Field Trips for Schools
We provide curriculum-aligned field trips for grades pre-k, kindergarten, first, second, third, and fourth. Planning time is needed for each trip, so book your date 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 programs run approximately 2 hours. Add additional time for lunch and recess on the playground.
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Financial Assistance Funds
The Patrons of the Trumbull Nature & Arts Center may have financial assistance funds available for qualifying public schools and non-profit organizations. If you would like to apply for scholarship funding to offset the cost of your field trip, you will be required to complete and submit a scholarship application form. It is recommended that requests be submitted at least one month prior to your scheduled program. Requests will be approved on the basis of eligibility and the availability of funds. Please contact us for details.

Come Visit: 7115 Main Street, Rte 25, Trumbull, CT 06611 Phone: (203)
Mailing Address: Patrons of TNAC, Inc, P.O. Box 110438, Trumbull, CT 06611
Pre-Kindergarten: The World Around Us
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. Note: We can customize our Pre-K program to align with science topics discussed in your classroom. Please contact us for details.
CT Core Science Curriculum and Assessment Framework: PK.2.a, COG 1, COG 3, COG 5, P & S 9

Kindergarten: Nature Exploration
For Kindergarten, we offer both in-school and on-site programs.

On-site at TNAC:
- A short hike, in which we talk about using our senses to learn about the natural world
- An activity in which students sort living and non-living things
- A lesson on insect anatomy and habitats including a cricket home to bring back to the classroom.

At your school (each option would be presented on separate dates throughout the school year):
- Animal Homes and Structures
- Weather and Seasonal Changes
- Seed Planting
- Egg Hatching (as a supplemental program for schools that incubate eggs as part of their science curriculum)
NGSS K-LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

Grade 1: Plants and Insects
We offer three options for Grade 1, which could be held at your 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
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 2: NGSS Environment Programs
TNAC has developed and implemented activities that correlate with the Next Generation Science Standards. Schools have a choice of 3 activities from the following options:

1) Seed Dispersal: Students perform hands-on model building to design a seed that must be transported to a new location based on 2 different environmental situations. The various mechanisms of seed dispersal, including wind, water, and animals are reviewed. Students work together in groups and present their designs to classmates.
NGSS.2-LS2: Develop a simple model that mics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants; NGSS.2-LS2.B: Plants depend on animals for pollination or to move their sounds around.

2) Erosion Mountains: Students construct mountains out of natural materials including soil, rocks, twigs, and plants. Their mountains, which are based on their own design, are then subjected to a simulated rainstorm to visualize the effects that water has on the land. Topics covered include erosion and erosion prevention, stability, rivers, landslides and how the earth changes over time.
NGSS.2-ESS2-1: Compare multiple solutions designed to slow or prevent wind or water from changing the shape of the land.

3) Biodiversity Walk: Students collect aquatic organisims from the pond and/or stream using nets. We will also walk through a meadow and forest environment to compare the diversity of life in these different habitats. We will discuss the adaptations that help the various creatures survive in their environments.
NGSS.2-LS4-1: Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.

4) Ecosystem Experiments: Students will use their senses to examine and identify different types of soil. Based on their examination, they will predict the outcome of an experiment using the different types of soils. They will then perform another experiment that simulates rainfall in a forest habitat and a meadow habitat. They will test their predictions against the experimental outcomes and explain the results.
NGSS.2-ESS2-3: Obtain information to identify where water is found on Earth and that it can be solid or liquid.
NGSS.2-PS1-1: Plan and conduct an investigation to describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties.
NGSS.2-PS1-2: Analyze data obtained from different materials to determine which materials have the properties that are best suited for an intended purpose.

5) Beaver Habitat Simulation: Students will learn how beavers live, including the way they manipulate habitats to suit their needs, and how their methods contrast with other mammals such as woodchucks. Students will use engineering skills to create a model beaver habitat using the similar materials and techniques to those that beavers use. Students will observe the effect of changing variables on the beaver habitat.
NGSS.2-LS4-1: Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
NGSS.2-LS1-B: Adult plants and animals can have young. In many kinds of animals, parents and the offspring themselves engage in behaviors that help the offspring to survive.
NGSS.2-LS1.A: All organisms have external parts. Different animals use their body parts in different ways to see, hear, grasp objects, protect themselves, move from place to place, and seek, find, and take in food, water and air.

Grade 3: Habitats - Pond, Meadow, Forest
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
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
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