Connecticut Audbon Society
The Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center

The Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center

School Programs at the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center

Science in Nature 

The Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center provides curriculum-based nature programming to schools in Southeastern Connecticut. Click here for program information.

Our award-winning Science in Nature program consists of hands on, inquiry-based activities in earth and life sciences, ecology, conservation and responsible citizenship. Half- and full-day Science in Nature programs are hands on, aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and can take place at our center, your school, or a local park.

Choose from the Following Curricular Areas:
• Weather and Climate
• Earth/Land Systems: Water, Weathering, and Erosion
• Adaptations: Life Cycles
• Adaptations: Structure and Function
• Ecosystems

Each of our programs can be customized to best meet the needs of your location, students, and teachers.

For our Science in Nature brochure, click here.

For more information or to register for a program, please contact Education Program Manager Heather Kordula at 860.598.4218 or email at


Environmental Education: Year Two Brings Increased Success

Harbor School first graders were among those who took part in Science in Nature. Connecticut Audubon photo by Bob MacDonnell.

The number of students who completed the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center’s Science in Nature program increased by over 50 percent during the 2017-18 school year, to more than 1,500.

Science in Nature is the foundation of the Connecticut Audubon Society’s outdoor science education work. The 1,500 students were in grades K through 6, from the Essex, Chester, Old Lyme, Lyme, East Lyme and New London school districts.


RTPEC educators have connected children to their local land trust properties and the natural areas near their schools. Using specially designed science journals, children use drawings, writings, data collection and hands-on discovery to document aquatic and forest ecology in our estuary ecosystem.

We are grateful for the support of the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, the Lyme-Old Lyme Education Foundation and The Kitchings Family Foundation without which we could not offer this important program.




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