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School Programs & Visits 2016–17

SM&NC in the Schools Outreach Program

On-Site School Programs

Preschool Programs


Next Gen eration Science Standard s (NGSS)

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art and popular culture, the natural and agricultural sciences, and history. The Museum is a vital cultural and educational resource for the community, and a focal point for family activity and interaction. We seek to inspire creativity, foster self-discovery, promote environmental stewardship, and nurture an appreciation for lifelong learning through exhibits, educational programs, and special events that enhance the visitor’s experience of our unique site.

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GENERAL INFORMATION ...………………... 3 SM&NC PROGRAMS Nature & Science ………………………... 4 In the Planetarium .……………………..... 6 On the Farm ………........………………….. 7 Social Studies ….....……………………….. 8 Seasonal .……….............…………………. 10 SITE MAP .........…………………………………. 12 ABOUT US ..……………........…………………. 13 SCHEDULING A VISIT …………………………. 14 RESERVATION REQUEST FORM ....…….... 15

NOTE: From time to time the Stamford Museum & Nature Center representatives take photos of children during SM&NC classes, workshops, or camps. Some of these photos are used on the SM&NC website, for publicity, or in SM&NC promotional pieces (brochures, newsletters, or other materials) describing SM&NC programs and events. If you do not want your child to appear in SM&NC photos, please send a letter to that effect to the Media Relations Department. Thank you!

School Programs & Visits 2016–17 The Stamford Museum & Nature Center serves audiences of all ages through exhibitions, educational programs, and recreational activities. Situated on a scenic, 118-acre site, the SM&NC offers a day of great fun and learning for school and youth groups. Originally the estate of Henri Bendel, today the SM&NC features an array of accessible and engaging facilities: an educational farm; nature center; observatory with research telescope; museum galleries; planetarium; classroom and workshop; a lakeside picnic area; unique Nature’s Playground; and

On-Site School Programs Make learning come alive at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center. Plan a school trip now! Our school programs are designed to enhance your school’s curriculum by providing interactive learning experiences. We offer fun, hands-on exploration of the world here at the SM&NC — whether it is art, farm, science, nature, or history — we have it all. SM&NC in the Schools Outreach Programs SM&NC in the Schools is designed to provide in-class, hands-on programming for grades PreK – 5. This series of classes has been developed to enhance the Connecticut Public Schools curriculum standards; they’re indicated in this brochure by the red schoolhouse icon. These programs are intended to supplement, not replace, classroom work and are designed to meet the developmental needs of each specific grade level. Preschool Programs SM&NC offers programs for PreK children. Programs last 30 to 45 minutes and are identified in this brochure by the blue handprint symbol. We can create special curricula for your school, visiting weekly, monthly, or seasonally. We can also develop a Discovery Space within your school with hands-on, seasonal exploration materials and live animals.

an 80-acre hardwood forest with miles of trails along streams and vernal ponds.

General Information

Our programs feature live animal interactions, hands-on activities, practical applications, and authentic artifacts for an exceptional educational experience. Our Environmental Educators tailor programs to fit group size, student age/ ability, and season. We can also bring many programs to your classrooms through the SM&NC in the Schools Program.

NEW! Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Programs The Next Generation Science Standards have been unanimously adopted by the Connecticut Board of Education. Starting in 2017–18, they will be implemented into school curriculum. SM&NC has begun to refine our nature and science programming to better align with NGSS. Look for the microscope symbol, which designates NGSS specialty programs. These programs apply interdisciplinary curricula to explore natural and physical science topics, while keeping the handson, interactive approach for which SM&NC is well-known. Classes include lab-based activities, experiments, scientific observation and reporting, and real-world applications. Self-Guided Visit If you and your group choose not to register for a program, you can still visit Heckscher Farm, including our new Heckscher WILD! exhibit, and tour the Stamford Museum Galleries and Bendel Mansion. Enjoy our nature trails, visit Nature’s Playground, stop by the Otter Pond, and explore the Overbrook Nature Center.

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Nature & Science

Nature Walk Grades PreK–5

Weather Wise Grades K–5

What’s it Matter? Grades 2–5

Maximum 25

Maximum 25

Maximum 25

Take a guided walk on our trail system through several woodland habitats. Your class will experience the natural highlights of the season through a variety of hands-on activities. Investigate with your senses, explore the microhabitats of the forest, and discover the plants and animals that call the forest home. Have your trail experience tailored to your curriculum – here are a few ideas:

Explore the science of weather through a hands-on, multi-station lab. Younger students will be introduced to simple weather instruments, travel through the steps of the water cycle, and explore weather across the seasons. Older students will interpret and make predictions about actual weather data, explore the water cycle through an interactive game, learn to identify common clouds, and discover how weather can affect plants and animals.

Discover the world of solids, liquids, and gases in this hands-on workshop. We’ll 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.

• Five Senses • Trees • Stream Ecology • Habitats CT Science Standards PK.1, PK.2, PK.3, K.1, K.2, K.4, 1.2, 1.3, 2.2, 3.2, 4.2


Grades 2–5

Maximum 25

CT Science Standards K.3, 1.4, 2.1, 3.1, 4.3 CT Social Studies Standards GEO K.4, GEO 1.4 NGSS Standards: K-PS3, K-ESS2-1, K-ESSE-2, 1-ESS1-2, 3-ESS2-1, 3-ESS2-2

CT/NY Rocks & Minerals Grades 2–5

Students will explore what a watershed is and learn about the relationships between human activity and the health of the water, air, plants, and animals of a watershed. Students will first identify potential pollution sources and solutions through an interactive model. Then, in an inquiry-based lab, students will work in small groups to brainstorm pollution clean-up methods, record data, and report findings to their peers.

Maximum 25

CT Science Standards 2.3, 2.4, 3.2, 3.4, 4.2, 4.3, 5.4 CT Social Studies Standards GEO 2.2, ECO4.3 NGSS Standards: 2-ESS1-1, 2-ESS2-2, 2-ESS23, K-2-ETS1-1, 3-LS4-4, 4-ESS2-1, 5-ESS2-2

CT Science Standards 2.1, 3.1, 3.3, 4.3 CT Social Studies Standards GEO 2.3, 2.6, GEO 3.2, GEO 3.8, GEO 4.2, GEO 4.7, GEO 5.1, GEO 5.3 NGSS Standards: 2-ESS1-1, 3-LS4-2, 4-ESS1-1, 4-ESS3-1


Using specimens from the SM&NC collection, students will explore the three rock types, the conditions in which they form, and the history of their formations in our local area. Through a multi-station lab, students will investigate and learn to identify local rock specimens, explore how fossils form, and discover how these earth materials are used by people in their daily lives.

CT Science Standards 2.1, 3.1 NGSS Standards: 2-PS1-1, 5-PS1-1, 5-PS1-2, 5-PS1-3

LIVE Animal Programs Bring your students’ educational experience to life through interactions with our live animals! Our scaly, feathered, furry, slimy, and boneless animals can enhance lessons on adaptations, nocturnal animals, classification, and more. Students will have a chance to touch many of our animals throughout our programs. Custom programs can be designed for your curriculum too! Most programs can also travel to your classroom.

Nature & Science

Animal Adaptations Grades K–5 Maximum 45

Meet Our Animals!

An introduction to ecological principles using live animals, mounted specimens, and other materials to illustrate the special adaptations that help animals survive in their environment, from camouflage to hibernation. CT Science Standards K.1, K.2, 1.2, 1.3, 3.2, 4.2

Living and Non-Living Grades PreK–4 Maximum 25

Using our senses and real-life specimens, we’ll discover the characteristics of living and non-living things and the role that each plays in a habitat. We’ll explore the importance of non-living factors such as soil, rocks, and weather in an ecosystem and how those are interconnected to living things. Meet some live animals and plants to learn about different roles that decomposers, producers, and consumers play in a food chain. CT Science Standards PK.1.a, PK.2.a, K.2.a, 1.2.a, 1.2.b, 4.2.a

Ecosystems Everywhere Grades 3–5 Maximum 25

Using live animals and artifacts, explore the biotic and abiotic factors that help plants and animals survive in their specific ecosystem. After a brief introduction to different types of ecosystems and their components, students will participate in a multistation, inquiry-based lab to observe live plant and animal specimens and to infer how their adaptations help them play a role in their ecosystem. Students will also investigate how non-living factors, such as climate and soil, affect an ecosystem’s success. CT Science Standards 3.2, 4.2 NGSS Standards: 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-3, 3-ESS2-2, 4-LS1-1

NEW! Meet the Animals Grades PreK–5

Animal Classification Grades K–4

Maximum 45 (PreK Max 25)

Maximum 25

Get up close and personal with our wide variety of teaching animals! From furry chinchillas to slithery snakes to boneless beasts, we’ll introduce students to the wonderful world of animals and to the amazing diversity in the animal kingdom. Program can be customized for a specific habitat, such as Rainforest or Desert, or other theme, such as Nocturnal Animals or Endangered Species.

Using live animals and artifacts, students will discover how scientists group our vertebrate animals and what characteristics, such as body coverings and life cycles, separate mammals, reptiles, fish, amphibians, and birds from each other. Meeting live animals from most categories and hands-on activities will bring these characteristics to life.

CT Science: PK.2, K.2, 1.2, 1.3, 3.2, 4.2


CT Science Standards K.1.a, K.2.a, 1.2.a, 1.3.a

Other live animal programs available: Nocturnal Animals, Rainforest Animals, Desert Animals, Reptiles & Amphibians, and Endangered Species. • Seasonal live animal programs such as Animals in Winter, Life Cycles, and Insects available. Please see Seasonal Programs. • Live animal experiences are also available with our farm animals — see our farm programs! • Discover the ecology of the North American River Otter with Otterly Amazing. 5

Nature & Science

NEW! Roots, Fruits, Leaves, and STEM Bring the world of plants to life through our hands-on education programs! Choose an existing program or create a program series that provides an unparalleled journey into the many facets of the plant life cycle. Explore how seeds travel, the role of pollinators in a plant’s growth, how the health of the soil affects plants, and more. We can also customize programs for your school garden or outdoor space with programs including Pollinators, Seed Dispersal, and Sowing and Growing garden planning workshops.

Plants for Sprouts Grades PreK–1

What’s Up with Plants? Grades 2–5

SOS: Science of Soil Grades 1–5

Maximum 25

Maximum 25

Maximum 25

Discover the great green world of plants in this hands-on program. Take a journey through the life of a plant from seed to adult through observing and touching real plant parts. We’ll explore what a plant needs to grow and the jobs of different plant parts through song and “building” our own plant! Students will also get to plant seeds for in-classroom study or to take home.

Through hands-on activities, including preparing take-home plantings, students will examine the life cycle and importance of plants, including basic needs and adaptations. Using real-life specimens, different mechanisms for seed dispersal will be examined and students will discover the different parts of plants, from roots to fruits, and the role that each plays in a plant’s life. When possible, this class will be taught in our organic vegetable garden.

Investigate the world beneath your feet. Students will explore the living and non-living components of the soil community and the vital importance of this resource. They will learn about the physical properties of soil, the animals and plants that call it home, and the need for healthy soil for sustainable food sources. Through a soil sample lab, hands-on decomposer study, games, and live animals, students will get all the “dirt” on soil.

CT Science Standards PK.1, PK.2, K.2, 1.2, 1.3

CT Science Standards 2.2, 3.2, 4.2 NGSS Standards: 3-LS3-2, 3-LS3-3, 3-ESS2-2, 4-LS1-1

CT Science Standards 2.3, 2.4, 3.3 CT Social Studies Standards GEO 1.4 NGSS Standards: 2-ESS2-1, 4-ESS2-1, 5-LS2-1

In the Planetarium

Night is Nice Grades PreK–2

The Solar System & Night Sky

Native American Star Legends

Grades K–5

Grades K– 5

Maximum 45

Maximum 45

Maximum 45

An introduction to the sky at night: the moon, the planets, the stars, and the constellations they form. We will explore why there is night and day and the phases of the moon using imagery from NASA. Learn about nocturnal animals, hear the sounds they make, and learn how they use all their senses to get around in the world of night.

In this introduction to astronomy, under darkened skies and starting at our sun, your class will take a journey past all the planets to discover what’s unique about each. We will learn about comets, meteors, asteroids, and our place in the universe. Explore the difference between stars and planets and learn to recognize some of the major constellations.

Hear some stories of the creation of Earth, day and night, and how the stars came to be. Learn the major constellations and what the Native Americans saw in the same patterns. Hear some insightful and humorous stories about how animals came to be the way they are today and try to make up some stories of your own.

CT Science Standards PK.1, K.1, 1.1


CT Science Standards K.1, 1.1, 5.2, 5.3

CT Science Standards 1.1 CT Social Studies Standards HIST K.4, HIST 1.3, HIST 2.4

On the Farm

Hands-on Heckscher Farm Tour Grades Pre K–5 Maximum 25 Offered only Monday – Thursday

Heckscher Farm to You Grades K–5

Farming by the Numbers Grades 2–5

Maximum 25

Maximum 25

Discover the many products that come from local farms through this interactive tour of Heckscher Farm. Students will explore the products that come from Heckscher Farm, including eggs, vegetables, maple syrup, honey, and fibers, and the processes behind their respective harvests, as we travel through the farm from our Maple Sugar House to our Chicken Coop. While we’ll meet some animals along the way, this program will focus mostly on the products that come from our farm and will be tailored to participants’ grade level.

Bring your math concepts to life while exploring the sights and sounds of Heckscher Farm!

CT Science Standards 2.4, 3.2, 4.2 CT Social Studies Standards GEO K.4, ECO 1.3, GEO 1.4, ECO 2.3, ECO 3.2, ECO 4.3

Farm Fun (In-School only) Grades PreK–5

How do the farmers calculate how much feed they need per year to feed our animals? How many worker bees does it take to make a pound of honey? What size do our garden beds need to be to produce a certain amount of food? This interactive tour of Heckscher Farm will allow students to meet some of our farm residents, while also working to discover how the farm works “by the numbers.” Programs will be tailored to each grade level and can be adapted to certain math standards depending on the group.

Have you ever felt the wool of a sheep? Have you ever been kissed by a llama? Discover the many animals that call Heckscher Farm home and get an up-close and personal introduction to their care and behavior. This walking tour will cover most of our animals, from horses to chickens, and provide a seasonal view of farm happenings, from the arrival of baby animals to getting animals ready for the winter. In-pasture visits may be included depending on season and group size. While we’ll discuss the products that we get from various animals, this program will focus mostly on the animals of Heckscher Farm and will be tailored to the participants’ grade level. CT Science Standards K.2, 1.2, 1.3, 2.4, 3.2, 4.2 CT Social Studies Standards ECO 1.3, ECO 2.3, ECO 4.3

A Wild and Wooly Workshop Grades PreK–2

Maximum 25

Maximum 25

Students will discover many of the animals that live on a farm and the everyday products that local farmers produce for us. Through live animals, real farm products, tools, pictures, and activities, students will begin to make the connection between farm and food. This program will include a visit from 2–3 small farm animals, such as a goat, chicken, duck, or rabbit, depending on season and availability. This program is great for those groups that are not able to visit our farm!

Learn what happens to wool after the sheep are sheared in the spring! Wool needs to be washed, combed, spun, and dyed before it can become worn. We’ll start with the raw wool and try our hands at washing and drying wool. Younger groups will also share a story and visit with one of our sheep. Older students will be able to try carding and basic spinning of wool, as well as visit with the sheep to see what their current wool coats look like. CT Social Studies Standards HIST K.1, ECO 1.3, GEO 1.4, ECO 2

CT Science Standards PK.2, K.2, 1.2, 1.3, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4 CT Social Studies Standards GEO K.4, ECO 1.3, GEO 1.4, ECO 2.3


Social Studies

Early American Life Grades K–5

Map It Grades 1–3

The Geography of Connecticut Grades 2–5

Maximum 45

Maximum 25

Maximum 25

Did you know that over 200 years ago in New England, almost everyone lived on a farm? Discover how families coped without electricity, what seasonal chores were done on a farm, and see what tools were used for many daily activities, such as cooking. In small groups and handson stations, tailored to grade, students will figure out which tools were used for which job, try their hand at some simple games of the time, and help with chores such as wool washing, candle making, or weaving.

Explore the world of maps. Spatial thinking is one of the most important skills that students can develop as they learn geography. Students will create a map as a group to learn how maps are valuable in conveying spatial information. They will learn how information can be presented using different map types and even become cartographers themselves as they make a map of their own.

Through an interactive map-making experience, students will develop an awareness of the geography of Connecticut, learn map appreciation skills, and examine the relationship and interaction between the natural environment and humans. As we create our map, students will discover major natural and man-made features of Connecticut and what the names and locations of these features can tell us about our state’s history.

CT Social Studies Standards HIST K.1, HIST K.3, ECO K.1, GEO K.4, HIST 1.1, HIST 1.3, ECO 1.1,


CT Social Studies Standards GEO 1.1, GEO 1.2, GEO 1.3, GEO 1.4, GEO 2.1, GEO 2.3, GEO 2.6, GEO 3.1, GEO 3.3, GEO 3.8

CT Science Standards 2.4, 3.4, 4.3 CT Social Studies Standards GEO 2.1, GEO 2.3, GEO 2.6, GEO 3.1, GEO 3.8, GEO 4.1, GEO 4.7, GEO 5.3

Social Studies

Life of the Woodland Indians Grades K–5

Native American Land Use Grades 2–5

Maximum 25

Maximum 25

Learn how early Native Americans met their needs for homes, food, clothes, and medicine by using the resources of their environment, the forest woodlands. Through authentic Native American artifacts and reproductions, students will discover how connections to the land were vital to the survival of early tribes.

Students will discover local Native American history and learn about important resources and how they were used in Native American life. As we hike through the forest, we’ll explore the seasonal aspects of local resources and how they affected settlements and behaviors. Through artifacts and items from the forest, students will explore uses of trees and rocks, commonly hunted wildlife, and movement patterns of our local Woodland Indians.

CT Science Standards K.4, 2.4, 4.2, 5.4CT Social Studies Standards HIST K.1, HIST K.3, ECO K.1, GEO K.4, HIST 1.1, HIST 1.3, ECO 1.1, GEO 1.4, HIST 2.2, HIST 2.4, ECO 2.1, GEO 2.4, GEO 2.6, HIST 3.2, GEO 3.8, GEO 4.7, HIST 5.2, GEO 5.3

CT Science Standards 2.4, 4.2, 5.4 CT Social Studies Standards HIST 2.2, HIST 2.4, ECO 2.1, GEO 2.4, GEO 2.6, HIST 3.2, GEO 3.8, GEO 4.7, HIST 5.2, GEO 5.3

NEW! Animals & Plants in Native Culture Grades 2–5 Maximum 25

Explore the vital flora and fauna of the eastern forest that Woodland Indians relied on for food, medicine, and tools. Through a hands-on lab, students will identify uses for medicinal and edible plants, look at the tracks and signs used to find animals, learn the roles of animals in native folktales, and discover which animals and plants were hunted and gathered here in our area. We’ll end our program by sharing a story and meeting a few live animals that are common in local folklore. CT Science Standards: 2.2, 2.4 CT Social Studies Standards HIST 2.2, HIST 2.4, ECO 2.1, GEO 2.4, GEO 2.6, HIST 3.2, GEO 3.8, GEO 4.7, HIST 5.2, GEO 5.3


Seasonal Programs

Apple Cidering

Sept 21–Nov 18, 2016 Grades PreK–5 Maximum 25

Visit Heckscher Farm for one of our favorite fall traditions — apple cider making! Students will discover the life cycle of apple trees, as well as the history, uses, and varieties of the amazing apple. Each child will participate in making cider by adding apples to and working our oldfashioned, hand-operating press. When the work is done, there is, of course, a toast and a taste! CT Science Standards PK.2, PK.3, K.1, K.2, 1.2, 1.3, 2.2, 2.4 CT Social Studies Standards HIST K.1, HIST 1.1, HIST 2.2

Simple Farm Machines

Sept–Nov 2016; May–June 2017 Grades 4–5 Maximum 25

Investigate the simple machines, from presses to grinders to plows, that help farmers engineer better ways to plant and harvest crops and manage livestock. Through a handson, inquiry-based lab, students will experiment with real farm tools, make observations on how these tool designs helped farmers solve problems, and engineer their own machine to do a simple task. Students will also work with one of our farmers or educators to complete a simple machine scavenger hunt on the farm, where they’ll match tools like wheelbarrows, door pulls, and wagons to a type of simple machine. CT Science Standards 4.1.a, 4.1.b CT Social Studies Standards HIST 5.2 NGSS Standards: 4-PS3

Animals in Winter

Life in the Pond

Maximum 25

Maximum 25

Discover how animals, from furry to feathery, prepare for the changing seasons. Using live animals and mounted specimens, students will discover the ways that our local animals survive the winter, uncover why some animals migrate, and investigate those that sleep for all or part of the winter.

Join us on an adventure to one of our most unique habitats, the vernal pool. Discover some of the amazing creatures that call these special places home. This interactive program will introduce students to the adaptations that allow plants and animals to live and survive in this aquatic ecosystem.

Nov 2016–Feb 2017 Grades PreK–3

CT Science Standards PK.2, PK.3, K.3, 1.2, 3.2

Maple Sugaring

Feb 7–Mar 17, 2017 Grades PreK–5 Maximum 25

Come to the Heckscher Farm’s Maple Sugar House for a New England tradition. Students will learn about the seasonal cycle that causes maples to produce sugar and the different methods used to extract and process the sap. Start outside at a Sugar Maple tree where students will discover its physiology. Then visit a Native American operation before getting warmed up in the Maple Sugar House to see the modern evaporator at full boil. Dress for the cold! CT Science Standards K.2, K.3, 1.2, 1.3, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.2, 4.2 CT Social Studies Standards HIST K.1, HIST 1.1, HIST 2.2, HIST 3.2, HIST 5.2


Apr–Jun 2017 Grades 2–5

CT Science Standards 2.3, 3.2, 4.2, 5.2

Life Cycles

Mar–Jun 2017 Grades PreK–2 Maximum 25

Journey through the life cycle of local animals as we learn about the changes they go through from beginning to end. Students will investigate insects and amphibians from egg to adult and compare the lives of animals, such as mammals and reptiles, which do not go through metamorphosis. Program will include discussion on insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals and will feature live animals in various life cycle stages whenever possible. CT Science Standards PK.2, PK.3, K.2, 1.3, 2.2

Seasonal Programs

Barnyard Birds

NEW! Insects & Invertebrates

Maximum 25

Maximum 25 (75 Minutes)

Discover our farm fowl and what makes them important parts of farm life. Learn about the different types of feathers that birds have and life inside of an egg. Explore the similarities and differences in beaks, feet, and other adaptations through artifacts, pictures, and live birds. Simulate eating like a chicken or duck with a hands-on “Barnyard Beaks” lab that will help students match bird beaks with the type of food eaten.

Discover the life cycles, adaptations, and ecology of our boneless beasts through a hands-on lab and outdoor field experience, both using science journaling.Students will explore insect life cycles and different body structures of insects and invertebrates through a multi-station lab featuring live animals, artifacts, and pictures. Then, we’ll head into the woods to collect forest invertebrates to compare and contrast to aquatic invertebrates through observation and journaling.

Apr–Jun 2017 Grades PreK–2

CT Science Standards PK.1, PK.2, K.2, 1.2, 1.3, 2.4

Apr–Jun 2017 Grades 1–4

CT Science Standards PK.1, PK.2, K.2, 1.2, 1.3 NGSS Standards: K-LS1, 1-LS1-1, 1-LS1-2, 2-LS4-1, K-2-ETS1-1 PHOTO BY: TY FOSTER


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Stamford Museum (Museum galleries, main building, and administrative offices) Museum galleries host changing exhibitions of art, natural history, and popular culture • 2016–17 Exhibitions THE ART of LOLITA Valderrama Savage: Nature of Tuscany, Stamford & Beyond . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Saturday, Sept 17–Sunday, Oct 30, 2016 A BILLION BRICKS 4: LEGO Superheroes in Gotham . . . . . . . . . . Saturday, Nov 19, 2016–Sunday, Feb 5, 2017 WATER: Photographs of a Fragile Resource: Women Photographers of Connecticut . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Saturday, Feb 18–Sunday, May 21, 2017 • Displays of the Museum’s permanent collection • Planetarium shows — by appointment • Venue is available to rent for corporate and private events • Administrative Offices/Restrooms

Nature Trails • An array of paths rich in natural history, including vernal ponds • Wheels in the Woods: universally accessible trail ideal for wheelchairs and strollers • Wheels in the Woods Picnic Area: a great place for a class picnic • Trailside Outdoor Classroom

Heckscher Farm • Educational working farm with chicken coop, goat shed, sheep barn, pig pen, and more • Cheshire Barn (c.1750) • Maple Sugar House (open February & March) • Heckscher Barn Classroom • Organic Vegetable Garden • Farm Office & Feed House/Restrooms

Heckscher WILD! • Hands-on interactive educational exhibit • Features live animals from across the globe • Brings world habitats to life • Open: Tuesday–Friday, 12pm–4pm; Saturday–Sunday, 10am–4pm

Overbrook Nature Center • SM&NC Information Center and Gift Shop • Nature Classroom • Introduction to Trails • Restrooms

Nature’s Playground • A world of hidden spaces, giant bird nests, and unusual climbing structures

Around the Meadow • Lakeside Picnic Tables • Otter Exhibit • Outdoor Classroom • Restrooms

Art, Nature & Me Preschool Building • Preschool Classrooms

Stamford Observatory • Open Friday evenings and by appointment • Features a 22-inch research telescope • Auditorium • Open deck for setting up your own telescope 13

Scheduling A Program & Visit

Special Requests

Self-Guided Group Visits

• Please note the maximum number of students for a program is either 25 or 45.

If you and your group choose not to register for a program, you can still have a great educational experience at our site by creating your own self-guided visit of Heckscher Farm, our nature trails, and Stamford Museum Galleries and Bendel Mansion. Enjoy a picnic by the lakeside, visit our Nature’s Playground, stop by the Otter Pond, and take a peek in the Overbrook Nature Center.

• For large groups, a second session of the same program may be requested. • In addition, a second program may be offered, at an additional fee, while a group awaits the primary program.

Scheduling a Program Reservations Please fill in the program request form and allow at least two weeks lead time before the date of your visit. • Programs are available weekdays from mid-September through June except where noted (some programs are seasonal). Programs are not available on Stamford Public School holidays, weekends, or during July and August. • Programs are suitable for students in the grades indicated and the content is adjusted for grade level. • Programs are approximately 45 – 60 minutes in length (except for Pre-school programs). • Individual programs are not available for groups smaller than 10, with the exception of Special Education classes. • The Museum reserves the right to combine small groups. All reservations are handled by mail, email, or fax: 203.322.0408.

Group Program Fees $70/Program Presentation for all groups • Program Reservation Fees DO NOT include entrance fees. NEW! There will be an additional fee of $30 per day added to cover travel expenses for SM&NC in-school programs to communities beyond a 15-mile radius of the Stamford Museum & Nature Center.

Entrance Fees FREE Stamford Public Schools, K – 12 $3/child Stamford Pre-schools, private, and other non-profit organizations $4/child All other schools For further information on Programs, contact Lisa Monachelli, Assistant Director of Education, at 203.977.6515 or

Confirmation A written confirmation will be sent or emailed to you as soon as your reservation is processed. Please bring it with you; it is your entrance pass.

• In either case, complete a separate program reservation form for each request. • We may also be able to customize a program for you. In the past, we have worked with schools to develop special programs outdoors, involving hands-on activities, or with our Farm Staff. • For special requests or circumstances, contact Will Kies, Director of Education, at 203.977.6568 or

Policies Late for a Program Every effort will be made to accommodate your group. However, your program will be shortened and possibly forfeited. Please call 203-977-6521 if you are running late.

Cancellations Please call the Museum at 203.977.6515 as soon as you know you cannot come. We will try to arrange a new date for you.

Weather-related Cancellations In case of inclement weather, please call 203.322.1646 and follow the prompts for delay and cancellation information. The Stamford Museum & Nature Center programs are aligned with the Stamford Public Schools weather-related closings and delays.

Simply fill out the Group Reservation Request Form (download a copy from our website, or call 203.977.6521). You will receive a “visit confirmation” by mail, fax, or email.

Group Entrance Fees (Self-Guided Visits) Group rates apply to groups of 10 or more students. (Exception: Special Education Classes) There is no charge for teachers. FREE Stamford Public Schools, K–12 $3/child Stamford Pre-Schools, private, and other non-profit organizations $4/child All other schools For groups of less than 10, the regular gate admission fee applies: Adults $10 Seniors (65+) $8 Students (18+) $6 Children (4 – 17) $5 Children 3 & under FREE Members FREE All groups must provide a minimum of one adult for every ten students.



Please pay before or at the time of your arrival. Group fees are set at the time of confirmation and cannot be changed.

All groups must provide a minimum of one adult for every ten students.

Make checks payable to: Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Stamford Museum & Nature Center Hours 9 am to 5 pm, Monday – Sunday

Bendel Mansion & Museum Galleries Hours 9 am to 5 pm, Monday – Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm, Sundays Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day & New Year’s Day

Location* SM&NC is located ¾ mile north of the Merritt Parkway, Exit 35, and six miles north of the Connecticut Turnpike (I-95), Exit 7, following signs for route 137. *Note: Buses & commercial vehicles cannot use the Merritt Parkway.


2016–17 Reservation Request Form

Mail, fax, or email Name of group

Person in charge



City, State, ZIP



Teacher Email

Scheduling Information Grade level

Number of supervising adults (no charge)

Number of children

Number of classrooms

Date of Visit: 1st Choice:

2nd Choice:

Date of Visit: 3rd Choice:

4th Choice:

Preferred Program Time

1st Choice:

In-School Program (for programs that apply



2nd Choice: No

Program Request Program Name 1st Choice:

2nd Choice:

Fees Group Entrance Fee Free Stamford Public Schools, K – 12 $3/child Stamford Pre-Schools, private and other non-profit organizations $4/child All other schools (if applicable) Program Registration Fee $70/Program Presentation for all groups Number of Programs x $70 (if applicable)


PAYMENT The balance due can be paid now, when the confirmation is received, or at the time of your visit.



Outside Travel Fee $30/Day for groups outside of selected areas $________ Total fee

There will be an additional fee of $30/Day added to cover travel expenses for SM&NC in-school programs to communities beyond a 15-mile radius of the Stamford Museum & Nature Center.


! Check (make checks payable to Stamford Museum & Nature Center) ! Credit Card ! MasterCard ! Visa ! AmEx Acct No. Exp. Date Billing Address

Name (as it appears on card) CVV Code

Signature City



Mail to Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford CT 06903 Fax to 203.322.0408 Email to 15

Stamford Museum & Nature Center 2016-17 School/Group Visits Brochure  

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center serves audiences of all ages through exhibitions, educational programs, and recreational activities. Our...

Stamford Museum & Nature Center 2016-17 School/Group Visits Brochure  

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center serves audiences of all ages through exhibitions, educational programs, and recreational activities. Our...