Group Programs for Children & Young Adults at Habitat

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Habitat Education Center & Wildlife Sanctuary lies just six miles northwest of downtown Boston, on Belmont Hill. This 93-acre urban oasis that has been devoted to environmental education since 1970. Habitat offers a variety of fun and educational nature-based programs for scout troops, birthdays, homeschools, and more.

 Organized groups require advance reservations. Please contact us to schedule your visit. ←

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Preschool Naturalists

Full for 2020-2021 school year

Preschool Naturalists is an enrichment program for children ages 3-4. It meets once a week, for 30 weeks, from fall through spring. Many of the children who come attend other preschool programs on the other weekdays. Our mission is to encourage young children to enjoy and explore the outdoors through games and other learning experiences. We want to facilitate their natural curiosity and joy in the world around them and help them to establish a sense of ownership of this sanctuary. Children in the program have the freedom to play and interact with their environment, learning to appreciate the variety and scope of the natural world.

Mass Audubon membership is required to enroll; a $150 non-refundable deposit is required.


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For Homeschool Students

Homeschool Naturalists is a seasonal, 10-week drop-off enrichment program for children ages 6–12 that takes place entirely outdoors. The habitats at Habitat are the classrooms as we observe the changes in nature throughout the year! Seasonal topics include pollinators, wildlife adaptations, maple sugaring, ponding, meadow sweeping, climate change, and a whole lot more. Classes meet once a week on the same day, with each age group meeting on a different day (ages 6-7, 8-9, or 9-12). 

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Birthday Parties

Celebrate your child’s birthday at Habitat!  We offer birthday parties from October to June for up to 15 children. Parties  include a 60-minute program, designed for children turning 6 to 10 years old, led by two Habitat teachers. Programs always include some time outside. Your guests then return to the library, where you may serve refreshments. Parties can be held weekdays, after school, or on weekends.

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Scout Programs

Come and learn about nature and the environment by participating in hands-on activities, games, and exploring Habitat. For each program, we will complete the required number of activities to receive a badge. We also offer afterschool programs. Times are flexible and include early-release days.


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Party & Function Rentals

Habitat Education Center offers a uniquely beautiful setting for weddings, receptions, and other events—either indoors or out. The house, built in 1914, has been hosting weddings and formal functions since 1977. Habitat’s facilities are also available for business meetings and conferences.

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Looking for Group Programs for Adults?

We offer educational programs for garden clubs, senior centers, historical groups, and many other clubs and organizations.

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