Make learning come alive with programs from the SM&NC!
The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is an excellent educational resource for schools and groups. Our four foci— nature, agriculture, astronomy and art— allow for an extensive variety of educational options. Our varied site creates an unparalled experience for your field trip! Our programs are hands-on, interactive, relevant and fun! All programs are correlated to state standards and curricula can be adapted to fit specific needs.
The Stamford Museum & Nature Center offers options for schools and groups:
- Digital Live Animal Programs
- Digital Science & Social Studies programs w/ hands-on materials
- After School Programs
- On-site School Programs
- SM&NC in the Schools Outreach Programs
- Self-guided Group Visits School Year (September through mid-June)
- Summer On-site Group Visits - visit the SM&NC with your camp or group!
- Outreach Programs - for libraries, nature centers, scouts and other groups
For 2020-2021, the SM&NC is offering a variety of digital programs - both in-school and after-school! Some programs will be delivered entirely over a digital platform, while others will combine digital instruction with hands-on activities using materials provided by the SM&NC.
On-site School Programs
Our on-site school programs are designed to enhance your school's curriculum by providing interactive learning experiences. The SM&NC offers fun, hands-on exploration of the world — whether it is art, farm, science, nature, or history — we have it all. Our engaging facilities include: an educational farm; nature center; museum galleries; observatory and planetarium with research telescope; lakeside picnic area; unique Nature's Playground; Heckscher WILD! live animal exhibit, and an 80-acre hardwood forest with miles of trails. For schools that are able to travel this year, we can provide safe, outdoor learning spaces. Masks required.
SM&NC in the Schools Outreach Programs
Our SM&NC in the Schools Outreach Programs are designed to provide in-class, hands-on programming for groups that cannot travel to the museum or that would like additional program experiences in-school. Have a goat, chinchilla, or lizard visit your classroom, travel 600 years in the past to discover Woodland Indian life, create a map of Connecticut, explore the three rock types, and more! We can make most outdoor spaces work for programming too!