Session Four: Begins February 24th!

Outdoor-Based Science and Biology Programming

Are you looking for an enriching and healthy way for your child to learn? The third session of our successful Nature of Science program begins February 24. Our program immerses your child into interactive science developed by experienced educators and scientists. Most of our lessons are implemented outdoors in our natural classroom. Every class is designed with the foundations of our New York State Learning Standards in mind. Our children wonder, explore, investigate, design and experiment. Our programs not only help our children become scientific thinkers. We also cultivate collaborative work, scientific communication, scientific expression, and problem-solving techniques. Our goal is to provide children the springboard to be our movers and shakers of now and the future.

The theme for Session Four is Adaptations. How have LI animals and plants adapted to live in the environment we have today? Your child will engage with animals from creepy crawlers to birds of prey, investigate why evergreens don’t lose their leaves in winter and why different birds have different beaks.

Think like a scientist.

Your child will learn through authentic scientific projects and activities with our esteemed educators Fanny Kleisler and Julia Todorov. Fanny and Julia will take your child on an interactive journey to explore and discover….

  • the natural world up close
  • how animals, plants, and humans interact within different ecosystems.
  • life cycles and life’s processes
  • different ways to appreciate and conserve our precious resources and thriving ecosystems, and more!

With the opportunity to think like a scientist, investigate and appreciate nature, learn what it takes to be a good steward for the environment and give back to nature through conservation projects, your child will be better prepared to understand our fragile planet.



Grades 1-6: Wednesdays from 10:30am-12:30pm

Cost: $250 per student for the five-week session.

Location: CEED’s Washington Lodge

*Group size is limited to 15 children, so we anticipate these sections will fill quickly.

Meet Your Teachers.

Fanny Kleisler

Fanny Kleisler is a naturalist, outdoor educator, nature camp counselor, and middle school teacher. As an “indoor” kid, she came to appreciate and enjoy nature as an adult when finishing her undergraduate degree at Cornell, taking in breath-taking views of Buttermilk Falls and Ithaca’s gorges. In 1995, Fanny and her husband Matthew launched Inner Works to help children learn about time management, using Creative Calendar®, an innovative tool Fanny invented. Her newly discovered love of teaching, and inspiring children led her to join Nassau BOCES Outdoor & Environmental Education department as a Part-time Naturalist. She led over 600 field trips facilitating the love of nature at the seashore, pond & marsh, forest, and barrier beach.

Since 2012, Fanny has been embraced by the Point O’Woods community on Fire Island as their nature camp instructor and nature center supervisor. She has also gained a Master of Education degree, and taught middle school Math and Science. CEED is excited to have Fanny as part of our team because she’s a kid at heart who fuels excitement in her students by discovering nature alongside them.

“When I get excited about nature, they do too!”

Julia Todorov

Julia Todorov is a Biologist and Educator with years of experience teaching kids of all ages about the natural environment. From forest walks to reef snorkeling, Julia has led children and college students on observational and inquiring journeys where they learn while having fun and enjoying the outdoors.

Julia grew up in on a farm in Central Brazil, swimming in rivers, watching wildlife. Long walks, climbing mango trees for the ripest fruit and drinking water from natural springs taught Julia to appreciate and enjoy Nature.

After acquiring a Masters in Marine Environmental Science from Stony Brook University and working in a laboratory setting, Julia realized it was her work as an educator that excited her most, and she now is finishing a Master of Teaching degree at Stony Brook.

As a mother of three, Julia understands the challenge of getting children outside in our world of electronic devices. CEED welcomes Julia to our educational team, and we greatly value her ability to make nature and science education engaging and rewarding!

Enhance your school year experience.