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Using hand lenses, sweep nets, and magnifier boxes, students will explore local habitats to find insects and other invertebrates that live there. They will learn to identify the many segments of insects' bodies and the function of each part. Students will learn what all insects need to survive and discover through hands-on investigation how they meet those needs. This program is NOT offered in November, December, January, February, or March.

Field trips are 2 hour guided programs led by Teacher Naturalists and are held outdoors.

Schools are welcome to extend the field trip with an outdoor picnic lunch/snack and a visit to the nature play area. Also, for an additional fee of $3 per student the guided portion can be extended with an extra hour of team building and games.

Program Location(s):

Boston Nature Center, Mattapan
Your school or other location

Grades:

K, 1, 2

Price:

  • Children - $ 8.00
  • Adults - $ 0.00
  • Field Trip prices are a sliding scale fee and based on groups of 15 students per 1 Environmental Educator. First Group of 15 Students: Tier 1 $120 Tier 2 $150 Tier 3 $180 Each Additional Group of 15 Students: Tier 1 $90 Tier 2 $120 Tier 3 $150 Tier 1 50% or more students are Economically Disadvantaged Students as reported on recent DESE School Report Cards. Tier 2 20% to 50% of students are Economically Disadvantaged Students as reported on recent DESE School Report Cards. Tier 3 Less than 20% of students are Economically Disadvantaged Students as reported on recent DESE School Report Cards Additional Fees and Discounts: Series (3 or more) of programs: 10% Discount Non-concurrant programs done on the same day, in the same location:20% Discount Off-site locations: Addtional fee of Tier 1: $50 / Tier 2: $75 / Tier 3: $100

Curriculum Frameworks:

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-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

Students will discuss and observer the various ways animals use movement to survive the challenges they face in the environment. To deepen their understanding, Students will engage with scientific text utilizing active reading.

Virtual Field trips are 1 hour guided programs led by Teacher Naturalists and include animal encounters or close up looks at natural artifacts.

 

Program Location(s):

Online

Grades:

4, 5, 6

Price:

  • Children - $ 8.00
  • Adults - $ 0.00
  • $125 for up to 3 classrooms at a time.

    Reduced rate of $75.00 is available for Boston Public Schools or for schools who serve 50% or more students in need.

Students will discuss and observer the various ways animals use movement to survive the challenges they face in the environment. To deepen their understanding, Students will engage with scientific text utilizing active reading.

Virtual Field trips are 1 hour guided programs led by Teacher Naturalists and include animal encounters or close up looks at natural artifacts.

 

Program Location(s):

Online

Grades:

K, 1, 2, 3

Price:

  • Children - $ 8.00
  • Adults - $ 0.00
  • $125 for up to 3 classrooms at a time.

    Reduced rate of $75.00 is available for Boston Public Schools or for schools who serve 50% or more students in need.

Students will learn how bird beaks are adapted to survive in their habitat through pictures, models, and observing birds in the wild. Students will make predictions or pose questions by observing differences in beaks and in bird calls. 

Virtual Field trips are 1 hour guided programs led by Teacher Naturalists and include animal encounters or close up looks at natural artifacts.

 

Program Location(s):

Online

Grades:

4, 5, 6

Price:

  • Children - $ 8.00
  • Adults - $ 0.00
  • $125 for up to 3 classrooms at a time.

    Reduced rate of $75.00 is available for Boston Public Schools or for schools who serve 50% or more students in need.

Students will learn how bird beaks are adapted to survive in their habitat through pictures, models, and observing birds in the wild. Students will make predictions or pose questions by observing differences in beaks and in bird calls. 

Virtual Field trips are 1 hour guided programs led by Teacher Naturalists and include animal encounters or close up looks at natural artifacts.

 

Program Location(s):

Boston Nature Center, Mattapan
Your school or other location
Online

Grades:

K, 1, 2, 3

Price:

  • Children - $ 8.00
  • Adults - $ 0.00
  • $125 for up to 3 classrooms at a time.

    Reduced rate of $75.00 is available for Boston Public Schools or for schools who serve 50% or more students in need.

Curriculum Frameworks:

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

Students will learn about the different body parts of birds and how they use them to survive. During a guided observation experience, students will study structures of feathers and wings, discover the benefits of each. Students will discuss the difference between evidence and opinion by studying different structures of birds.

Virtual Field trips are 1 hour guided programs led by Teacher Naturalists and include animal encounters or close up looks at natural artifacts.

 

Program Location(s):

Boston Nature Center, Mattapan
Your school or other location
Online

Grades:

4, 5, 6

Price:

  • Children - $ 8.00
  • Adults - $ 0.00
  • $125 for up to 3 classrooms at a time.

    Reduced rate of $75.00 is available for Boston Public Schools or for schools who serve 50% or more students in need.

Students will learn about the different body parts of birds and how they use them to survive. During a guided observation experience, students will study structures of feathers and wings, discover the benefits of each. Students will discuss the difference between evidence and opinion by studying different structures of birds.

Virtual Field trips are 1 hour guided programs led by Teacher Naturalists and include animal encounters or close up looks at natural artifacts.

 

Program Location(s):

Boston Nature Center, Mattapan
Your school or other location
Online

Grades:

K, 1, 2, 3

Price:

  • Children - $ 8.00
  • Adults - $ 0.00
  • $125 for up to 3 classrooms at a time.

    Reduced rate of $75.00 is available for Boston Public Schools or for schools who serve 50% or more students in need.

Students will learn about the organisms found in fresh water and what they indicate about the health of the ecosystem. Students will practice using a dichotomous key.

Virtual Field trips are 1 hour guided programs led by Teacher Naturalists and include animal encounters or close up looks at natural artifacts.

 

Program Location(s):

Online

Grades:

4, 5, 6

Price:

  • Children - $ 8.00
  • Adults - $ 0.00
  • $125 for up to 3 classrooms at a time.

    Reduced rate of $75.00 is available for Boston Public Schools or for schools who serve 50% or more students in need.

Students will learn about the organisms found in fresh water and what they indicate about the health of the ecosystem. Students will practice using a dichotomous key.

Virtual Field trips are 1 hour guided programs led by Teacher Naturalists and include animal encounters or close up looks at natural artifacts.

 

Program Location(s):

Online

Grades:

K, 1, 2, 3

Price:

  • Children - $ 8.00
  • Adults - $ 0.00
  • $125 for up to 3 classrooms at a time.

    Reduced rate of $75.00 is available for Boston Public Schools or for schools who serve 50% or more students in need.

Students will practice scientific observation skills by studying different structures of insects. They will then use critical thinking skills to categorize groups of invertebrates by features and adaptations.

Virtual Field trips are 1 hour guided programs led by Teacher Naturalists and include animal encounters or close up looks at natural artifacts.

 

Program Location(s):

Online

Grades:

4, 5, 6

Price:

  • Children - $ 8.00
  • Adults - $ 0.00
  • $125 for up to 3 classrooms at a time.

    Reduced rate of $75.00 is available for Boston Public Schools or for schools who serve 50% or more students in need.

Students will practice scientific observation skills by studying different structures of insects. They will then use critical thinking skills to categorize groups of invertebrates by features and adaptations.

Virtual Field trips are 1 hour guided programs led by Teacher Naturalists and include animal encounters or close up looks at natural artifacts.

Program Location(s):

Online

Grades:

K, 1, 2, 3

Price:

  • Children - $ 8.00
  • Adults - $ 0.00
  • $125 for up to 3 classrooms at a time.

    Reduced rate of $75.00 is available for Boston Public Schools or for schools who serve 50% or more students in need.

Students will observe light and shadow and develop a model of the sun, moon and the earth. Students will discuss how light impacts local wildlife and will learn how to use models.

Virtual Field trips are 1 hour guided programs led by Teacher Naturalists and include animal encounters or close up looks at natural artifacts.

Program Location(s):

Online

Grades:

4, 5, 6

Price:

  • Children - $ 8.00
  • Adults - $ 0.00
  • $125 for up to 3 classrooms at a time.

    Reduced rate of $75.00 is available for Boston Public Schools or for schools who serve 50% or more students in need.

Students will observe light and shadow and develop a model of the sun, moon and the earth. Students will discuss how light impacts local wildlife and will learn how to use models.

Virtual Field trips are 1 hour guided programs led by Teacher Naturalists and include animal encounters or close up looks at natural artifacts.

Program Location(s):

Online

Grades:

K, 1, 2, 3

Price:

  • Children - $ 8.00
  • Adults - $ 0.00
  • $125 for up to 3 classrooms at a time.

    Reduced rate of $75.00 is available for Boston Public Schools or for schools who serve 50% or more students in need.

Massachusetts is home to a wide variety of animals across several ecosystems. Throughout the year, these animals interact with each other while sharing habitats, competing for resources, and even preying on each other. Additionally, many animals have adapted over time to survive in their habitat and properly interact with other animals. In this program, students will discover what animals live in Massachusetts, how these animals interact with each other, and how they have adapted to survive. Students will use scientific data to construct explanations. Through these activities, students will develop an understanding of how wildlife in Massachusetts interact with each other across ecosystems and how these animals have adapted their physical structures and behaviors in order to compete in nature.

Virtual Field trips are 1 hour guided programs led by Teacher Naturalists and include animal encounters or close up looks at natural artifacts.

Program Location(s):

Online

Grades:

4, 5, 6

Price:

  • Children - $ 8.00
  • Adults - $ 0.00
  • $125 for up to 3 classrooms at a time.

    Reduced rate of $75.00 is available for Boston Public Schools or for schools who serve 50% or more students in need.

Massachusetts is home to a wide variety of animals across several ecosystems. Throughout the year, these animals interact with each other while sharing habitats, competing for resources, and even preying on each other. Additionally, many animals have adapted over time to survive in their habitat and properly interact with other animals. In this program, students will discover what animals live in Massachusetts, how these animals interact with each other, and how they have adapted to survive. Students will use scientific data to construct explanations. Through these activities, students will develop an understanding of how wildlife in Massachusetts interact with each other across ecosystems and how these animals have adapted their physical structures and behaviors in order to compete in nature.

Virtual Field trips are 1 hour guided programs led by Teacher Naturalists and include animal encounters or close up looks at natural artifacts.

Program Location(s):

Online

Grades:

K, 1, 2, 3

Price:

  • Children - $ 8.00
  • Adults - $ 0.00
  • $125 for up to 3 classrooms at a time.

    Reduced rate of $75.00 is available for Boston Public Schools or for schools who serve 50% or more students in need.

Students will use field journaling to improve their understanding of the seeds and fruits of New England while learn how scientists use journals in life real life applications..

Virtual Field trips are 1 hour guided programs led by Teacher Naturalists and include animal encounters or close up looks at natural artifacts.

 

Program Location(s):

Online

Grades:

4, 5, 6

Price:

  • Children - $ 8.00
  • Adults - $ 0.00
  • $125 for up to 3 classrooms at a time.

    Reduced rate of $75.00 is available for Boston Public Schools or for schools who serve 50% or more students in need.

Students will use field journaling to improve their understanding of the seeds and fruits of New England while learn how scientists use journals in life real life applications..

Virtual Field trips are 1 hour guided programs led by Teacher Naturalists and include animal encounters or close up looks at natural artifacts.

 

Program Location(s):

Online

Grades:

K, 1, 2, 3

Price:

  • Children - $ 8.00
  • Adults - $ 0.00
  • $125 for up to 3 classrooms at a time.

    Reduced rate of $75.00 is available for Boston Public Schools or for schools who serve 50% or more students in need.

Studens will up-close encounters with our favorite reptile friends: Sammy, Patty, and Finn. Students will learn about the characteristics of reptiles, what habitats they live in and the adaptations each have to survive. Learn all about these reptiles, and others that call Massachusetts home, and what you can do to help protect them. Students will practice scientific observation skills by studying the different structures of reptiles and amphibians.

Virtual Field trips are 1 hour guided programs led by Teacher Naturalists and include animal encounters or close up looks at natural artifacts.

Program Location(s):

Online

Grades:

4, 5, 6

Price:

  • Children - $ 8.00
  • Adults - $ 0.00
  • $125 for up to 3 classrooms at a time.

    Reduced rate of $75.00 is available for Boston Public Schools or for schools who serve 50% or more students in need.

Students will up-close encounters with our favorite reptile friends: Sammy, Patty, and Finn. Students will learn about the characteristics of reptiles, what habitats they live in and the adaptations each have to survive. Learn all about these reptiles, and others that call Massachusetts home, and what you can do to help protect them. Students will practice scientific observation skills by studying the different structures of reptiles and amphibians.

Virtual Field trips are 1 hour guided programs led by Teacher Naturalists and include animal encounters or close up looks at natural artifacts.

Program Location(s):

Online

Grades:

K, 1, 2, 3

Price:

  • Children - $ 8.00
  • Adults - $ 0.00
  • $125 for up to 3 classrooms at a time.

    Reduced rate of $75.00 is available for Boston Public Schools or for schools who serve 50% or more students in need.

Students will learn about these creepy crawlies and about their valuable roles in the ecosystem. Using critical thinking skills, students will discuss the difference in explanation vs evidence and how negative opinions can impact and harm wildlife.

Virtual Field trips are 1 hour guided programs led by Teacher Naturalists and include animal encounters or close up looks at natural artifacts.

 

Program Location(s):

Online

Grades:

4, 5, 6

Price:

  • Children - $ 8.00
  • Adults - $ 0.00
  • $125 for up to 3 classrooms at a time.

    Reduced rate of $75.00 is available for Boston Public Schools or for schools who serve 50% or more students in need.

Students will learn about these creepy crawlies and about their valuable roles in the ecosystem. Using critical thinking skills, students will discuss the difference in explanation vs evidence and how negative opinions can impact and harm wildlife.

Virtual Field trips are 1 hour guided programs led by Teacher Naturalists and include animal encounters or close up looks at natural artifacts.

 

Program Location(s):

Online

Grades:

K, 1, 2, 3

Price:

  • Children - $ 8.00
  • Adults - $ 0.00
  • $125 for up to 3 classrooms at a time.

    Reduced rate of $75.00 is available for Boston Public Schools or for schools who serve 50% or more students in need.