Junior Naturalist Program
Our Junior Naturalist Program is designed for kids of all ages to learn more about the Natural World of Vermont that we live in. Each month we explore a new topic, ranging from wildlife to farming and forestry. Our most common participants in this program are preschools, elementary schools (private and public) and public libraries. However, we hope to expand into afterschool programs, middle and high schools and even birthday parties!
Activities can include inside and outside investigations, stories, games, and crafts. Programs are one hour for 4 year olds and up, 30min sessions available for younger audiences. The program fee is $100 + mileage ($70 for 30min sessions). For more information or to schedule a program contact Emily Porter-Goff at 888-9218 ext. 117 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Custom School Programs
Children and their connection to nature is a major focus for Lamoille County Conservation District. As the leading environmental education organization in Lamoille County and the Lamoille Watershed, LCCD has a long history of working with various educational institutions to insure there will always be children in the woods and on the farms. Throughout the year, LCCD offers a variety of explorations, minds-on and hands-on discoveries, and opportunities to get muddy, wet, and be in the ultimate play station of nature.
LCCD staff provides education programs throughout the year with children and young adults from Pre-K to College on the importance of valuing, protecting, and conserving natural resources. Junior Naturalist Programs framed with VT Educational Standards are led throughout the local region in libraries, schools, or at Lamoille County Nature Center. The Conservation Education Programs Brochure outlines some of the programs we offer.
To assist teachers in their environmental lessons, LCCD has Educational Lending Kits, Resource Materials, and Curriculum Materials available for educators. The Watershed page also lists a number of materials available for educators to use.
Lamoille Watershed Quests
The Lamoille Watershed Quests program guides students through the watershed investigative process and helps them design a quest, or educational treasure hunt, in their local neighborhood. Developing watershed quests provides a hand-on learning opportunity for students to develop an understanding of the water sources and systems in their community and then design a tool to educate others. This program has been funded through generous grants from the Lake Champlain Basin Program and the Green Mountain Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation.
Interested in going on a watershed quest? Try one of the watershed quests below, designed by students at Cambridge Elementary School, Wolcott Elementary School and home-school participants in the Lake Elmore Watershed Quest workshop.