The Huyck Preserve Education Philosophy The movement to connect children with nature is being championed across the country. A key part of the mission of the Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station is to promote the understanding and conservation of nature though innovative field-based research education programs. Programs based in both field and research experiences are often profoundly meaningful in furthering an individual’s sense of environmental stewardship and scientific literacy. Our goal is to make sure our educational programs are high-quality with a strong base in nature and science.
Field-based Science Education Programs at the Huyck Preserve are offered to students from across the country from kindergarten through undergraduate. Influenced by our long standing history as a biological research station starting in 1938, we offer hands-on experience in wildlife monitoring and environmental research using methods such as mist netting to trap and band birds for behavioral and population studies and dip nets to study aquatic life and measure water quality. In the past, educational programs at the Preserve have provided academic opportunities in ecology, environmental science, and wildlife biology for more than five local school districts during the school year and over 60 students during the summer.