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Search along sanctuary trails for tracks and signs of the plants and animals that live there. Observe similarities and differences in body parts, structures, behaviors, and functions as you investigate what it means to be adapted to their home.

Program Location(s):

Broadmoor, Natick

Grades:

K, 1, 2

Price:

  • FIELD TRIPS On-Site School Field Trips: 1 Hour First group (up to 15) $130 Additional groups of 15 $100 1.5 Hours First group (up to 15) $145 Additional groups of 15 $115 2 Hours First group (up to 15) $170 Additional groups of 15 $140 2.5 Hours First group (up to 15) $190 Additional groups of 15 $160

Curriculum Frameworks:

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-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):

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

On school grounds or nearby natural areas, students will 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. 

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

5

Price:

  • $150/hour

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

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: 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

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

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

Use dip-nets and other tools as you explore the unique life cycles of the organisms that live in the water and depend on wetland and upland habitats to survive.

At Broadmoor, this includes a choice of the marsh or vernal pool.

Program Location(s):

Broadmoor, Natick

Grades:

K, 1, 2

Price:

  • On-Site School Field Trips: 1 Hour First group (up to 15) $130 Additional groups of 15 $100 1.5 Hours First group (up to 15) $145 Additional groups of 15 $115 2 Hours First group (up to 15) $170 Additional groups of 15 $140 2.5 Hours First group (up to 15) $190 Additional groups of 15 $160

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
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

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 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

This program will combine elements of seasonal nature experiences that support the group's interests.

All programs can be customized to your group.

Program Location(s):

Broadmoor, Natick

Grades:

Pre K

Price:

  • Minimum fee of $130 for up to 5 members; $10/additional member; maximum group size is 12.

    Minimum fee of $150 for up to 5 non-members; $12/additional non-member; maximum group size is 12.

Through science practices and pedagogy specific to outdoor education and methodology based on the Lawrence Hall of Science BEETLES professional learning sessions, participants will build their confidence in instructing outdoors and practice skills they can use with students. Program areas can include observation skills; questioning and discussion strategies; the nature and practice of science, evidence, and explanation; and best practice in teaching and learning, field journaling, and student activities.

Program Location(s):

Broadmoor, Natick
Your school or other location
Online

Grades:

3, 4, 5

Price:

  • $150/hr Plus travel fees for off-sanctuary programs

Through science practices and pedagogy specific to outdoor education and methodology based on the Lawrence Hall of Science BEETLES professional learning sessions, participants will build their confidence in instructing outdoors and practice skills they can use with students. Program areas can include observation skills; questioning and discussion strategies; the nature and practice of science, evidence, and explanation; and best practice in teaching and learning, field journaling, and student activities.

Program Location(s):

Broadmoor, Natick
Your school or other location
Online

Grades:

K, 1, 2

Price:

  • $150/hr Plus travel fees for off-sanctuary programs

Through science practices and pedagogy specific to outdoor education and methodology based on the Lawrence Hall of Science BEETLES professional learning sessions, participants will build their confidence in instructing outdoors and practice skills they can use with students. Program areas can include observation skills; questioning and discussion strategies; the nature and practice of science, evidence, and explanation; and best practice in teaching and learning, field journaling, and student activities.

Program Location(s):

Broadmoor, Natick
Your school or other location
Online

Grades:

6, 7, 8

Price:

  • $150/hr Plus travel fees for off-sanctuary programs

Manipulate different substrates with water and moving air to investigate the effects of wind and water, then work in teams to create and test solutions to prevent 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:

  • Standard In Person Outreach 45 mins: $175.00 (2 program minimum) 1 hour: $205.00 Night and Weekends: $250/hr *Prices do not include travel fee

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, 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

Use dip-nets and other scientific tools to explore wetland plants and animals and their unique adaptations for living in water. Learn to identify specific organisms and understand the special characteristics of different water bodies and ecosystems. At Broadmoor, available wetlands include the marsh, vernal pool, streams, and the Charles River.

Program Location(s):

Broadmoor, Natick

Grades:

3, 4, 5

Price:

  • On-Site School Field Trips: 2 Hours First group (up to 15) $170 Additional groups of 15 $140 2.5 Hours First group (up to 15) $190 Additional groups of 15 $160 3 Hours First group (up to 15) $220 Additional groups of 15 $180 4 Hours First group (up to 15) $270 Additional groups of 15 $230

Curriculum Frameworks:

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
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

Use dip-nets and other scientific tools to explore wetland plants and animals and their unique adaptations for living in water. Learn to identify specific organisms and understand the special characteristics of different water bodies and ecosystems. Wetland availability near your school or at identified natural areas will determine what wetland environments can be explored.

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

3, 4, 5

Price:

  • Standard In Person Outreach 30 mins: $125.00 (2 program minimum) 45 mins: $175.00 (2 program minimum) 1 hour: $205.00 Night and Weekends: $250/hr *Prices do not include travel fee

Curriculum Frameworks:

3-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - life cycles
3-LS4-4 - Biological Evolution--Unity and Diversity - changes in habitat affect reproduction
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 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