Connecticut Science Fieldtrips
There are many destinations in Connecticut that support the study of science.
These can be great experiences for your class, or for you and your family.
Please feel free to share your "review" of a favorite place. Email to KOHLL@easternct.edu
Connecticut's Dinosaur Trail
From Yale Peabody's Museum of Natural History, to Lake Compounce's Dino Expedition, the Connecticut Science Center, Dinosaur Place, and of course our own Dinosaur State Park with the world's best trackway, dinosaurs are everywhere!
See the article from the CSTA June 2015 Newsletter for details.
EcoTarium (Worcester, MA)
This multi-faceted science and nature center offers a variety of interactive exhibits indoors, short walking trails outdoors, planetarium shows, and staffed programs for upper elementary and lower middle school grades that are well-aligned to MA standards (and thus easily aligned to CT standards). The option to do a brief outdoor activity is great, though it's best to visit when it's not too crowded as the atrium building is loud. www.ecotarium.org
Wadsworth Atheneum (Hartford)
This world-class art museum's Hudson River School landscape painting collection provides earth science (and of course history and literary) connections, and the right docent can speak to the museum's x-ray painting analyses and restoration techniques. Though requiring more collaborative planning with staff, it is worth it. Large groups should plan to split to spend time at the Connecticut Science Center and/or The Old Statehouse within walking distance. thewadsworth.org
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk (Norwalk)
Often overlooked by folks outside Fairfield County in favor of Mystic Aquarium, this multi-faceted facility deserves consideration. It is well-suited for large groups of all ages with live animal exhibits and interactives, science and maritime technology and history exhibits, an IMAX theater, and a variety of CT standards-based programs on general science topics and specific Long Island Sound units. maritimeaquarium.org
Mashantucket Pequot Museum (Mashantucket/Ledyard)
This well-designed museum has re-opened seasonally from May through November and deserves a second look. Exhibits on animal adaptations and global climate change (not to mention interdisciplinary connections of course) align well to upper elementary and middle school standards. Archaeology programs provide excellent inquiry-based enrichment. www.pequotmuseum.org