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. Discover how sound is used in the animal world, play a water bottle xylophone, see how the length of a pipe changes the sound it makes, create our own recycled musical instrument, and more! Audience: Up to 30 participants. Ages: Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Grunts, Calls, and Bleats: The Music of Animals
From the musical calls of songbirds, to the loud bleat of a goat to the hiss of a snake, animals use sound for a variety of purposes. Discover how and why some of our favorite live animals make sounds as we meet them up close and personally. Learn how to identify some common bird calls and meet some animals from throughout the globe. Audience: Any size. Ages: Recommended for all ages.

Rocks on!
Explore the awesome world of rocks, minerals, and fossils as we discover how our 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. Ages: 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. 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. Ages: 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, explore some of the best nocturnal adaptations and meet some live members of the "night crew." Audience: Any size. Ages: Recommended for all ages.

Live Animal Programs

Meet the Animals!
Discover some of the animals that live at the SM&NC by meeting them 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. Ages: Recommended for all ages.

Slimy & Scaly
Explore the world of reptiles and amphibians as we visit with some live snakes, turtles, frogs and lizards! Discover the differences between the two groups, learn about 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. Ages: 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! Then get a chance to see and touch some of the animals that live at the Stamford Museum. Audience: Any size. Ages: Recommended for all ages.

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. Ages: Recommended for all ages.

Edible Insects
Discover the who, what, where and why behind eating bugs. From mealworm spaghetti to roasted tarantula, 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 also 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. Ages: Recommended for all ages.

Farm Fun
Discover the importance of local farms as we learn about the many products, from wool to eggs to vegetables, which come from CT and NY farms. We'll test our audience with our farm baby name quiz and have 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. Ages: Recommended for all ages.

Natural & Physical Science Programs

Science Rocks!
Ever wondered how to make slime or how a volcano works? In this hands-on class we will explore some basic principles of science by making things foam, fizz or fly! 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.

What's up with Plants?
Explore the amazing world of plants through this hands-on program. Using real specimens, discover the different parts of the plant, how they help a plant to grow, and how seeds travel from place to place. Find out when you eat roots and stems! All participants will get to plant some seeds to take home! 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.

Program Information

Programs are approximately 1 hour long

Programs are taught by professional environmental educators

Special themes may be available, please ask!

Traveling programs may also be available. Click here for more information.

Series programs are available; special pricing packages are available depending on program numbers

In good weather, programs can be held outside

Program Fees:
$170 per 1 hour program
Please add a $30 travel fee for locations outside of a 15-mile radius of Stamford, Connecticut.

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


39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT 06903