Nature Plants Scavenger Hunt

Our 4th graders found a White Oak!

We also host the annual Stamford STEMFest in the Park, where residents have a chance to engage in technical and fun activities.


Take a Nature Walk

Discovering who lives near the river


Soil and Compost

Learn about what is living (and non-living) beneath our feet!

Mill River Park Collaborative offers field-based environmental education programming that highlights the delicate balance between people and the natural world. We believe that understanding and appreciating this relationship is critical in the development of all young people. All of our programs are designed to be 75 minutes long and are aligned with Connecticut's Next Generation Science Standards. Through these efforts, we hope to improve STEM learning and increase students’ knowledge (and appreciation) of nature and the environment.

Programs are $75 per Group of 25 people or less. To schedule a program, please contact Trent McCann at (203) 989-0321 x.104 or

Nature Plants Scavenger Hunt - Available April Through October (All Ages)

Discover the plants that call Mill River Park and the rest of coastal Southern New England home. Learn how native plants support a thriving ecosystem all the way from microscopic organisms to the top of the food chain. We will scour the entire Park in search of every species on our list, stopping to discuss the ecological significance of each species.

CT Science Standards: 2.2, 3.2, 4.2, 6.2, 8.2


Soil and Compost - Available All Year, Both Off-Site and In-Park Programs Available (3rd-5th Grade)

Learn how important healthy soil is to a resilient and functioning ecosystem. We will cover topics including nutrient cycling, sediment deposition, erosion, and composting. Students will get the opportunity to explore a functioning compost pile and have a hands-on experience with our resident decomposers.

CT Science Standards: 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.2, 4.3


Leaf Pack Investigation - Available April - June (1st-8th Grade)

Who lives in the Mill River? This is your opportunity to find out for yourself! Investigate a leaf pack, which will be deployed into the river and create a temporary home for fish, eels, shellfish, insects, and if you’re lucky even a salamander. This program must be booked at least 6 weeks in advance to give time for leaf pack deployment.

CT Science Standards: 1.2, 1.3, 3.2, 4.2, 6.4


Take a Nature Walk - Available All Year (All Ages, Groups of 25 or Less Only)

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Mill River Park’s riparian meadows. We will take a leisurely stroll around the Park to observe a variety of bird species, unique native plant habitats, and clues left behind by elusive mammals and reptiles of the Park. This program can be tailored to your specific interests.

CT Science Standards: Varies by topic of focus


Water Sampling - Available March - November (3rd-8th Grade)

Collect water samples at various points along the Mill River, ranging from freshwater to tidal brackish water, and compare nitrate, dissolved oxygen, and pH levels. We will discuss what factors in and around the river influence these abiotic characteristics of the water.

CT Science Standards: 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.2, 4.3, 5.2, 6.1, 6.2, 6.4


Growth of a Civilization - Available All Year (3rd-8th Grade)

Reflect on Mill River from a socio-economic perspective. From ancient China and Egypt to early American colonists who settled Stamford in 1641, water resources play an indispensable role in the growth of societies. Learn why early settlers chose the site of modern-day Mill River Park as the birth site of Stamford.

CT Science Standards: 3.2, 3.4, 4.2, 4.3, 5.2, 5.4, 6.4, 7.1, 7.3, 7.4, 8.4

CT History Standards: H3-5.2, E3-5.2, G3-5.4-7, G6-7.6-8, E6-7.3-5, C8.4, E8.1, E8.6, G8.3-4