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Finding Our Way is a hands-on learning program that gets students involved in the environmental sciences of their surroundings and fosters lifelong interest in protecting our environment. Finding Our Way is a STEAM outreach program between Western Connecticut State University Department of Biological Sciences and local public school teachers. Programs are also offered in the summer depending on the availability of funding. 


Announcing the 2021 WCSU Environmental Stewardship Competition for Seventh Graders!

A student competition focused on Environmental Stewardship, sponsored by WCSU Finding Our Way STEM Outreach Office.

(Click here for more information)

Lake Symposium 2020

For more information, please contact Dr. Theodora Pinou, professor of Biology, at Pinout@wcsu.edu

If you would like to attend the Lake Symposium there are 3 sessions.

September 28th from 7:00-9:00pm

October 26th from 7:00-9:00pm

November 30th from 7:00-9:00pm


If you missed any of the sessions CLICK HERE to watch the recording! 

Announcing the First Place Winner for the

2020 WCSU Environmental Stewardship Competition

for Seventh Graders!

Eva George, Westside Middle School Academy, receives First Place WCSU NOAA B-WET Stewardship Award for 2020!

(Click here) To learn more about her project!

Western Connecticut State University Press Release ~ Local Middle Schooler wins NOAA B-Wet Stewardship Award

Danbury Middle Schooler Wins NOAA Science Award


Check out the At Home Education tab to learn more about Middle School and High School learning opportunities!

Opportunities from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and local resources are available!


Announcing the 2020 WCSU Environmental Stewardship Competition for Seventh Graders!


Looking for something to do while you are inside?

Apply for the Stewardship Competition! A student competition focused on Environmental Stewardship, sponsored by WCSU  Finding Our Way STEM Outreach Office.  

(Click the above link for more details!)


Looking for summer opportunities? Click the link below for more information!

High School Summer Opportunities

At Home Education

2018-2019 Stewardship Award Winners Announced!

(Click above link for details)

Congratulations to the seventh-grade students from Danbury and surrounding area schools who are winners of the 2019 NOAA B-WET Stewardship Competition.



Front row, l-r: Joshua Hattar, Diego Soto, Sabrina Serpa-Smith, Marisol Tapia, Juliet Dahlstrom, Joshua Maruffi, Esther Ribiero, Sereen Ammezane and Jake Ledan. (Missing is Matthew Waldron.)

Back row, l-r: Program Assistant Carol Ball; Jonathan Neuhausel, Magnet School Coach, Westside Middle School Academy; Program Director Dr. Dora Pinou; and WCSU Professor of Biology Dr. Hannah Reynolds. (Missing is Carrie Rowe, Science Teacher, Rogers Park Middle School.)

2019 was a great year for many organizations!

Read about Finding Our Way, and other community organizations in an article from The Ridgefield Press. (Click Here)

An opportunity for all artists! 

Deadline: May 11, 2020
Eligibility: Any artist living in Connecticut, or whose work is related to Connecticut’s coastal and marine environments or Long Island Sound.
Contact Dr. Syma A. Ebbin, Research Coordinator at syma.ebbin@uconn.edu for more information or questions.
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The Fall 2019 Regional Lake Communities Symposium, “What Do We Want From Our Lakes?” debuts Monday, September 30th at 7 p.m. in Room 125 of the Science Building on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The symposium features a panel discussion with experts from Ball Pond, Candlewood Lake, Lake Housatonic, Lake Zoar, Lake Lillinonah, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and aquatic ecosystem research partners Larry Marsicano and Greg Bugbee in a discussion about the use of triploid grass carp to control invasive aquatic vegetation. The symposium will be free and the public is invited. The symposium, the first of three scheduled for Fall 2019, is sponsored by WCSU Integrative Biological Diversity graduate program, WCSU NOAA BWet Finding Our Way Office of Science Education Outreach and Praxair.
For more information, send an email to pinout@wcsu.edu.

Water Stewardship Volunteer Opportunities! Take your passion to the next level!

Calling all CT Bird Watch Participants and bird lovers everywhere!  
CT Bird Atlas Volunteer Appreciation Event, October 5, 2019, 10:00 to 12:00 at Hammonasset State Park. Come enjoy a fall morning with food and beverages. We will present a preliminary review of two years of bird breeding data.

Congratulations to our Partner, Danbury Grassroots Academy on their many successes!  Many FOW students participate in this outstanding program. Click here to learn more.

Water Stewardship Advocates: Make a Video and compete for $500! Click the link here!

Here is an opportunity for your students to win $500 for creating a video that addresses key issues related to stewardship! 

More information here!




(Click above link for details)



Khushi Parikh, a ninth-grader at Danbury High School, won multiple awards for her project, “Engineering a Polylectic Biomimetic Micro Aerial Vehicle to Pollinate Flowers.”

Watch our 2018 Summer Experience here!




4:30 – 6:00pm
Next meeting: December 18 and January 8
Children & Teens (For Girls in Grades 6 – 12)
Location: LTC Computer Lab
Join us to learn to code in a fun and friendly way!
Learn the valuable skill set of “code” aka computer programming with this special series of workshops directed on introducing girls to this ever-growing technology field.
These workshops will be facilitated by Patrice Gans, Founder & Executive Director of Random Hacks of Kindness, Jr.
Join our sisterhood of supportive peers & role models using computer science to change the world.
Free! Registration required.
New Members Are WELCOME!

Click here for more events!

Keep watching this space for more details about these vital environmental activities as it becomes available!

View photos of our Finding Our Way Family Science  Saturday, March 23, 2019! 

2018-19 Schedule

See what finding our way has offered our students. Learn more about the STEM learning experience and the Finding Our Way program.

More info here!

More events, WCSU

We encourage you to attend Western Connecticut State University events open to the public. Click on the links below for more information.

Upcoming University Events

Shoutout to Ester Ribeiro has started her stewardship project already!  Wow!

Connecticut Sea Grant Arts Support Awards Program CLOSED

Deadline May 13, 2019

The Connecticut Sea Grant Arts Support Awards Program awards up to $1000 to an artist or group of artists through this competitive funding program

Our 2018 overnight field trip to Wallops Island, VA was a huge success

We visited the NASA Space Flight Center, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s satellite station, Chincoteague National Wildlife Reserve and Dover Air Force Base and the Air Mobility Command Museum. We met scientists…more information.

Watch our video here!

Applications Open for Natural Resources Conservation Academy


The NRCA engages high school students, conservation volunteers, and teachers in environmental ed and service-learning programming, and participants execute a long term conservation project in their own towns throughout Connecticut. Learn more at http://nrca.uconn.edu/ or see these fun videos on our Conservation Ambassador Program and Conservation Training Partnerships Program.

See Finding Our Way Summer Experience 2017

Check out our awesome video. Click here!

Summer activities 2018 schedule

GBBC eNewsletter

December 2018

2019 Connecticut Bird Atlas  

CT Bird Atlas Volunteer Appreciation Event, October 5, 2019, 10:00 to 12:00 at Hammonasset State Park. Come enjoy a fall morning with food and beverages. We will present a preliminary review of two years of bird breeding data.

As of an update from a past event, the Atlas Project data, trends, and stats; present the winter survey protocol!