Field Trips for Schools
Planning time is needed for each trip so book your dates as early as possible. There is a playground, and picnic tables are available on-site if you wish to extend your visit to include lunch. Field trips run about 2 - 3 hours minimum but can be modified, as needed.
School Field Trips
Field Trip Programs


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203-452-4421.
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Financial Assistance Funds
TNAC is pleased to announce Financial Assistance Funds available to qualifying regional schools and non-profit organizations (Regional = Southwest CT schools/organizations in which at least 30% of students receive free or reduced lunches). Schools must provide a signed letter (click here to download) of endorsement from the principal along with a completed TNAC Scholarship application form. The goal of TNAC's Financial Assistance Funds is to assist all those who request and qualify for assistance; however, we may not be able to accommodate all requests. It is recommended that requests be submitted at least one month prior to scheduled program. Requests will be approved on the basis of eligibility and the availability of funds. Requests will be handled on a "first come, first served" basis.  

Come Visit: 7115 Main Street, Rte 25, Trumbull, CT 06611 Phone: (203) 452-4421info@trumbullnatureandartscenter.org
Mailing Address: Patrons of TNAC, Inc, P.O. Box 110438, Trumbull, CT 06611
Students will go on an adventure hike where they will use their observational skills to discuss the difference between living and non-living things. A hands on activity will engage these young scientists in sorting various objects into groups to help them reinforce the difference and characteristics of living vs. non-living.
CT Core Science Curriculum and Assessment Framework: PK.2.a, COG 1, COG 3, COG 5, P & S 9

Kindergarten: Exploration Program:
During an exploration hike students will discuss seasonal variations and plants and animals and how their similarities and differences help us to classify them. Observing various collected and wild specimens will emphasize the difference between living and non-living things. In addition an easy to care for live cricket habitat will be constructed which will go back to the classroom so students can continue learning about the needs of living things.
CT Core Science Curriculum and Assessment Framework: K.2.a, A4, A5, A6
We also offer in-school programs, including: Animal Homes and Structures; Weather and Seasonal Changes; Seed planting and Live Specimens; and Egg Hatching (as a supplemental program for schools that hatch eggs as part of their science curriculum.)
Please email us for more details on our in-school Kindergarten programs.

Grade 1: Plants and Insects:
We offer three options for Grade 1, which could be held in-school on separate days, or all on one day at our site:
Option A: Beekeeping & Pollination
Option B: Insect Safari and Cricket Habitat
Option C: Plant Dissection and Flower Flow Experiment
A Framework for K -12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas. 1-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes.

Grade 2: Soil Investigation Program:
Students will explore and examine such topics as soil formation, its components and properties. They will participate in 3 fun hands-on field experiments where they will investigate various soil types and even construct a worm farm to take back to the classroom to learn about worms and their interactions with the soil.
CT Core Science Curriculum and Assessment Framework: 2.3.a, 2.3.b, A21, A22

Grade 3: Habitat Program:
Students will visit TNAC for a hands-on and interactive experience examining forest, meadow and wetland habitats. They will use critical thinking skills to explore plant and animal adaptations as they relate to these ecosystems. Students will be able to compare and contrast the similarities and differences of various environments. They will use their creativity and imagination to design an original creature that might live in one of these habitats.
CT Core Science Curriculum and Assessment Framework: 3.2.a, B3, B4

Grade 4: Plants and Erosion Program:
Students will dissect real flowers to learn about plant structure, photosynthesis, growth, and reproduction through pollination. Using this hands-on approach, students will gain a better understanding of how the food we eat has a complex path to our tables. Students will also go on an exploration to identify various types of erosion that have shaped the landscape. Plus, they will participate in a fun (and messy!) activity, that will test various erosional forces on mud-constructed mountains.
CT Core Science Curriculum and Assessment Framework: 4.2.a, B10, B11
For scheduling please contact - programs@trumbullnatureandartscenter.org