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Established in 1949, our Junior Curator Program gives children a unique opportunity to experience life on a real farm. The Junior Curator Program is the Museum's junior volunteer program and consists of five sessions. Similar to the Junior Curator program, WILD! Keepers gives participants hands-on experience in the care, feeding, and enrichment of our exotic teaching animals.

Junior Curator

AGES 11-13

This program provides an overview of basic animal care and experiential learning on Heckscher Farm. The program includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the farm and various hands-on experiences, such as cleaning and feeding of animals. Upon completion of the program, participants will be eligible to become a farm volunteer. Space is limited!

For information on Junior Curator classes, contact Victoria Jaffery at 203.968.8362 or by e-mail.

Program Note: Children may register for a maximum of one (1) Junior Curator and one (1) Junior WILD Keeper session. Students who have previously completed a class, even in a previous year, may not enroll in that class again. Multiple registrations for different weeks of the same program will be cancelled and refunded by SM&NC staff.

Junior WILD! Keeper

AGES 11-13

Junior WILD! Keepers was established in 2015, with the opening of our Heckscher WILD! exotic animal exhibit. The Junior WILD! Keepers program gives participants hands-on experience in the care, feeding, and enrichment of our exotic teaching animals. Upon completion of the program, participants will be eligible to volunteer with the animals in the Heckscher WILD! exhibit.

For information on the Junior WILD! Keepers classes, contact Sydnee Foster at 203.977.6540 or by e-mail.

Program Note: Children may register for a maximum of one (1) Junior Curator and one (1) Junior WILD Keeper session. Students who have previously completed a class, even in a previous year, may not enroll in that class again. Multiple registrations for different weeks of the same program will be cancelled and refunded by SM&NC staff.

Junior Environmental Educators

AGES 15-17

The SM&NC JEE program is aimed at students ages 15-17 who have an interest in education and the environment.

JEE staff will assist educators in many aspects on the camp program, including preparation, group management, morning check-in, afternoon pick-up, and activity coordination. JEE staff will receive hands-on training in developing age-appropriate, innovative environmental education curriculum, in Connecticut natural history and in managing a multi-age, co-ed group. JEE participants must be 15 by the start of camp, be able to commit to a minimum of 5 camp days and be willing to submit a current medical record for camp files. JEE participants and their parents must sign off on a volunteer code of conduct.

Selected volunteers are required to attend an orientation session for an overview of responsibilities and camp curriculum.

For more information on the program, please contact Lisa Monachelli at 203.977.6568 or lmonachelli@stamfordmuseum.org

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