Grades 6-8

Animal Adaptations

Students will get to meet and interact with a variety of animals in this exciting, hands-on program. Some animals are consumers, and some are decomposers. We’ll talk about how the animals evolved to live in their natural habitats. (Meets Connecticut Science Curriculum Standards: 6.2.a., 6.2.b., 7.2.b., 8.2.b. and Next Generation Science Standards: LS1.A, LS3.B, LS2.C, LS4.C, LS4.D)

Owls

In this fascinating owl program, students will get to see live owls up close and personal. They will also learn what makes these birds so unique; program includes a viewing of a dissected owl pellet. (Meets Connecticut Science Curriculum Standards: 6.2.a., 6.2.b., 7.2.b., 8.2.b. and Next Generation Science Standards: LS1.A, LS3.B, LS2.C, LS4.C, LS4.D)

On the Wing

Students will meet amazing birds of prey up close. Learn how these fascinating hunters find prey, and how they capture their prey. This program includes diurnal and nocturnal predators. (Students may pet a domestic or nonnative bird in this program, but will not be able to touch the birds of prey.) (Meets Connecticut Science Curriculum Standards: 6.2.a., 6.2.b., 7.2.b., 8.2.b. and Next Generation Science Standards: LS1.A, LS3.B, LS2.C, LS4.C, LS4.D)

Pond Study

This outdoor program allows students the opportunity to explore the inhabitants of a Connecticut pond! Students will learn about what makes a pond healthy, and how this connects to the greater ecosystem surrounding us. (Meets Connecticut Science Curriculum Standards: 6.2.a., 6.2.b., 7.2.b., 8.2.b. and Next Generation Science Standards: LS1.A, LS3.B, LS2.C, LS4.C, LS4.D)

Forest Ecology

Students will discover the forest of the Connecticut outdoors! This program starts indoors with meeting some of our animal ambassadors, and ends outside on a trail walk to examine the forest communities. (Meets Connecticut Science Curriculum Standards: 6.2.a., 6.2.b., 8.2.b. and Next Generation Science Standards: LS4.C, LS4.D, LS1.A, LS1.C

Water Cycles and Watersheds

Everyone lives in a watershed, and everyone is a part of the water cycle! In this hands-on program, students will learn about the long history of water, and how they play a role in a water droplet’s journey. (Meets Connecticut Science Curriculum Standards: 6.4.a. andNext Generation Science Standards: LS4.C, LS4.D, LS1.A, LS1.C)

Soils and You

Rocks and soils are the foundation of every ecosystem. This program has fun, hands-on activities for students. Learn how soil is made, and how it plays a significant role in our surroundings. (Meets Connecticut Science Curriculum, Standards: 6.2.a., 6.2.b., 7.2.b., 8.2.b. and Next Generation Science Standards: LS2.A, LS2.B)

Intertidal Ecology

This program takes place at Compo Beach where students can explore the harsh environment of a strip marsh. Students will collect plants and animals and discuss the adaptations that allow them withstand the extremes of their habitat. (Meets Connecticut Science Curriculum Standards: 6.2.a., 6.2.b., 7.2.b., 8.2.b. & Next Generation Science Standards: LS4.D, LS1.A, LS1.C, LS2.A, LS2.B, LS2.C)