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Talcott Mountain Science Center: Summer of Science Adventures

Talcott Mountain Science Center, 324 Montevideo Road, Avon, CT 06001


  • Art
  • Computers
  • Crafts
  • Educational Activities
  • Health and Wellness
  • Science Activities
  • Theater

Ages Served:

6–14 years old

Areas Served:

Andover, Avon, Bloomfield, Canton, East Granby, East Hartford, East Windsor, Ellington, Farmington, Glastonbury, Granby, Hartford, Manchester, Newington, Rocky Hill, Simsbury, South Windsor, Suffield, Vernon, West Hartford, Wethersfield, Windsor, Windsor Locks

Program Length:

7–8 weeks (1 & 2-week sessions)

Start Date:

June 20, 2022 (first session)

End Date:

August 12, 2022 (last session)

Hours of Operation:

9:00 am–4:00 pm


$375 per week; for course information visit the website

We are a classroom-based summer program as designated with the State of Connecticut. Several staff members have CPR training and/or First Aid training.

More about our camp:

TMSC’s Summer of Science Adventures serves students in two main grade bands, K-3 and 4-8, in a classroom-based educational program at our mountaintop campus in Avon.  Courses are offered in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) and STEAM-related areas, and meet for a week at a time over eight weeks in June, July and August.

In order to address evolving needs, we annually add sections of courses as indicated by enrollment results, student and parent surveys and insight into current events and trends in education and the relevant topics.  

Students get authentic, hands-on, inquiry-based, discovery-based activities, which has been Talcott’s hallmark since 1967. Courses are provided by instructors with professional experience or training in their area of science and related fields, assisted by “Science Center Scholars”, secondary students who have distinguished themselves in Talcott programs, or in competitive science, technology, math or engineering teams, or have the equivalent experience working in an educational setting.  

Course content is informed by and mapped to the National Science Teachers’ Next Generation Standards (“NGSS”).  The NGSS closely matches (93%) the science content and process used for the prior 15 years, the Connecticut Science Frameworks.  Frameworks was developed through research by the Connecticut Science Teachers’ Association and the Connecticut Academy for Education, the State Systemic Initiative under the National Science Foundation, with Talcott Mountain Science Center as a key contributor and partner.  

These activities integrate aspects of language arts, mathematics, social studies and visual arts, to provide a comprehensive approach to learning, and to help reduce summer learning loss.  Students work in small groups to promote collaboration and cooperation.  Courses use technology as needed and appropriate to build on student skills and experience. 

Talcott Mountain Summer of Science Adventures is Allergen-Friendly.