Project T.R.E.E. (Teaching Regional Environmental Education) is an outdoor experiential environmental science program for diverse 6th, 7th and 8th grade from Bethel, Brookfield, Canaan, Danbury, North Canaan, and Carrington School (Waterbury). Students meet in the fall and spring during the academic year to study environmental science firsthand through exploring and investigating science at its natural sources.

Project T.R.E.E. encourages students to be active learners in complex real-world environmental issues. The program brings students out of the classroom and into the state’s foremost educational environmental centers: White Memorial Conservation Center, Audubon at Bent of the River, Indian Rock Nature Preserve, and Dinosaur State Park. Students work side by side with experienced environmental educators to discover how humans impact the environment both positively and negatively, through individual action and political/cultural decisions. Project T.R.E.E. science learning activities are hands-on and require students to work together to observe, collect, examine, ask questions and evaluate. Through meaningful, collaborative lessons, students are motivated to act in daily life with a broader understanding of how their actions affect the environment!