Programs for Schools at Felix Neck
Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary has been providing environmental education to the Martha's Vineyard school district since the 1970s. Our programs offer island children the opportunity to experience nature and wildlife through hands-on learning outside and in the classroom. Each program is aligned with the Massachusetts Department of Education frameworks and incorporates differentiated instruction and a multi-disciplinary approach. By building awareness, we hope that children will appreciate and respect nature, develop a "sense of place," and carry an ethic of environmental stewardship through life.
Through guided explorations of our woods, wetlands, ponds, and fields, students make inquiries, investigate, classify, think critically, and draw conclusions. Programs include activities such as using tools, gathering data, and making observations.
Staff from Felix Neck will visit your class to provide students with a broader understanding of the natural world. Programs may include interactive discussions, specimen study, and educational activities. If possible, we’ll explore the woods and/or fields on the school property. Observation skills and seasonal elements are emphasized. Many of our school programs can be taught as a classroom presentation or outdoor exploration at your site.
Our 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. Portions of the program will take place indoors, but most days we anticipate spending the majority of time outdoors at the wildlife sanctuary. Please contact the Education Coordinator to discuss curriculum planning for your homeschool group.
Felix Neck’s preschool programs provide wonderful learning opportunities. The programs are a mix of hands-on activities, experiments, songs, animal demonstrations, stories, and nature walks. Our programs are specially designed to strengthen listening and observation skills while teaching students about the natural world. Programs can take place at your school or at the sanctuary. Please contact the Education Coordinator for further information.
Customized programs for college-age students are available. Please contact the Education Coordinator for further information.