Community of Practice partners
The Children's Museum at Saratoga
The Children’s Museum at Saratoga is dedicated to creating an interactive community that inspires curiosity, sparks imagination, and nurtures discovery. The Museum is also committed to fostering active parent involvement in children’s learning, serving as a resource for school districts in the area, and ensuring that its programs and services are accessible to all children.
Cumming Nature Center
Cumming Nature Center is a dynamic environmental education center that celebrates the unique landscape and culture of the Finger Lakes region through hands-on learning opportunities and thoughtful exhibits. Nestled between Canandaigua and Honeoye Lakes, our 900-acre preserve is as beautiful as it is vast. From rare hemlock bogs to active beaver ponds to our iconic 90-year old red pine stand, there’s something for everyone at CNC!
We believe in play as the way that children learn. In our case, it is play in both a STEM-rich environment and in a natural and inviting outdoor experience. Children are the most natural science learners. Given the slightest encouragement they will ask a myriad of questions. If you surround children with stimulating materials and resources, they will follow their natural instincts to observe, predict, and experiment — in other words, to be scientists. Real stuff and simple materials are our preferred tools for learning. Add curiosity, creativity, and working together, and you have a simple recipe for creating successful learners.
ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
ECHO inspires and engages families in the joy of scientific discovery, wonder of nature, and care of Lake Champlain. Through more than 100 interactive exhibits; 70 species of fish, reptiles, and amphibians; major changing exhibits; a 2,500-square foot early learning interactive space; ECHO encourages visitors to view the natural environment as part of their neighborhood and to explore, learn about, and consider opportunities for stewardship.
EcoTarium is on the forefront of bringing science and nature education to schoolchildren in grades K-12. Located in Worcester, Massachusetts, the museum serves thousands of schoolchildren from across the region and strives to provide unique and exciting avenues to explore science and nature inside the classroom and out.
Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium
The Mission of the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium is to inspire wonder, curiosity, and responsibility for the natural world. Inside our classic Victorian building, you’ll find a dazzling array of animals and artifacts, dolls and tools, shells and fossils, and much more! Take a trip through the cosmos in Vermont's only public planetarium. A full calendar of events, workshops, lectures and field programs invites everyone to explore the nature of our world.
Maine Discovery Museum
Maine Discovery Museum is the largest children’s museum north of Boston and a premier center for children’s learning and discovery. Our interactive exhibits invite you to explore the worlds of science, nature, geography, children’s literature, music, art, and anatomy.
Montshire Museum of Science
The Montshire Museum of Science is a nationally recognized, hands-on museum in Norwich, Vermont. Sited on 110 acres near the Connecticut River, we offer over 150 exhibits on nature, technology, astronomy, and the physical sciences. Our exhibits and programming foster interactive discovery for people of all ages, and our unique riverfront setting encourages deep creative learning in the physical and natural world.
Seacoast Science Center
At the Seacoast Science Center, we believe that science-based education holds the key to inspiring conservation and bringing restorative, positive change to our environment. At our special location at New Hampshire’s Odiorne Point State Park, visitors have a rare opportunity to experience first-hand the earth’s many different ocean and coastal environments including sandy beaches, rocky shores, tidal estuaries, diverse freshwater habitats, and woodlands.
The Sciencenter, a non-profit hands-on science museum in Ithaca, New York, is a nationally recognized museum, hosting 100,000 guests in Ithaca each year and reaching over 1.5 million guests worldwide through our traveling exhibitions and outreach programs.
Shelburne Farms is an education nonprofit on a mission to inspire and cultivate a sustainable future. We offer transformative learning experiences to help educators and students create a better world. We care about the sustainability and quality of life on earth. We care about young people having hope for the future. We believe that sustainability is grounded in individual awareness and action in our own communities. Our vision is for a just world rooted in stewardship and community.
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
The mission of Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is to advance understanding of ecology by exploring New Hampshire's natural world. Through spectacular live animal exhibits, natural science education programs, an informal public garden, and lake cruises, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center has brought people Nearer to Nature since 1966.
The Wild Center
The Wild Center is committed to a future where people and the natural world thrive together. We invite you to discover the story of the Adirondacks, and to explore new ways that people and nature can thrive in the same place. Our mission is to ignite an enduring passion for the Adirondacks where people and nature can thrive together and offer an example for the world.