Maybe when I grow up I’ll take kids on nature walks.
4th Grade participant in CLC education program
Being outdoors in nature provides an experiential and fun way to learn about habitats, food chains, adaptations, and how the ecosystem operates as whole. CLC’s school programs foster a connection between the participants and the natural world and prepares the next generation of leaders to value land conservation.
These programs encourage curiosity and hands-on investigation and enable students to apply lessons learned in the field to real life. In addition to natural science programs such as Hudson River Snapshot Day and animal tracking, CLC programs cover a variety of disciplines, including art, social studies, and math. We provide field trips free of charge to our Public Conservation Areas with funding available to offset transportation costs. When schools are unable to visit CLC’s public lands, CLC’s educators go to the schools.
It’s easier to learn with a physical experience.
11th Grade participant in CLC program
In 2012, more than 2,500 students participated in CLC education programs. CLC programs work to ensure that every child has an opprotunity to connect with nature. CLC has programs in public schools, non-traditional schools, home school groups, scout troops, and a variety of early education facilities. The combination of structured lesson plans and free time for discovery helps instill a long lasting appreciation and understanding of natural communities, ecosystems, and their associated landscapes with long-term benefits for future conservation efforts.
If you are interested in learning more about our programs with schools, contact Tom Crowell at 518.392.5252, ext. 209 or firstname.lastname@example.org.