Erosion by Katie Houseman, Lloyd Center Educator/Naturalist Did you know that the Lloyd Center is integrated into the Dartmouth public school curriculum? In 2017, the Lloyd Center expanded from district-wide in third and fifth grades to district-wide in grades two through five in Dartmouth schools! The Lloyd Center staff hosts on-property field trips and visits […] Read more »

Second Lloyd Center Building Project Getting Underway

Second Lloyd Center Building Project Getting Underway By Douglas McCulloch, Dartmouth Week The iconic treehouse visitor center at the Lloyd Center for the Environment — originally built as a private home — is set to receive a makeover as part of the center’s $1.5 million expansion project. The nonprofit environmental education center has experienced pronounced […] Read more »

Lloyd Center 2018 Annual Fund

We are writing today to ask for your support of the Lloyd Center for the Environment’s 2018 Annual Fund. The Annual Fund is a critical piece of our operating budget. For the Center to continue to provide the full complement of programs throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island, we rely on your assistance and generosity. Examples […] Read more »

Lloyd Center Conducts Summer Estuarine Fish Survey

The Slocum River Estuary has been the focus of fish ecology studies for over 50 years. This summer, the Lloyd Center partnered with UMass Dartmouth through a National Science Foundation grant providing summer research experience for undergraduates, to evaluate finfish beach seining records going back to 1966, with the goal of assessing how our changing […] Read more »

Generous Granite Donation Received

The Lloyd Center for the Environment has received a generous donation of beautiful granite blocks that will be installed as the stairway to the Center’s exciting new Welcome Center. In addition to the stairway, a number of the granite blocks have already been used to build a beautiful retaining wall near the Welcome Center. Additional […] Read more »

High School Students Learning By Doing Through Lloyd Center Construction Project

by Chloe Shelford, Dartmouth Week Sep 26, 2018 These high school students aren’t on a field trip to the Lloyd Center — they’re constructing every part of the new welcome center from the ground up and meeting tough environmental standards along the way. Carpentry teacher Frank Goncalves explained Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High […] Read more »

Dartmouth Barnes & Noble Hosts Bookfair to Benefit Lloyd Center for the Environment – Saturday, October 13

Support the Lloyd Center for the Environment at Barnes & Noble in Dartmouth, MA. In an effort to raise funds for their environmental science programs held in schools in New Bedford, Fall River, Dartmouth, and throughout Massachusetts, the Lloyd Center is working together with Barnes & Noble Booksellers by hosting a Bookfair at the Barnes […] Read more »

Endangered Species Surveys: From the Mainland to the Islands – Lloyd Center Research Wrap-up 2018

The Lloyd Center Research Department is heralded for both intensive efforts to preserve species and habitats at highest risk, and traveling far and wide across the landscape to get it done. This field season was no exception. On the mainland, at the salt marsh that borders the Slocum River out to Demarest Lloyd State Park, […] Read more »

Lloyd Center Visitor Center Temporarily Closing as the Last Project of Transforming A Legacy Campaign Moves Past the Planning Stage!

The third project of Lloyd Center for the Environment’s facilities improvements gets underway September 1st! The Visitor Center (Exploration Center) will temporarily close on Thursday, August 30th for the first phase of the renovations and the addition of the main building. The driveway up to the main building will also be closed to the public, […] Read more »

Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School Students Returning to Lloyd Center for the Environment’s Living Building Challenge Welcome Center Project

With the summer coming to an end also comes time for students to return back to the classroom. For a select group of students at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational-Technical (GNBVT) High School, September also means returning to work on the Lloyd Center for the Environment’s Living Building Challenge™ (LBC™) Welcome Center project. The students […] Read more »

Color Splash Run! Quinn Color Run and Community Fun Fest

This color splash run is an un-timed fun run featuring a designated course around the Dartmouth Elementary and Middle school. Throughout the course participants will experience color splash zones where they will be doused in color, and finish with a color toss celebration! The Quinn Color Run and Community Fun Fest will include music, food, […] Read more »

Summer Programs at the Lloyd Center a Success!

This past week we wrapped up both our Young Naturalist Programs for children ages five to seven, and our Coastal Studies Programs for older students, ranging from grades three to eight. Youngsters from all over came to the Lloyd Center to learn, explore, and enjoy the outdoors. Young Naturalists participated in multiple weeks, learning about […] Read more »

Happening at the Lloyd Center This Summer!

by Katie Houseman, Lloyd Center Educator/Naturalist Geared towards children ages five to seven, the Young Naturalist Programs have been already running for a whole month! With different themes each day, participants have enjoyed hikes to the salt marsh, creative crafts and slimy science experiments! For the first time, these programs are now being offered Monday […] Read more »

Shorebird Season Summary: Least Terns find West Island, Bakers Beach Chicks Fledge After Rescue

by Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate This was a different shorebird season for the Lloyd Center. For the first time in three decades, we weren’t in charge of protecting state-owned sites, most notably Horseneck Beach, which the Lloyd Center has managed since plovers became endangered in 1985. The site went into the hands of […] Read more »

Lydia the Limulus and Watershed Watch by Katie Houseman, Lloyd Center Educator/Naturalist

In accordance with the Lloyd Center’s mission of protecting nature through education, research and outreach, educators such as myself visit classrooms in southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. This month we visited multiple grades in Little Compton, Rhode Island, spreading environmental awareness to students. Using a large model of a Limulus, we examined horseshoe crab anatomy […] Read more »

Summer is Right Around the Corner ~ Have You Signed Your Children Up for the Lloyd Center’s Summer Programs?

Summer is right around the corner ~ have you signed your children up for the Lloyd Center’s summer programs? Programs are filling up! “I love nature! I love looking for salamanders, flipping over rocks and exploring the marsh. It’s so much fun to be at the Lloyd Center. I can’t wait for summer!” – Summer […] Read more »

Lloyd Center Walks Highlight Spring Biodiversity

From the Lloyd Center property to the tip of the Cape and on to Stellwagon Bank, Lloyd Center walks and trips provided a snapshot of the region’s various biodiversity with a focus on spring migrant birds, and another spectacle, the whales that feed off Cape Cod. Starting with the three spring bird walks on the […] Read more »

Transforming A Legacy Campaign Update Given at Lloyd Center for the Environment’s Annual Meeting

There are only 12 fully certified Living Building Challenge™ (LBC™) buildings in the entire world! The Lloyd Center for the Environment’s Welcome Center is the only building in the world under construction by students, that is seeking LBC™ certification! On Thursday, April 26th, members of the public attended the Lloyd Center for the Environment’s Annual […] Read more »

Coastal Habitat Field Studies (CFS) by Lloyd Center Educator / Naturalist Katie Houseman

The Coastal Field Study field trip to the Lloyd Center allows students of many ages to explore exhibits and habitats as they participate in investigative activities. The field trip reinforces Massachusetts life science teaching standards as they pertain to each grade level. Through hands-on activities, students have the opportunity to discover the beauty and fragility […] Read more »

Volunteers spruce up Lloyd Center for spring

With more than 60 volunteers, the Lloyd Center for the Environment held its first Butterfly Garden and Property Beautification volunteer event on Saturday. Volunteers of all ages raked, weeded and pruned the Lloyd Center’s butterfly garden and property. Volunteers also picked up and moved branches to a burn pile that was manned by adults, according […] Read more »

Lloyd Center for the Environment to Hold Annual Meeting on April 26th

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: JoAnn Bernier Cornell, On Thursday, April 26th, the Lloyd Center for the Environment will host their Annual Meeting at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School (GNB Voc-Tech). Members of the public are invited to a welcoming reception from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and stay for the Annual […] Read more »

Seals and Secretive Birds Highlight Lloyd Center March Outings

March offers a variety of wildlife attractions that include close-up looks at wintering species that haven’t yet left the region, along with other species beginning to stir as spring arrives and weather gradually warms. Both day and night, Lloyd Center outings sought to capture the various scenes, and the lively landscape did not disappoint. On […] Read more »

Feathery Focus

by Katherine Houseman – Lloyd Center Educator/Naturalist What makes a bird, a bird? Most people know what birds look like: feathers, wings, and beaks. But did you know birds have hollow bones and tiny air sacs all over their body?! The Feathery Focus Program uses birds as a vehicle to demonstrate the value of science […] Read more »