School Programs at MABA
The Museum of American Bird Art offers school programs geared to the age level and curriculum needs of the students. Our programs develop observational skills and emphasize the fun in learning about art and nature.
A typical school visit lasts two hours, with one hour exploring the art exhibition and one hour exploring the wildlife sanctuary. Each program is aligned with the Massachusetts Department of Education frameworks with strands in Life Science, Earth Science, Art, History, and/or Geography. Math learning standards are included in some of our programs. Whether the program takes place at your site or ours, we will work with you to develop a curriculum that meets your needs.
Teachers can choose between a visit to the art gallery, wildlife sanctuary, or combination of the two. An art gallery visit will include observation of original art with questions designed to stimulate careful looking, critical thinking, and discussion. Students can take part in a scavenger hunt followed by an art project that will encourage imagination and creativity. Seasonal favorites include visiting the vernal pool in spring for frogs, salamanders, and insects; our fields in fall for insects or seeds; and looking for tracks in winter. Each program will be geared to the age level and curriculum needs of the students.
Staff from the Museum of American Bird Art will visit your class to provide students with a broader understanding of the natural world. Programs may include interactive discussions, specimen study, and educational activities. We also offer an assembly style program called Bird Discovery, where two or more classrooms can explore the 10 hands-on stations set up by our educators on birds and their many adaptations. Classroom can topics touch on water, seeds, winter wildlife, dinosaurs, and many more.
In an environment rich with nature, science, and art, our homeschool classes are full of excitement, laughter, focused awareness, and curiosity—just read our homeschool blog posts. Classes are designed, implemented, and taught by our education coordinator, Sean Kent, who has a graduate degree in field biology and 15 years of teaching experience. He has a passion for art, especially nature journaling, watercolor painting, and photography. Sean has conducted research on native bees, the monarch butterfly, and invasive plants in many locations, including the Boston Harbor Islands, Arizona, and Belize.
These programs provide wonderful learning opportunities for your preschool students. Our in-class programs are a mix of hands-on activities, stories, and art projects. Preschools that visit our site can explore the original art at our exhibit gallery with a picture scavenger hunt and an art project. Our programs are specially designed to strengthen listening and observation skills while teaching students about the natural world. Picnic tables and in door space is available for snacks or lunch.
The Museum of American Bird Art provides many professional development opportunities for teachers in natural history ecology and art. All workshops are designed for active participation and practical application in the classroom. Teachers can attend workshops offered on a variety of topics or the Museum of American Bird Art education staff can design a workshop to meet your specific needs. Workshops can be held at the wildlife sanctuary or at your school. We are a DOE-approved PDP provider. Two of the topics available are nature journaling with children and art as play.