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A variety of workshops and classes are available throughout the year  including: Outdoor Education at Meigs Point, drama classes at Long Wharf Theater, and water science with the Whitney Water Center.  Read on for more information, class descriptions and pricing, or call 203-215-2317.

Introduction to Japanese for ages 10-14

Location: CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) at 28 School Street, 2nd floor – Suite G, Branford

 Date/Time: Thursdays: Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17, and Dec. 1, 8, 15 from 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Price:  Rate of $65.00 per class to be divided among participants   (minimum of 6 students to run the program)

This 8-week introduction to Japanese language and culture taught by an experienced instructor will include some or all of the following:

Writing systems (Kanji, hiragana, katakana) & basic usage

Pronunciation & simple vocabulary

Conversations – Self-introduction skits/Basic Survival Phrases

Writing: Kanji/Kana Calligraphy & Names

Culture explorations (cuisine, film, etc.)

Outdoor Education with CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC)

and Common Ground High School

This seasonal outdoor education program allows students a break to be out of doors, to bond with their peers and with nature in the quiet setting of Common Ground and West Rock Park.

Students will participate in monthly sessions in the forest that will allow them to fully experience the change of seasons. We will explore the trails of West Rock Park and observe trees and woodland habitats, streams and water flow, and signs of local wildlife. We will hike to the summit of West Rock and to Judge’s Cave and discuss the natural and cultural history of the landforms.

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

Dates/Times: Tuesdays 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. 18 OCT, 15 NOV, 13 DEC 2011, 17 JAN, 14 FEB, 20 MAR, 24 APR, 15 MAY 2012

Cost: $12.00 per session or $80.00 per 8-week series

Contact us at [email protected] or call 203-433-4658 or 203-215-2317 to register and for more information.  All participants must dress to be outdoors (raingear, protective layers and comfortable shoes to hike in, etc.) and bring a filled water bottle. Snacks are optional.


Water Science to Benefit LifeStraw®

Special Event for Homeschoolers and Families

CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) will launch our Water Science Series in conjunction with the Whitney Water Center on Monday, 28 November.  Peter Cleary, Communications Director with Vestergaard Frandsen, Incorporated – the company that created LifeStraw® – will visit CELC in Branford to speak with students and families about its work to save lives.  Brett Leckey, a 10-year old who initiated his own project devoted to LifeStraw®, will also speak about his fundraising efforts to better peoples’ lives throughout the world.

All participants of the Water Science Classes please join us for this exciting presentation/lunch gathering that will begin our series. Bring a lunch and arrive for 11:30 a.m. to be followed by the presentations at noon.  The first Water Science Class will then commence from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  See you all on Monday, 28 November starting at 11:30 a.m. at 28 School Street, Branford, CT.  This special event is open to the public with a donation to LifeStraw®.

Please contact us at [email protected] or call 203-433-4658 with any questions and see below for a list of all classes:

Water Science with the CT Experiential Learning Center and the Whitney Water Center to benefit Ucan2’s LifeStraw Project

Water is one of our most precious — and endangered — natural resources. The Regional Water Authority’s Whitney Water Center offers environmental education programs to show people, especially kids, how their actions can affect the quality of the region’s water resources.  Using engaging hands-on activities and experiments, students learn how human actions on land affect the quality of the region’s water resources.

All workshops are free with a donation toward Ucan2’s Life Straw Project. Contact us at [email protected] or call 203-215-2317 to register and for more information.

Monday, 28 November 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at 28 School Street in Branford:

WISE WATER WAYS – Students will learn how much water a dripping faucet can waste every day and easy ways to conserve water at home and beyond.

**Special presentation and lunch gathering begins at 11:30 a.m.**

Monday, 12 December 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at 945 Whitney Avenue in Hamden: RETURNING RAINDROP – Students will explore the water cycle by building their own terrariums in clear two-liter soda bottles. You provide the bottles; we’ll provide everything else.  Students need prior knowledge of the water cycle.

Monday, 9 January 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at 945 Whitney Avenue in Hamden: MAGIC OF MICROSCOPY – What are some of the smallest things that live in the Mill River? Students will learn the basic parts of a microscope and look at and identify some of the smallest plants and animals in the food chain.  Based on their ?ndings, they will try to determine if the water is healthy.

Monday, 6 February 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at 28 School Street in Branford: INVASION OF THE ALIENS – What are invasive alien species, and why should we care about them? Using zebra mussels and purple loosestrife as examples, students will learn about the problems that invasive, non-native species can cause.

Monday, 12 March 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at 28 School Street in Branford: MACROINVERTEBRATE MESSAGES Benthic macroinvertebrates are small critters that live on the bottom of a stream. Students will find out how scientists use macroinvertebrates to assess the health and water quality of a stream.


Exciting Drama Classes with CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) at Long Wharf Theater

for homeschoolers ages 10 and up:

9 – week session on Fridays (7, 14, 21, 28 OCT; 4, 18 NOV; 2, 9, 16 DEC) from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Join our Acting and Improvisation classes at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, beginning October 2011.  Activities will include acting games, improvisation, dramatic study of scenes and more, culminating with a “share/performance” for family and friends. This is a fun class where students can build new skills and utilize their imaginations and playfulness.

Cost is $150.00 per student.  Contact us at [email protected] or call 203-2317 for registration and more information.