Educational Programs


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SM&NC Aligned-with-the-Schools offers educational program options both as components of on-site field trips and as in-school visits. Our programs touch on natural history, physical sciences and social studies. Seasonal favorites include Maple Syrupping, Apple Cidering, Animals in Winter, and Life Cycles. Social studies standards become three-dimensional through our Geography of CT, Early American Life, and Life of Woodland Indians programs. Classes such as Science of Soil, Waterworks, and Animal Adaptations bring science to life for your students. Interactive farm classes, such as Hands-on Heckscher, and Farm Fun embrace the importance of local agriculture and the many resources of our nearby farms.

We can tailor programs to fit specific curriculum standards and can offer special series programs for your group throughout the school year. 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.

For groups that cannot travel to the SM&NC site, many of our most popular programs can come to you! Bring a live animal experience into your classroom by meeting our reptiles, amphibians, insects, chickens, rabbits or goats! Explore the soil, discover CT geology or investigate the importance of our watersheds. Journey through the life cycle of a plant, insect or amphibian without leaving your classroom! Programs listed with a red schoolhouse icon in our School Programs Brochure will travel to you!

Below are links to to the following:
  • School Program Brochure
  • Program Request Form
  • Pre-School Programming
  • Program Pricing
  • SM&NC Program Evaluation Form

  • SM&NC Educators love to instill the wonder of nature in our smallest naturalists and scientists. Programming is available for PreK 3s, 4s and 5s (2s on request). Some programs are listed in our brochure (indicated by the blue handprint) but we can also create special curricula for your school. We serve as nature and science specialists for local preschools, visiting weekly, monthly or seasonally We can also develop a Discovery Space within your school with hands-on, seasonal exploration materials. Please contact our Director of Education at 203.977.6568 for more information.

    Programs for Pre-K Students include:
  • Meet the Animals
  • Nature Walk
  • Plants for Sprouts
  • Night is Nice
  • Barnyard Birds
  • Farm Fun
  • Woolly Workshop
  • Animals in Winter
  • Life Cycles
  • Insects & Invertebrates
  • Dinosaurs & Lizards
  • Living & Non-living
  • Pumpkin & Squash Exploration
  • The Colors of Nature
  • What's your Cover?
  • And more...

  • Program and visit fees are as follows. The SM&NC occasionally has scholarship and transportation funding available for Title I and other schools with budget limitations. While we cannot guarantee funding, we encourage schools to ask. Schools and organizations booking regular visits or year-long contracts receive special pricing on programs.

    A program block is considered to be a 35 minute - 1 hour program with one educator and up to 25/45 children (depending on program).

    For Group Visits with Educational Programming (On-site)
    School/Org. GroupEntrance FeeProgram Fee
    Stamford Public SchoolsNo entrance fee$70 per program block
    Stamford Private & PreK$3/student$70 per program block
    Non-profit organizations$3/student$70 per program block
    Non-Stamford schools$4/student$70 per program block
    There is no charge for teachers or chaperones with educational program visits.
    For SM&NC in the School programs (Off-site)
    School/Org. GroupProgram FeeTravel Fee
    Stamford Public Schools$70 per program blockNone
    Stamford Private & PreK$70 per program blockNone
    Non-profit organizations$70 per program blockNone
    Non-Stamford schools$70 per program block$30/day outside local area*
    *Local area includes Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk and Pound Ridge.
    For Group Visits without Educational Programming or Summer Group Visits
    School/Org. GroupStudent Entrance FeeTeacher/Chaperone Entrance Fee
    Stamford Public SchoolsNo entrance feeTeachers Free; Additional Adults: $7/adult
    Stamford Private & PreK$3/studentTeachers Free; Additional Adults: $7/adult
    Non-profit organizations$3/studentTeachers Free; Additional Adults: $7/adult
    Non-Stamford schools$4/studentTeachers Free; Additional Adults: $7/adult
    Summer Groups with a Guided Farm Tour
    School/Org. GroupStudent Entrance FeeCounselor/Chaperone Fee
    All Camp Groups$6/camperNone
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