School Programs at Endicott
Ignite the joy of learning with your students through educational experiences supported by Mass Audubon educators and scientists from Endicott Wildlife Sanctuary. We offer programs for first grade through graduate school!
Our programs for middle and high school students on the North Shore (roughly from Salem to Salisbury) focus on real science, with real scientists and real issues. Each program is 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.
Whether the program takes place at your school or on the North Shore’s coast, we will work with you to adapt curriculum to meet your needs and the frameworks.
Co-teach on the coast! A Mass Audubon educator will provide teacher training in field science methods and meet you and your students in coastal habitats on the North Shore to explore and collect data. Suggest a location, or choose from ones we suggest. Through guided explorations of salt marshes, rocky shore, and barrier beaches, students make inquiries, investigate, classify, think critically, and draw conclusions. Programs include activities such as using tools, gathering data, and making observations. Each program will be geared to the age level and curriculum needs of the students.
A staff educator will visit your class to provide students with a broader understanding of wetlands, invasive species, adaptations to the rocky shore, and ways to live more sustainably. Programs may include interactive investigations, discussion, specimen study, and other educational activities. If possible, we’ll explore the wetlands on school property. Ask about our favorite Mystery of the Tide Pool program.
Mass Audubon’s Salt Marsh Science Project (SMS) is part of the Plum Island Long-Term Ecological Research Site (PIE-LTER), one of a national network of sites that supports Grade 5-12 teachers and students in hands-on ecological research. Students and teachers investigate invasive species in salt marshes and collect important long-term data. Teachers receive professional development, and are given direct access to professional scientists.
*For some schools, this project is funded by the National Science Foundation. Call to inquire whether your school is eligible.
Endicott educators offer professional development opportunities for teachers. These range from half-day workshops to graduate level courses. All experiences are designed for active participation and practical application in the classroom. Teachers can attend workshops offered on a variety of topics or staff can design a workshop to meet your specific needs. Workshops can be held at the Endicott Wildlife Sanctuary in Wenham, at your school, and/or in the field. We are a DOE-approved PDP provider.
Thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, we have developed extensive on-line curriculum materials for teachers.
Many classrooms, groups, and individuals help improve our natural world while earning community service credits or internship hours. Individuals, classes, or stewardship teams may help with projects relating to climate change or invasive species.