STEM EDUCATION PROGRAMS FOR PRE-K THROUGH GRADE 8
Programs can be held at your school, or the Center at Glastonbury, 1361 Main Street Glastonbury, CT 06033. Each program is designed in accordance with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and integrates the Three Dimensions of NGSS: Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices, and Cross-cutting Concepts. We offer a grade appropriate version of each of our programs.
Staff may be able to customize programs to fit your needs. Please feel free to contact us to discuss this option.
For more information or to register for a program please contact us at 860-633-8402 or email Catie Resor firstname.lastname@example.org.
1-HOUR PROGRAMS: Offered in your classroom or at the Center at Glastonbury
ANIMALS AND THEIR ENVIRONMENT: Meet the animals that live at our Glastonbury center to learn about their differences and similarities. Discover how each animal uses their 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. Students will learn about various plant parts and how those parts help them survive. Through dissection and observation students will examine seeds then plant seeds to keep in their classroom to carry out an investigation to determine if plants need sunlight.
BIRDS OF PREY: Students will meet our center raptors to learn about the special adaptations of raptors and the role they play in ecosystems.
Cost (except Birds of Prey): $130/classroom ($120 each for two or more on same day) plus mileage if traveling to you.
Birds of Prey: $300 plus mileage if traveling to you.
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 here at Earle 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 at 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. While on their AdapTour, students will witness and identify adaptations of various organisms in their natural habitats, which will help them understand the relationship between the adaptations of an organism and the characteristics of their 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 for 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 the 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.