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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,…

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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…

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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…

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Clams, Lobsters, Music: Lloyd Center Supporters Gather to Raise Funds

By Chloe Shelford, Dartmouth Week | Jul 13, 2018 In a tent lit up in red and blue, the excitement in the air was palpable as hundreds gathered for a beloved tradition: the Lloyd Center’s annual Clambake. The Lloyd Center’s “Clambake XXXIII: Celebrating Science and Education!” fundraising dinner was held on July 13 by the…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

Contact: JoAnn Bernier Cornell, jcornell@lloydcenter.org 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 Meeting and presentation…

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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…

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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…

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Lloyd Center Butterfly Garden & Property Beautification Volunteer Day

Please come help us clean up our butterfly garden and surrounding property on Saturday, April 7 from 9:30am – 11:30am! Tasks include raking, picking up and moving branches to prepare for burning. Feel free to bring your own gloves, loppers, leaf rakes and snips. There will be tools available for those without any. This is…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Spring Internships

Have a passion for science? Experience or interest in working with youth? The Lloyd Center for the Environment is in need of an Education / Outreach Intern for the spring of 2018! Education Outreach interns assist educators in teaching in-school and field-based science programs. The Lloyd Center’s educational philosophy is that hands-on, experiential learning brings…

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