Programs for Schools at Arcadia
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Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary offers programs for students at any level from preschool to adult. Programs are aligned with the Massachusetts Department of Education frameworks, and our Education staff is committed to creating engaging and interactive programs that are age/audience appropriate. Both student instruction and professional development options are available. Whether you choose to visit the sanctuary or have us come to your school, we will work with you to plan a curriculum that meets your needs.
Through guided explorations of Arcadia’s 755 acres of forests, wetlands, and fields, students make inquiries, investigate, classify, think critically, and draw conclusions. Programs include activities such as gathering data and making meaningful observations. Programs will focus on seasonal natural history occurrences and are geared toward the age level and requested curriculum.
Arcadia staff will visit your class to provide students with a broader understanding of the natural world. Programs may include interactive discussions, narrated photo presentations, natural history props, and educational and interactive activities. We can also explore the schoolyard/school property in order to discover and connect students to their local environment. Many of our school program curriculums can be taught as either a classroom presentation or as an outdoor exploration. We emphasize inquiry-based skills.
Arcadia educators can increase your students’ climate literacy and help middle school teachers cover the new science standards which include climate change. Classes engage students in activities that help them to understand the science of climate change and work towards finding solutions in their communities. Classes can be at your school, at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary or both!
Our nature homeschool program has sessions that are 6 weeks long with 2 hours of instruction time each week for students ages 5-10. Each session has a different and engaging nature and/or science theme. The classes encourage children to interact with the environment through nature exploration and science-based learning and with each other. Portions of the program will take place indoors, but we anticipate spending the majority of time outside. Participants will also receive optional journal assignments each week to help further their learning and share with their families.
Arcadia has an EEC (Early Education and Care) licensed Nature Preschool for children ages 3-5 which runs from 9 am-12 pm, two, three, or five days a week throughout the school year. We believe that a happy and rewarding early childhood experience with nature form the foundation for the development of creative, caring, and aware adults. Children enrolled at the Arcadia Nature Preschool are provided with a continuing and meaningful relationship with the natural world. Our goal is to foster the children’s ability to work both independently and cooperatively, and to act in a caring and responsible way towards their environment, themselves, and others.
Arcadia is an ideal outdoor laboratory for students to study ecology, botany, wildlife management, etc. Professors may arrange to bring their classes on field trips, or our naturalists and ecologists may lead groups into the unique grasslands or floodplain forest. Many students may elect to do environment-related research projects on our property.
Arcadia provides professional development opportunities for teachers in natural history, climate change education, and related sciences. We are a DOE-approved PDP provider. All workshops are designed for active participation and practical application in the classroom. Teachers can attend workshops offered on a variety of topics as well as to get certified in:
- Project Wild
- Project WET
- Project Learning Tree