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115 Laurel Brook Road, Middlefield, CT 06455

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The Nature Trail Guide is made possible by a grant from The Rockfall Foundation. We are very grateful for their support.
We are also extremely grateful to Janet Sisson, IDS Director of Athletics for her tireless work and leadership on the Nature Trail over the years. Janet, along with IDS parents, alumni, and community volunteers, have spent countless hours developing this wonderful resource. She was recognized with a Certificate of Appreciation from The Rockfall Foundation for this contribution to the region in the Fall of 2017. Janet has given hundreds of students the gift of education as they learn about our environment hands-on while also giving students, families and community members access to a beautiful recreation area.
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Citations
Defenders of Wildlife. (n.d.). Types of Wetlands

 

Freshwater Habitats Trust. (2018). Ponds - Freshwater Habitats Trust

 

NatureWorks. (2017). Ponds

The School Run. (n.d.). Forest and Woodland Habitats

 

US EPA. (n.d.). Wetlands Classification and Types

 

Woodland. (n.d.). National Geographic

 

World Wildlife Fund. (n.d.). Wetlands 

 

Young People's Trust For the Environment. (n.d.). Ponds

 


Resources

All Grades
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Woodlands
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Videos, games, and books


Wetlands
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Videos and activities 


Ponds
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Games, crafts, songs 

 

Pre-K – Grade 1
Woodlands
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 Activities adapted from The Mersey Forest


Wetlands:
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Videos, activities, books 


Ponds
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Songs, activities, books 

Grade 2 – Grade 5
 

Woodlands
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Activities 


Wetlands
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Videos, activities, books 


Ponds
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Activities and books


Glossary
Carnivores: animals that eat meat

Coastlines: a line where the ocean and land touches

Coniferous: trees grow cones and have thin, needle-like or scaly spikes for leaves

Deciduous: flat leaves that change colors in autumn, fall off in winter, and grow back in spring

Estuaries: the mouth of a river, where the tide meets the stream

Herbivores: animals that eat plants

Inlets: an indentation of a shoreline, usually long and narrow, that often leads to an enclosed body of saltwater
Invertebrates: an animal without a backbone

Mammals: a warm-blooded vertebrate animal

Peat: a brown, soil-like material made partly of decomposed vegetable matter

Phytoplankton: plankton consisting of microscopic plants

Pollutants: harmful substances in the environment

Vegetation: plants in a particular area or habitat