School Programs

The Connecticut River Museum invites teachers and students to discover the River Valley and explore the natural environment and human experience along its 410 miles. Programs are based on the principle of Place-based Education, a philosophy that emphasizes interdisciplinary studies using local cultural and natural resources to engage students.

All CRM programs are designed to meet a variety of curriculum standards in social studies, language arts, science and art and ar e led by trained Museum Teachers. All CRM programs emphasize student directed learning experiences and are designed to meet the needs of C3 curriculum, emphasizing inquiry.

Programs are available for grades PreK-12 for public, private and homeschool groups. In each program students will participate in a variety of learning experiences that allow them to:

  • Discover the River and its people through observation, experimentation
    and exploration.
  • Use Museum objects, primary documents, lab activities and the River itself
    to explore natural and cultural environments.
  • Discuss the physical changes of the River Valley landscape over time.
  • Explore the role of industrial and cultural development and the direct
    impact their own lifestyle has on the environment.
  • Develop skills for conserving and protecting one of America’s Last
    Great Places.

Programs are delivered by skilled Museum Teachers

  • At the Museum campus on the River in Essex
  • At our partner site, historic Bushnell Farm in Old Saybrook
  • At schools across the state
  • On board the historic vessel Onrust, the modern tour boat RiverQuest or
    another partner vessel at the Museum for an on water exploration of
    the River.

Camps and Vacation Days

The Museum offers a variety of Camp and Vacation Day Workshops. These full day programs incorporate hands-on experiental learning in a fun environment. Children ages 6-12 may participate in a range of engaging activities such as learning what life was like for a sailor on a merchant vessel, seining in the River looking for aquatic life or being immersed in the life of colonial child.

Museum Teachers create exciting lessons including theme based games, art activities and science experiments. Programs take place at the Museum or at the historic Bushnell Farm in Old Saybrook. For detailed information please select from the following

Summer Adventure Camp

Children are dropped off at camp at 9am and picked up at 4pm. We provide a morning and afternoon snack. Please provide a lunch and reusable water bottle. Please have children dress for appropriate weather as we will spend a portion of the day outdoors.

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December Vacation Day Workshops

Children are dropped off at the Museum at 9am and picked up at 4pm. We provide a morning and afternoon snack. Please provide a lunch and reusable water bottle. Please have children dress for appropriate weather as we will spend a portion of the day outdoors. More information coming soon!

April Vacation Day Workshops

Children ages 6-12 are invited to participate in April Vacation Day Workshops. Each day is a different theme and will be filled with fun, engaging activities in the Museum and outside around Essex. We have new expanded hours; Drop-off is at 9am and Pick-up is at 4pm. More information coming soon!

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