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 »

Saquish Foundation Supports Lloyd Center with $50,000 Matching Grant

The Lloyd Center for the Environment is excited to announce the receipt of a $50,000 matching grant from the Saquish Foundation. This generous grant will make a significant difference in the lives of the children that the Lloyd Center aims to reach through the development and implementation of quality science education programs in the Alfred […] Read more »

Coastal Exploration Program

Squelching stinky mud, ocean spray, the sounds of laughter carrying on the wind… nothing is as great as getting to spend a school day on the beach under the warm sun! The Lloyd Center’s Coastal Exploration Program, or CEP, consists of three parts: two-in class lessons and a field trip to a local barrier beach […] Read more »

Mark Your Calendars for Clambake XXXIII “Celebrating Science & Education!

It’s time to mark your calendar and secure your ticket to one of the summer’s most popular events, the Lloyd Center for the Environment’s CLAMBAKE XXXIII “Celebrating Science and Education!” Those who have attended this event in the past, know it to be the unofficial “kick-off” of the South Coast’s summer season – an event […] Read more »

Become a Lloyd Center Member ~ or ~ Renew your Membership!

In 2017, Lloyd Center members helped provide: • Experiential environmental education to over 13,000 students; • Outreach programs ranging from owl prowls to canoe trips for over 2,500 individuals; • Monitoring of threatened and endangered species throughout the state. Member support helps provide the opportunity to experience nature, participate in hands-on activities, and learn about […] Read more »

Rainy Conditions Highlight Lloyd Center January Waterfowl Survey

For birding ventures, January was a month of extremes. A month after participants on the New Year’s walk on Gooseberry endured arctic chill, waterfowl surveyors embarked on count two of the 31st annual winter waterfowl survey in rather balmy conditions similar to last January. The bitter cold stretch did leave its mark, causing slightly higher […] Read more »

A Different Flock

Part of caring for a bird feeding station is preparing for the inevitable onslaught of squirrels that always seem to find a path to the seed. The Lloyd Center is no exception with a sometimes constant convoy of Grey Squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis) jumping from tree to feeder, or gracefully walking the wire to reach a […] Read more »

Screech-Owl sighting in Padanaram

Chelese Selter kindly submitted these photos of an Eastern Screech-Owl she spotted the other day while in Padanaram.                           The Eastern Screech-Owl is a short, stocky bird, with a large head and almost no neck. Its wings are rounded; its tail is short […] Read more »

Estuary and Whales by Katie Houseman, Lloyd Center Educator/Naturalist

Seeing the excited smiles on students’ faces as I show them slimy sea snails and seaweed-covered crabs, sparking enthusiastic children to ask questions and tell stories. Measuring the 100-foot length of the largest animal on planet Earth – the blue whale – while students gape and exclaim over the ginormous size. These are a few […] Read more »