Programs for Schools at Habitat
At Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary in Belmont, Massachusetts, we offer engaging, educational nature-based programs year round for preschool through high school aged children. The nature of Massachusetts will make for a great adventure for your classroom.
Whether it’s scheduling a field trip to visit the woods, meadows, and ponds of Habitat, or planning to have Habitat come to you, we can get you up close, and hands-on, with the critters, plants, and the rest of the outside world. Our programs and walks are designed to highlight the wonder of local wildlife in an educational and fun environment. You will not look at the world, Massachusetts, or your own backyard the same way again!
Habitat welcomes school classes that want to visit the sanctuary, explore its trails, and discover the the plants, animals, ecology, and habitats that can be found here. We provide trained educators to lead groups of 7-9 children. These walks generally last 60 or 90 minutes. Our guided walks are designed to cultivate a sense of stewardship for our natural world through outdoor exploration and activities that are educational and fun. If a group is studying a specific theme in the classroom, teachers may request that the walk relate to that topic.
Educators from Habitat 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 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 programs can be ongoing, multi-visit experiences on a specific topic, a seasonal program, or a one-time event.
Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary offers homeschool programs for children ages 6-13. Generally students meet for two hours a week to explore the woods, ponds, and other habitats. Indoor and outdoor time is included in each session. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to meet with other students in a social environment while engaging with the natural world.