The Lloyd Center for the Environment, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, founded in 1978 and situated with its headquarters and spectacular nature preserve overlooking the scenic Slocum River estuary, has achieved a well-earned reputation for excellence in environmental research and education. Through its innovative outreach programs, it has established itself as a highly regarded leader in the ongoing effort to raise awareness of the area’s fragile coastal resources and the importance of protecting them.

The Center’s 82-acre property offers over five miles of walking trails, the “Bridge to Discovery” dock on the Slocum River, vernal pools, oak-hickory forest, freshwater wetlands, salt marsh, estuary views, and is home to two injured raptors (a screech owl and red-shouldered hawk).

The Visitor Center is open from 10am to 4pm, Tuesdays through Saturdays, and on Sundays, June - September, free of charge. There, aquarium exhibits offer unique views of live freshwater and saltwater species of fish and other marine critters.

The Center is also home to a fascinating collection of live local reptiles, amphibian and fish species. At the always popular touch-tank, youngsters learn the hands-on joy of socializing with gentle spider crabs, elusive minnows, sea stars (starfish), whelks, hermit crabs, periwinkles and mussels.

The top-floor Osprey Room Observatory, with its magnificent views of the Elizabeth Islands and Buzzards Bay, has been designated by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs as one of the Commonwealth’s top-fifteen “Special Places”. Through telescopes there, one can get a close-up view of formerly endangered Ospreys, and their chicks, nesting on platforms erected by members of the Center’s research staff.

Trails are open from dawn to dusk, seven days a week. The Lloyd Center for the Environment is located at 430 Potomska Road, Dartmouth, Massachusetts. For more information, visit http://lloydcenter.org or call 508-990-0505.

 

 

 

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Lloyd Center Braves Arctic Chill on New Year’s Day Walk

A small group of three die-hard nature enthusiasts attended the 27th annual Lloyd Center New Year's Day walk at Gooseberry Neck Island, on a day when arctic temperatures forced cancellation of many other events around the region. The low turnout was expected, given that this was the second ...
Mid-Winter Owl Prowl – February 11 Sponsored by the ...

Are you fascinated by owls? Do you enjoy a good old fashioned New England winter morning, especially before sunrise? If so, join Lloyd Center Research Associate Jamie Bogart on this outing scheduled during hours of peak owl activity! Owls are mysterious and fascinating creatures that become more ...
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Education and Outreach Spring Internship offered at the ...

Have a passion for science? Experience or interest in working with youth? The Lloyd Center for the Environment is in need of an Education / Outreach Intern for the spring of 2018! Education Outreach interns assist educators in teaching in-school and field-based science programs. The Lloyd ...
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The Lloyd Center winter waterfowl survey entered its 31st season, and the first count held on Sunday December 3rd, took place during the Full Frost Moon, which was the only “Supermoon” of 2017. A Supermoon occurs when the “Lunar Perigee”, or the moon's closest point to Earth in its orbit, and ...