Naturalist in the Classroom

Memorable, Nature- Based Learning Opportunities

Since 2001 Prescott Farm’s team of Naturalists and Environmental Educators have connected students and teachers to their communities and the natural environment. The staff works directly with teachers to integrate curriculum requirements into lesson plans that utilize the resources at hand. These lessons create opportunities for hands-on, placed-based learning and facilitating an enhanced understanding and respect for nature, natural systems, the natural history of the area, and the adoption of environmental stewardship practices.

Each contract school receives approximately 150 hours (one – two days per week) of place-based educational support and experiential learning opportunities per year. We currently serve Belmont Elementary, Gilford Elementary, Gilmanton School, Inter-Lakes Elementary, and Loudon Elementary School.

For more information please call us at (603) 366-5696 or send an email to Chris Wellens, School Age Programs Director, at
  • Advising teachers on matters of environmental and place-based education lessons
  • Helping teachers “connect-the-dots” on integrating place-based education into their lesson plans
  • Teaching single or series of classes on a wide variety of place-based topics to integrate with and enhance the current curriculum, as invited by individual teachers. Naturalists can work with teachers to tailor classes to meet their specific needs.
    • Topic areas include: Animal tracking/NH mammals, food webs/predator-prey relationships, camouflage/animal defenses, insects/butterflies/spiders/pollination, water cycle/weather, nature journaling, maple sugaring, pond habitats, vernal pools & amphibians, tree/plant ID, seeds & seed dispersal, forest/field/river ecology, wild food/medicine/dye plants, composting, geology/soil, water quality monitoring, archaeology & Native American cultures, maps & orienteering, bush craft/primitive skills, and survival/shelter building
  • Planning and leading longer-term, grade-level-wide or school-wide, place-based projects. Examples include: Developing orienteering courses, interpretive trail guides, and school gardens
  • Accompanying classes on field trips to enhance the experience

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NIC Newsletter –  November 2020

NIC Newsletter – February 2020

NIC Newsletter – November 2019

NIC Newsletter – July 2019

NIC Newsletter – May 2018

NIC Newsletter – January 2018


Locate Us

Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center
928 White Oaks Road
Laconia, NH 03246
(603) 366-5695
(603) 366-5720 (Fax)

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