Owl Night Long: Birders Listen for Hoots Beneath the Stars

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By Seth Thomas | Feb 08, 2016 | Dartmouth Week Beneath a dazzling starlit sky, a small group searched for owls in the woods, but, much to the birders chagrin, the birds of prey clearly didn’t give a hoot. Over the weekend, about 10 people gathered at the Lloyd Center for the Environment for the […] Read more »

Lloyd Center Completes 29th Annual Winter Waterfowl Survey


On January 31, Lloyd Center staff and volunteers completed the 29th annual survey of waterfowl that spend the winter in estuaries and coastal ponds in our region. The survey took place from Apponagansett Bay in Dartmouth, Massachusetts to the Sakonnet River in Tiverton, Rhode Island and consisted of an early December (“early meteorological winter”) and […] Read more »

Three foundations donate to the Lloyd Center’s capital campaign


Three foundations have committed $25,000 each to the Lloyd Center’s $3 million “Transforming a Legacy” capital campaign to support a new green building and expanded educational programs. The Bafflin Foundation of Rhode Island donated toward site improvements in keeping with the efforts of its founder Lois Orswell to “support plants and the earth,” according to […] Read more »

Lloyd Center’s New Touch Tank is Ready for Explorers!


The Lloyd Center is happy to announce the arrival of its new touch tank! After 25 years of faithful service, our old tank was taken offline for several weeks and torn down to accommodate the much needed upgrade. The new fiberglass tank is much easier to maintain, features 360 degree viewing opportunities, and a small […] Read more »

Where Have All the Sphinxes Gone?

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We are not talking about the pharoah-headed lion defending the pyramids in Egypt. Instead these sphinxes are a family of moths whose caterpillars (Figure 1), when at rest or threatened by a predator, assume a sphinx-like position. This large family of moths, with at least 43 species recorded from Massachusetts, has been observed by a […] Read more »

Lloyd Center’s Transforming A Legacy Campaign receives foundation grants


The Lloyd Center’s Capital Campaign, Transforming A Legacy, has received three generous foundation grants to support its educational programs and facilities improvements. The Bafflin Foundation has given the Center $25,000 to assist with site improvements in keeping with the lifetime efforts of Lois Orswell to “support plants and the earth”. Through the Community Foundation of […] Read more »

Homeowners opt for solar panels in Dartmouth


Drivers will likely see more signs popping up around town instructing the viewer to look up. These arrows point toward solar panels installations, and there have been plenty of these projects in the works recently. Data on the Town’s solar permits reveal a steady trend over the past five years of homeowners opting for solar […] Read more »

LLoyd Center’s new Welcome Center to be among world’s greenest buildings


Plans for the Lloyd Center for the Environment’s proposed Welcome Center include a drop-off center, visitor restrooms, gathering space, elements using felled trees and reclaimed wood on site, a handicap-accessible sloping grey-water treatment garden, all modeled to rigorous sustainability standards, according to a news release. The plan, drawn out by architect Kathryn Duff, founder and […] Read more »

Transforming a Legacy Campaign ~ Lloyd Center’s New Welcome Center


New Bedford architect Kathryn Duff, founder and director of studio2sustain, inc. in New Bedford, Massachusetts, presented a set of innovative and environmentally rigorous building plans for the Lloyd Center for the Environment’s  proposed Welcome Center at Architecture Boston Expo (ABX 2015) in November. The plans are the blueprint for the Lloyd Center’s Welcome Center, part […] Read more »

Hip, Herp, Hurray!


Here at the Lloyd Center for the Environment, our educators work with children from a wide range of age-groups. Our herpetology, the study of reptiles and amphibians, lesson ‘Hip, Herp, Hurray!’ is designed for the littlest of our students, the preschoolers. As always, we strive to make this lesson both fun and informative. To keep […] Read more »

Lloyd Center for the Environment Awarded $8,800 Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council


Boston, MA – The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), a state agency, has awarded the Lloyd Center for the Environment (Dartmouth, MA) an $8,800 Cultural Investment Portfolio Grant for public cultural programming. Awarded through a competitive process, this organizational support grant signifies that the Lloyd Center for the Environment provides a high level of quality in […] Read more »

Delphi the Whale Visits Our Sisters’ School

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Last week in New Bedford, Our Sisters’ School’s seventh-graders were joined by Lloyd Center Educators Jasmine Smith-Gillen and Morgan Gallagher, as well as Lloyd Center representative Delphi the Whale. Delphi is a life-size wooden replica of a Pilot Whale skeleton. From head to tail, she is 12 feet long and her massive size never fails […] Read more »

Support the Lloyd Center’s 2015 Annual Appeal


Please consider making a gift or monthly commitment, if you haven’t already.   Your support of our Annual Appeal will ensure that the Lloyd Center can continue to provide inspirational environmental education experiences for students and visitors of all ages.   It is easy to make an initial gift or rise to the next contribution level by […] Read more »

Stephen Rath Donates Proceeds from “Qigong for Wellbeing in Dementia and Aging” Sales to the Lloyd Center for the Environment


In his book “Qigong for Wellbeing in Dementia and Aging,” Stephen Rath, with his wife, Marcia, demonstrates the benefits of Qigong practice through the intersection of contemporary western studies with centuries old Chinese medical practices. With a deep personal investment in the wellbeing of those concerned with any aspect of dementia, Rath focuses his guide […] Read more »

CHT Foundation Supports Lloyd Center’s Watershed Information Pilot Project with $5,000 Grant


The Lloyd Center is pleased to announce that it has received a $5,000 grant from the CHT Foundation in support of the Center’s Watershed Information Pilot Project (WIPP). The grant will help to support the first year of WIPP, which aims to introduce two interactive, web-based learning tools into curricula associated with the now firmly […] Read more »

Lloyd Center’s 25th Annual New Year’s Day Beach Walk


Dartmouth / Westport, MA – Looking for fresh air, exercise, or to learn more about the natural world around you? If so, this is the perfect trip for you! Join Research Director Mark Mello for a Lloyd Center tradition of 25 years and celebrate the New Year with a peaceful walk on Gooseberry Neck beach. […] Read more »

United Way of Greater New Bedford’s $4,500 Summer Fund Grant Provides Life-long Memories to Students


This past summer, the United Way of Greater New Bedford awarded the Lloyd Center for the Environment a $4,500 Summer Fund Grant. This Grant made it possible for the Lloyd Center to offer financial assistance to students that otherwise, would not have been able to participate in the Center’s summer programs. “It seems that each […] Read more »

Terrapin Hatch Wraps Up Beach Nesting Season


Late on the balmy afternoon of October 6th, and a month after the last Piping Plovers had departed south on the fall migration, I visited Demarest Lloyd State Park to retrieve the last beach fencing which was left to protect a Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) nest from the summer.  The other task was to remove, […] Read more »

Why Support the Lloyd Center’s Annual Appeal?


Annually, the Lloyd Center provides: Up to 24,000 contact hours through in-school and field study programs for up to 15,000 students from 50 different school systems. Professional development for up to 100 teachers through a variety of workshops and programs. Free access to our 82-acre property for approximately 25,000 visitors from almost 40 states and […] Read more »

Lloyd Center Awarded $10,000 Climate Science Learning Project (CLSP) Grant from Towards Sustainability Foundation


The Lloyd Center has received a $10,000 grant from the Towards Sustainability 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 »

Monarch Madness for Friends Academy Students


By Lauren Zaknoun | Oct 09, 2015 | Dartmouth Week | Photos: Lauren Zaknoun If there’s anything kids love, it’s moving the classroom outside. Throw in butterfly nets, some unsuspecting monarch butterflies, and room to run, and you’ve got kids who are ready and excited to learn. On the morning of Oct. 9, Friend’s Academy’s […] Read more »

10th running of the Slocum Challenge Regatta brings summer to a close


On Saturday, September 19, the Lloyd Center’s Slocum Challenge Regatta brought over a hundred competitors to the beautiful Slocum River Estuary. The race, a two-mile loop course held on the Slocum River in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, is held annually to benefit the Center’s estuary education programs that promote stewardship of the river. For race results, go […] Read more »

Eighth annual ART Drive brings in record funds for the Lloyd Center ~ Annual ART Drive dates for 2016 announced


Eighth annual ART Drive brings in record funds for the Lloyd Center ~ Annual ART Drive dates for 2016 announced On the weekend of August 8th and 9th, tourists and art enthusiasts meandered through 15 scenic miles for the ART Drive, where 32 Dartmouth and Westport, Massachusetts artists welcomed them for the eighth open studio weekend […] Read more »