Programs for Schools at Broad Meadow Brook
Outside or inside, your place or ours—we have programs that can meet the needs of your students. We will work with you to create experiences that enhance student learning in the classroom!
All programs are aligned with the Massachusetts Department of Education frameworks with strands in Life Science, Earth Science, History, and/or Geography. Math-learning standards are included in many programs.
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Through guided explorations of our woods, fields, streams, and marsh, students make inquiries, investigate, classify, think critically, and draw conclusions. We offer everything from hands-on nature walks to canoe-based adventures. Each program will be geared to the age level and curriculum needs of the students.
Educators from Broad Meadow Brook will visit your class to provide students with a broader understanding of the natural world. Programs may include narrated slide presentations, interactive discussions, specimen study, and educational activities. If possible, we’ll explore the woods and/or fields on school property. Observation skills and seasonal elements are emphasized. We can work with teachers to create a single-session program or multi-session programs to fit the needs of the school.
Broad Meadow Brook’s homeschool programs offer a friendly, cooperative learning environment for people of all ages. At the end of all programs, students receive follow-up information and activities so the learning can continue at home. Parents are welcome to attend with the student(s), but students may stay on their own if a medical form is on file with the wildlife sanctuary.
Attend a scheduled homeschool program at the sanctuary or contact us to create a program for your homeschool group!
Teachers can treat their preschool classroom to a Wonder Walk—a gentle exploration of nature with a naturalist—at your location or ours. Caregivers can choose from a variety of programs just for little ones:
- Preschool Story Hour (ages 3-5, with an adult) is a series that offers a thematic hour with a story, activity, and naturalist-led walk.
- Discovering Nature (ages 4-5 & 5-8) is a series with 10-week sessions divided by age group; ages 4-5 can enroll in class on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or a combination; while ages 5-8 meet on Tuesday afternoons.
- Nature Adventures (ages 5-7) focuses on a new nature topic each month through investigations, crafts, and activities.
Broad Meadow Brook provides professional development opportunities for teachers in natural history and related sciences. All courses are designed for active participation and practical application in the classroom. Our education staff can also design a custom workshop to meet your specific needs. Programs can be held at the wildlife sanctuary or at your school.
Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries, including Broad Meadow Brook, offer scheduled and custom professional development workshops throughout the year.
Broad Meadow Brook offers guided hikes designed to support classroom curricula for many fields of study, such as biology, ecology, environmental science, and ornithology.
Additionally, internships and opportunities for individuals or small student groups to assist the sanctuary’s ecological management program are available.