Field Trip: Forest & Meadow Ecosystems: Grades 3 to 5

In this program, students will explore the characteristics of forest and meadow ecosystems that are present at the Boston Nature Center. Students will visit a forest and a meadow to observe, collect, and study organisms in their natural environment in order to understand how these ecosystems function as well as to compare and contrast the characteristics of forest and meadow ecosystems. They will discover how the parts of an ecosystem are interconnected and will discuss the importance of each part including producers, consumers, decomposers, and nonliving parts. This program is offered year-round!

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. School groups are divided into groups of 15 students with 1 Teacher Naturalist.

Field Trip prices are a sliding scale:

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.

Program Location(s):

Boston Nature Center, Mattapan
Your school or other location

Grades:

3, 4, 5

Price:

  • Children - $ 8.00
  • Adults - $ 0.00
  • Field Trip Fees are based on a Sliding Scale (see above). 10% Discount for a Series of programs (3 or more). 20% Discount for non-concurrent programs done on the same day, in the same location. Additional fee for off-site locations: Tier 1 - $50 / Tier 2 - $75 / Tier 3 - $100

Curriculum Frameworks:

3-LS4-3 - Biological Evolution--Unity and Diversity - env. constraints on organisms survival
5-LS2-1 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - movement of matter through food web

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