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Nature Explore Classroom

Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens' Nature Explore Classroom is open seven days a week. Monday-Friday hours will be 9am-4pm. Weekend hours will be 9am-5pm.

Watch for our course listings in the classroom for schools, scouts, camps and families. Connecting children to nature with Connecticut's first certified outdoor classroom is our goal.

Educators and mental health professionals world-wide are becoming concerned that many of today's children today are not able to spend unhurried hours exploring the natural world.

To answer the profound need for connecting young children with nature, the Arbor Day Foundation and the Dimensions Educational Research Foundation collaborated to create the Nature Explore program. The outdoor classroom provides educators, caretakers, and families with comprehensive resources to connect children with the natural world on a daily basis.