Programs Grades K-2

Programs at the Museum

CRM can accommodate groups of up to 75 students per day for field trips. Large groups will be divided into smaller groups of up to 25 and will rotate through the chosen programs.

CRM offers both indoor and outdoor spaces for lunch. Students should bring brownbag lunches.

One adult per ten students is required and is complimentary. Additional adults must pay the appropriate fee (see pricing page).

Programs on the Onrust have a maximum capacity of 24 people (students & teachers) per trip. Multiple trips may be scheduled in one day.

Programs at your School

CRM staff are happy to bring a program to your school (within 60 miles of CRM).

Outreach Programs are designed for groups of no more than 25 students.

Up to 4 classes may be scheduled per day.

Mileage costs will apply at the going rate.

Program Rates

At the Museum: $7 per student per program.

Outreach: $150 per class plus mileage at the going rate.

Programs on the Onrust: $15 per student; Programs on the EagleWatch Boat: $20 per student.

Bushnell Farm: $21 per student for the immersion experience, extra programs will incur additional fees based on supply needs.


1 adult per 10 students complimentary, additional adults are $5 each.

Any field trip program that includes a boat trip has a higher per additional chaperone fee.
 Onrust trips: $15 per chaperone; EagleWatch trips: $20 per chaperone.

CRM does have a small scholarship fund for schools who serve low income, at-risk students or are unable to support field trips. Please contact the Education Department to find out if your school qualifies for the scholarship fund.

Grades K-2
Programs for grades K-2 are 60 minutes in length and can be combined together for a full day field trip experience. Each program connects to multiple curriculum standards and emphasizes inquiry.

River Discovery: Discover the Connecticut River and the plants and animals that make their homes along its shores. Students participate in activities identifying parts of the River, learning about its varied ecosystems and habitats, animals and plants. This program can take place at the Museum and at your school.

Curriculum Connections: heredity/evolution, structure/function, geographical space/place, interactions of humans and the environment, gather information from multiple sources, interpret information, read/respond, producing texts, applying language.

Living with the River: “Meet” the people who have lived along the Connecticut River, from the White Mountains to Long Island Sound, farmers to fishermen, city to small town. How does the River affect people’s lives? Through hands-on activities, stories and gallery explorations, students will find evidence of different jobs, communities and experiences. This program takes place at the Museum.

Curriculum Connections: science & technology in society, structure/function, US history, humans & environment, local history, geography, human movement, economic systems, gather information, analyze & interpret information, read/respond, producing texts, applying language. For 2nd graders – add a second program to the day with a sail on the Onrust for an adventure on the River.

Big Birds of Winter: (Available February and March) Explore our Eagles of Essex exhibit as you learn about the biology and ecology of eagles, and other big birds along the River. Can you build an eagle’s nest? How big is an eagle egg? Students will find out about raptors, gulls and why the lower Con­necticut River Valley is the winter home for one of the largest groups of eagles on the East Coast. A spotting scope allows a close-up view of the the most successful pair of eagles in the state! Can be a gallery program or combined with a boat tour on the River to observe eagles and other winter birds. This program can take place at the Museum or at your school.

Curriculum connections: heredity/evolution, earth’s systems, structure & function, humans & the environment, gather & interpret information, read/respond, producing texts