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Exploring Science

Exploring Science is a place-based environmental science school program that provides students with in classroom lessons and a field trip to the Vassar Ecological Preserve. We aim to teach children of all backgrounds about local ecology and inspire an interest in nature. 

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Exploring Science 2020 is working with second and third graders from multiple schools in Dutchess County. Our interactive, hands-on lessons focus on themes such as life cycles, food chains, observation and water quality. When students come to the Environmental Cooperative for a field trip they have the opportunity to see the preserve, explore the pond and look at macroinvertebrates and aquatic plants under microscopes. We are looking to expand our program to more schools and grade levels. If you are a teacher interested in this program, contact us at

You can find our lesson plans here.