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Students visit Felix Neck in the fall, winter and spring. This program reinforces what our five senses are and how we can use them to study nature. Classes observe plant and animal life as the seasons change.

Program Location:

Felix Neck, Martha's Vineyard
your school or other location

Grades:

Pre K, K, 1

Curriculum Frameworks:

1-ESS1-2 - Earth

This program introduces students to the ways that animals have adapted to survive winter. Through discussion, games, and a close-up look at animal specimens, students become familiar with animal’s food needs and begin to understand the terms active, dormant, migrate and hibernate. *a good addition to A Sense of Seasons field trips

Program Location:

Felix Neck, Martha's Vineyard
your school or other location

Grades:

Pre K, K, 1

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
1-LS3-1 - Heredity--Inheritance and Variation of Traits - sim./diff. among indiv. plant/animal

In this classroom presentation students learn about bat species that live on Martha’s Vineyard, explore sound waves and learn how bats use waves in echolocation. Felix Neck naturalists bring in a bat specimen and pictures for students to get an up close look at these interesting animals. *A good follow up to Light and Sound program

Program Location:

your school or other location

Grades:

4

Curriculum Frameworks:

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

Examples of real bird beaks and feet are brought into the classroom for students to observe. Students discover why birds have different beaks and feet depending on their habitat and diet. During a nature walk at Felix Neck students use binoculars to identify birds and their unique adaptations.

Program Location:

Felix Neck, Martha's Vineyard
your school or other location

Grades:

4

Curriculum Frameworks:

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

Students study various ecosystems and discover the many relationships among organisms, the complexity of biological communities. Through observations, hypotheses and scientific investigations students discover how energy moves through different ecosystems

Program Location:

Felix Neck, Martha's Vineyard
your school or other location

Grades:

9, 10, 11, 12

Price:

  • Two 1 hour classroom presentations and 1 hour field trip

Curriculum Frameworks:

HS-LS2-2 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - (a)biotic factors and biodiversity
HS-LS2-5 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - carbon cycle
HS-LS2-6 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - change and resilience in ecosystems
HS-LS2-7 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - human activities affect on ecosystems

A classroom visit introduces students to freshwater pond ecology and prepares classes for field trips to Felix Neck and Cranberry Acres, where we collect samples of aquatic invertebrates and amphibians with nets. Students learn to identify, count and record their findings, and discuss the intricate life cycles, food webs, and survival adaptations of pond organisms.

 

Program Location:

Felix Neck, Martha's Vineyard
your school or other location

Grades:

3

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

 

A slideshow in the classroom and a field trip to the sanctuary provide a forum for students to learn about different island animals, the places they live and the ways in which they have learned to survive the island life.

Program Location:

contact us for details

Grades:

2

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.

Students learn what makes this species so unique and why it is important to protect them. They help to collect and study scientific data and understand implications for environmental policies at local and statewide levels.

Program Location:

Felix Neck, Martha's Vineyard
your school or other location

Grades:

9, 10, 11, 12

Price:

  • 1 hour classroom training in April and 1 hour field trip in May or June

Curriculum Frameworks:

HS-ESS3-3 - Earth and Human Activity - resources/sustainability/biodiversity
HS-LS1-2 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - animal body systems functions
HS-LS2-2 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - (a)biotic factors and biodiversity
HS-LS2-7 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - human activities affect on ecosystems

 

Students discover the unique characteristics of insects, search the Felix Neck fields for insects, and discuss insect adaptations such as camouflage, life cycles and body structure. We will emphasize the importance of insects to people and wildlife, as well as the importance of respecting even the smallest living things.

Program Location:

Felix Neck, Martha's Vineyard
your school or other location

Grades:

K, 1

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

Felix Neck brings mammal pelts and skulls into the classroom. Students discover which mammals can be found on Martha’s Vineyard and work in groups to identify mammal skulls. The focus is mammal teeth adaptations for food preferences.

Program Location:

Felix Neck, Martha's Vineyard
your school or other location

Grades:

4

Curriculum Frameworks:

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

Living on an island, we sometimes live our life by the tide. Students discover how the phases of the moon and alignment of the sun, moon and earth cause the natural phenomenon of the tide.

Program Location:

Felix Neck, Martha's Vineyard
your school or other location

Grades:

6, 7, 8

Curriculum Frameworks:

6-MS-ESS1-1a - Earth

Students explore the salt marsh and tidal creeks for marine life. Discussion focuses on the geologic processes that create marshes and the value of wetlands to people and wildlife. This program can also be done by kayak.

Program Location:

Felix Neck, Martha's Vineyard

Grades:

9, 10, 11, 12

Curriculum Frameworks:

HS-ESS2-5 - Earth's Systems - chemical/physical properties of water
HS-ESS2-6 - Earth's Systems - carbon cycle
HS-ESS3-5 - Earth and Human Activity - global or regional climate change
HS-LS2-6 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - change and resilience in ecosystems
HS-LS2-7 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - human activities affect on ecosystems

Students will be introduced to the seashore habitat and what animals live there. On the field trip, with nets, buckets and curious minds, students explore the waters of Sengekontacket Pond for marine life and discover why these animals need this habitat to survive. Classes may take specimens back to the classroom to set up aquariums for long-term study.

Program Location:

Felix Neck, Martha's Vineyard
your school or other location

Grades:

K, 1, 2

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-ESS2-6 (MA) - Earth's Systems - examples of weather impact on organisms
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
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-LS4-1 - Biological Evolution--Unity and Diversity - observe/compare living things diff. env.

During this classroom visit, students learn about the characteristics of reptiles and their island habitats. We hope to dispel any fear of snakes and help students understand how to protect snakes in the wild.

Program Location:

Felix Neck, Martha's Vineyard
your school or other location

Grades:

1

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
1-LS3-1 - Heredity--Inheritance and Variation of Traits - sim./diff. among indiv. plant/animal

After an introduction to astronomy students will create a model of the sun, earth, and moon to explain the daily changes in the appearance of each. Later students and their families meet at Felix Neck for an evening of stargazing, star lore, and night sky viewing through a telescope.

Program Location:

Felix Neck, Martha's Vineyard
your school or other location

Grades:

5

Price:

  • 45 minute classroom presentation1 hour field trip

Curriculum Frameworks:

5-ESS1-1 - Earth

 Felix Neck brings live native turtles into the classroom which provides an opportunity for students to learn about the unique characteristics of reptiles and how they meet their basic needs for survival. This program also emphasizes actions that children can take to protect these animals.

Program Location:

Felix Neck, Martha's Vineyard
your school or other location

Grades:

K, 1

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-LS1-2 - 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

Students locate their "watershed address" using Martha’s Vineyard watershed maps, and then as a group build their community with our watershed model to discover the interaction of land use and water quality.

Program Location:

your school or other location

Grades:

5, 6