Connecticut River Museum - Science

The Connecticut River Museum explores the history and environment of the Connecticut River’s 410 miles. Each year, the museum teaches youth groups about the Connecticut River through exhibits and educational programs. Exhibits focus on the Connecticut River valley’s natural resources, environmental impact, and more. Educational programs take place at the museum’s historic riverfront campus in exhibits, on the docks, and on vessels, allowing groups to explore the ecosystems of the Connecticut River. All programs are dynamic, hands-on experiences encouraging groups to interact with artifacts and the environment. Boat cruises and guided workshops are available.
 
Contact Info
Address: 67 Main St., Essex, CT 06426. Middlesex County. 
 
Tel: 860-767-8269. 
 
 
 
Hrs: Tues.-Sun. 10AM-5PM.
 
SCHOOLS
School programs allow students to learn about pollution through a “river in a jar” activity, observe eagles on a boat cruise, and more. Schools can choose from the standard offerings or contact us to discuss a specific focus area not currently listed. Educational programs align with curriculum standards in science. College classes are invited to visit the Connecticut River Museum to explore topics related to museum studies and environmental science. College internship opportunities are also available.
 
 
Contact Info
Name: Suzanne Burns, Education Director
 
Phone: 860-767-8269.
 
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades.
 
Group Size: 100 maximum.
 
Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities.
 
Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-4 hours.
 
Recomm. Ratio of Students to Staff: Varies.
 
Registration: Phone, Email. 
 
Food Options: N/A.
 
Cost: Fee. 
 
Title I or Funding Support: Yes.
 
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Environmental Studies.
Topics Covered: Science, biology, ecology, ecosystems, habitats, pollution, water cycle, animal science, natural resources, art, culture.
 
SCOUTS
Scouts will learn about the Connecticut River’s ecosystems at the Connecticut River Museum. Scout groups can work on badges in Nature, Environmental Studies, and more through the museum’s hands-on programs. Educational programs align with scout badge requirements and can be customized to meet your troop’s needs. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance.
 
 
Contact Info
Name: Suzanne Burns, Education Director
 
Phone: 860-767-8269.
 
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades.
 
Group Size: Varies.
 
Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities.
 
Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-3 hours.
 
Recomm. Ratio of Scouts to Staff: Varies.
 
Registration: Phone, Email. 
 
Food Options: N/A.
 
Cost: Fee. 
 
 
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Environmental Science.
Topics Covered: Nature, animals, plants, ecosystems.
 
 
HOMESCHOOL
The Homeschool Program Series at the Connecticut River Museum allows homeschoolers to participate in a variety of educational workshops. Homeschoolers will learn about wintering wildfowl birds, take a boat cruise on the Connecticut River, explore the nature preserve on a spring hike, and more. Programs for homeschool groups are available Tuesday mornings from 10AM-12PM.
 
 
Contact Info
Name: Suzanne Burns, Education Director
 
Phone: 860-767-8269.
 
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades.
 
Group Size: Varies.
 
Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities.
 
Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-3 hours.
 
Recomm. Ratio of Scouts to Staff: Varies.
 
Registration: Phone, Email. 
 
Food Options: N/A.
 
Cost: Fee. 
 
Topics Covered: Science, biology, ecology, ecosystems, habitats, pollution, water cycle, animal science, natural resources.

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