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During the Baby Birds, Bird Nests, and Creating with Clay program, each child will learn about how birds choose their habitat, build a nest, and raise baby birds. Each child will build their own bird nest out of natural material and create a bird and an egg out of clay. Topics will include migration, why different birds build different types of nests, the habitat requirements for nesting, and parental care by birds. During the program, participants will listen to a story and sing bird songs, look closely at different nests from our nest collection, examine artwork of birds and their nests, go one a nature hike to look for bird nests (if the site has appropriate habitat), build their own nest out of natural materials, and hand build a bird and birds eggs out of clay. Each participant will go home with a nest they built and a clay bird and bird egg. 

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

Pre K, K, 1, 2

Price:

  • Cost per class is $150 for a one hour program for a single class

Curriculum Frameworks:

PreK-ESS2-1 (MA) - Earth's Systems - how different local env. provide homes
PreK-LS2-2 (MA) - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - how familiar plant/animals meet needs
PreK-LS2-3 (MA) - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - local plants/animals interdependence
K-ESS2-2 - Earth's Systems - organisms change env.
K-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - where animals and plants get food
K-LS1-2 (MA) - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - plants/animals, grow/change over time
1-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - function of plant/animal body parts
1-LS1-2 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - animal behavior effects survival
2-LS2-3 (MA) - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - how plant/animals depend on surroundings
2-LS4-1 - Biological Evolution--Unity and Diversity - observe/compare living things diff. env.

Students will be seated on the rug and a Mass Audubon Educator will show them a Charlie Harper print. The educator will ask what is in the picture and how the artist made the picture. Students will create different animals by putting together large felt shape pieces. Then the students will make their own artwork from foam shapes on paper.

Program Location(s):

your school or other location

Grades:

Pre K, K

Price:

  • $75 for first classroom, $50 each additional classroom.

Curriculum Frameworks:

Eng Lang Arts: Language: Questioning, Listening, and Contributing (PreK-12)

A Mass Audubon Educator will lead a discussion on the animals that live in a meadow habitat. Students will have an opportunity to explore the meadow using bug boxes and magnifying lenses for direct observation of the meadow inhabitants they collected. Students will make notes or drawings of their living collection, and then release the critters back to the meadow. The Mass Audubon Educator will lead a discussion of the life cycles and adaptations of the animals found.

Program Location(s):

Museum of American Bird Art, Canton

Grades:

1, 2, 3

Price:

  • Children - $ 10.00
  • Adults - $ 0.00

Curriculum Frameworks:

PreK-LS2-3 (MA) - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - local plants/animals interdependence
K-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - where animals and plants get food
K-LS1-2 (MA) - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - plants/animals, grow/change over time
1-LS1-2 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - animal behavior effects survival

A Mass Audubon Educator will present a two-dimensional image of a duck and a three-dimensional duck sculpture. Students will be asked to differentiate between the two. The Educator will then facilitate a discussion on the differences between 2-D and 3-D art work. Students will observe and compare several different scuptures. Students will participate in a role-play activity in which they act like sculptures and pose like animals while their classmates try to identify what animals they are portraying. The lesson will end with students creating their own sculptures out of modeling media.

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

Pre K, K

Price:

  • Fee is $75 per classroom, $50 for each additional classroom.

Students will learn about the five methods of seed dispersal. A Mass Audubon Educator will bring the students to a wooded area and discuss how tree seeds are dispersed. The Educator will then take the students to a meadow habitat where they will explore, finding various seeds. Students will then combine their seed collections and through observation, comparison, and experimentation, will determine how the seeds disperse. Students will make notes/drawings in a journal or observation paper.

An optional program add-on could include an indoor seed dispersal problem-solving exercise. Each student will be given an artificial seed. With the use of various materials which will be provided, students will design a disperal method for their seed.

Program Location(s):

Museum of American Bird Art, Canton

Grades:

2, 3, 4, 5

Price:

  • Children - $ 5.00
  • Adults - $ 0.00
  • 1 hour outdoor program; additional cost for indoor component

Curriculum Frameworks:

Science: Life Science: Adaptations of Living Things (3-5)
Science: Life Science: Structures and Functions (3-5)
Eng Lang Arts: Composition: Writing (PreK-12)
Eng Lang Arts: Language: Questioning, Listening, and Contributing (PreK-12)

During our Stream Detectives field trip, students will discover the mysteries of hydrodynamics, erosion, stream morphology, geology and more! Your class will visit our nature play area to create our very own erosion lab and conduct experiments on stream ecology and geology. Students will create and design their own nature journal before visiting the brook in our wildlife sanctuary to predict how their discoveries will affect the stream in the future! Children will go through the steps of the scientific method and reflect on what they find in their nature journals.

Program Location(s):

Museum of American Bird Art, Canton

Grades:

3, 4, 5

Price:

  • Children - $ 10.00
  • Adults - $ 0.00
  • This program has a minimum fee of $100.

Curriculum Frameworks:

3-LS4-1 - Biological Evolution--Unity and Diversity - fossils show env. changes in organisms
4-ESS1-1 - Earth's Place in the Universe - erosion and deposition shapes landscape
4-ESS2-1 - Earth's Systems - mechanical weathering
5-ESS2-1 - Earth's Systems - water cycle model
5-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - plants use of air, water, energy

Program #1: What is a scientist?

You have what it takes to be a scientist! During this program, you will learn how to ask questions like a scientist. These questioning skills can enhance creativity, foster intentional curiosity, and increase the retention of information. Participants will learn how to make close observation and respond by asking questions about the natural world. After learning these scientific skills, each child will reinforce these skills by creating though the art of printmaking. Join us for this printmaking program where you can create nature inspired prints!

 

Program #2: Thinking like a scientist!

Expand your curiosity skills by learning how to think like scientist! This program will encourage all participants to foster their curiosity through close observation and making art inspired by what you notice when you learn how to look closely at our natural world. In this program, children will learn tools to look closely at our delicate and tiny ecosystems that lives amongst nature and draw them in their very own nature journal. This program will feature a digital microscope to allow us to see the extraordinary in our ordinary to connect with nature. Quality art materials will be provided for each child to be able to draw, decorate, and take home their very own nature journal.

 

Program #3: Acting like a scientist!

During our Act like a Scientist program, we will learn about scientists like Rachel Carson and how they were inspired to make a difference. Learn how environmentalists throughout history connect with nature through their passion, and curiosity, and art! During this program you will learn about a diversity of scientists, environmentalists, and naturalists and how they use art to connect with nature. This program will feature a digital microscope to look at articles from nature that we will use to create our own clay nature pendant to take home.

Program Location(s):

Museum of American Bird Art, Canton
Your school or other location

Grades:

Pre K, K, 1

Price:

  • This is a three part program that costs $150 per program and $450 total. This will involve three different days of programming.

During our Act like a Scientist program, we will learn about scientists like Rachel Carson and how they were inspired to make a difference. Learn how environmentalists throughout history connect with nature through their passion, and curiosity, and art! During this program you will learn about a diversity of scientists, environmentalists, and naturalists and how they use art to connect with nature. This program will feature a digital microscope to look at articles from nature that we will use to create our own clay nature pendant to take home.

Program Location(s):

Museum of American Bird Art, Canton
Your school or other location

Grades:

Pre K, K, 1

Price:

  • $150 per program with a discount of $125 per classroom with four or more programs on the same day.

Curriculum Frameworks:

PreK-LS2-3 (MA) - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - local plants/animals interdependence

Expand your curiosity skills by learning how to think like scientist! This program will encourage all participants to foster their curiosity through close observation and making art inspired by what you notice when you learn how to look closely at our natural world. In this program, children will learn tools to look closely at our delicate and tiny ecosystems that lives amongst nature and draw them in their very own nature journal. This program will feature a digital microscope to allow us to see the extraordinary in our ordinary to connect with nature. Quality art materials will be provided for each child to be able to draw, decorate, and take home their very own nature journal.

Program Location(s):

Museum of American Bird Art, Canton
Your school or other location

Grades:

Pre K, K, 1

Price:

  • $150 per program with a discount of $125 per classroom with four or more programs on the same day.

Curriculum Frameworks:

PreK-ESS3-1 (MA) - Earth and Human Activity - how humans use local resources
PreK-LS2-3 (MA) - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - local plants/animals interdependence
K-LS1-2 (MA) - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - plants/animals, grow/change over time

You have what it takes to be a scientist! During this program, you will learn how to ask questions like a scientist. These questioning skills can enhance creativity, foster intentional curiosity, and increase the retention of information. Participants will learn how to make close observation and respond by asking questions about the natural world. After learning these scientific skills, each child will reinforce these skills by creating though the art of printmaking. Join us for this printmaking program where you can create nature inspired prints!

Program Location(s):

Museum of American Bird Art, Canton
Your school or other location

Grades:

Pre K, K, 1

Price:

  • $150 per program with a discount of $125 per classroom with four or more programs on the same day.

Curriculum Frameworks:

PreK-ESS2-2 (MA) - Earth's Systems - observe/classify (non)living materials
K-LS1-2 (MA) - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - plants/animals, grow/change over time

Where do our birds go each winter? During this field trip, learn about the mysteries of our migrating birds: their adaptations, habitat requirements, and conservation, and more. Explore our vernal pool to see an ideal stopover habitat for migrating birds and observe nesting boxes to learn about collecting data for Cornell’s Nest Watch research program right in our meadow. Using quality art materials, each student will be able to create and decorate their very own nature journal to take home.

Program Location(s):

Museum of American Bird Art, Canton

Grades:

K, 1, 2

Price:

  • Children - $ 10.00
  • Adults - $ 0.00
  • This program has a minimum fee of $100.

Curriculum Frameworks:

K-ESS2-2 - Earth's Systems - organisms change env.
K-ESS3-3 - Earth and Human Activity - solutions to reduce natural resource use
K-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - where animals and plants get food
K-LS1-2 (MA) - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - plants/animals, grow/change over time
1-ESS1-2 - Earth's Place in the Universe - id relationships among seasonal patterns
1-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - function of plant/animal body parts
1-LS1-2 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - animal behavior effects survival
1-LS3-1 - Heredity--Inheritance and Variation of Traits - sim./diff. among indiv. plant/animal
2-LS2-3 (MA) - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - how plant/animals depend on surroundings
2-LS4-1 - Biological Evolution--Unity and Diversity - observe/compare living things diff. env.

A Mass Audubon Educator will show students pictures of animals and discuss the various types animal coverings such as feathers, fur, spines and more. In a hands-on activity, students will compare different textures and describe how each feels. The students will create an art project using textures.

Program Location(s):

your school or other location

Grades:

Pre K, K

Price:

  • $75 per classroom and each additional classroom is $50.

Curriculum Frameworks:

Arts: Visual Arts: Observation, Abstraction, Invention, and Expression (PreK-12)

A Mass Audubon Educator will introduce vernal pool habitats. Students will have an opportunity to dip net in the pool collecting organisms that live there. Once some organisms are collected the students will observe them with a focus on special physiological adaptations. The Educator will lead a discusssion of the life cycles of various vernal pool inhabitants. Students will take notes or create drawings of the organisms they collected, and then release them back into the pool.

Program Location(s):

Museum of American Bird Art, Canton

Grades:

2, 3, 4, 5

Price:

  • Adults - $ 0.00

During this field trip, you will learn about how scientists use questioning skills that enhance creativity, foster intentional curiosity, and increase the retention of information. We will learn how to make close observations and respond by asking questions about the natural world right in our wildlife sanctuary! After learning these scientific skills, each child will reinforce these skills by creating though the art of nature journaling. Children will learn tools to look closely at our delicate and tiny ecosystems that lives amongst nature and draw them in their very own nature journal. This program will feature a digital microscope to allow us to see the extraordinary in our ordinary to connect with nature. Quality art materials will be provided for each child to be able to draw, decorate, and take home their very own nature journal.

Program Location(s):

Museum of American Bird Art, Canton

Grades:

K, 1, 2

Price:

  • Children - $ 10.00
  • Adults - $ 0.00
  • This program has a minimum fee of $100.

Curriculum Frameworks:

K-ESS2-2 - Earth's Systems - organisms change env.
K-ESS3-3 - Earth and Human Activity - solutions to reduce natural resource use
K-LS1-2 (MA) - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - plants/animals, grow/change over time
1-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - function of plant/animal body parts
1-LS1-2 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - animal behavior effects survival
1-LS3-1 - Heredity--Inheritance and Variation of Traits - sim./diff. among indiv. plant/animal
2-LS2-3 (MA) - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - how plant/animals depend on surroundings
2-LS4-1 - Biological Evolution--Unity and Diversity - observe/compare living things diff. env.

During this field trip, you will learn about how scientists use questioning skills that enhance creativity, foster intentional curiosity, and increase the retention of information. We will learn how to make close observations and respond by asking questions about the natural world right in our wildlife sanctuary! After learning these scientific skills, each child will reinforce these skills by creating though the art of nature journaling. Children will learn tools to look closely at our delicate and tiny ecosystems that lives amongst nature and draw them in their very own nature journal. This program will feature a digital microscope to allow us to see the extraordinary in our ordinary to connect with nature. Quality art materials will be provided for each child to be able to draw, decorate, and take home their very own nature journal.

Program Location(s):

Museum of American Bird Art, Canton

Grades:

3, 4, 5

Price:

  • Children - $ 10.00
  • Adults - $ 0.00
  • This program has a minimum fee of $100.

Curriculum Frameworks:

3-LS4-2 - Biological Evolution--Unity and Diversity - individual variation relates to survival
3-LS4-3 - Biological Evolution--Unity and Diversity - env. constraints on organisms survival
3-LS4-4 - Biological Evolution--Unity and Diversity - changes in habitat affect reproduction
3-LS4-5 (MA) - Biological Evolution--Unity and Diversity - pop. survival depends on reproduction
4-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - animal/plant, internal/external structures
5-ESS3-1 - Earth and Human Activity - ways to reduce resource use by humans

What does it mean to be a pollinator? During this field trip, students will learn about the adaptations, life cycles, and conservation of our native bees from our pollinator ecologist and visit our pollinator garden and meadow habitat to learn about the native plants they pollinate! Use field microscopes, magnifying glasses, and other scientific tools to discover the creatures right in our pollinator gardens. Your class will learn the best ways to help our native bees and flowers thrive and how to protect this delicate ecosystem. Students will create their very own leaf print in clay and take home wildflower seeds to plant in their garden at home or at your school!

Program Location(s):

Museum of American Bird Art, Canton

Grades:

K, 1, 2

Price:

  • Children - $ 10.00
  • Adults - $ 0.00
  • This program has a minimum fee of $100.

Curriculum Frameworks:

K-ESS2-2 - Earth's Systems - organisms change env.
K-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - where animals and plants get food
1-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - function of plant/animal body parts
1-LS1-2 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - animal behavior effects survival
2-LS2-3 (MA) - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - how plant/animals depend on surroundings
2-LS4-1 - Biological Evolution--Unity and Diversity - observe/compare living things diff. env.

What does it mean to be a pollinator? During this field trip, students will learn about the adaptations, life cycles, and conservation of our native bees from our pollinator ecologist and visit our pollinator garden and meadow habitat to learn about the native plants they pollinate! Use field microscopes, magnifying glasses, and other scientific tools to discover the creatures right in our pollinator gardens. Your class will learn the best ways to help our native bees and flowers thrive and how to protect this delicate ecosystem. Students will create their very own leaf print in clay and take home wildflower seeds to plant in their garden at home or at your school!

Program Location(s):

Museum of American Bird Art, Canton

Grades:

3, 4, 5

Price:

  • Children - $ 10.00
  • Adults - $ 0.00
  • This program has a minimum fee of $100.

Curriculum Frameworks:

3-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - life cycles
3-LS3-1 - Heredity--Inheritance and Variation of Traits - plant/animal inhereted traits evidence
3-LS3-2 - Heredity--Inheritance and Variation of Traits - inhereted/env. influnced characteristics
3-LS4-2 - Biological Evolution--Unity and Diversity - individual variation relates to survival
3-LS4-3 - Biological Evolution--Unity and Diversity - env. constraints on organisms survival
3-LS4-4 - Biological Evolution--Unity and Diversity - changes in habitat affect reproduction
3-LS4-5 (MA) - Biological Evolution--Unity and Diversity - pop. survival depends on reproduction
4-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - animal/plant, internal/external structures
5-ESS3-1 - Earth and Human Activity - ways to reduce resource use by humans
5-LS2-1 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - movement of matter through food web
5-PS3-1 - energy - energy transfer in animals