Field Experiences - Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation

Field Experiences

Outdoor and community-based programs in local green spaces can ignite a connection to the natural world, provide a sense of place, and enhance classroom learning. CELF offers field experiences for teachers, as well as for schools and districts in partnership with local resources and destinations.

CELF in the Field provides teachers with the opportunity to engage in place-based learning through the lens of sustainability. Participants engage and collaborate alongside CELF’s education team, fellow educators, and field experts through outdoor experiential learning.

With Green Experiences, CELF works with educators facilitating outdoor exploration by their students. As they engage in place-based learning during an outdoor experience, students engage in lessons tied to their local environment, often accompanied by field experts introduced by CELF.

The Benefits for Teachers:

  • Acquire new lesson materials in the field for your students
  • Enhance your ability to incorporate sustainability in your lessons
  • Connect the natural world to students for higher engagement
  • Cultivate local relationships and new partnerships
  • Earn professional learning credits per state and district policies

Past CELF in the Field programming:

  • Field water quality testing
  • Lessons discussing local biodiversity and historical aspects of regional indigenous tribes
  • Local watershed instruction and identification
  • Canoeing with the practice of “plogging”, a Swedish word for actively picking up plastic waste while exercising
  • Reflections of nature through artistic and musical lenses
  • Hiking along the Hudson River

Interested in what we do? Partner with us for CELF in the Field Experiences!

CELF in the Field Partners
  • Jesse Jones Park and Nature Center (Humble, TX)
  • Mill Park Collaborative (Stamford, CT)
  • Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River (Yonkers, NY)
  • Strawtown Studio (Nyack, NY)
  • Teatown Lake Reservation (Ossining, NY)

CELF in the Field Registration

New York Field Experiences

Winter Field Experiences:
Tracks & Traces

(Ossining, NY)


What’s going on in the winter woods?
Join CELF at Teatown Lake Reservation to find out who’s still active during the coldest, darkest time of the year. We will take a short hike to search for tracks and traces and learn strategies for applying your new knowledge back in the classroom.

Registration required.
New York teachers are eligible for CTLE credits.

Date: March 14, 2024
Time: 4:00 PM — 5:30 PM
Location: 1600 Spring Valley Rd. Ossining, NY

Program Rate: Free

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New York Field Experiences

Exploring Sustainability through Apex Predators: Ecological Role of Wolves (South Salem, NY)


What is an Apex Predator?
Join CELF at the Wolf Conservation Center to learn about the mythology, ecology, and biology of North American wolves, including the longest running case study of this keystone species—the gray wolf—on Isle Royale. We’ll take a short hike to meet the local resident wolves and learn about their impact on the environment.

Registration required.
New York teachers are eligible for CTLE credits.

Date: March 21, 2024
Time: 4:00 PM — 5:30 PM
Location: 7 Buck Run, South Salem, NY

Program Rate: Free

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Register for our free upcoming CELF in the Field at Teatown Lake Reservation!Winter Field Experiences: Tracks and Traces
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