Based in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, Kestrel is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization inspiring a sense of wonder, understanding, and connection to the natural world through playful, outdoor, scientific inquiry. Our unique philosophy centers on the relationship between learner, spontaneous events in nature, and instructors.
Our services include designing and delivering nature connected inquiry science programs for school, homeschool, and other youth groups. We run outdoor, nature based summer and vacation camps. We also offer professional development and curriculum services to educators. All of our programs center on finding a sense of place through direct experiences, constructing understanding of natural systems, and building the skills scientists use to make new discoveries. Programs are staffed by professional naturalists, educators, and curriculum designers.
Kestrel was founded in 2003 and serves public and private schools and families throughout Eastern Essex County with programming. We have partnerships with over 20 areas schools.