9th Running of the Lloyd Center for the Environment’s Annual Slocum Challenge Regatta a Success


Dartmouth, MA – For the first time in Dartmouth’s 350-year history, an eight-oared racing shell (in addition to two four-oared racing shells) were seen streaking across the waters of the Slocum River estuary on Saturday morning, competing in the Lloyd Center’s ninth annual Slocum Challenge Regatta.  What a great way to celebrate National Estuary Day, […] Read more »

The ART Drive raises over $5,500 for the Lloyd Center for the Environment

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SOUTH DARTMOUTH, MA, OCTOBER 3, 2014 – This August, the ART Drive returned to the South Coast, where 36 Dartmouth and Westport Massachusetts artists teamed up for their seventh open studio weekend and raised $5,591 for the Lloyd Center for the Environment. “The maritime beauty of the South Coast is inspirational to the artists of […] Read more »

Lloyd Center captures SE Mass naturally

Lloyd Center, Beach & Bay

SOUTH DARTMOUTH — One of the best kept secrets in Southeastern Massachusetts is the Lloyd Center for the Environment, 82 acres of forest trails, freshwater wetlands, salt marsh, and estuary in South Dartmouth (430 Potomska Road, off Rock O’ Dundee Road, www.lloydcenter.org), about 80 minutes by car from Boston. Visits to the tranquil trails and […] Read more »

Youth Conservation Corps Assists with Southcoast Biodiversity Initiative


The Trustees of Reservations generously made available a Youth Conservation Corps eight-member team from New Bedford two days per week in July and August to gather data on insect diversity in the Slocum and Westport Rivers’ watersheds this past summer. Corps team members collected insects at the Acushnet Cedar Swamp Reservation in New Bedford, Noquochoke […] Read more »

Shorebirds thrive at Horseneck Beach in 2014


As of the summer solstice, the Lloyd Center staff experienced a plover season free of destructive weather events that typically ruin fencing and overwash eggs, and the conflicts of human recreation interests that we encountered in 2013. However, a growing Least Tern Colony at Horseneck was probably the best news going, as plover predators were […] Read more »

Lloyd Center Summer Interns 2014

2014 interns

Every summer, the Lloyd Center offers internships to students pursuing careers in either environmental education, research, or administration. Our education interns assist the education staff in teaching hands-on science programs and maintaining the Center’s many live exhibits, while our research interns conduct Lepidoptera Inventories, and assist with Piping Plover protection and monitoring. Administration interns work […] Read more »

9th Annual Slocum Challenge Regatta


SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, September 27, 2014 Location: Slocum River Estuary, Dartmouth, Massachusetts The Slocum Challenge Regatta is open to racing shells, open-water shells, kayaks, canoes, surf-skis, traditional rowing boats, whaleboats, pilot gigs, and stand-up paddleboards, with separate age-categories for competitors under 20, over 50, and over 65, all in Men’s, Women’s and “Mixed” (co-ed) […] Read more »

the Art drive – August 9th & 10th


On August 9 and 10, the ART drive returns to the South Coast for its 7th annual exhibit when 32 Dartmouth and Westport artists will open their studios to the public. The ART drive places a unique emphasis on a consistent and high level of professionalism and quality and features some of the area’s most […] Read more »

Thank You!

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We thank our Clambake XXIX Hosts, Corporate Sponsors, Volunteers, Silent Auction and Bottle Game donors! As a result of your generous support, scientists, educators and naturalists of the Lloyd Center will continue to move ahead, in innovative and effective ways, to challenge our children, rescue our rivers, and inspire our citizens to make wise environmental […] Read more »

The Lloyd Center Has Been Selected for NOT YOUR AVERAGE JOE’S “NOT YOUR AVERAGE CAUSE” Program For The Month of July


Enjoy a delicious meal and raise funds for the Lloyd Center for the Environment! The Lloyd Center has been selected for NOT YOUR AVERAGE JOE’S “NOT YOUR AVERAGE CAUSE” program for the month of July. How it works: Every Tuesday throughout July, (1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, & 29th) Not Your Average Joe’s will donate 15% […] Read more »

Plover Summer Solstice Update by Jamie Bogart


Summer has finally arrived in the South Coast as masses of beachgoers descend upon the state park beaches of Bristol County, where the Lloyd Center enters its 29th season of protection, management, and monitoring of endangered Piping Plovers (Charadrius melodus). Protection under law and recovery efforts have resulted in major increases in plover abundance along […] Read more »

Island Foundation Continues to Support Lloyd Center’s Climate Science Learning Project with Second $15,000 Grant


The Lloyd Center has received a second $15,000 grant from the Island Foundation in support of the Center’s Climate Science Learning Project (CSLP). Aligned with the Massachusetts curriculum frameworks in science and engineering, the CSLP focuses on the projected effects of climate change on local biodiversity, introducing age-appropriate math, writing, critical thinking and life skills […] Read more »

UMass Dartmouth Partners with the Lloyd Center for Earth Eve Parade

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This spring, five University of Massachusetts Dartmouth business students partnered with the Lloyd Center to create a sustainable parade float for AHA’s “Earth Eve” parade in downtown New Bedford.  Participants in this annual event march through the streets celebrating environmental and social stewardship.  The only rule?  All parade floats or processions must be people-powered! Lee […] Read more »

Lloyd Center Gears Up For Moth & Butterfly Projects This Season

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Southcoast Biodiversity Initiative Butterfly Inventories During 2013, researchers at the Lloyd Center documented 65 species of butterflies from four local sites (Noquochoke Wildlife Management Area, Slocum River Reserve, Lloyd Center butterfly garden in Dartmouth, and the south end of Acushnet Cedar Swamp Reservation in New Bedford) set up for long-term inventories in order to relate […] Read more »

Lloyd Center’s Stronach and Moniz Present at the National Science Teachers Association Conference


Boston, MA – The Lloyd Center for the Environment’s Executive Director Rachel Stronach and Director of Education Elizabeth Moniz were honored to present at this year’s National Science Teacher’s Association (NSTA) Conference that was held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston MA. The NSTA, founded in 1944 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, […] Read more »

Lloyd Center Gears up for Biodiversity Surveys


Commencing with our Spring Vacation High School Biodiversity Blitz, the Lloyd Center enters the 4th year of its SouthCoast Biodiversity Initiative. Designed as an all species survey of the natural resources within the Westport River and Slocum River watersheds, information gathered during this five-year project and other recent inventories, such those conducted through the Turn […] Read more »

Large Owls Highlight Lloyd Center’s Annual Owl Prowl


The landscape last February 2013 was a winter wonderland, with a seemingly constant sequence of storms that included a blizzard on the month’s first weekend. On each weekend to follow, another storm! Ultimately, this turbulence cancelled our annual main event owl prowl which fell victim to some badly timed snowstorms. This February has once again […] Read more »

Lloyd Center Membership Drive


In 2013 the Lloyd Center for the Environment provided environmental education to more than 10,000 children, undertook the excellent and diverse research for which we are known, and opened our 82-acre nature center and exhibits to over 25,000 visitors. All of these important undertakings would not have been possible without the generous support of donors such […] Read more »

The Lloyd Center is back for AHA! Night!


Join the Lloyd Center on Thursday, February 13 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the New Bedford Public Library to make a craft made for the birds! We will be making heart-shaped, homemade birdfeeders, just in time for Valentine’s Day. This craft is fun, easy, and great for families! AHA! (Art – History – […] Read more »

Lloyd Center Completes Winter Portion of 25th Annual Waterfowl Count


On Sunday, January 26, waterfowl volunteers and Lloyd Center staff ventured out to complete the winter phase of the annual inventory of migratory waterfowl that utilize estuaries and ponds in southeastern New England. As stated in the December update, the January/February phase generally occurs in colder conditions when the amount of ice dictates bird numbers […] Read more »

Lloyd Center Tops $100,000 Annual Appeal Goal


We would like to thank everyone that has made an annual gift to support the Lloyd Center’s efforts to bring outstanding environmental science programs to thousands of students every year, … to allow our research staff to continue their work monitoring threatened and endangered species, and major threats to the fragile environment of this area […] Read more »

Elusive “Brown Birds” in Winter


Beyond the backyard bird feeder in winter, there may lurk a species or two that is tough to find even against a backdrop of fresh snowfall in the woods of Southeast New England. Two such species have been spotted by Lloyd Center staff this past week on the nature preserve: the Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) and the Brown Creeper […] Read more »

Lloyd Center Adventure Packs


Looking for a way to spark your child’s interest in science while enjoying a day on the trails? Rent one of our adventure packs! Each pack is filled with resources to help you observe, identify, and explore the natural world throughout the year. A one-day rental costs $5 for non-members and is free for members!  […] Read more »