Indoor Education For Outdoor Learning? What’s wrong with this picture?
Author: Joseph A. Baust, Sr., Emeritus Professor/Director of the Center for Environmental Education at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. This article originally appeared on

For every profession there is a training component that includes providing experiences necessary to be able to know the craft. Surgeons work in the operatory as assistants and are mentored. Plumbers and carpenters spend time as apprentices even after an extensive time learning their crafts in technical schools. Read More

The Nature Center
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volunteer and paid instructors for:
Scout Badges
School Field Trips
Nature Exploration Crafts
Training is available.

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The Trumbull Nature and Arts Center touches the lives of thousands of community members through a wide range of programs, activities, and volunteer opportunities.

We offer programs that bring families and the community together for fun and educational experiences. Our hands-on environment and art programs inspire learning, and encourage problem solving and critical thinking. 
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The Power of Environmental Hands-on Learning
Nature & Art News
Looking back at 2014:
Field Trips
Local students attended field trips to TNAC, where they learned about animal habitats, the lives of crickets, and the composition of soil. The children hiked our trails and discovered a woodchuck home and owl pellets!

Looking forward to 2015:
Programs and Classes
Children attended our ArtSmart! classes with Miss Kathy, where they made many different creations. Families came to our Leaves Everywhere program this fall. Adults made beautiful sewing projects with Cindy, and learned all about their cameras at our Photography DSLR class. Plus, Master Gardener, Vickie McCarthy taught us about plants, and John Saccone taught us to fish!
In 2014, the Trumbull Nature and Arts Center hosted events and programs that delighted many children and families. Here's just a sampling:

Family Events
TNAC hosted fun family events, including Earth Day and Fall Back to Nature Day. There were local vendors and beekeepers who taught us about the importance of bees. Children made their own nature journals, and rainsticks, and planted their own seeds to take home. Families went on nature hikes in our meadow, forest, and around our pond. At our Campfire and Fireflies event, families from across Fairfield and New Haven Counties made s'mores and caught and released fireflies.
In 2015, TNAC will continue to bring fun, educational programming centered around nature and art. As part of our mission, TNAC reaches out to underserved communities in order to provide quality outdoor education to everyone, regardless of means.

Your tax deductible contribution will help bring kids to TNAC, who might otherwise not have the opportunity to do so. Please consider the Trumbull Nature and Arts Center in your end of year giving, by clicking on the Donate button below. TNAC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
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Scout Badges
Local troops earned Naturalist and Sustainability badges. Several Eagle Scouts chose TNAC to do their major projects, including creating a Sensory Trail and clearing invasives. And more plans are in the works!
Volunteer Days
Many thanks to the individuals, organizations, and corporations that gave their time to improving the TNAC grounds this year. Unilever, United Healthcare, and IMPACTrumbull spent several days on the property doing much needed work, including removing invasive plants, clearing paths, removing fencing, and installing a new outdoor sign.