Based out of Gloucester, Massachusetts, Kestrel Educational Adventures is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that aims to create a stronger connection between young people and the nature that is right around them. At the same time, we demonstrate a model of science education that helps students use exploration and experience to learn genuine inquiry skills – to learn to ask questions, and use their senses and the world around them the answer them. In a world that’s changing so fast, kids need to be empowered to ask questions even if the answer is not yet out there. And this inquiry happens in the ever-changing outdoors.
We aim to improve science education by helping schools link their curriculum to the natural world around them. Kestrel works directly with our partner schools to customize our programs to each individual class. Our staff spends extensive time meeting with school administrators and classroom teachers to develop custom plans that fit the culture and academics of the schools, as well as local land reservations. Even once a tailored lesson plan is developed for a class or group, it serves only as a guide for instructors, with the assumption that it will evolve as students’ own personal and academic interests emerge.
Over the last 12 years we have built partnerships with every public elementary school on Cape Ann and Beverly, with additional relationships with middle schools and private schools throughout the North Shore. We are excited to deepen these relationships, while also reaching new schools and new students.
Click here to read our 2010-2011 Annual Report.
Click here to read our 2011-2012 Annual Report.
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