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Children embark on a multi-sensory exploration of the natural world, comparing how various local animals use senses. Students use their
observation skills to investigate the characteristics of living and nonliving
things found at the sanctuary.

Fall, Winter, Spring

Program Location(s):

Broadmoor, Natick

Grades:

Pre K, K, 1

Price:

  • Children - $ 8.25
  • Adults - $ 6.00
  • Prices valid Sept 2018 - June 2019
    2 free adults per 10 students

Curriculum Frameworks:

PreK-ESS2-2 (MA) - Earth's Systems - observe/classify (non)living materials
PreK-LS2-2 (MA) - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - how familiar plant/animals meet needs

Explore diversity amongst and within groups of organisms. Compare shapes of leaves, growth patterns, bird shapes or birds in water and birds in trees. Students will learn that these adaptations help organisms survive better.

fall and spring

Program Location(s):

Broadmoor, Natick

Grades:

1, 2, 3

Price:

  • Children - $ 9.75
  • Adults - $ 6.00
  • Rates valid Sept 2018 - June 2019
    1 free adult per 10 students

Curriculum Frameworks:

2-LS4-1 - Biological Evolution--Unity and Diversity - observe/compare living things diff. env.
3-LS4-2 - Biological Evolution--Unity and Diversity - individual variation relates to survival

Explore diversity amongst and within groups of organisms. Compare shapes of leaves, growth patterns, bird shapes or birds in water and birds in trees. 

fall and spring

Program Location(s):

Broadmoor, Natick

Grades:

1

Price:

  • Children - $ 8.25
  • Adults - $ 6.00
  • Prices valid Sept 2018 - June 2019
    2 free adults per 10 students

Curriculum Frameworks:

1-LS3-1 - Heredity--Inheritance and Variation of Traits - sim./diff. among indiv. plant/animal
2-LS4-1 - Biological Evolution--Unity and Diversity - observe/compare living things diff. env.

Students investigate local plants for physical and behavioral adaptations
that help them survive, such as competing for sunlight, avoiding being eaten, and many ways to make more plants.

Fall: investigate seed dispersal strategies 

Spring:compare flower shape, color and function 

Program Location(s):

Broadmoor, Natick

Grades:

3, 4

Price:

  • Children - $ 9.75
  • Adults - $ 6.00
  • Prices valid Sept 2018 - June 2019
    1 free adult per 10 students

Curriculum Frameworks:

3-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - life cycles
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

Students will compare a variety of animal parts, such as skulls, talons, and skins, along with life cycles models to discover the many ways animals survive. 

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

1

Price:

  • Rate A
    1st class $150
    Additional class $130/each
    1st class on new day $135

    Travel fees apply to schools over 5 miles away

Curriculum Frameworks:

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

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

Pre K

Price:

  • Rate $105/hour
    Program length varies: 20-60 minutes
    Minimum charge of 1 hour

    Travel fees apply

Curriculum Frameworks:

PreK-LS2-2 (MA) - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - how familiar plant/animals meet needs

By searching for seasonal animals signs, students learn the variety of ways that animals body parts and behavior allow them to survive the cold winter. Children work together to apply learning to ensure their own pretend small mammal survives the cold!

Late Fall, Winter, and Early Spring

Program Location(s):

Broadmoor, Natick

Grades:

1

Price:

  • Children - $ 9.75
  • Adults - $ 6.00
  • Prices valid Sept 2018 - June 2019
    2 free adults per 10 students

Curriculum Frameworks:

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

Children will see how beavers change the landscape to meet their own needs. They will meet our mounted beaver, find chewed trees, and learn to tell the difference between a lodge and a dam, while investigating around the ponds in our brook.

Fall 

Program Location(s):

Broadmoor, Natick

Grades:

1, 2

Price:

  • Children - $ 9.75
  • Adults - $ 6.00
  • Prices valid Sept 2018 - June 2019
    1 free adult per 10 students

Curriculum Frameworks:

K-ESS2-2 - Earth's Systems - organisms change env.
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

Students will observe wild birds in a field, a forest, and a marsh. They will explore how these areas meet the habitat needs -- where birds find food, shelter, water and space -- and learn about food chains and other interrelationships among birds and other organisms within these three natural communities. Students may learn about how scientists study birds throughout their migration range. (*Abundance of birds cannot be guaranteed.)

Fall and Spring

Program Location(s):

Broadmoor, Natick

Grades:

3

Price:

  • Children - $ 9.75
  • Adults - $ 6.00
  • 1 free adult per 10 students

    There is an additional flat fee for having an ornithologist meet with the students. Rate depends on number of students.

Curriculum Frameworks:

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

Through a close look at a taxidermy beaver and decomposers, students will explore some of the ways animals change the environment. 

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

K

Price:

  • Rate A
    1st class $150
    Additional class $130/each
    1st class on new day $135

    Travel fees apply to schools over 5 miles away

Curriculum Frameworks:

K-ESS2-2 - Earth's Systems - organisms change env.

Program Location(s):

Broadmoor, Natick

Grades:

2, 3, 4

Price:

  • Children - $ 9.75
  • Adults - $ 6.00
  • Prices valid Sept 2019 - June 2020
    1 free adult per 10 students

Curriculum Frameworks:

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.
3-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - life cycles
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
5-ESS2-1 - Earth's Systems - water cycle model

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location
Online

Grades:

2, 3

Price:

  • $200 for series

Curriculum Frameworks:

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.
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

Students will visit the fields, forest, and marsh to identify how organisms relate with one another (predation, mutualism, competition, dependency, and parasitism) and delve into adaptations and trophic levels. We will also discuss and explore the temperate biome communities and patterns of change.

Program Location(s):

Broadmoor, Natick

Grades:

6, 7, 8

Price:

  • Children - $ 9.75
  • Adults - $ 6.00
  • rates valid Sept 2019 - June 2020
    1 free adult per 10 students

Curriculum Frameworks:

7-MS-LS2-1 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - resouces relates to population size
7-MS-LS2-2 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - competition/predation/parasitism/etc.
7-MS-LS2-3 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - matter and energy cycling
7-MS-LS2-4 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - ecosystem disruptions can shift pop.

Follow the sun’s energy from producers through consumers and finally to decomposers. Students will conduct an experiment to test if plants transpire, while observing and connecting local plants and animals in a food chain. 

Fall and Spring

Program Location(s):

Broadmoor, Natick

Grades:

5

Price:

  • Children - $ 9.75
  • Adults - $ 6.00
  • Prices valid Sept 2019 - June 2020
    1 free adult per 10 students

Curriculum Frameworks:

5-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - plants use of air, water, energy
5-LS2-1 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - movement of matter through food web

Students investigate the forces that shape the earth on a large scale and small scale. They will apply learning by identifying evidence of erosion and weathering in nature or using samples in class.

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

4

Price:

  • Rate B
    1st class $170
    Additional class $130/each
    1st class on new day $150

    Travel fees apply to schools over 5 miles away

Curriculum Frameworks:

4-ESS1-1 - Earth's Place in the Universe - erosion and deposition shapes landscape
4-ESS2-1 - Earth's Systems - mechanical weathering

You’ve learned about birds and adaptations in school and maybe even been on the trails to see them. That was during the day; what about birds who fly and hunt at night? Investigate some owl artifacts and then get an introduction to local nocturnal owls: great-horned, barred and screech. Plus learn about the other animals out and about from dusk to dawn, incluing mammals, amphibians and insects.

Then, take a walk on the dark side… in a group and led by a Teacher Naturalist, you will explore what it is like to be a nocturnal animal.  What do you see?  What do you hear?  How is it the same or different than the way a nocturnal animal experiences the night? We will try to call for owls and we will listen for other nocturnal animals too. 

Wrap-up the night with some cozy socializing over cookies and cocoa!

ideal in late Januray, February and March

Program Location(s):

Broadmoor, Natick

Grades:

1, 2, 3

Price:

  • Children - $ 12.00
  • Adults - $ 12.00
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult; $12.00 each person

Curriculum Frameworks:

3-LS3-2 - Heredity--Inheritance and Variation of Traits - inhereted/env. influnced characteristics
3-LS4-3 - Biological Evolution--Unity and Diversity - env. constraints on organisms survival
4-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - animal/plant, internal/external structures

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

3

Price:

  • Rate B
    1st class $170
    Additional class $130/each
    1st class on new day $150

    Travel fees apply to schools over 5 miles away

Curriculum Frameworks:

3-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - life cycles

Students will explore a freshwater environment as an ecosystem, considering biotic and abiotic factors, relationships in nature and how organisms fill various niches. They will use microscopes to look at macro-invertebrates and plants collected from the water, focusing on evolution, adaptations and classification. Students also consider complex avenues for energy to transfer from the sun through living things in this environment.

Program Location(s):

Broadmoor, Natick

Grades:

9, 10

Price:

  • Children - $ 14.00
  • Adults - $ 6.00
  • Rates valid Sept 2019 - June 2020

    1 Free adult with every 10 students

Curriculum Frameworks:

HS-LS1-2 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - animal body systems functions
HS-LS2-1 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - (a)biotic factors and carrying capacity
HS-LS2-2 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - (a)biotic factors and biodiversity
HS-LS2-4 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - energy transfer across trophic levels
HS-LS2-6 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - change and resilience in ecosystems
HS-LS4-5 - Biological Evolution--Unity and Diversity - env. changes drive evolution

Have a Broadmoor Teacher Naturalist lead an interactive, hands-on lesson in your classroom, using natural materials, games, movement and inquiry to engage students in learning. May also occur on your school grounds or nearby outside areas.
Our staff can support student learning in life or earth science frameworks: seasons, adaptations, or diversity. We will custom design a program based on the standards you wish to meet.

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

1

Price:

  • Programs run 45-60 minutes.

    Program rates vary based on materials, prep time, and complexity.
    Travel fees per day apply to all schools over 5 miles

Curriculum Frameworks:

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

Have a Broadmoor Teacher Naturalist lead an interactive, hands-on lesson in your classroom, using natural materials, games, movement and inquiry to engage students in learning. May also occur on your school grounds or nearby outside areas.
Our staff can support student learning in life or earth science frameworks: water, diversity and habitat needs. We will custom design a program based on the standards you wish to meet.

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

2

Price:

  • Programs run 45-60 minutes.

    Program rates vary based on materials, prep time, and complexity.
    Travel fees per day apply to all schools over 5 miles

Curriculum Frameworks:

2-ESS2-1 - Earth's Systems - wind/water's effect on land
2-ESS2-2 - Earth's Systems - map area's landforms and water bodies
2-ESS2-3 - Earth's Systems - water's various locations/solid or liquid
2-ESS2-4 (MA) - Earth's Systems - observe how wind/water shape landforms
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.

Have a Broadmoor Teacher Naturalist lead an interactive, hands-on lesson in your classroom, using natural materials, games, movement and inquiry to engage students in learning. May also occur on your school grounds or nearby outside areas.
Our staff can support student learning in life or earth science frameworks: global weather patterns, life cycles, diversity, or species survival. We will custom design a program based on the standards you wish to meet.

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

3

Price:

  • Programs run 45-60 minutes.

    Program rates vary based on materials, prep time, and complexity.
    Travel fees per day apply to all schools over 5 miles

Curriculum Frameworks:

3-ESS2-1 - Earth's Systems - use graphs to predict seasonal weather
3-ESS2-2 - Earth's Systems - weather varies by world region
3-ESS3-1 - Earth and Human Activity - design solutions to weather damage
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

Have a Broadmoor Teacher Naturalist lead an interactive, hands-on lesson in your classroom, using natural materials, games, movement and inquiry to engage students in learning. May also occur on your school grounds or nearby outside areas.
Our staff can support student learning in life or earth science frameworks: erosion and weathering, shifting plates, renewable and non-renewable energy, or adaptations. We will custom design a program based on the standards you wish to meet.

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

4

Price:

  • Programs run 45-60 minutes.

    Program rates vary based on materials, prep time, and complexity.
    Travel fees per day apply to all schools over 5 miles

Curriculum Frameworks:

4-ESS1-1 - Earth's Place in the Universe - erosion and deposition shapes landscape
4-ESS2-1 - Earth's Systems - mechanical weathering
4-ESS2-2 - Earth's Systems - plate tectonics
4-ESS3-1 - Earth and Human Activity - energy/fuel resources renewables
4-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - animal/plant, internal/external structures

Have a Broadmoor Teacher Naturalist lead an interactive, hands-on lesson in your classroom, using natural materials, games, movement and inquiry to engage students in learning. May also include exploration and investigation of your school grounds or nearby outside areas.
We will custom design a program based on the standards you wish to meet in life or earth science frameworks: cycling of water or food energy on earth, and/or the functions and structure of plants. 

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

5

Price:

  • Programs run 45-60 minutes.

    Program rates vary based on materials, prep time, and complexity.
    Travel fees per day apply to all schools over 5 miles

Curriculum Frameworks:

5-ESS2-1 - Earth's Systems - water cycle model
5-ESS3-1 - Earth and Human Activity - ways to reduce resource use by humans
5-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - plants use of air, water, energy
5-LS2-1 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - movement of matter through food web
5-PS3-1 - energy - energy transfer in animals

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

1

Price:

  • Rate B
    1st class $170
    Additional class $130/each
    1st class on new day $150

    Travel fees apply to schools over 5 miles away

Curriculum Frameworks:

1-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - function of plant/animal body parts

Students sweep net in a meadow, turn logs in the forest and observe wetlands to find plants and animals that meet their habitat needs for food, water, shelter and figure out why that environment is the best space.

Fall, Winter, Spring

Program Location(s):

Broadmoor, Natick

Grades:

1, 2

Price:

  • Children - $ 9.75
  • Adults - $ 6.00
  • Prices valid Sept 2019 - June 2020 1 free adult per 10 students

Curriculum Frameworks:

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.

Discover what animals and plants need to live and why their habitat is the best match through a combination of presentation and hands-on explorations of living samples from two different environments.

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

2

Price:

  • Rate B
    1st class $170
    Additional class $130/each
    1st class on new day $150

    Travel fees apply to schools over 5 miles away

Curriculum Frameworks:

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.

Exploring a meadow, a forest and a marsh as habitats, children observe signs of life and discover how plants and animals depend on one another, and are linked in food chains.

Fall, Winter, Spring

Program Location(s):

Broadmoor, Natick

Grades:

Pre K, K, 1

Price:

  • Children - $ 8.25
  • Adults - $ 6.00
  • Prices valid Sept 2019 - June 2020
    2 free adults per 10 students

Curriculum Frameworks:

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-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - where animals and plants get food

Survival in winter is challenmging for plants and animals. Search for different seasonal animal signs such as deer tracks and beaver "chews," investigate the lives of wild animals and learn about their daily patterns of foraging and hunting. Explore the unique ways that plants and animals have evolved to survive cold, dry winter conditions. Learn about animals that escape winter by hibernating or migrating, and others that adapt with daily activities that are much different from their summer patterns. Identify which plants are sleeping and which stay active year-round, and why they can.
Late Fall, Winter, early Spring

Program Location(s):

Broadmoor, Natick

Grades:

1, 2

Price:

  • Children - $ 9.75
  • Adults - $ 6.00
  • Fees valid 2019-2020 school year

Curriculum Frameworks:

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
2-ESS2-3 - Earth's Systems - water's various locations/solid or liquid
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.

Program Location(s):

Broadmoor, Natick

Grades:

2

Price:

  • Children - $ 9.75
  • Adults - $ 6.00
  • rates valid through Dec 2019

Curriculum Frameworks:

2-ESS2-1 - Earth's Systems - wind/water's effect on land
2-ESS2-2 - Earth's Systems - map area's landforms and water bodies
2-ESS2-4 (MA) - Earth's Systems - observe how wind/water shape landforms

Students investigate what makes something alive, comparing living organisms with things that exhibit some, but not all, characteristics of life. 

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

Pre K, K

Price:

  • Rate A
    1st class $150
    Additional class $130/each
    1st class on new day $135

    Travel fees apply to schools over 5 miles away

Curriculum Frameworks:

PreK-ESS2-2 (MA) - Earth's Systems - observe/classify (non)living materials
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

Have a Broadmoor teacher naturalist lead an interactive, hands-on lesson at your school, using natural materials, games, movement and sensory exploration to engage young children in learning.
Students can learn about almost any life or earth science frameworks, such as living and non-living, seasonal cycles, specific animals or plants, life cycles, etc. We will custom-design a program based on the concepts you wish them to learn.

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

K

Price:

  • Program rates vary based on materials, prep time, and complexity.

    Travel fees per day apply to all schools over 5 miles

Curriculum Frameworks:

K-ESS2-1 - Earth's Systems - weather patterns over time
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

Students explore for organisms in different life cycles stages and can compare those cycles. Investigations can include searching dipped up invertebrates from the water, exploring insects and birds in the meadows, and searching for seeds and plants.

Fall and Spring

Program Location(s):

Broadmoor, Natick

Grades:

Pre K, K

Price:

  • Children - $ 8.25
  • Adults - $ 6.00
  • Prices valid Sept 2019 - June 2020
    2 free adults per 10 students

Curriculum Frameworks:

PreK-ESS2-1 (MA) - Earth's Systems - how different local env. provide homes
K-LS1-2 (MA) - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - plants/animals, grow/change over time

Students will learn to look at the "big picture" and see the marsh as an ecosystem, where mammals, such as the beaver, use the marsh as their habitat. They will look at macro-invertebrates collected from the marsh, focusing on animal adaptations and characteristics. Students also learn how aquatic plants are adapted to live in the water and fill different niches.
Spring

Program Location(s):

Broadmoor, Natick

Grades:

3, 4, 5

Price:

  • Children - $ 9.75
  • Adults - $ 6.00
  • rates valid Sept 2019 - June 2020
    1 free adult per 10 students

Curriculum Frameworks:

4-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - animal/plant, internal/external structures
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
5-LS2-1 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - movement of matter through food web

Students sort through organisms dipped up from the marsh to see what lives in the water and how water provides a home. They also explore the water cycle on the sanctuary.

Fall and Spring

Program Location(s):

Broadmoor, Natick

Grades:

Pre K, K

Price:

  • Children - $ 8.25
  • Adults - $ 6.00
  • Prices valid Sept 2019 - June 2020
    2 free adults per 10 students

Curriculum Frameworks:

PreK-ESS2-1 (MA) - Earth's Systems - how different local env. provide homes
PreK-ESS2-3 (MA) - Earth's Systems - explore places water found in local env.
PreK-LS2-2 (MA) - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - how familiar plant/animals meet needs
K-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - where animals and plants get food

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

5

Price:

  • Rate C
    1st class $225
    Additional class $145/each
    1st class on new day $170

    Travel fees apply to schools over 5 miles away

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
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-ESS2-1 - Earth's Systems - wind/water's effect on land
2-ESS2-2 - Earth's Systems - map area's landforms and water bodies
2-ESS2-4 (MA) - Earth's Systems - observe how wind/water shape landforms
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.
3-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - life cycles
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
4-ESS1-1 - Earth's Place in the Universe - erosion and deposition shapes landscape
4-ESS2-1 - Earth's Systems - mechanical weathering
4-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - animal/plant, internal/external structures
5-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - plants use of air, water, energy
5-LS2-1 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - movement of matter through food web

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

Pre K

Price:

  • Rate $105/hour
    Program length varies: 20-60 minutes
    Minimum charge of 1 hour at school

    Travel fees apply to schools over 5 miles away

Curriculum Frameworks:

PreK-LS2-2 (MA) - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - how familiar plant/animals meet needs

Students will become finches living on the Galapagos Islands. Through the use of hand-puppets, each student "bird" will try to feed on the islands using their specific behavioral and physical adaptations. Depending on success, the birds will decide if they stay or migrate to find the best environment to meet their needs. Through the simulation, students experience the variety of challenges, competition, and success that drive evolution and survival in nature. If time permits, they can also experience the influence of changes in the environment and attempt to be successful enough to reproduce and pass on traits to offspring. 

This lesson requires one location to set up, that provides open space for the islands and an area for students to process data on a worksheet and engage in discussion. Two teacher naturalists faciliatate this program for 1 class at a time.

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

3

Price:

  • Rate D-
    1st class $280
    Additional classes same day $165
    1st class on new day $225

    Travel fees apply to schools over 5 miles away

Curriculum Frameworks:

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

Students examine plant structures,  behaviors for survival, and reproductive strategies. Depending on what is seasonally available, it includes local  flowers and seeds. 

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

4

Price:

  • Rate B
    1st class $170
    Additional class $130/each
    1st class on new day $150

    Travel fees apply to schools over 5 miles away

Curriculum Frameworks:

4-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - animal/plant, internal/external structures

Have a Broadmoor teacher naturalist lead an interactive, hands-on lesson at your school, using natural materials, games, movement and sensory exploration to engage young children in learning.
Students can learn about almost any life or earth science frameworks, such as living and non-living, seasonal cycles, specific animals or plants, life cycles, etc. We will custom-design a program based on the concepts you wish them to learn.

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

Pre K

Price:

  • Rate $105/hour
    Program length varies: 20-60 minutes
    Minimum charge of 1 hour

    Travel fees apply

Curriculum Frameworks:

PreK-ESS2-1 (MA) - Earth's Systems - how different local env. provide homes
PreK-ESS2-2 (MA) - Earth's Systems - observe/classify (non)living materials
PreK-ESS2-3 (MA) - Earth's Systems - explore places water found in local env.
PreK-ESS2-5 (MA) - Earth's Systems - describe how local weather changes daily
PreK-ESS2-6 (MA) - Earth's Systems - examples of weather impact on organisms
PreK-ESS3-1 (MA) - Earth and Human Activity - how humans use local resources
PreK-ESS3-2 (MA) - Earth and Human Activity - people's activity impact on local env.
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

Investigate your local river or other water body by canoe. Staff will provide an orientation to equipment and techniques, use fun games to learn paddling skills, and offer correctional instruction throughout the trip. Using hands-on activities such as "ponding" for invertebrates, observing other animal life, identifying plants, and looking for impacts to the environment, students will see real life examples of the nature and science they study in class. They can also link the organisms they find to see how energy moves in the ecosystem.

We can accomodate up to 14 individuals at a time, including school chaperones.

This program is subject to cancellation or rescheduling due to:

  1. unsafe water conditions
  2. weather systems involving high winds, heavey rain and/or lightening
  3. illness of qualified boating staff

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

6, 7, 8

Price:

  • $300/1st hr
    $165/each additional hour

    Includes 2 staff, use of canoes, PFDs, paddles and exploration equipment

Curriculum Frameworks:

7-MS-ESS2-4 - Earth's Systems - solar radiation/gravity drive water cycle
7-MS-LS1-4 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - animal beh., plant structures repro.
7-MS-LS2-2 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - competition/predation/parasitism/etc.
7-MS-LS2-3 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - matter and energy cycling

By manipulating different substrates, such as soil, sand, clay and stone, with water and moving air, students can investigate the effects of water and wind. Then they will work together to create and test solutions to prevent the erosion.

This program requires stations that classes can rotate through due to the amount of supplies that students can manipulate and resetting between groups.

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

2

Price:

  • Rate B
    1st class/day $170
    Additional class/same day $130/each; 1st class on a new day $150/each

    Travel fees apply to schools over 5 miles away

Curriculum Frameworks:

2-ESS2-1 - Earth's Systems - wind/water's effect on land
2-ESS2-4 (MA) - Earth's Systems - observe how wind/water shape landforms

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

Pre K

Price:

  • Rate $105/hour
    Program length varies: 20-60 minutes
    Minimum charge of 1 hour

    Travel fees apply to schools over 5 miles away

Curriculum Frameworks:

PreK-LS2-2 (MA) - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - how familiar plant/animals meet needs

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

Pre K, K

Price:

  • Rate $105/hour
    Program length varies: 20-60 minutes
    Minimum charge of 1 hour

    Travel fees apply to schools over 5 miles away

Curriculum Frameworks:

PreK-ESS2-3 (MA) - Earth's Systems - explore places water found in local env.

Students have a hands-on look at erosion on hillsides, trails, and a stream bed. They'll investigate the make up of the soil, visit a volcanic island, find evidence of weathering by ice wedging, root pry, and rusting.

Program Location(s):

Broadmoor, Natick

Grades:

4

Price:

  • Children - $ 9.75
  • Adults - $ 6.00
  • Prices valid Sept 2018 - June 2019

    1 free adult per 10 students

Curriculum Frameworks:

4-ESS1-1 - Earth's Place in the Universe - erosion and deposition shapes landscape
4-ESS2-1 - Earth's Systems - mechanical weathering