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Audubon Center in Greenwich
613 Riversville Road, Greenwich, Ct
203-869-5272, ext. 387
Opened in 1941 as the National Audubon Society’s first education center, this 285-acre preserve and its Kimberlin Nature Education Center is and ideal location for school field trips, camp, events and weekend escapes with the family throughout the year. All programs, whether thaught indoors or outdoors, are tailored to meet the school curriculum requirements while inspiring students with the many lessons nature teaches. Audubon education programs can also be brought to your school! This unique education destination in northern Greenwich is in high demand so try to schedule group visits as early as possible. See you on the trails!

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 and going through our interactive 6 acre corn maze. We have two smaller mazes especially designed for ages 3-8. Included with your admission to the farm, enjoy farm activities in our "B" Barn. We are now taking reservations for our 38th Season of Fall school tours, scout groups, birthday parties, or any other group of 15 or more by appointment on weekdays. Come out to the farm for our very popular Apple Cider Donuts, apple cider, and pies. Pumpkins, our huge display of mums, carving kits, and other fall decorations, are available. Open daily 10-6. Fall activities start weekends September 12-November 1st 2015. Open daily 10am-6pm.  Check out website for all upcoming events at

Butler-McCook House & Garden
396 Main Street, Hartford
(860) 247-8996 x 14
Butler-McCook House & Garden offers hands-on programs for K-12 students, youth clubs and home-school groups. Programs are designed to foster student achievement, support diverse learning styles and provide education outside of the classroom. Interdisciplinary activities use history, math, geography and economics to explore Connecticut’s past and our place in the world. Programs include optional extension activities and performance tasks, and are designed to support the Common Core, C3 Inquiry Arc and Connecticut Frameworks. Email:

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 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's Old State House

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.

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo
1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is one of Connecticut’s top family attractions. Spend and hour or the whole day and see more than 300 animals representing primarily North and South American species. Come learn about tour many endangered and threatened species, which include the Amur (Siberian) tiger, Andean condor, ocelot, red wolf, maned wolf, giant anteater and golden lion tamarin. Visit our new exhibit, Pampas Plains, grab a bite at the Peacock Café, enjoy an outdoor lunch in the Picnic Grove and take a ride on our colorful carousel. We can’t wait to see you!

Connecticut’s Old State House
800 Main Street, Hartford
Connecticut’s Old State House in historic downtown Hartford reawakens citizen engagement and awareness by providing an authentic, educational and inspiring experience for students in all grade levels.  The Old State House offers interactive and participatory school programs that are aligned with Connecticut’s new Social Studies Framework and focus on the history of the building, the role Connecticut played during the 18th and 19th centuries, civic participation and how government works. For more information, visit

The Energize Connecticut Center

The Energize Connecticut Center
122 Universal Drive North, North Haven
Interact, Experience and Embrace an Energy Savvy Mindset. An energy resource center and a hands-on learning laboratory for children, the Energize Connecticut Center offers educational tours, seminars, special events and the latest energy efficiency and renewable technologies; all focused on teaching Connecticut residents and businesses how to use energy wisely without sacrificing comfort or style. The new Energize Connecticut Center is now open! See more at

The Institute for American Indian Studies
38 Curtis Road, Washington
(860) 868-0518 x103
At the Institute for American Indian Studies, hear the voices of Native American Indians as our hands-on research, programs, events and exhibits share the vitality, diversity and traditions of the Eastern Woodlands peoples. Our museum also encompasses Native cultures from across the Americas, past to present. Experience the outdoors amongst our trails and explore the past in our Village; share in the present of passing traditions and creating contemporary Native arts. Educational programs are available for schools, day camps and homeschool groups.

Nathan Hale Homestead
2299 South Street, Coventry
Students grades K thru 12, will travel back to the 18th century and walk in the footsteps of Connecticut’s State Hero, Nathan Hale.  The Homestead offers a variety of hands-on experiences and classroom outreach programs, including: spying in the American Revolution, attending an 18th-century school, hearth cooking, writing with quill pens and viewing original historic artifacts.  Programs have been designed to align with the Common Core and the Connecticut Frameworks. For program details, email

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
227 South Main Street, West Hartford
Centered in Noah Webster’s birthplace and inspired by his spirit of discovery, students create meaning from the past through participatory experiences and access to historical materials. Dynamic programs are offered both on-site and in the classroom and meet many of the K-12 Connecticut Curriculum Standards in social studies, language arts and other disciplines. Programs are best for preschoolers through grade 8. Book at least four weeks in advance. Check the website for details.

Project Oceanology

Project Oceanology
1084 Shennecossett Road, Groton
Avery Point / University of Connecticut Campus
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.

Robin Hood Springtime Festival
FREE FIELD TRIP (May 27, 2016) - Treat your students to a FREE field trip to the Robin Hood Springtime Festival in North Haven, CT. This enchanted experience is open to all public, private, and home schools (K-12). Explore the Middle Ages and meet characters from the past. See why plate armor ruled the battlefield; learn from educational workshops; experience an authentic knighting ceremony, cheer at a joust, and more. Curricula for K-12 available.

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

Wildlife Conservation Society
2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY
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:

In-School Enrichment

Animal Embassy

Animal Embassy
P. O. Box 4461, Stamford, CT
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
800-411-DINO (3466)   
We Bring the Museum to You! 15th 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.


Connecticut River Museum

Connecticut River Museum
67 Main Street, Essex
860-767-8269 x 113   
Visit the Connecticut River Museum and explore river ecology, use simple machines and discover the past through documents and artifacts. Take a cruise on the River and maybe see an eagle! The interactive workshops serve grades K-12 and connect to state curriculum standards in multiple subject areas. Museum based and outreach programs available.

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. Special Re-Launch rates: new Missions and “Micronauts” program for K-4! Minimum 14 participants, reservations required. 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, Energy Network 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.

Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center

Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center
One Pleasant Street, Bristol
Inspiration and investigation flourish at Imagine Nation. Featuring twelve interactive, Reggio-Emilia influenced studios supporting curiosity, critical thinking, creativity, confidence and citizenship. Each studio, including our Outdoor Learning Park, is designed to extend classroom curriculum for Pre-K through 2nd grade children by relating to standards across all domains. Enjoy snacks, lunch and ice cream in our café with healthy menu options for groups of all sizes. Extended learning opportunities are available with lab and outreach workshops.

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
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 New Children's Museum

The New Children’s Museum
950 Trout Brook Drive, West Hartford
860-231-2830, ext. 44
The New 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!

New England Air Museum
36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks
Experience the thrill of flight with one of the world’s most outstanding collections of historic aviation artifacts. The museum includes over 80 aircraft and an extensive collection of engines, instruments and related artifacts. Meet engineers who develop flight technology, watch demonstrations on the principles of flight and experience what it is like to fly an aircraft in one of the museum’s flight simulators.

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.

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 nano innovations, 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 of Natural History opens a window of discovery into the world’s natural heritage — its flora, fauna, geology and people. The museum provides educational programs on biology, paleontology, geology, ancient civilizations, social studies and art to elementary through college-age students and other private and community-based groups. All programs draw on the museum’s exhibits to meet the needs of science and social studies education. Hands-on specimens are offered where possible.

Performance Arts

Garde Arts Center
325 State Street, New London
860-444-7373, ext. 1
As part of our comprehensive arts programming for children and students, the Garde Arts Center offers live theater opportunities for young people, ages 5-18, with the Bob’s Discount Furniture Schooltime Series. This daytime series of plays and musicals includes study guides and links to educational curricula and is performed on the stage of the historic theater.

The Palace Theatre
61 Atlantic Street, Stamford
The Palace Theater is the largest regional Broadway theater outside NYC, hosting live-music, comedy, jazz, dance, plays, musicals and family-friendly events. The Palace showcases top-rated kids entertainment and brings popular and favorite characters to life on the main stage. In our Upstage playhouse, children experience interactive and hands-on theater, including; puppet making, bubble adventures, story-telling, dance, acting and music.

Quick Center for the Arts

Quick Center for the Arts
1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield
Expose your students to live theatre experiences that enhance their learning, ignite creativity and offer a new view of the world around them. The Quick Center’s School Matinee Series serves over 4,000 local K-12 school children each year providing excellent arts experiences at affordable prices. Coming this season: The Cat in the Hat (Nov. 23), Yamato0 — The Drummers of Japan (Feb. 22), and Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny (April 25).

Warner Theatre
68 Main Street, Torrington
860-489-7180, ext. 156
Throughout the school year, we present special Daytime Performances for youth on the Warner Theatre Main Stage. These productions are a wonderful way to bring the excitement of live theatre into the hearts and minds of young students. With excellent cross-curricular connections and engaging story lines, our Daytime Performances series is certain to delight children of all ages, while providing terrific learning opportunities as school field trips. This season’s programming includes Disney’s The Jungle Book on Monday, February 29, for grades PreK-4; and The Monster Who Ate My Peas on Tuesday, March 22, for grades K-3. Amber Brown is Not a Crayon will delight grades 1-5 on Wednesday, May 18; and the series concludes with Alexander, Who’s Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move on Tuesday, May 31, for grades K-5. Join us for fun-filled field trips that are sure to be remembered!


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 Park at the Discovery Museum
4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport
Experience “adventure in the trees” in our amazing five-acre “aerial forest park.” The zip lines and challenge courses between tree platforms are where kids, teens and adults discover themselves and have a great time! Choose from eleven different, self-guided, color-coded courses, ranging from beginner through intermediate to expert — so nobody’s left out. Fun for individuals and excellent for team building! Special rates for reserved groups of 10 or more. Climbers receive a complete safety orientation. Our double-connected, “always-locked-on” climbing system helps keep your harness securely attached to safety lines throughout your time in the trees. Guaranteed great memories!

The Adventure Park at Storrs
2007 Storrs Road, Storrs
Experience “adventure in the trees” in our amazing five-acre “aerial forest park.” The zip lines and challenge courses between tree platforms are where kids, teens and adults discover themselves and have a great time! Choose from seven different, self-guided, color-coded courses, ranging from beginner through intermediate to expert — so nobody’s left out. Fun for individuals and excellent for team building! Special rates for reserved groups of 10 or more. Climbers receive a complete safety orientation. Our double-connected, “always-locked-on” climbing system helps keep your harness securely attached to safety lines throughout your time in the trees. Guaranteed great memories!

BounceU of Stratford
305 Hathaway Drive, Stratford
BounceU of North Branford
1289 Foxon Road, North Branford
At BounceU of Stratford and North Branford, they specialize in perfect field trip ideas. Throwing a PRIVATE field trip there, with amazing inflatables, couldn’t be easier — and they can accommodate up to 175 participants! BounceU is the perfect place for field trips because you don’t have to worry about the weather and others will not be interfering with your group!

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

EMPOWER Leadership Sports & Adventure Center
2011 South Main Street, Middletown
EMPOWER Youth Development programs feature both aerial and ground-based adventures designed to teach youths how to lead themselves and lead others! EMPOWER is home to Connecticut’s only fully guided zip line canopy adventure as well as professionally facilitated and innovative ground-based team building challenges. EMPOWER will design an outcomes-based adventure program specifically for your group’s needs. EMPOWER Youth Development programs focus on self-coaching, leadership, and team skill development. EMPOWER is open year round and can run programming on its 30-acre adventure facility or at your school’s gymnasium or field space.

815 Pine Street, Bristol
Jump-n-Jammin has over 18,000 sq. ft. of indoor (air conditioned) FUN space. We offer nine large inflatable for ages 2-99, a game room equipped with large flat screen TVs, Wii games, foosball, air hockey, basketball and a Pac Man arcade game. The best part: no tokens needed! Admission to open jumps include the game room! Special events at JNJ are open for field trips: Dr. Seuss’ Birthday, Jump with the Bunny and Egg Hunt, Mother Goose Day, Mickey’s Birthday, a visit with Santa and more! A snack, craft, story and jump time is offered to all field trips. Fundraising opportunities also available! To book a field trip/event, call 860-582-5867.

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Monster Mini Golf

Monster Mini Golf
14 Starr Road, Danbury  203-744-4653
Christmas Tree Plaza, 210 River Road, Orange
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 or more. 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!


Post Road Stages

Post Road Stages, Inc.
Post Road Tours
1105 Strong Road, South Windsor
860-644-1531 • 800-848-0223
Post Road offers a full range of transportation needs with charter bus services, airport transfers, educational sightseeing and group tour assistance. Our 55 passenger motorcoaches come equipped with all the newest amenities. We can offer a wheelchair lift motorcoach and we can design a customized itinerary to meet your specific group’s needs. Post Road is a full service bus company providing superior care in educational school travel.


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