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Audubon Center in Greenwich
613 Riversville Road, Greenwich
203-869-5272, ext. 387
The Audubon Center in Greenwich is located on a 285-acre preserve and features the Kimberlin Nature Education Center, 9 miles of hiking trails, and our new Nature Play Trail that is wheelchair accessible and engages children in imaginative and active outdoor play. We offer year-round family nature programs, school field trips, a summer nature camp, and Mommy and Me programs.  Our facility also offers a Children’s Learning Center with interactive exhibits, a Nature Store & Gift Shop, and a Nature Art Gallery. The facility is available for Birthday Party programs and rental for other special occasions. Come learn and explore with us!

Bishop’s Orchards
1355 Boston Post Road, Guilford
Bishop’s Orchards offers field trips for every grade level, pre-school through high school. Guided tours through the beautiful orchard, as well as visits with the animals, can be tied into any classroom curriculum. Fall is best for pick-your-own apples, pears and pumpkins.

Brown’s Harvest
1911 Poquonock Avenue, Route 75, Windsor
Enjoy fall family fun by taking a hayride around the Farm and going through our interactive 6 acre corn maze. Our 2016 Maze theme is a Salute to Our Military! We have two smaller mazes especially designed for ages 3-8, included with your admission to the farm. Enjoy fun farm activities in our “B” Barn. We are now taking reservations for our 39th Season of Fall school tours, scout groups, birthday parties, or any group of 15, or more, by appointment. Come out to the farm for our very popular Apple Cider Donuts, apple cider and pies, 18 varieties of Pumpkins, our huge display of mums, and other fall decorations. Pumpkin Patch field trips run September 27-October 31. Open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Check out the website for all upcoming events at

Bushy Hill Nature Center
253 Bushy Hill Road, Ivoryton
860-767-2148 ext 104
Bushy Hill offers a wide range of professional programming for all ages. The skilled staff has been providing interactive programs and services to schools, scouts, homeschool groups, and civic organizations for over 35 years. Our standards-based programs include Indigenous Studies, Teambuilding, Environmental Studies, Maple Sugaring, and custom-made programs. Our facilities include wigwam and tipi sites, high/low ropes courses, a farm and 700+ acres of varying habitats. Our Nature Center includes hands-on displays, museum quality replicas and live animal exhibits. Classes are offered on-site or at schools, parks and other locations.

The Claypen

The Claypen
997 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford
A visit to The Claypen is a fun-filled and memorable experience, allowing kids and adults alike to express their creativity! We offer affordable painting, clay and glass packages for scout troops and field trips, and are the destination of choice for many area homeschoolers and alternative education schools. We are happy to customize to special requests — just ask!
Our studio can accommodate up to 30 people for private parties, and 12 during our open hours. Have a larger group? No problem — we can come to you! Just ask for details.

Connecticut Historical Society
1 Elizabeth Street, Hartford
860-236-5621, ext. 232
The Connecticut Historical Society offers a variety of thematic, hands-on museum tours and classroom outreach programs on a range of Connecticut history and civics topics for pre-k through 12th-grade students. Using techniques including close-looking at historic objects and images, investigating primary documents and drama, history comes alive. All programs have been designed to align with Common Core and the Connecticut Frameworks. For program details and information about special Home School Days, visit

The Connecticut Science Center
250 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford
The Connecticut Science Center is dedicated to inspiring lifelong learning through interactive and innovative experiences that explore our changing world through science. As a statewide resource for science and technology education, we want all students to learn science through unique methods beyond the traditional textbook. We have developed exhibits, programs and other resources based on Science Standards to support the learning goals you have for your students.

10 Woodside Lane, Westport
Earthplace, The Nature Discovery and Environmental Learning Center, offers innovative, curriculum-based natural history programs for pre-K-Grade 8. Programs, which meet Connecticut science curriculum standards, are designed to supplement your science unit by offering hands-on presentations that enable and encourage students to actively experience the natural world. Programs include scientific investigation of our live animals and our 62-acre sanctuary and often focus on environmental problem solving. Programs can be at Earthplace or your site and can be tailored to your group.

Fairview Tree Farm
486 Walnut Tree Hill Road, Shelton
Students will enjoy a scenic one-mile tractor drawn hayride to a special field where they will be able to select their own sugar pumpkin. Their hayride continues back to a picnic area. They are given a juice box, and you may provide a snack or lunch if desired. They will have time to visit with the animals. We can provide a short lesson on farming, pumpkins, and animals geared toward the student’s ages if you desire. Teachers and chaperones ride free.  Book early to reserve your date!

Foster Family Farm
90 Foster Street, South Windsor
Come solve our two large corn mazes, enjoy a leisurely hay ride, pick a pumpkin and pet some friendly farm animals. We’re open weekends starting September 17 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Starting September 23, we will be running our flashlight maze on Friday and Saturday nights until 9:30 p.m. Beginning October 1, we’re open daily until Halloween (10 a.m.-6 p.m.). We hope to see you this fall! Please call us for group pricing and scheduling.

The Institute for American Indian Studies
38 Curtis Road, Washington
(860) 868-0518
Explore the past, engage with the present, and embrace Mother Earth at the Institute for American Indian Studies. We offer fun, hands-on educational programs and events year round for all ages and interests. Walk in the footsteps of Native Americans past and present and experience Life in the Woodlands!

Nature’s Classroom, Inc.
19 Harrington Road, Charlton, MA
Nature’s Classroom, Inc. fosters leadership, confidence, responsibility and individual growth through residential and day-long programs at one of our 14 facilities in New England. Explore STEM through hands-on project-based activities. Learn about the natural world through exploration and discovery. Nature’s Classroom brings the world to life and fosters a lifelong love of learning.

Noah Webster House

Noah Webster House
227 South Main Street, West Hartford
Bring your students to the one-and-only 18th century birthplace of dictionary author and Founding Father Noah Webster! Our dynamic and participatory programs meet many of the K-12 Connecticut Curriculum Standards in social studies, language arts and other disciplines. Led by costumed educators, our programs help students connect to the past, from the 1 ½ hour hands-on “Sampler of Early American Life” to the 4 hour “Living History” program where students cook lunch over an open hearth! Or let us come to you: our Outreach Programs provide experiences right in the classroom. Our programs make history come to life!

Project Oceanology
1084 Shennecossett Road, Avery Point, Groton, CT 06340
860-445-9007 /
Discover the Wonders of the Sea
Come aboard Project Oceanology’s Enviro-Lab research vessel, roll up your sleeves and get your hands wet by pulling trawl lines and handling marine animals in an unparalleled learning experience of hands-on, brains-on marine science. Project O’s tailor-made programs for school groups in grades 4-12 include cruising the waters of Long Island Sound to study tidal marshes, rocky intertidal zones and near-shore fishes, along with the beautiful and diverse environment of nearby Bluff Point Coastal Preserve. Visit

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square
234 West 42nd Street, New York
Known for the bizarre, unusual and weird, Ripley's Believe It or Not! in Times Square welcomes guests to experience the unheard of, unimaginable and astonishing. Our remarkable collection includes the worlds' largest display of shrunken heads, a massive gorilla made from recycled tires, an elephant with two trunks, locks of presidential hair and dozens of interactive oddities. Featuring favorites found at Ripley's around the world and oddities found only here, we welcome you to experience the odd, absurd, shocking and weird.

Southwick’s Zoo
2 Southwick Street, Mendon, MA
Southwick’s Zoo is home to more than 850 animals including lions, tigers, giraffes, rhinos, sloths, kangaroos, chimpanzees and more! Watch live animal presentations at the EARTH Discovery Center. Students may also get a closer look at our animal ambassadors and speak with EARTH’s staff. Learning is fun at Southwick’s Zoo! There are entertaining and educational shows, a petting zoo, play park, food venues, picnic areas, gift shops and much more! ask about zoo outreach programs, too!

Wildlife Conservation Society
2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10460
Visit the WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY’s Zoos and Aquariums located throughout the boroughs of New York City — the BRONX ZOO in the Bronx, the CENTRAL PARK ZOO in Manhattan, the PROSPECT PARK ZOO in Brooklyn, the QUEENS ZOO in Queens, or the NEW YORK AQUARIUM just off Brooklyn’s Coney Island Boardwalk. NEW! Box Lunches available for groups.
For more information contact the Group Sales Department.
Phone: 800-433-4149 Email: Website:

In-School Enrichment

Animal Embassy
P. O. Box 4461, Stamford
Animal Embassy is dedicated to fostering appreciation and respect for the natural world and the diversity of life on Earth. Animal Embassy specializes in providing hands-on, interactive, entertaining and educational experiences featuring live, exotic animals. Programming includes school visits, library programs and more with Animal Ambassadors including reptiles, amphibians, arachnids and insects, birds and small mammals.

Dinosaurs Rock® Fossil, Mineral and
Ocean Events & Supplies

Dinosaurs Rock® Fossil, Mineral and Ocean Events & Supplies
800-411-DINO (3466)    
We Bring the Museum to You! 17th year! Select from DINOSAURS ROCK®, GEMS ROCK® and OCEANS ROCK® interactive, fun, educational shows. Take home genuine fossils, minerals and seashells from simulated digs, excavations or gemstone mining.  See and touch giant museum exhibits of life-size and genuine fossils, minerals and/or sea-life specimens.  From assemblies and workshops to fundraisers, Family Fun Nites and after school programs. Discounts with optional Museum Shop.  “Our students’ favorite assembly.” — Chango Elementary teacher.


The Children’s Museum
950 Trout Brook Drive, West Hartford
860-231-2830, ext. 44
The Children’s Museum is a unique resource that supports teachers and parents through engaging children in fun, hands-on programs and exhibits.  All programs are aligned with Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards and are designed to foster interest in scientific inquiry and a respect for the natural world. Field trips to the Museum feature an immersive full-dome planetarium, wildlife sanctuary, and interactive exhibits. Museum programming can also be held offsite in classroom or assembly format. Children from Preschool to Middle School will find something to spark their curiosity!

Connecticut River Museum
67 Main Street, Essex
860-767-8269 x 113   
Discover New England’s Great River at the Connecticut River Museum! Take part in science and social studies workshops. Use art, artifacts and primary documents to dive into amazing stories like Bushnell’s Turtle and the British Raid on Essex. Explore transportation history and how people use natural resources. Experiment with pollution and conservation in a wet lab or take a boat cruise up the River to explore the spectacular ecosystem of the lower tidal valley. The interactive workshops serve grades K-12 and connect to state curriculum standards in multiple subject areas. Museum based and outreach programs available.

Connecticut Trolley Museum
58 North Road, East Windsor
Experience a three-mile round trip ride through the scenic countryside on antique trolley cars. A period-dressed motorman will teach you about the history of trolley cars and what role they play in transportation. Educate yourself on trolley history while navigating through the visitors center using a scavenger hunt. Climb aboard static trolleys and take the control as a motorman. Bring a bagged lunch and watch the trolleys depart! Purchase a special souvenir in the gift shop to remember your visit. We are now accepting group reservations for April-August. Contact or call 860-627-6540 to book your trip!

Discovery Museum and Planetarium
4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport
Fly a Mission to the Moon or Rendezvous with a Comet in our Challenger Center! Interactive space mission simulations for schools, scouts, homeschoolers and party groups (reservations required). Hone your Earth science knowledge with Science on a Sphere. Daily Planetarium shows, learning labs, demos and scout badge programs can be customized for groups. Weekend workshops, summer programs, school/library outreach. Preschool Power, Dare to Discover learning stations, Adventure Science, and hands-on galleries to learn while doing.

Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme
Learn about the life of Florence Griswold, a key figure in CT women’s history and American art history. Tour her house as interpreted for 1910 and see the work of artists who boarded there. Art activities include landscape painting on the museum’s grounds and riverfront. Visit the Krieble Art Gallery with changing art exhibitions.

Knights of Columbus Museum
1 State Street, New Haven
Featuring world-class exhibitions of art and history, the museum welcomes families and school groups for tours, talks, activities, or simply a stroll through its galleries. Renowned for its annual Christmas exhibitions, the museum is a spacious, contemporary and fully accessible facility, open year-round with free admission and onsite parking. New exhibitions open each spring and fall.

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum
295 West Avenue, Norwalk
203-838-9799  fax 203-838-1434   
Explore the Civil War era and mid-to-late 19th century American history, art, design and architecture at this iconic National Historic Landmark. Learn how children lived during the Victorian era, breakthrough technologies, economics, and more. The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum offers field trips for students in elementary school, middle school and high school. For information on Field Trips and the Museum’s Education Program please call 203-838-9799 ext. 4 or email

The Mark Twain House & Museum
351 Farmington Avenue, Hartford
The Mark Twain House has fun and educational programs for you! Bring your students to visit the house where Huck, Tom and Jim were born! The experts will not only guide your classes through the beautiful rooms where Twain worked and raised his family, but talk about the fascinating times in which he lived and which influenced his books. It’s the perfect way to bring learning to life! Make your reservation at least two weeks in advance of your visit.

New England Air Museum
36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks
Home to over eighty historic aircraft and an extensive collection of aviation artifacts, the New England Air Museum offers a variety of interdisciplinary, inquiry-based field trip tours and programs designed to meet K-12 state and national curriculum standards. Students conduct scientific investigations, build and launch flying machines, and climb aboard real aircraft as they uncover the history (and science) behind New England’s unique role in aviation, both past and present. Adventure, discovery, and the dream of flight…it’s all at the New England Air Museum!

The Shore Line Trolley Museum

The Shore Line Trolley Museum
17 River Street, East Haven
The Shore Line Trolley Museum lets you experience how people traveled before cars and buses. The vintage trolley cars take you on a three-mile round trip through scenic woods and open wetlands. The museum houses exhibits and artifacts, and a guided tour of the extensive collection of antique streetcars teaches the history and significance of the trolley era. In continuous operation for over 100 years, this National Historic District hosts educational events throughout the year.

Springfield Museums and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden
21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA
413-263-6800, ext. 322
One stop, four museums and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden. Interpretive tours, hands-on science programs, history activities, art discovery adventures and more for ages pre-K to college. Mix and match topics to create an interdisciplinary field trip, or our Museums on the Go! educators can come to you! We can create a customized outreach visit for your school, troop meeting, science fair, or community night.

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

Stepping Stones Museum for Children
303 West Avenue, Norwalk
Experience an award-winning children's museum providing hands-on exhibits and programs designed to ignite a love of learning through play. Students can explore feelings, mood and relationships with others in "Express Yourself," get wet while investigating hydro, wind and solar power in "Energy Lab®," construct structures in "Build It!" and more. Whether preschoolers are exploring the wonders of butterflies or fifth-graders are examining matter and forces, Stepping Stones is an exciting and engaging destination. Exhibits and workshops connect to national and state frameworks. 90-minute group visits available Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Visit for information about Group Tours and Workshops.

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
170 Whitney Avenue, New Haven
The Yale Peabody Museum invites you to explore four billion years of natural history through our exhibits and programs. From the awe-inspiring dinosaurs that fill our Great Hall to our newly expanded and eye popping exhibit of rocks and minerals, the Yale Peabody Museum has something for everyone! Reserve a self-guided group visit or have the Museum’s Education Department provide an engaging science, history or art program for your school, scout or community group.

Performance Arts

Garde Arts Cente

Garde Arts Center
325 State Street, New London
860-444-7373, ext. 1
The Garde Arts Center, now entering its 90th Anniversary Season, presents the finest in performing arts including: national Broadway musical tours, opera, music, dance, special events and a Winter and Summer Cinema Series. As part of our comprehensive arts in education programming for public, private and home-schooled children, the Garde presents Bob’s Discount Furniture Schooltime Series. This live daytime theater program of plays and musicals is geared for ages 5-16 and includes study guides and links to educational curricula.


The Adam Kreiger Adventure Program
Hopkins School
986 Forest Road, New Haven
The Adam Kreiger Adventure Program provides groups of all ages with an opportunity to learn and grow through activities that involve varying levels of strategy, cooperation, trust and problem solving. These team building activities make up the 30 element challenge course which is located on the campus of Hopkins School in New Haven. They are able to offer suitable and enjoyable programs for participants of all abilities. Each program differs based on the goals and objectives of the participants and will be handled at a pace that is appropriate and suitable for each respective group.

The Adventure Parks

The Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum
4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport
When kids go for a climb through the trees and zip lines at The Adventure Park they’re having the time of their lives. But they are also learning about themselves and the world around them. The Adventure Park is good for mind and body. Team- and self esteem-building. The Adventure Park consists of a series of bridges between tree platforms, forming “aerial trails" with opportunities for problem solving as well as fun. 11 different trails to choose from, beginner through advanced. Every climber wears a harness continuously connected to a safety cable. Staff supervision throughout. Free lesson plans available.

The Adventure Park at Storrs
2007 Storrs Road, Storrs
When kids go for a climb through the trees and zip lines at The Adventure Park they’re having the time of their lives. But they are also learning about themselves and the world around them. The Adventure Park is good for mind and body. Team- and self esteem-building. The Adventure Park consists of a series of bridges between tree platforms, forming “aerial trails" with opportunities for problem solving as well as fun. Seven different trails to choose from, beginner through advanced. Every climber wears a harness continuously connected to a safety cable. Staff supervision throughout. Free lesson plans available.

Chelsea Piers

Chelsea Piers Connecticut
1 Blachley Road, Stamford
Chelsea Piers Connecticut is perfect for a variety of school-sponsored events and outings. Their 465,000 square foot facility can accommodate groups of 25 to 500, from elementary school to high school. Event planners will customize a program for your school, incorporating several of our sports, including basketball, gymnastics, rock climbing, water slides, trampoline pit, Gaga court, batting cages and more. Experienced staff will lead your group through a series of fun activities with student safety as a top priority. For more information, email

Jump Off Indoor Trampoline Park & Fun Zone

Jump Off Indoor Trampoline Park & Fun Zone
280 Garfield Avenue, Stratford
Jump Off Indoor Trampoline Park & Fun Zone is the perfect venue for your school, troop, team, club or office group events. Our brand new 28,000 sq. ft facility includes 3 level Indoor Playground, Trampolines, Dodge Ball, Form Pit, Battle Beam, Air Bag, Basket Ball, Inflatables, Toddler Area & more which can easily accommodates groups from 20 to 300! Friendly Jump Off staff members will help each of your group through the entire process so you can rest assured your event will be a bouncing success!

Launch Trampoline Park
91 Brainard Road, Hartford
Launch Trampoline Park is an indoor sports facility featuring over 15,000 square feet of connected trampolines forming one GIANT jumping surface with angled trampoline walls. Field trips at Launch Trampoline Park are a great way for kids to get excited about learning! Explore movement and agility, learn about different muscle groups and even play some team building games! Best of all, it’s suitable for kids of all ages! Lead your class in these activities and watch them have a blast bouncing off the walls!
  Field trips run Monday through Thursday during school hours and a minimum of 25 people are required.

Monster Mini Golf
14 Starr Road, Danbury  203-744-4653
Christmas Tree Plaza, 210 River Road, Orange  203-553-9267
Monster Mini Golf is an exciting, indoor, monster-themed, glow-in-the-dark, 18 hole miniature golf course that offers a host of fun activities at every turn. Play mini golf among scary, but cool, monster decor with custom and animated props at every turn. Our new Orange location features a 2,300 sq. ft. laser tag arena! Field trips are custom designed for the individual needs of each organization and are geared for groups of 25 to 200. The cost ranges between $5-$7 per person, depending upon the ages of the participants, the approximate number of people and the time and day of the trip. The use of the private party room is an optional choice. Contact Monster Mini Golf with any questions so the trip will be a “hole in one” for everyone!

Rockin' Jump Trampoline Park
25 Trefoil Drive Trumbull -
Foxhaven Plaza, East Haven -
Rockin’ Jump is a safe, clean and fun park for the whole family. Inside our large facility we offer a trampoline park that has a dodgeball arena where serious games are played, a basketball arena where all dunk dreams can come true, a huge open jump arena, tumbling tracks for our gymnasts, and an arena where jumping off walls and flips are encouraged as our fans land in a large foam pit. We also have our popular gladiator arena where balance and skill will allow you to win and rock climbing for all levels. When you are done having fun, enjoy a pizza or healthy smoothie from our cafe and some sporting events on our TVs in our lounge space. No arcades here.  We are about fitness disguised as FUN!



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