Sherwood Island State Park

Considered Connecticut’s oldest state park, Sherwood’s 235-acres is an ideal place for your school, scout, homeschool, or youth group to learn more about the shorebirds, habitats, and wildlife of the region. Students and scouts can interact with live animals, feed a horseshoe crab, and study our displays at the nature center. If you’re interested in developing their knowledge in geological studies, students can identify different rock types and various minerals in a hike along the trails or study geological features on the shoreline. Two jetties jut out from the Long Island Sound, which enables students to  study the surfaces of the igneous rocks or light-colored metamorphic rocks. The park also has distinct coastal geology, with sand made of red and black layers of minerals. There is also a mile and a half shoreline path for students to walk, and a 9/11 Memorial, rose garden, and sculpture done by a local artist.
 
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Contact Info
Off of Exit 18 from I-95, Westport, CT 06880. Fairfield County. Tel: 203-226-6983. Email: dep.stateparks@ct.gov. Website: www.ct.gov/dep/sherwoodisland Hrs: 8AM-Sunset
 
Trip Info
GRADE LEVEL: preK-12th. ACTIVITIES/FACILITIES: Fishing, nature center, picnicking, sports, swimming. COST: Fee.
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Physical Ed./Recreation, Science.   
SUPPORTS SCOUT MERIT BADGE ACHIEVEMENT IN: Camping, Physical Ed./Recreation. 

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Nature Exploration Lesson Plan

One single tree can provide the oxygen required for two human beings and over 8,000 sheets of paper. Nature centers and state parks provide a hands-on environment to discover facts about native plants and animals, as well as ways to preserve these natural resources.... Continue