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Bringing a Breath of Fresh Air to the Standards

The Nature Center offers a wide variety of educational programs:

 

At the Nature Center

Field trips

Teacher Workshops

 

At your School

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Teacher Workshops

Our programs are aligned with the CT Core Science Curriculum Framework
We are in the process of updating our programs to align with
the 2014 Next Generation Science Standards.

Programs can be tailored to fit your curriculum, including urban-suburban partnership programs. If there are specific programs that you would like us to offer,
please contact us.

For all school programs, call the Nature Center at 860.693.0263
between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Tuesday through Friday.
Because dates fill up quickly, reservations should be made
as early as possible in the school year. 

Reservations may not be made by email

For more information on scheduling programs at
Roaring Brook Nature Center , click here

 

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2015-16 EDUCATOR'S RESOURCE GUIDE

PROGRAMS AT THE NATURE CENTER

Programs held at Roaring Brook Nature Center
explore the wide variety of habitats in the refuge.
Participants must come dressed to go outdoors

"This year's visit was wonderful. The students all had fun learning about all the plants & animals.
Our guides were fantastic! The students were totally interested and involved."
- Kindergarten Teacher, Lake Garda School, Burlington, CT

All in the Family     Grades PreK - K
We all belong to a family. So do snakes, frogs, foxes, robins and roses. Let us show you how those families are similar and how they differ.
Key concepts: life cycles, metamorphosis, body structure, describing/sorting/classifying organisms

The Seasons    PreK - K
How do plants and animals deal with the changing seasons?

  • Preparing for Winter - How do plants and animals prepare for Connecticut's harshest season?
  • Signs of Winter Life - Who braves Connecticut's winters? Learn to read the clues left by our winter residents and see how animals and plants survive the long winter season.
  • Spring is Here! - Nature makes gradual but continuous changes from spring buds to ladybugs. Hands-on exploration brings these changes alive.

Key concepts: making observations, weather, seasons, animal and plant observations.

It’s Alive!    Grades K – 1
Learn all about the differences between living creatures and the non-living components of their environment that they need in order to survive.
Key concepts: Life cycles, reproduction, growth, energy, properties of living and non-living things, response to stimuli, growth, observing similarities and differences

Discover Nature Through Your Senses    Grades K-1

Discover the sights, sounds, smells, and textures found in the natural world,  Learn how animals' senses are different from ours.
(Science Standards K.1, 1.2)

From Seed to Seed     Grades K – 2   
(Fall and Spring only)

Explore how flowering plants change throughout their life cycles in order to survive.
Key concepts: plant structures, life cycles of flowering plants, seed production and distribution

Eastern Woodland Indians
Grade K-2:
1 hour program; Grade 3-6: 2 hour program

Discover how Native Americans relied on their natural environment for all their survival needs including shelter, clothing and food. Click here to view our longhouse replica.
Key concepts: shelter, adaptations, crops, ways humans obtain water and other goods, social studies

Insects and Their Relatives   Grades K – 6
(May to October only)
Explore different insect habitats and see what special adaptations insects have developed to help them survive. Observe insects close up in their environments.
Key concepts: insect body parts, metamorphosis, adatpations, habitats, ecosystems, sorting and classification of characteristics

Nature's Engineers     Grades 1 – 6
What is an engineer? Meet animal engineers ans see how the structures they build are designed to help them raise their young, survive the winter, store food, or escape predators. Learn how some of these animals change their environment and what we can learn from them.
Key concepts: Habitat, structures and behaviors that allow animals to meet basic needs, ecosystem, adaptation, food chains

Adaptations    Grades 1 - 6  

Choose our general Adaptations program or a topic from the list below:

  • Flowers, Poisons and Thorns
  • Forest, Fields & Ponds
  • Animals Under Cover
  • Can You See Me?

Key concepts: Ecosystems, adaptations, life cycle, structures of living things, extinction, animal survival

It's Not Just Dirt!      Grades 2 - 6
What is soil? What color is it? How does it sound? feel? smell? Does soil change from place to place? Why is it important to us?
Key concepts: Soil quality, food chain, ecosystems, physical properties of soil, Earth materials, soil types, textures, biodiversity

Who's For Dinner?   Grades 3 - 6
Explore the basic concepts of food chains and webs to understand how energy cycles through Connecticut's ecosystem.

Key concepts: Food webs and chains, enerty in ecosystems, recycling, decomposers, herbivores, carnivores, producters, consumers

Changing Land, Changing Wildlife    Grades 3 – 6

As Connecticut’s ecosystems have changed over time, so have the state's wildlife. Observe, first-hand, how natural phenomena and human activities have impacted animal populations. Tour our Changing Land, Changing Wildlife Exhibits
Key concepts: Ecosystems, how natural and human activity changes habitats and inhabitants, adaptations, extinction, resources needed by organisms, conservation of resources

Connecticut Rocks!    Grades 3 -8
What are the geologic forces that have shaped and reshaped our Connecticut landscape? Examine rocks and minerals and learn how to recognize basic rock types and the forces that affect them.
Key concepts: Rocks and minerals, properties and classification or earth materials, erosion, fossils

The Secret World of Plants       Grades 3 -8
It's a jungle out there and plants are not defenseless.  Learn the clever strategies that plants use to win, or sometimes lose, the battle for survival.
Key concepts: Adaptations, camouflage, plant structures

Water Life : Big and Small     Grades 4–8
Available for a 2-hour program
Learn the basics of using a variety of tools such as microscopes and hand lenses to discover the micro and macro organisms found in our local streams and ponds. Discover their adaptations and what makes CT water habitats special.

Key concepts: Adaptation, ecosystems, food chain, erosion, aquatic environment, stream formation

Bedrock to Stone Walls      Grades 3 -8
(2 hours program - spring and fall only)

Geology, ecology, and human history have combine to create the landscape as it is now. This program combines aspects of “Connecticut Rocks” and "Changing Land, Changing Wildlife."
Key concepts: Ecosystems, properties and classification of earth materials, rocks and minerals, conservation of resources, effects of human activities on habitats

Hunting with your Senses      Grade 4 – 8
Do animals perceive the world the same way we do? Learn how our human senses compare to those of other animals.
Key concepts: Adaptations, sensory organs, animal structures, senses

ALL DAY ECOLOGY PROGRAM - Grades 4–8
Limited to groups of 50 students
Cost: $10 per student with a $160 minimum
We can customize a program to fit your curriculum.  Students learn about adaptations, food webs, and general principles of ecology through field study, observation of live animals, and co-operative games.
Key concepts: Adaptation, survival, energy, habitat, biodiversity

Winter Survival Skills    Grades 4 – 8
(2 hour program – December through March)    Dress for the weather!

Don't just hibernate.  Learn basic survival skills including reading a map and compass, fire building, shelter construction, appropriate clothing, and food. Dress for the weather!
Key concepts: Adaptation, conflict with nature

 

OUTREACH PROGRAMS

Nature Center staff members can provide in-school programs which are adapted for specific grade levels and may be tailored to fit your curriculum and teaching needs. Most programs include the presentation of at least one live animal. Programs should be booked as far in advance as possible. Discounts available for multiple bookings of the same program on the same day.

"Many thanks for once again sharing your time and treasures with our Grade 4 students. They always look forward to your presentations, and we so appreciate having your and Roaring Brook Nature Center in our own back yards - a treasure for us all!"      - Principal, Canton Intermediate School, Canton, CT


ASSEMBLY PROGRAMS

Any topic can also be done as a classroom program .

Length: 1 hour for 30 or more students

Fee: $250 plus mileage

Animal Life Cycles   Grades K - 3
Animals develop in different ways. Learn about different types of life cycles and what environmental factors affect them.
Key concepts:  life cycles, metamorphosis, structure of body parts, adaptations, structure and behavior of living things

Adaptations     Grades K - 7
Choose our general Adaptations program or a topic from the list below:

  • Flowers, Poisons and Thorns
  • Forest, Fields & Ponds
  • Animals Under Cover
  • Can You See Me?

Key concepts: Ecosystems, adaptations, life cycle, structures of living things, extinction, animal survival

Reptiles & Amphibians  Grades 1 - 8
Reptiles and amphibians have unique adaptations. Which one live in Connecticut? What are the environmental threats they face here?
Key concepts:  Ecosystems, advantages, camouflage, hibernation, migration, structures of living things, extinction, biodiversity, life cycles

Snakes Alive!       Grades 1 – 8

Separate fact from fiction and learn to appreciate these fascinating creatures. This presentation includes live snakes.
Key concepts:  Ecosystems, advantages, camouflage, hibernation, structures of living things, extinction, interdepence, food chains

Endangered Species        Grades 3 – 8
What is an endangered species? Which ones live in Connecticut? What environmental threats do they face?
Key concepts:  adaptations, ecosystem, camouflage, structures of living things, effects of human activities on habitats, interdependence, food chain


CT Wildlife Digest        Grades 4 – 8
Learn about the diversity of animals in our small state and how human activity impacts that diversity.
Key concepts: Adaptations, ecosystems, camouflage, hibernation, migration, structures of living things, extinction

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CLASSROOM PROGRAMS


Length
: 1 hour for up to 30 students/program
Fee
:  within 25 miles $150 plus mileage
        (beyond 25 miles $175 plus mileage)

All in the Family     Grades PK - K
We all belong to a family. So do snakes, frogs, foxes, robins and roses. How are their families similar and how do they differ?
Key concepts: life cycles, metamorphosis, body structure, describing/sorting/classifying organisms.

Living vs. Nonliving     Grades PK - K
What distiguishes living from nonliving things and how are they classified? 
Key concepts: Life cycles, reproduction, growth, energy, properties of living and non-living things, response to stimuli, growth, observing similarities and differences

Animal Detectives      Grade K
Who left those tracks?  What made that sound?  We live in a world of wonder, so let's use our senses and explore.
(Science Standards K.1)

The Seasons (3 programs)    Grades K - 3   
How do plants and animals deal with the changing seasons?  Three programs are available:
      Winter's Coming
      Signs of Winter Life
      Spring is Here!
Key concepts: making observations, weather, seasons, animal and plant observations.

Age of the Reptiles     Grades K - 3
Who were the dinosaurs and why did they disappear....or did they? How do they differ from odern day reptiles?
Key concepts: Resonding to stimuli, characteristics of living and non-living things, body structures

Insects and Their Relatives     Grades K - 3
Insects are everywhere. Why are they so important to our world?
Key concepts: insect body parts, metamorphosis, adatpations, habitats, ecosystems, sorting and classification of characteristics

Animals on the Move    Grade 1
Two legs, four legs, six legs, and no legs! All living things move but they all move in different ways. Find out about fins, wings and animal movements.
Key concepts: Organism, adaptations, energy, structures, characteristics of living and non-living things

Snow & Ice Studies       Grade 1 - 2
Learn about the properties of snow and ice. Why does ice float?
Key concepts: Properties of solids/liquids/gases, effects of heating and freezing, measurement

Seed to Seed      Grades 1 - 2
Take a close look at plants. How do they survive and reproduce?
Key concepts: Plant structures, life cycles of flowering plants, seed production and distribution

Butterflies    Grades 1 - 2
Find out about the life cycle of butterflies from egg to caterpillar to butterfly!
Key concepts:  Life cycles, metamorphosis, habitats, migration, adaptions, structure of living things

Survival: Plants and Animals    Grades 1 – 3
How do plants and animals survive in various habitats?
Key concepts:  Behavioural and structural adaptations, advangae, survival, camouflage, energy 

Frogs     Grades 1 – 3
From egg to tadpole to frog. What do these amphibians tell us about the health of our environment?
Key concepts:  life cycles, metamorphosis, adaptations, describing similarities and differences of adults and offspring

Nature's Engineers       Grades 1 – 6
What is an engineer? Meet animal engineers ans see how the structures they build are designed to help them raise their young, survive the winter, store food, or escape predators. Learn how some of these animals change their environment and what we can learn from them.
Key concepts: Habitat, structures and behaviors that allow animals to meet basic needs, ecosystem, adaptation, food chains

Eastern Woodland Indians      Grades 2 - 6
How did early Native Americans meet their survival needs?
Key concepts:
Shelter, adaptations, crops, ways humans obtain water and other goods, social studies

It’s Not Just Dirt!    Grades 2 – 6 
Part animal, vegetable and mineral. Learn about the soil food web and why it is important to us.  
Key concepts: Soil quality, food chain, ecosystems, physical properties of soil, Earth materials, soil types, textures, biodiversity

Connecticut Rocks!      Grade 3 - 4
What is Connecticut's geological history? What minerals can be found here?
Key concepts: Rocks and minerals, properties and classification or earth materials, erosion, fossils

Food Chains & Webs    Grades 3 - 6
Explore the interrelationships of all living things. 
Key concepts: Food webs and chains, enerty in ecosystems, recycling, decomposers, herbivores, carnivores, producters, consumers

Changing Land, Changing Wildlife     Grades 3 - 6
How do natural phenomena and humans impact animal populations?   
Key concepts: Ecosystems, how natural and human activity changes habitats and inhabitants, adaptations, extinction, resources needed by organisms, conservation of resources

The Secret World of Plants     Grades 3 - 6
Plants are not as defenseless as they seem.
Key concepts: structure of living things, adaptations, life cycles of flowering plants, seed production and distribution

Adaptations    Grades 3 - 7
How do living things adapt to meet their survival needs.  
Key concepts: Ecosystems, adaptations, life cycle, structures of living things, extinction, animal survival

Keeping Water Clean     Grades 4 – 8
Follow a drop of water from the sea to the sky to the mountain and back. Discove how water shapes the world around us through its different phases.
Key concepts: Why water is essential for life, point and non-point water pollutants, watersheds, how substances dissolve in ground water, natural resources, conserve

A World of Water - H2O Whoa!    Grade 4
Do we drink the same water the dinosaurs did?  
Key concepts: Water cycle, properties of liquids, effects of melting, evaportation, condensation, freezing of water, erosion, physical and chemical properties of water, river formation

Invisible World    Grades 4 - 7
Open your eyes to a new world of life too small to be seen without the help of a microscope. 
Key concepts:  use of optical instruments to enhance vision, use of eye glasses/magnifiers/microscopes

 

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NATURALIST IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM

A Nature Center naturalist will visit your school for an entire day providing programs that may include slide presentations, mounted and live animals, and hand-on activities. You can choose the program topics listed for assembly and classroom presentations. A combination of several programs types, with a maximum of four , may be held during the course of a day. We can also assist teachers with curriculum development, enrichment programming, and in planning/taking a field trip to a natural area close to your school. Reserve early to ensure availability.

Cost : $500 plus mileage.

TEACHER WORKSHOPS

A Nature Center naturalist will visit your school to work with your staff to help develop/design grade-level appropriate science activities or to show teachers how to utilize school grounds to complement your science curriculum. Contact the Center at 860.693.0263 for additional information.

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