These programs are available for public and private schools, home-school groups, summer camps, and more!
Parties and organizational groups of more than 15 people visiting the park must call the Ansonia Nature Center (203 736-1053) and talk with a staff member about space availability and are required to rent the picnic pavilion for $125 including a $200 returnable clean up deposit
To view our programs available to the public, please visit our Calendar of Events.
- Ansonia Public Schools – FREE
- Other schools–$6 per student for up to 2 classes, (48 students)
- More than 48 students, $8.50 per student with an addition $125 for picnic pavilion rental.
Note: A class = a maximum of 24 students and a minimum of 10 students. Teacher and parent/chaperone are free.
Classes over 48 students will also rent our picnic pavilion for $125/day with a $200 clean up deposit, which will be returned if park is left clean.
To schedule a programs please contact:
Wendy Sabol, Assistant Director
Hours: Mon. thru Fri. 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
To see how our programs match the Connecticut Core Science Curriculum Framework and NGSS, please download our Educational Brochure.
Spring / Summer Programs
AMPHIBIANS WITH ATTITUDES -(Spring only) Learn to identify frogs, toads and salamanders. Hike to our vernal pool to explore a unique wetland habitat.
Time Required: 1-2 hours Grade Level K-5 CT Standard 1.3, A15
REPTILES RULE – With the advent of warm weather and snake sightings, we bring an introduction to nature’s most unloved animals. Children will have a chance to meet one of the Nature Center’s resident snakes. Time Required: ½ to 1 hour Grade Level K-3 CT Standard 1.2, A.15, 3.2
BODACIOUS BIRDS – What makes a bird a bird? Feeding adaptations, fabulous feathers, name that bird, and neotropical migrants in trouble. Meet some of Connecticut’s birds and learn about their reproductive strategies. Adaptations, camouflage, and migration
Time Required: 1 – 2 hours Grade Level 3 – 5 CT Standard 3.2, 8.2
PONDING – Collecting, Identification, and, Animal Release. Involve your class in a hands on lesson about the food chain found in fresh water habitats. The class will visit Redwing Pond with simple equipment to catch, observe and release the small residents that live there.
Time Required: 1-2 hours Grade Level 1-4 CT Standard 3.2, 8.2
TIDAL POOLS – Beach combing tales, shells, skins & teeth, touch tank experiences, Herman Horseshoe Crab. Over seventy percent of the earth is covered by oceans – find out about some creatures that live in Long Island Sound.
Time Required: 1 – 1 ½ hours Grade Level K-3 CT Standard K.2, 1.2, 3.2
INSECT BASICS – Learn the parts of an insect, metamorphosis, “the hungry little caterpillar”. Come and see our CT butterflies. Students will learn the parts and life cycle of these beautiful critters. Take a walk to observe some in the wild.
Time Require: 1-1 ½ hours Grade Level K-3 CT standard K.2, 1.2, 1.3, 3.2
SENSATIONAL SOILS (spring/fall)
Involve your class in a hands-on lesson exploring the importance of soil for sustaining life on earth. Students will examine and classify soil samples and discover the importance of decomposers in the ecosystem.
Time Required: 1-2 hours Grade Level 2-5 CT Standard 3.1
INCREDIBLE INSECTS – insects, insects everywhere, arthropod architecture, secret signals, let’s go bugging. A fun-filled way to learn about the largest group of creatures in the world and their amazing array of life styles.
Time Required: 1 – 2 hours Grade Level 1-4 CT Standard 1.3
GOING BATTY – Bat systems, friends or enemies, games, meet belfry. Learn about how bats survive, and their important role in our environment, as we discover their hunting technique and take the bat quiz!
Time Required: 1 – 2 hours Grade Level – All CT Standard 3.2, 4.2, 5.1
SEEDS/PODS/PLANTS – transportation systems, colors and shapes, berry inks, acorn instruments. This activity is designed to focus on the diversity of Connecticut’s plant life. It’s a great time of year to discover thousands of seeds and the many ways plants have developed to travel. The varied color, shape, taste and texture will amaze you.
Time Required: ½ to 1 ½ hours Grade Level K-6 CT Standard 2.2
FALL DISCOVERIES – rope games, scavenger hunt sensitivity, matching leaves, un-natural trail. How do plants and animals adapt to New England’s winter climate? Take a close look around you using all the tools at hands. Learn how our senses may be used to discover nature.
Time Required: ½ – 1 ½ hours Grade Level Pre-K – 3 CT Standard k.3
ANIMAL DETECTIVES- Skulls/ Scat and Animal Tracks – Animals are all around us even if we don’t see them! Students will be encouraged to use their nature detective skills to see who might be lurking around us by looking for animal signs such as tracks, scat and animal homes. Become an animal detective by looking for animals clues to understand what animals are doing. Student will make their own plaster animal tracks and while they dry we’ll go outside to look for animal signs. $1 extra materials fee per student.
Time Required: 1 – 2 hours Grade Level 1 – 6
MAPLE SYRUPING – (Seasonally during February and March) Making spiles, identifying trees, tapping, cooking out. Have you ever tasted real maple syrup? Learn the process and how to make the tools you’ll need to tap your own trees that will yield the best syrup ever. Please note, classes are limited due to environmental conditions. Sap and weather permitting. $1 extra per student for ice cream and maple syrup
Time Required: 2 hours Grade Level Pre K – 8
ANIMALS IN WINTER– What’s going on in the woods? How do animals survive the winter? A felt board story of seasonal changes in the natural world. A visual exploration of the seasonal changes and the effect upon the wildlife living at the Ansonia Nature Center. Includes a nature walk.
Time Required: ½ – hour Grade Level Pre K – 1
OWLS – ECO – INVESTIGATIONS – Food chains, producers & consumers, owl prowling to nest site, pellet prying, use your owl eyes. A fun filled class of surprise and discovery while learning of our illusive but common night time birds of prey. Meet our resident owl ambassadors.
Time Required: 1 ½ – 2 hours Grade Level 3 – 6
- The First Americans
- Creature Feature
- The secret life of bees
- Wild Edibles
- Fire Making
- CT Wildflowers
- Animal Rehabilitation
- Seasonal Discoveries
- Reptiles & Amphibians
- Nature Trail Walks
- …..and more.