Diane teaching middle school kids

Attention Teachers……
Plan Your next field trip with the Pratt Nature Center

Lets work together to create an individualized, hands on experience for your students!

Pioneer Days…. Colonial Days….. Nature Hikes….. Planting…….. Harvesting….. Life Cycles….. Critter Carrivan and more.

Our Unique Property opens itself up to a variety of possibilities…. Wooded Hiking trails… a pond…. meadows….. the East Aspetuck River…. a barnyard with animals and a hands on educational vegetable garden.

Popular presentations include……..

Life Cycles:  

An entire day focused on life-cycles and nature.  Learn about frogs and catch frogs in the pond.   Visit our Bee hive and learn how bees communicate and pollinate.  The educational vegetable garden is used to plant and discuss plants from seed to fruit.  ( Spring)

 “The Importance of Buying Local and Natural

An interactive discussion on its effect on your health,the environment and the local economy” ( middle school/high school,includes  planting)

 “The Second Grade Growing Series”

1. “Soil Science”
2. The History of Farming in the area, Nutrition and the science of  growing.
3. Planting in our educational vegetable garden

Maple Sugaring:
A collaborative field trip between the Pratt Nature Center and Great Brook Sugar House at Sullivan Farm.
Program Length: Two Hours
Program Description: Smell the Sugar. See the Steam. Students will gather around a campfire and listen to Native American and Colonial folklore and legend as they learn how we turn maple sap into the sweet treat we ALL love!
We will travel through time to a Civil War Era flat pan before heading off into the sugar bush to tap a few maple trees.
Students will use an auger and collect a bucket or two of sap. They will also see a demo of modern day tubing that is used to gather sap more efficiently. We will then get back on your bus and travel to Great Brook Sugar House to see a modern day Sugar House and evaporator. The field trip wouldn’t be complete without a quick taste of 100 % pure Maple Syrup!
We can accommodate morning and afternoon classes.
Approx. 50 students
Mid-February through March.
All Ages
Completely OUTSIDE! Dress Appropriate to Weather.
States of Matter, Seasons, Life cycles, History, Weather, Climate, Natural Resources, Local Economy, Traditional living Skills.

 Maps and Orienteering: Learn the basics on reading and using a compass to find your way and map out an area

Snow Shoeing : We will come to you or you can come to us!  (dependent on Mother Nature)
“Chicks and Salsa(pre k and up) includes the reading of Chicks and Salsa along with the making of your very own salsa.

• “Pioneer Days”   Panning for Gold, blacksmith, campfire songs, a trading post are just a few of the eight different hands on station your students can enjoy.
Experience a real life Oregon Trail.

Nature Hikes/Walks Enjoy the changing of the seasons. Each season brings us something new.

Critter Caravan  Our unique classroom friendly animals help teach your students about animal classification

The Lorax Presentation Connects  your class back to nature


Tailor made presentations
either at your school or at the Pratt Nature Center have included….

• Colonial Days Butter making, games, school house etc (all grades)
• Force and Motion
• The Water Cycle
• Predator/Prey
• Trout Release
• Snow shoeing
• Harvesting and Cooking
• Life Cycles
• Weather Station
• And Many More…….