SCIENCE IN NATURE EDUCATION PROGRAMS FOR PRE-K THROUGH GRADE 8
Programs can be held at your site or at the Center at Glastonbury, 1361 Main Street Glastonbury CT 06033.
Each program is aligned with state science, math and literacy content standards. The program integrates the Three Dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
Our staff may be able to customize programs to fit your needs; please contact us to discuss this option.
For more information or to register for a program, please contact Lead Educator Catie Resor at 860-633-8402 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
1-HOUR PROGRAMS: Offered in your classroom or at the Center at Glastonbury
ANIMALS AND THEIR ENVIRONMENT (Animal Adaptations): Meet the animals that live at our Glastonbury center to learn about their differences and similarities. Discover how each animal uses its unique adaptations to move, find food or hide from predators.
PLANT PARTS: Observe, compare and contrast the life cycle of a plant while learning that all plants depend on water and light to grow. Through dissection and observation, students will examine and learn about various plant parts and how those parts help them survive. Students will plant seeds to keep in their classroom for further observations.
BIRDS OF PREY: Students will meet our center raptors to learn about the special adaptations of raptors and the role they play in ecosystems.
WHAT’S BUGGING YOU?: What makes an insect an insect? Learn about the differences among insects, bugs, spiders, worms and other backyard creatures. Why are insects important? What creatures can we find outside today?
CATERPILLARS TO BUTTERFLIES: Butterflies are sometimes called flying flowers. They flutter from flower to flower collecting nectar for food. In the late spring, these beautiful insects undergo metamorphosis, a transformation from egg to butterfly. Learn about the life history of these beautiful creatures and how you can help them survive.
HIBERNATION, MIGRATIONS AND SEASONAL ADAPTATIONS: Each season creates a unique experience for our Connecticut animals. Some birds migrate, some stay for the winter and some come here from even colder places to spend winter here. Some mammals hibernate and some are awake. Animal adaptations are the way these animals survive the seasons. Meet our animals from the center and learn about their adaptations to the weather.
SIGNS OF SPRING: As the earth warms up, all sorts of changes are afoot. Explore outdoors to find the signs of spring. Investigate what animals are becoming active and what is happening to the plants.
BIRD WATCHING: You can become a birder! Color, shape and size all help to ID birds. Our bird feeders are filled so we can watch and ID the birds at the feeder. Find out what you can do to help our Connecticut birds.
Cost (except Birds of Prey): $150/class ($140/class for two or more programs on same day with same educator); Birds of Prey: $300/class. Add travel fee if we go to your site. Maximum of 25 students/class.
90-MINUTE PROGRAMS: Offered at the Center at Glastonbury
HABITATS: Earle Park has woodlands, fields and wetland environments. Students will make observations of plants and animals in several different habitats in the park and learn about how these species find what they need to survive.
POND STUDY: Explore Tom’s pond while learning how to collect, observe and identify the creatures that live in this habitat. Discover how these organisms find what they need to survive and escape predators in this unique environment.
SEEDS ON THE MOVE: Seeds come in many shapes and sizes, all designed to help plants spread and find a suitable place to put down their roots and grow. Students will explore a variety of habitats in the sanctuary and investigate the wide variety of plant seeds. They will investigate how plants and animals aid in the movement of seeds. Students will then develop their own models for seeds in motion.
FULL-DAY (4 HOUR) PROGRAMS: Offered at the Center at Glastonbury
WEATHER & CLIMATE: Earle Park is an excellent place to investigate weather and climate, serving as a model for the central Connecticut region. Students will learn how past climates have shaped our habitats today, including the soil, hydrology, flora and fauna. Human impacts affect the climate, both on a macro and micro scale. Students will observe how climate and weather are related, the influence they have on plant and animal systems and how climate and weather are altered through natural and human processes. Students will use journals and scientific tools to collect quantitative and qualitative data that can be brought back to the classroom for further discussion and investigation.
ANIMALS AND THEIR ENVIRONMENTS: Examples of how organisms use their adaptations are plentiful in Earle Park. Students will witness and identify adaptations of various organisms in their natural habitats and develop an understanding of the relationship between the adaptations of an organism and the characteristics of its surrounding environment (climate, geology, hydrology, etc.). Students will learn how every trait of an organism is an adaptation for survival or reproduction and gain an appreciation of the importance of biodiversity for maintaining a healthy ecosystem.
HUMANS & HABITATS: What is a habitat and how do human activities impact our Connecticut habitats? Be a habitat detective. Students will work to compare and contrast the biotic and abiotic characteristics of our field and forest habitats and learn about human impacts on our local environment. They will use scientific equipment to directly measure abiotic components and keen observational skills to examine plant adaptations and evidence of human impacts.
SCRATCHING THE SURFACE OF GEOLOGY, SOIL & EROSION: Students investigate soils and geologic processes and their influence on the organisms that live within them. Students will learn how natural processes, such as weathering, decomposition and erosion, have produced our local soils. Students will investigate how soils are altered through natural and human processes and the impact of soils on plant and animal ecosystems.