Center, your school or a local park.
Please see below for the exciting programs that the Center at Fairfield offers. For the All Grade Level brochure, click here.
Adaptable to All Ages — 60 to 90 minute programs (click here for brochure)
• Birds of Prey
• What Makes a Bird a Bird?
• Fur, Feather and Scales
• Wetland Study
• Life in the Woodlands
• Native Americans
Grade-Level Programs — 60 minutes to 4 hour programs
Kindergarten (click here for brochure)
• Seasons and Weather
First Grade (click here for brochure)
• Structures and Functions
• Life Cycle
Second Grade (click here for brochure)
• Landforms and Erosion
• Habitats and Organisms
• Seeds and Dispersal
Third Grade (click here for brochure)
• Weather and Animals
• Humans and Habitats
Fourth Grade (click here for brochure)
• Weathering and Erosion
• Adaptations: Structures and Functions
Fifth Grade (click here for brochure)
• Water Cycling
• Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics
Sixth to Eighth Grade (click here for brochure)
• Weathering, Erosion and Deposition
• Competition for Resources
To schedule a program, email Tricia Kevalis at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-259-6305 ext. 117.
CANE Program for Grades K-2
The Connecticut Audubon Nature Explorers (CANE) Program is offered to students at the Fairfield Public Schools and St. Thomas Parochial School. We train Parent-Volunteers to present three science enrichment programs to their child’s class. Two units are presented in the classroom, leading up to one end-of-year field study activity. We provide some of the materials that will be needed in the classroom.
The Kindergarten fall and winter programs are puppet shows; the spring program is held on school grounds.
The Grade 1 fall program is a puppet show; the winter program is a hands-on activity about bird beak adaptations; the spring program is a trip to the Birdcraft Museum.
The Grade 2 programs include setting up a salt water tank in the classroom; a ‘Mystery in the Marsh’ activity to test students’ detective skills; and a trip to Southport Beach to investigate the variety of wildlife habitats found there.
For more information, contact the CANE Coordinator at each school or call Colleen Noyes 203-259-6305, ext. 112.
TRAINING SCHEDULE: For the 2019-2020 Training Schedule, click here.
PRESENTATION SCHEDULE: For the 2019-2020 Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 Presentation Schedules, see below: