Education Program

Outdoor education at CFPA's John R. Camp Outdoor Classroom.Lifelong learning at CFPA - naturally

The out-of-doors is a critical tool to engage lifelong learners of all ages in discovering more about the natural world and the place they have in it. We can help you use this amazing tool and to utilize nature as an outdoor learning experience. We specialize in hands-on, fun experiences that engage and inspire teachers, youth group leaders, naturalists, museum staff, volunteers, and others. Join us for a natural learning adventure! 

CFPA creates several learning opportunities: 

  • Promoting Environmental Literacy:  CFPA has worked with the CT Department of Education, the Connecticut Outdoor and Environmental Education Association, and others to write a statewide Connecticut Environmental Literacy Plan (adopted in 2012), and we continue to work at the state and local levels to see that it is implemented. 
  • Leading Workshops for Educators: CFPA coordinates the award-winning Project Learning Tree (PLT) program for educators.  PLT workshops provide tools and hands-on outdoors training for educators.  PLT is also connected to both the Common Core for Math and English Language Arts.  PLT is also correlated to the CT Curriculum Framework for science, math, language arts, social studies, and the arts, so school administrators can see how PLT complements and enhances existing school requirements. 
  • Coordinating Lifelong Learning Programs: Stay a lifelong learner with us as we bring exciting guest presenters to Highlawn Forest at CFPA.  Join us for our 1st Science Sunday, starting November 17 and continuing monthly through August, 2014.  Visit Events Calendar for progam dates and details on these and other adult education experiences.
  • Utilizing Outdoor Classrooms:  CFPA utilizes several primary venues for demonstrating how educators can become comfortable with teaching outdoors: