Programs for Schools at Drumlin Farm
Unique in its position as both a working farm and a wildlife sanctuary, Drumlin Farm has delivered environmental education programs to hundreds of thousands of elementary, middle, and high school students in Massachusetts. Our teacher naturalists work with students to help them develop an appreciation for native plants and animals and their habitats as well as the relationships of these ecological communities to our agricultural practices.
Programs emphasize the connections between people and the land and how our everyday choices affect the environment. All programs are geared to the age level and curriculum needs of your students.
Our on-site programs offer opportunities to investigate the ecology of New England habitats and the adaptations of animals and plants that live here. During guided explorations of Drumlin Farm’s forests, wetlands, and fields, students ask questions, investigate, collect data, and share conclusions. While students are out exploring, they have opportunities to use scientific tools, make observations, and experience real science in the field.
Drumlin Farm’s Outreach program brings our teacher naturalists to your school. Programs may include bringing native wildlife into the classroom or guided exploration of nature areas near your school. These animals offer insight into unique adaptations and habitat needs of many species of Massachusetts’ fauna. Our programs enrich natural history and science lessons and help build connections to the local environment. Customizable programs including both a classroom visit and an on-site program at Drumlin Farm are also available.
Our customized homeschool programs are designed to encourage children to interact with the environment through nature exploration and science-based learning and with each other through group building and games. Programs that can take place at our wildlife sanctuary or at a location near you.
Whether they take place at our site or yours, our programs provide preschoolers ways to connect to the natural world through seasonal hands-on activities, songs, stories, farm chores, nature walks, and wildlife discoveries. We are also home to Drumlin Farm’s Community Preschool for ages 3–6. Our preschool is licensed by the MA Department of Early Education and Care and recognized for innovative nature-based early education experiences for young children.
Drumlin Farm offers professional development opportunities for teachers at your site and at our wildlife sanctuary. Workshops are designed to give teachers the tools they need in the classroom to develop and implement supplemental lessons. In our workshops, we utilize local habitats to learn about ecological principles, local habitats, and species identification and how to teach these lessons in the classroom through a hands-on, and inquiry driven approach. We are a DOE-approved PDP provider and offer year-round science education courses to classroom teachers.
Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries, including Drumlin Farm, offer scheduled and custom professional development workshops throughout the year.