Our Contributors & Funders


National Science Foundation Advancing Informal STEM Learning program 

NRCA’s Conservation Training Partnerships is funded by a grant (AISL-1612650) from the National Science Foundation Advancing Informal STEM Learning program. STEM is short for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and STEM education is seen by the U.S. Department of Education and many others as critical to maintaining and enhancing America’s global leadership and economic health.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1612650. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Additional CTP Contributors Include:

Connecticut Land Conservation Coalition (CLCC)

The Connecticut Land Conservation Council advocates for land conservation, stewardship and funding, and works to ensure the long term strength and viability of the land conservation community (from the CLCC website).

Connecticut Association of Conservation and Inland Wetland Commissions (CACIWC)  

CACIWC’s mission is to promote the statutory responsibilities of Connecticut Conservation Commissions and Inland Wetland Commissions and to foster environmental quality through education and through the conservation and protection of wetlands and other natural resources (from the CACIWC website).

UConn Neag School of Education

Neag of School researchers are studying the importance of intergenerational learning in informal STEM learning.

Advisory Committee

A distinguished advisory board committee comprised of a mix of experts on environmental science, natural resource management, local conservation, and secondary school education:

  • Dr. Phil Bell (Professor, Learning Sciences and Human Development, & Executive Director, Institute for Science & Math Education, University of Washington)
  • Dr. Heidi Carlone (Professor, Science Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro)
  • Laurie Doss (Head, Science Department, Marvelwood High School, & Board of Directors, Kent Land Trust)
  • Dr. Bill Hyatt (Chief, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Bureau of Natural Resources)
  • Dr. Gene Likens (Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, University of Connecticut, & Founder, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies)
  • Bob Nussbaum (Vice President, Essex Land Trust)

Local Partners

All our local partners participating in the program and managing the local projects (see map).


The NRCA is a partnership among:
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