Have you signed your children up for the Lloyd Center for the Environment’s summer programs?

Jun 8, 2018

Summer is right around the corner and 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 Program Participant, aged 8

Your children and teens will have fun spending the summer outdoors at the Lloyd Center for the Environment. In its 37th season, the Lloyd Center’s Summer Programs are designed to give motivated students an opportunity to explore different aspects of environmental science.

"I have been to the Lloyd Center many times in the past summers.  It is still better than any vacation and the number one thing I like to do.  I want to work with the Lloyd Center when I grow up.  My parents told me to study hard and get good grades. I told them the Lloyd Center helps me with that in the summer. It is so much fun and learning at the same time! ... There is nothing better than having a day at the Lloyd Center program and learning about things I like... I have made so many friends there in the past and I hope to make more this year". - Aged 12

Coastal Studies Programs for students entering grades 3-8: Animal collection, habitat investigations, and fishing are just a few of the activities offered through the 2018 Summer Programs. All sessions include field study, laboratory work, and fun!

Programs: Eureka (4th – 6th grades), Freshwater Wetlands (3rd – 5th grades), Marine Biology (6th – 8th grades), Tidal Surge: The Ocean and Climate Change (3rd – 5th Grades)

"This program is a GREAT fit for me because I am an explorer.  One of my favorite things to do in the world is examine shells and creatures in tide pools.  I can spend hours doing it.  This is why I LOVE the Lloyd Center!" - SP Participant, aged 8

READ MORE about Coastal Studies Programs at http://lloydcenter.org/coastal-studies

Young Naturalist Programs for ages 5-8: Children will learn about the amazing creatures and habitats around the Lloyd Center using hands-on games, activities, crafts and trail walks.

Whether looking in the sea, sky, forests or ponds, we will be sure to have an exciting day experiencing the remarkable things in the world around us. Children may participate in a half-day session or extend their fun into a full-day adventure. Each session of the summer will incorporate new activities and crafts. Programs run Mondays – Fridays from June 25th – August 17th.

Programs: Under the Sea, In the Sky, Forest Frenzy, Ponds & Streams, Eureka Fridays!

"Going to this program means a lot to me.  I first visited the Lloyd Center when I as two years old and really enjoyed holding a sea star...My dad went to the summer program at the Lloyd Center when he was 10 years old many years ago.  He tells me that he had a lot of fun at the camp.  Being at the Lloyd Center in the summer is an experience that I will remember for a really long time". - Aged 9 

To register, or for more information about Coastal Studies or Young Naturalist Programs, please contact Ashley at 508-990-0505 ext. 14 or at summer@lloydcenter.org. Scholarships are available for Coastal Studies Programs.

READ MORE about Young Naturalists Programs at http://lloydcenter.org/young-naturalist



The Lloyd Center for the Environment, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, founded in 1978 and situated with its headquarters and spectacular nature preserve overlooking the scenic Slocum River estuary, has achieved a well-earned reputation for excellence in environmental research and education. Through its innovative outreach programs, it has established itself as a highly regarded leader in the ongoing effort to raise awareness of the area’s fragile coastal resources and the importance of protecting them.

At its 82-acre nature preserve, comprising pristine salt marsh, maritime forest and undisturbed wetlands, in one of the most unspoiled reaches of Dartmouth, the Visitor Center is open from 10 to 4, Tuesday through Saturday, and on Sundays, June - September, free of charge.

There, aquarium exhibits offer unique views of live freshwater and saltwater species of fish and other marine critters. The Center is also home to a fascinating collection of live local reptiles, many representing endangered species, being “head-started” and readied for release back into their natural environment. At the always popular touch-tank, youngsters learn the hands-on joy of socializing with gentle spider crabs, elusive minnows, sea stars (starfish), whelks, hermit crabs, periwinkles and mussels.

The top-floor Osprey Room Observatory, with its magnificent views of the Elizabeth Islands and Buzzards Bay, has been designated by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs as one of the Commonwealth’s top-fifteen “Special Places”. Through telescopes there, one can get a close-up view of formerly endangered Ospreys, and their chicks, nesting on platforms erected by members of the Center’s research staff.

Trails are open from dawn to dusk, seven days a week. The Lloyd Center for the Environment is located at 430 Potomska Road, Dartmouth, Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.lloydcenter.org or call 508-990-0505.