Education in the Mystic

Discover attributes of your watershed through interactive educational programming focused on water, local organisms and the intersection of people and nature.  Connect classroom science content to place-based, real-world local ecological issues.  

  • Programs can take place inside or out.

  • The venue is your classroom, schoolyard, scout troop, afterschool program, local park or open space throughout the watershed.

  • Customized content makes topics relevant and connects to curriculum and student experience.

  • Contact our educator to discuss program details and cost.


Current Programs Available

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River Herring - An Amazing Local Wildlife Story
Each spring an invisible migration happens on rivers in New England.  Discover the story of river herring on the Mystic River.  Learn about their interesting life-cycle and the ecological importance of Alewife and Blueback river herring. Participate in our citizen science initiative that has helped to document this amazing wildlife story and help scientists to better understand fish populations. Photo: David Mussina


Stormwater - Threat to Clean Water
When rain and snowmelt runoff paved surfaces, where does it end up?  Water running into storm drains does not flow into sewage treatment facilities, it drains directly into waterways.  Through this interactive program students discover what stormwater is, how it can be managed, and how people can help reduce stormwater pollution. Photo: Erica Wood

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Urban Open Space - Nature Along the River
Connect to the River and discover your piece of the Mystic watershed.  Book a guided walk or interactive program to connect people of all ages to parklands, open space and waterways of the watershed.  The Mystic River and watershed are ecological resources for people and for wildlife.   Be surprised at what can be found!  Photo: Erica Wood


Clean Water - Important to All Life
What is clean water? How do you know if water is clean?  Students conduct water quality tests, compare and analyze results with existing data over time, and learn about potential sources of water pollution. They also explore how human activity (both current and past) impacts water quality. Photo: Marian Miller