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CELC Offers Workshops & Special Events For Students & Parents

CELC announces FALL 2018 Homeschool Classes and Special Events! 

Contact Melinda and Maria, mandm@CTExperiential.org or 203.433.4658

for more information and to register  for any of the following:

Calling all actors and those who just love theater!  

Long Wharf Theatre hosts its annual drama class for  CELC Middle School and homeschooled students

Ages: 9 – 14

When: Fridays, prompt 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. 

12, 19, 26 OCT 2018; 2, 9, 16, 30 NOV 2018; 7, 14, 21 DEC 2018

Location: Long Wharf Theatre, Stage II, New Haven, CT

Cost: $220.00 ($22/two-hour class) Participants MUST register for all ten sessions AND be prepared to participate final day in performance share!     Limited openings: ages 9 – 14, with minimum ten students required for this pricing

Long Wharf Theatre and the Connecticut Experiential Learning Center Middle School invite you to join the 8th year of our collaboration! Each year combines theatre with a theme. Students learn acting techniques, make new friends, and devise an original piece to be performed for an audience. This year CELC explores Heritage, Ethnicity, and Quest for Freedom – this theme guides the creation process as we dig deeply into our family and cultural roots to better understand not only ourselves but also each other. 

The Long Wharf Theatre Education team adapts a script generated from interviews, writing prompts, and experiential workshops with participants to create a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience.  Also included in this class are a backstage tour of Long Wharf Theatre’s performance and production spaces and access to the Student Theatre Series shows and supplementary materials.

All students should be ready to say “yes” to new experiences and to having a great time! Spots are limited, so sign up now!

This class culminates in a showcase for friends and family.

Register by Friday, 5 OCT 2018

Contact mandm@CTExperiential.org or call 203.433.4658   *limited openings – best to contact us now!

2018-19 Homeschool Mondays at CELC

Meets Mondays 9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Apply NOW for Sessions I, II, III

Mondays at CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) are geared toward homeschoolers. A variety of classes will be offered, including Writers’ Workshop, Nonviolence Leadership Training, Music, and more.

Session I: 15 October 2018 – 17 December 2018 (9 weeks)

*no classes 19 November 2018 

Session II: 7 January 2019 – 11 March 2019 (7 weeks)

*no classes 21, 28 January 2019; 18 February 2019

Session III: 18 March 2019 – 13 May 2018 (7 weeks)

*no classes 25 March, 22 April 2018

Ages: 9 – 14

Location: CELC Middle School, 28 School Street, Branford, CT

Cost: $420.00 for 7-week session; $540.00 for 9-week session. 

This cost is based on $12.00/hour ($60.00/day)

 The offerings per session will vary throughout the year to include Science, Music, Writing, Current Events, and Nonviolence Leadership.

Homeschool Mondays with CELC and Bushy Hill Nature Center begin November 2018 – REGISTER NOW!

Join CELC and Bushy Hill for an exciting array of educational experiences, to be held at the Bushy Hill Nature Center, Ivoryton, CT

Dates:  Mondays 12 NOV 2018, 10 DEC 2018, 14 JAN 2019, 11 FEB 2019, 11 MAR 2019, 8 APR 2019, 13 MAY 2019

Ages: 9 – 14

Time:  9:00am – 12:00pm (three different 45-minute class sections, two classes taught by CELC, one class taught by Bushy Hill)

CELC classes: Kingian Nonviolence Youth Leadership and Current Events

Bushy Hill class: Wilderness Wanders & Wonders with Brendan

Location:  Bushy Hill Nature Center, 253 Bushy Hill Road, Ivoryton, CT


Cost:  $25.00 per session per attendee

Register: Participants must pre-register for each individual session, or sign up in advance for the entire series of seven Monday sessions

Contact: Brendan bhylan@bushyhill.org  860.767.2148

Ecology and Outdoor Adventure with Common Ground Nature Center

Meets Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

18 SEPT 2018, 23 OCT 2018, 13 NOV 2018, 18 DEC 2018, 15 JAN 2019, 26 FEB 2019, 19 MAR 2019, 9 APR 2019, 14 MAY 2019

Ages: 10 – 14

Location: Common Ground High School, New Haven, CT

Cost: $10.00 per session

Register no later than the Friday before each session date.

The CT Experiential Learning Center’s (CELC’s) Outdoor Education program at Common Ground gives students an opportunity to bond with peers in the natural quiet setting of Common Ground’s Urban Farm and West Rock Park. Students will experience the change of seasons by observing trees and woodland habitats, streams and water flow, and signs of local wildlife at the summit of West Rock Ridge, Judges Cave, and other destinations.

Overall, the students have fun, get outside, and enjoy activities that build community and leadership.

All participants must dress to be outdoors (raingear, protective layers and comfortable shoes in which to hike, et cetera) and bring a filled water bottle.

Snacks are optional.

Contact mandm@CTExperiential.org or call 203.433.4658 to register.

National Geographic Bee practice sessions for ages 9 – 14

Practice geography skills in a fun and supportive way!

Meets Fridays, prompt 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

2, 9, 30 NOV 2018; 14, 21 DEC 2018, 11 JAN 2019, *18 JAN 2019

Location: CELC Middle School, 28 School Street, Branford, CT

Ages: 9 – 14

Cost: one time registration fee $10.00

*We hold the local National Geographic Bee Friday, 18 January 2019, 1:00 p.m. at the Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library in Stony Creek, Branford, CT.

Group practice sessions are intended to supplement home study. Come for all sessions, or join us when you can.

Participate with us for the Bee, or watch the event as part of the audience. Students may participate in the Bee without attending our practice sessions.

Contact us for registration or more information.

mandm@CTExperiential.org or call 203-433-4658

Branford Walk Like MADD 2018 with Team CELCstars

Support Mothers Against Drunk Driving – participate with CELC in Branford’s annual walkathon.

When:  Saturday, 13 October 2018   9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. , refreshments to follow

Location: Meet at Branford Green by 9:00 a.m.

Cost: $20.00/youth and $25.00/adult – register as Team CELCstars

MADD’s Power of Parents comes to CT Experiential Learning Center

Power of Parents Workshop

When: Thursday, 11 October 2018    5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 

Location: CELC Middle School, 28 School Street, Branford, CT

Cost: FREE    RSVP mandm@CTExperiential.org or 203.433.4658

MADD’s Power of Parents® research-based program and materials are provided to parents, equipping them with the tools necessary to prevent underage drinking.

Want to share a passion? 

Friday Workshop:

Bring your passions, skills, and talents on Fridays to CELC.  We are looking for students, parents, teaching artists, and people of all ages who would like to teach and present short courses / workshops geared toward middle school-aged students.

The idea – when you teach, it is one of the best ways to learn.

Do you have a skill or passion that you would like to share?

Contact Melinda or Maria at mandm@CTExperiential.org or call 203.433.4658 to find out more and plan your event.

Thinking About Middle School?

It’s time to find out about CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School

Find out more …

Monday Open House Visit Days

9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


mandm@CTExperiential.org or call 203.433.4658


Families are invited to join us for

Open House / Activity Day

Saturday, 20 October 2018 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, 13 January 2019 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, 16 March 2019 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Come meet teachers and students; stay for the art, science, and music activities; and enjoy some refreshments!

Contact CELC today!

RSVP mandm@CTExperiential.org  or  203-433-4658

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