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NESTT (Nurturing Environmental Stewards of Today and Tomorrow) is a customizable program that brings science text books to life and subjects that spark interest and engage students for tomorrow’s STEM careers. It provides hands-on experiments that students will remember and take with them. Through partnerships with experts and academia, this program brings the most current scientific tools, knowledge, and real world experiences.

The experiential informal science curriculum, based on a variety of common core standards, will increase interest in STEM careers, and evoke environmental awareness while improving academic success in science, math, reading and social studies, among other academic disciplines.

Activity Standards

Options & Models

The N.E.S.T.T. program can be offered in various formats during the academic school year, including:

  • Before, during, and after school time formats
  • Reduced program frequency depending on administrative needs and budgets
  • Monthly visits, or 5, 10, 15, and 32 week frameworks.

Costs and Participating Ratios

Our N.E.S.T.T. programs cost $10 per child participant per program visit.

For land-based programs, we allow one (1) free adult chaperone for every ten (10) students. For water-based programs require a ratio of one (1) free adult chaperone for every six (6) students. Any adults beyond these ratios will be required to pay the standard adult admission to the park ($15).

Educator Resources

Schedule a Learning Program

Each N.E.S.T.T.  (NESTT – Nurturing Environmental Stewards of Today and Tomorrow) program is unique to the school and grade level. The Deering Estate’s staff of educators will meet with teachers and administration prior to the school year to develop a unique program that gives the students the best experiential learning experience possible.

The N.E.S.T.T. program developed will align with Next Generation Sunshine State Standards and Common Core Standards, incorporate district initiatives and offer grade-level Essential Labs. This ensures that students are able to connect textbook science concepts to their backyard and see science happen.

Once the program is developed and established, a schedule of dates and times will be finalized that works best for the school. Most programs run from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. To schedule a meeting to discuss N.E.S.T.T., please call (305) 235-1668, Option 3, or email [email protected].

The Deering Estate has moved to Park Link, an online and user-friendly registration & payment system for our programs, classes, and events. 

All tickets, registrations, and payments require a Park Link account.  To help make this transition smooth, please create your household account today by clicking here.