The Lloyd Center offers hands-on science programs for school children from kindergarten through college, but our primary focus is kindergarten through 8th grade. Our programs are designed to meet the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks in Science and Technology/Engineering and History/Social Studies.
The Center’s philosophy is that hands-on, experiential learning brings the study of science alive. Through this approach, students develop and retain knowledge of how the environment works, and in the process hopefully, become the next generation of environmental stewards.
This active-learning approach allows for a diversity of students, learning styles and perspectives to be drawn into science education. Last year, approximately 13,000 students participated in our programs from schools in Fall River, Dartmouth, New Bedford, Taunton, Westport, Acushnet, Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, Somerset, Rehoboth, Onset, Lakeville, Norfolk, Middleboro, Rochester, Weston, Middleboro, Holliston, Newton, MA as well as Tiverton, Little Compton, Portsmouth, and Providence, Rhode Island.
The Young Naturalist Program at the Lloyd Center is a way for children ages 5-7 to enjoy a fun-filled summer of exploration, discovery and wonder of the natural world around them. Throughout the summer, children will learn about the amazing creatures and habitats around the Lloyd Center using hands-on games, activities, crafts and trail walks. There are morning, afternoon, or all day sessions available.
For students entering grades 3 – 8, the Lloyd Center offers one week science education programs that help students develop a better understanding of science topics that include marine biology, freshwater wetlands, coastal ecology, and ocean and climate change.
This organization is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.