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Classroom: In this classroom presentation, students learn about bat species that live on Martha's Vineyard and how their habitats are changing with our climate. We'll also explore sound waves and learn how bats use them in echolocation.
Field Trip: Venture to Felix Neck as the sun begins to set and catch a glimpse of the world's only flying mammal. Bonfire and s'mores optional.

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Grades:

4

Curriculum Frameworks:

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

Classroom: 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 as they play the game, "Fill the Bill".
Field Trip: During a nature walk at Felix Neck, students will use binoculars to identify birds and their unique adaptations and learn how our changing climate is affecting migrations. End with a wing-flapping game all about avian adaptations.

Program Location(s):

Felix Neck, Martha's Vineyard
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Grades:

4, 5

Classroom: Community Science depends on the research of students working to gather data to further our
knowledge of the natural world. Learn about Felix Neck's efforts to catalogue and document island species and how students can get involved.
Salamander Surveys: Students learn all about this
indicator species and where they spend their adult lives. Students will help to collect and study scientific data for this ongoing effort.
Horseshoe Crab Spawning Surveys (May or June only):
Students learn what makes this ancient species so unique and why it's important to protect them as our oceans change with our climate. By collecting and
studying scientific data, students understand implications for environmental policies at local and statewide levels.

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Felix Neck, Martha's Vineyard
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Grades:

9, 10, 11, 12

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Various Topics

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Felix Neck, Martha's Vineyard
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Grades:

2, 3, 4, 5

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Classroom: Introduce students to freshwater pond
ecology through exploration: Who lives where
throughout the habitat? What and who are needed to make a freshwater pond? We will end with an activity that demonstrates the food web and shows how important balance is in all of our ecosystems.
Field Trips: Take a deeper dive into local ponds at Felix Neck and Cranberry Acres as we examine sediment samples in search of aquatic invertebrates and amphibians. Students learn to identify, count, and
record their findings, and discuss the intricate life cycles, food webs, and survival adaptations of pond organisms. We will end with a discussion of how our island's ponds are responding to climate change and what we can do to help.

Program Location(s):

Felix Neck, Martha's Vineyard
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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

Classroom: Students discover the unique characteristics of insects and discuss insect adaptations such as camouflage, life cycles and body structure. The importance of insects to people and wildlife, as well as the importance of respecting even the smallest living things will be emphasized.

Field Trip: Search the Felix Neck fields high and low for insects. Use magnifiers to take a close-up look and see if they are truly insects or another kind of creepy-crawler. We will finish with a game about insect adaptations.

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Felix Neck, Martha's Vineyard
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Grades:

K, 1

Classroom: Students discover which mammals can be found on Martha's Vineyard and work in groups to identify mammal skulls and pelts provided by Felix Neck. They will focus on teeth adaptations to determine food preferences and survival strategies, then discuss how those needs will be affected by climate change.
Field Trip: Head out on a tracking expedition at Felix Neck and see if you can uncover evidence of roaming mammals as we explore various habitats around the sanctuary.

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Felix Neck, Martha's Vineyard
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Grades:

4, 5

Classroom: Students learn about native reptiles and their island habitats. We bring live, native turtles and a
non-native snake into the classroom to provide 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. We hope to dispel any fear of snakes and help students understand how to observe snakes in the wild.
Optional Reptile Walk in early fall or late spring
Field Trip: Explore the Sanctuary looking for reptiles as we cross over Turtle Pond and uncover our snake boards. We will discuss the importance of protecting habitat and how to interact with the wildlife we find.

Program Location(s):

Felix Neck, Martha's Vineyard
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Grades:

K, 1, 2

Science helps us learn about the world around us and why things work the way they do! Join Mass Audubon educators to discover how to be a scientist exploring nature around your home or school. This unit introduces fundamental science skills and language at a developmentally appropriate level for K-2 students, with an emphasis on learning outdoors. Lessons focus on using our senses to make observations, practicing sketching and writing skills in a nature journal, and fostering excitement and curiosity for safe outdoor exploration. This unit lays the foundation to prepare students for additional Science of Massachusetts units.

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Online

Grades:

K, 1, 2

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Join Mass Audubon educators as we learn how energy from the sun powers life on Earth, both living processes and the technologies we use to power our communities. Each lesson explores one aspect of the energy cycle within biotic and abiotic systems; including photosynthesis, consumers, decomposers, renewable, and non-renewable energies.

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Grades:

3, 4, 5

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In this introductory unit, students will build the foundation for future Science of Massachusetts units by learning to safely complete their outdoor assignments and collect data from the natural world in their field journals. The third lesson includes an engaging introduction to climate change, with a focus on taking an active role in creating solutions.

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Grades:

6, 7, 8

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Water is essential for life, but climate change is threatening water all over the planet. Understanding how water moves through our homes, neighborhoods, state, and world can give us clues about how to solve this enormous challenge. The unit focuses on exploring our local watersheds and water within our neighborhoods, connecting those watersheds to the global movements of water, understanding how climate change is affecting the water cycle, and working towards solutions to those threats.

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Grades:

6, 7, 8

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Trees provide much more than shade or pretty additions to city streets and neighborhood parks. This unit explores habitats, adaptations, and life cycles, with trees as a unifying theme. With accessibility to all learners as a priority, lessons highlight the diversity of trees across various Massachusetts habitats, including suburban, urban and rural areas. Nature journaling assignments highlight observation and other science skills and encourage students to choose a tree near their home or school to chronicle throughout the unit.

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Grades:

K, 1, 2

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Are trees the solution to climate change? Through place-based, inquiry driven investigation, students will study the role of trees in the carbon cycle, and expand their investigation to find out whether forest sequestration, or indeed any one nature-based solution, is enough to fight climate change. Finally, students will explore their own role as a changemaker by planning a collective, climate-positive action.

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Grades:

6, 7, 8

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Curriculum Frameworks:

7-MS-LS2-3 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - matter and energy cycling
8-MS-ESS3-5 - Earth and Human Activity - human activities and global temperatures

In this unit we will explore different types of "minibeasts", or invertebrates, like worms, pill bugs, and more. Students will engage in outdoor investigations to find out where the best place is for a minibeast to live. Students will document their observations in field journals as they explore different habitats in their schoolyard and use models to explain how these habitats may or may not support the needs of invertebrates. Finally, students will expand their investigation to explore the role invertebrates play to enrich the soil, and understand how humans can learn from them to reduce their footprint and protect their local environment.

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Grades:

K, 1, 2

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Curriculum Frameworks:

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
1-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - function of plant/animal body parts
2-LS2-3 (MA) - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - how plant/animals depend on surroundings

In this unit, students will get outside and investigate the ways stronger storms impact their communities, specifically through rain and snow. They will identify places of vulnerability and places of resilience in their schoolyard or neighborhood. As a culminating project, they will design solutions to help reduce the impacts of stronger storms in their area and communicate it with members of their community.

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Grades:

3, 4, 5

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Curriculum Frameworks:

3-ESS3-1 - Earth and Human Activity - design solutions to weather damage
4-ESS3-2 - Earth and Human Activity - solutions to natural disaster impact
5-ESS3-1 - Earth and Human Activity - ways to reduce resource use by humans

Develop your inner scientist! Learn how to prepare to safely explore outside, practice observation skills in nature, and create scientific drawings in a nature journal that you made yourself. Meet some local scientists as we explore what evidence-based science really is and how it applies in the real world.

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Grades:

3, 4, 5

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Students will be introduced to the seashore habitat and the animals that live there as they explore the waters of Sengekontacket Pond. There will be a discussion of the marine life they find, why these animals need this habitat to survive, and how climate change is affecting island waters. Classes may take specimens back to the classroom to set up aquariums for long-term study.

Program Location(s):

Felix Neck, Martha's Vineyard
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Grades:

K, 1, 2

Classroom: Students identify 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 and the actions they can take to help keep our waters clean.
Civic engagement field trip: Put knowledge into action as we remind our community to refrain from contaminating our waters. We will put signs on storm drains and collect trash along the way.
Kayaking field trip: Students explore the salt marsh and tidal creeks for marine life and collect water samples. Back on shore, we will perform various water quality tests and reveal how healthy (or not) our pond is.

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Grades:

7, 8

Classroom: Learn how animals have adapted to survive throughout the seasons. Through discussion, games, and a close-up look at animal specimens, students become familiar with the needs of island animals and understand terms associated with each season.
Each classroom visit can be paired with an optional field trip component
Field Trip: Go exploring and discover terrestrial (e.g. birds, insects, and mammals) or aquatic animals (e.g. frogs, fish, and dragonflies). Have fun on a scavenger hunt searching for living things and the non-living parts of an ecosystem. We will notice changes and differences in plant and animal life throughout the changing seasons.

Program Location(s):

Felix Neck, Martha's Vineyard
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Grades:

Pre K, K, 1, 2