Year-round residents know how special our coastal environment is with its spectacular beauty and recreational opportunities, and so do thousands of visitors who become part of our community during the summer months. Among this group of summer visitors are children who, like most children, possess a natural curiosity and inquisitiveness about the natural world around them.
In its 35th season, the Lloyd Center has offered Summer Programs to children between the ages of 5 to 18. These programs are designed to give motivated students an opportunity to explore different aspects of environmental science. For the first time, thanks to a generous donor, the Lloyd Center expanded its educational and outreach programs by bringing hands-on learning experiences to the summer communities.
Educators from the Lloyd Center interacted with approximately 100 children at Salters Point and Camp Nonquitt in Dartmouth, and Sakonnet Point Golf Club in Rhode Island. Children ages 3 to 9, split into two age groups, participated in a variety of age-appropriate activities including nature walks, hands-on mobile touch tanks, nature stories, crafts, and games. Most activities were held at these coastal locations. Participants from Camp Nonquitt also had the opportunity to visit the Lloyd Center. All children were invited to come with their parents to explore the Lloyd Center’s exhibits and trails during their stay.
It was obvious the kids were interested and had a great time, but the program is more than just fun and games. There is a very important goal in teaching young people about our natural world. Encouraging curiosity and understanding at a young age helps foster life-long curiosity, appreciation, and respect for our amazing coastal environment.
Because of the success of this pilot program and the enthusiasm at all three locations, the Lloyd Center hopes to continue or expand these off-site summer programs and is looking for potential sponsors for next year.
The Lloyd Center offers an increasing number of educational experiences for children and teens in over 20 towns and cities throughout the year, reaching up to 15,000 children in classrooms, special programs, and on-site summer camps. For more information about the Lloyd Center’s off-site summer programs, its year-long educational activities, or to become a member, visit lloydcenter.org or call Jen at 508-990-0505 x 14.