STANDARDS BASED PROGRAMS
"Children are our legacy" - that was the lens through which President Emeritus, Seth Bongartz, fostered Hildene's school programs. Today, and into the future, youth education at Hildene is at the very heart of our mission. While programming will look different this school year, in our dedication to school-aged children, their teachers and caregivers, we are introducing school-based and home-based versions of some of our most popular regular programming.
PLEASE NOTE: as of Fall 2020, the Hildene Education Department is offering alternate programs with COVID- best practice protocols in mind. These are some of our most popular lessons, but delivered with consideration for student, caregiver and educator safety. Find them listed under "Alternate Programs 20/21". These options temporarily replace our regular programming, many of which remain below for reference (each marked with the sub-head "Program On Hold"). Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Social Studies State Standards are incorporated into all new 2020/21 alternate offerings.
SPRING 2021 OPTIONS: Due to COVID-19 concerns, all programs are held entirely outdoors. We are offering two options: 1) we will bring the natural science programs listed under "Alternate Programs" to you and your students, to engage in on your school grounds and in surrounding natural areas, or 2) programs are available to you and your learners to undergo on the Hildene campus, with Hildene educator. In either case, the emphasis is on observation and inquiry skills as well as hands-on learning, with a love and respect for the natural world at the heart of each offering. Our programs have been configured to meet COVID protocols, and we are flexible in meeting your learners' and/or institution's specific needs.