Connecticut Audbon Society


Science in Nature

Our Award-winning K-12 Education ProgramEES student LabQuest Oct 2014

Experiential learning in nature is exciting and makes it easier to understand science, math, and other core concepts.

Chosen as the region’s best environmental education program by the New England Environmental Education Alliance, our award-winning Science in Nature programs consist of hands-on, inquiry-based activities in earth and life sciences, ecology, conservation, and responsible citizenship. The program – at schools or nearby natural areas or at our centers – integrates the Three Dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). 

More than 60,000 Connecticut school kids have completed the program since 2012.

Our half-day and full-day programs are hands-on, aligned to NGSS and Common Core, and make learning fun.

Select from the following curricula:

  • Weather & Climate
  • Geology
  • Adaptations
  • Birds
  • Wetlands
  • Climate Change
  • And many more

To see Science in Nature’s alignment to the NGSS for various grades, click here: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade


  • Carry out habitat investigations
  • Build skills in gathering & using evidence
  • Analyze & interpret data
  • Explore human impacts
  • Use models to explain scientific processes


Science in Nature is an invaluable resource to help you and your students learn and to help you build the capacity to implement our state’s newly-adopted approach to multidisciplinary education.  Participate at any of our centers, or we will bring Science in Nature to your school!

Connecticut Audubon Society has been providing first-rate educational programs for school children for over a century. 

Studies show that outdoor science education in concert with classroom instruction results in higher student achievement than classroom-based curricula alone. We work with science curriculum coordinators, school teachers, and other education experts in the state to implement curricula that provide an essential resource for teachers in their efforts to meet state and national science, math, and literacy content standards.

The Connecticut Audubon centers and their sanctuaries, staffed with expert teacher-naturalists, serve as ideal living laboratories for these field-based science education programs.

Programs include:

  • A pre-visit PowerPoint presentation
  • Recommended pre-visit assignments
  • Keywords helpful for students to know before their program
  • A student science journal
  • Post-visit assignments

Science in Nature will benefit you and your students by providing opportunities for:

  • Comprehensive critical thinkingEarly em Milford Pt
  • Applications of STEM principles
  • Applying 21st Century technology skills
  • Responsible energy and natural resource use

At Our Sanctuary or at Your School

Science in Nature can be conducted at any of our locations, or one closer to or at your school campus.

Place-based Learning at Your School

It is important that students realize that nature is everywhere and scientific investigations can happen anywhere. We can bring Science in Nature to your schoolyard, local park, or other outdoor location. For more information, please contact your nearest center to arrange a Science in Nature program near you.

One quarter of all of our Science in Nature programs in the fall of 2017 took place at local schools or in natural areas near the schools. In all, 3,297 students are participating in Science in Nature in the fall 2017 semester, and 60,000 have completed the course since it was started in 2012.

Participants this fall included schools from Bridgeport, New Haven, New London, Manchester, Pomfret, Putnam and Meriden.

A grant from 3M funded the Meriden schools’ participation. The Meriden Record Journal was there to see what the kids were up to. Read about it here.

For High School Students: Student Opportunity for Authentic Research (SOAR)

Guided by our expert education and conservation science staff, high school students gain competency as science thinkers and achievers via a year-long environmental science/ecology study at a CAS sanctuary or other location of your choice. To see how SOAR aligns to national AP Environmental Science standards, click here.




For information about our education programs, please contact:

Tricia Kevalis, Center at Fairfield 203-259-6305 x 117 

Louise Crocco, Milford Point Coastal Center, 203-878-7440

Michelle Eckman, Center at Glastonbury, 860-633-8402 x205

Sarah Heminway, Center at Pomfret, 860-928-4948;

Heather Kordula, Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center, 860-598-4218;





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