Outreach Programs

For Libraries, Nature Centers, Scouts and other Groups

Library Theme Programs

Science of Sound
How do birds sing? How do snakes ‘hear’ without ear openings? How do our ears determine what sounds we hear? Discover the mysteries of sound through a hands-on lab and meetings with live animals. We’ll discover how sound is used in the animal world, play a water bottle xylophone, see how  a pipe's length changes the sound it makes, and more! Audience: up to 30 participants. Recommended for ages 5 and up.


Rocks on!
Explore the awesome world of rocks, minerals, and fossils as we discover how these three rocks types are made, how a footprint can become a fossil and more! Our hands-on, lab-style class will allow participants to investigate how rocks rock and how rocks are used in our daily life. Audience: up to 100. Recommended for all ages.


Solar System & Night Sky
Take a trip through the solar system without leaving your seat! Discover the major planets in our solar system, what they are made of, and their size relative to earth. We’ll learn the phases of the moon and the stories behind some of the most recognizable constellations in the sky. This program will need access to a screen and projector. Audience: any size. Recommended for ages 5 and up.


Nocturnal Animals
Discover the world of night animals and explore how their tools and behaviors help them do their jobs under the cover of darkness. From excellent hearing to silent flight, we’ll explore some of the best nocturnal adaptations and meet some live members of the “night crew.” Audience: any size. Recommended for all ages.

Live Animal Programs

Meet the Animals!
Meet some of the animals that live at the SM&NC up close and personal. Meet creatures that live in our forests, ponds, fields and even some from the farm! We’ll have a chance to see them eyeball to eyeball and touch a few too! Animals may include a goat, chinchilla, guinea pig, chicken, duck, snake or frog. Special themes, such as Animals in Winter, can be accommodated. Audience: any size. Recommended for all ages.


Slimy & Scaly
Explore the world of reptiles and amphibians as we visit with some live snakes, turtles, frogs and lizards! We’ll discover the differences between the two groups, learn how they grow up, and have a chance to touch many live slimy and scaly creatures! Meet some live animals that live in our local area, as well as some from around the world! Audience: any size. Recommended for all ages.


Books & Beasts
Meet some animals from your favorite books! From the Salamander Room to Charlotte’s Web, we’ll see creatures almost jump right from the pages! We’ll bring some of our favorite children’s books to show and share one or two short ones with the group! We’ll then get a chance to see and touch some of the animals that live at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center. Audience: any size. Recommended for all ages. 


Colors in Nature!
From camouflage to warning colors, animals use their patterns and hues to help them survive. Meet some live animals that use colors in different ways, test yourself with some great animal camouflage, and discover the science of color. Audience: up to 30 participants. Recommended for ages 3 and up. 


Animal Adaptations
From camouflage to hibernation, investigate the tools and behaviors that help animals do their jobs in nature. Using live animals and mounted specimens, we’ll discover the differences between living on land and in the water, why animals are fast or slow, and even find out about an animal that likes to eat skunks. Audience: any size. Recommended for all ages.   


Edible Insects
Discover the who, what, where and why behind eating bugs. From mealworm spaghetti to roasted tarantula, we’ll find out why people have been eating insects and invertebrates for hundreds of years. We’ll meet some live bugs that might be on a menu somewhere, as well as some animals that eat bugs. Brave participants will have a chance to try an edible insect snack, if desired, at the end of the program. A unique and fun experience! Audience: any size. Recommended for all ages.


Farm Fun
Discover the importance of local farms as we learn about the many products, which come from CT and NY farms, from wool to eggs to vegetables. We’ll test our audience with our farm baby name quiz and get a chance to meet a few live residents from our farm.  Animals may include chicks, chicken, duck, guinea pig, rabbit, goat or lamb depending on availability. Audience: any size. Recommended for all ages.

Natural, Physical & Engineering Science Programs

Science Rocks!
Ever wondered how to make slime or how a volcano works? Explore some basic principles of science by making things foam, fizz or fly In this hands-on class! We might find out how to make colors move, how quicksand works, make a rocket out of a film canister or more!  Participants will make a few things to take home too. This program does get a bit messy, so non-carpeted areas are recommended. Audience: up to 30 participants. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Owl Pellet Dissection
Ever wonder what owls eat for dinner?  Discover the ecology of owls as we dissect an owl pellet, and the leftovers from their dinner that they cough up. We’ll learn what types of owls live in the area and meet some live animals that owls might want to eat for dinner! Audience: up to 30 participants.  Recommended for ages 5 and up.

What’s it Matter?
Discover the world of solids, liquids and gases in this hands-on workshop. Learn about the properties of each state of matter as we launch a film canister in the air, make solids “disappear: and measure air. We’ll even learn about materials that are “in-between” states, as we make our own slime and investigate the properties of polymers.  Audience: up to 30 participants. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Building Stations Lab
Let your students get their engineer on as we bring a variety of building sets, such as LEGO, Jawbones, Straws & Connectors and more! Students will rotate through different stations, each with its own building challenge. Audience: up to 30 participants. Recommended for ages 3 and up.

May the Forces be With You!
Discover how forces such as gravity shape our world! First, we'll go through a Forces challenge lab where students will try their hand at defying gravity and use centripetal force to spin water without spilling. We’ll then build our own mini-catapults to test gravity and air resistance. Audience: up to 25 participants.  Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Science of Flight

Explore the science behind why birds, planes, and other objects can fly. We’ll start with some experiments on the basic principles of flight, then create our own paper flying objects, and finish with launching stomp rockets into the sky. This program requires an open outdoor or indoor gym space. Audience: up to 25 participants. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Wildlife CSI
Learn how scientists use animal signs and artifacts such as skulls, fur, and scat to protect wildlife. We’ll get an intro to these signs and then visit a variety of stations where students will interpret ‘evidence’ and record information to put together a wildlife scenario. Audience: up to 25 participants.  Recommended for ages 7 and up.

Program Information

  • Programs are approximately 1 hour long
  • All programs are taught by professional environmental educators
  • Special themes may be available, please ask!
  • Series programs are available; special pricing packages are available depending on program numbers
  • In good weather, programs can be presented outside

Program Fee: $170 per 1 hour program

Travel Fee: Locations outside of a 20-mile radius of Stamford, Connecticut, please add a $30 travel fee. 

To schedule programs, contact Lisa Monachelli, Director of Education, at 203.977.6568 or email.

Directions

39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT 06903