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Explore field, forest, or wetland habitats to discover the amazing ways plants and animals use their unique adaptations to thrive—from behaviors to deal with changing seasons to structures to disperse seeds or body parts to hunt underwater—and more. Program can focus on animals, plants, or both and explore in different seasons.

Program Location(s):

Habitat, Belmont

Grades:

3, 4, 5

Price:

  • On-Site School Field Trips:
    1 Hour
    First group (up to 15) $130
    Additional groups of 15 $100
    1.5 Hours
    First group (up to 15) $145
    Additional groups of 15 $115
    2 Hours
    First group (up to 15) $170
    Additional groups of 15 $140
    2.5 Hours
    First group (up to 15) $190
    Additional groups of 15 $160
    3 Hours
    First group (up to 15) $220
    Additional groups of 15 $180
    4 Hours
    First group (up to 15) $270
    Additional groups of 15 $230
    1 free adult per 15 students
    1:1 aides and nurses are free

Explore evidence of the short-term and long-term changes in the landscape by examining signs of erosion and weathering, glacial features, and soil composition.

Program Location(s):

Habitat, Belmont

Grades:

2, 3, 4

Price:

  • On-Site School Field Trips:
    1 Hour
    First group (up to 15) $130
    Additional groups of 15 $100
    1.5 Hours
    First group (up to 15) $145
    Additional groups of 15 $115
    2 Hours
    First group (up to 15) $170
    Additional groups of 15 $140
    2.5 Hours
    First group (up to 15) $190
    Additional groups of 15 $160
    3 Hours
    First group (up to 15) $220
    Additional groups of 15 $180
    4 Hours
    First group (up to 15) $270
    Additional groups of 15 $230

While there's a lot about New England woods that we can see - chipmunks, stone walls, pine needles - there is much more that we seldom see. On each fallen twig, under every log, and in each pile of leaves, there are animals and other living things. By exploring this important habitat, we will discover the decomposers that are constantly working out of sight.

Program Location(s):

Habitat, Belmont

Grades:

3, 4, 5

Price:

  • Children - $ 8.50
  • Adults - $ 0.00

Exploring various habitats provides an important glimpse into the way that different organisms - from salamanders to skunk weed, from crayfish to crows - live, eat, and reproduce. By visiting a meadow, a pond, and woods, students will have the opportunity to get up close with the dirt, water, grass, and the respective life cycles that these special habitats contain.

Program Location(s):

Habitat, Belmont

Grades:

3, 4, 5

Price:

  • Children - $ 8.50
  • 8.50/student
    no charge for chaperones / teachers, not to exceed 3 x # of sub groups

Curriculum Frameworks:

3-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - life cycles
3-LS4-2 - Biological Evolution--Unity and Diversity - individual variation relates to survival
3-LS4-3 - Biological Evolution--Unity and Diversity - env. constraints on organisms survival
5-ESS2-1 - Earth's Systems - water cycle model
5-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - plants use of air, water, energy

New program created by Dan McCullough 2015-04-13 10:21:41

Program Location(s):

Habitat, Belmont

Grades:

Pre K, K, 1, 2

Price:

  • Children - $ 8.50
  • Adults - $ 0.00

Meet live wildlife as you compare their physical and behavioral adaptations and how these relate to their roles within an ecosystem. Learn where it lives and how climate change may be affecting it. Can focus on an animal group, habitat, energy flow, or winter adaptations.

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location
Online

Grades:

4, 5, 6

Price:

  • Standard In Person Outreach
    30 mins: $125.00 (2 program minimum)
    45 mins: $175.00 (2 program minimum)
    1 hour: $205.00
    Night and Weekends: $250/hr
    *Prices do not include travel fee
    Virtual Outreach
    Each program is designed to engage 1 classroom of up to 25 students where there can be some back and forth with participants.
    30 min program: $150.00 for one. Each additional 30 min done back to back on same day for same grade add $100.00 each
    45 min program: $225.00 for one. Each additional 45 min done back to back on same day for same grade add $150.00 each
    60 min program: $300.00 for one. Each additional 60 min done back to back on same day for same grade add $200.00 each
    Virtual lecture-style program - Presentation layout with no time for question and answer
    $250.00 per 30min presentation for up to 5 classrooms of the same grade-level. Additional classrooms can be added for $50 classroom.

Explore field, forest, and wetland habitats as you look for tracks and other signs of native wildlife. Search for food, water, shelter, and space that supports the basic needs of the plants and animals that live here.

Program Location(s):

Habitat, Belmont

Grades:

Pre K, K

Price:

  • On-Site School Field Trips:
    1 Hour
    First group (up to 15) $130
    Additional groups of 15 $100
    1.5 Hours
    First group (up to 15) $145
    Additional groups of 15 $115
    2 Hours
    First group (up to 15) $170
    Additional groups of 15 $140
    2.5 Hours
    First group (up to 15) $190
    Additional groups of 15 $160
    3 Hours
    First group (up to 15) $220
    Additional groups of 15 $180
    4 Hours
    First group (up to 15) $270
    Additional groups of 15 $230
    1 free adult per 15 students
    1:1 aides and nurses are free

Through observation and asking questions, investigate field, forest, and wetland habitats searching for the sources of food, water, shelter, and space that plants and animals need in order to successfully live there.

Program Location(s):

Habitat, Belmont
Your school or other location

Grades:

1, 2, 3

Price:

  • Adults - $ 11.00
  • On-Site School Field Trips:
    1 Hour
    First group (up to 15) $130
    Additional groups of 15 $100
    1.5 Hours
    First group (up to 15) $145
    Additional groups of 15 $115
    2 Hours
    First group (up to 15) $170
    Additional groups of 15 $140
    2.5 Hours
    First group (up to 15) $190
    Additional groups of 15 $160
    3 Hours
    First group (up to 15) $220
    Additional groups of 15 $180
    4 Hours
    First group (up to 15) $270
    Additional groups of 15 $230
    1 free adult per 15 students
    1:1 aides and nurses are free

Curriculum Frameworks:

1-LS1-2 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - animal behavior effects survival
2-LS2-3 (MA) - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - how plant/animals depend on surroundings
3-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - life cycles

While there's a lot about New England woods that we can see - chipmunks, stone walls, pine needles - there is much more that we seldom see. On each fallen twig, under every log, and in each pile of leaves, there are animals and other living things. By exploring this important habitat, we will discover the decomposers that are constantly working out of sight. We'll also take a close-up look at soil and the invertebrates that live in or on the forest floor.

Program Location(s):

Habitat, Belmont

Grades:

3, 4, 5

Price:

  • Children - $ 8.50

Curriculum Frameworks:

3-LS4-2 - Biological Evolution--Unity and Diversity - individual variation relates to survival
3-LS4-3 - Biological Evolution--Unity and Diversity - env. constraints on organisms survival
4-ESS1-1 - Earth's Place in the Universe - erosion and deposition shapes landscape
5-LS2-1 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - movement of matter through food web
5-LS2-2 (MA) - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - composter designs

While there's a lot about New England woods that we can see - chipmunks, stone walls, pine needles - there is much more that we seldom see. On each fallen twig, under every log, and in each pile of leaves, there are animals and other living things. By exploring this important habitat, we will discover the decomposers that are constantly working out of sight.

Program Location(s):

Habitat, Belmont

Grades:

Pre K, K, 1, 2

Price:

  • Children - $ 8.50
  • Adults - $ 0.00
  • $7.00 per student for 60 minute program
    $8.50 per student for 90 minute program

Students explore connections between organisms in a habitat with this interactive program about owls and mice. A whole-group introduction focuses students on the challenges animals face in the wild. Students examine specimen skins and wings, then review an organism's basic needs. While observing mice and other prey species, students discuss their needs and think about where they might be found. Students make a mouse out of clay to take home. They also look closely at an owl mount, discuss adaptations, and dissect an owl pellet.

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

K, 1, 2

Price:

  • $140.00 per hour
    $30.00 live animal fee
    $20.00 program supply fee

Curriculum Frameworks:

K-ESS2-2 - Earth's Systems - organisms change env.
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
2-LS2-3 (MA) - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - how plant/animals depend on surroundings

Join a Field Teachers for a seasonal hike on pathways less travelled, past old stone walls and through meadows and forests. Search for signs of how wildlife make the sanctuary a home, learn how a small herd of goats help with landscaping, and explore how humans have used this land in recent history.

Program Location(s):

Habitat, Belmont

Grades:

Pre K

Price:

  • Rates:
    * These are 2 Hour Programs
    Members: $130 for a family up to 5 people, $10 for additional people up to 15
    Non-members: $150 for a family up to 5 people, $12 for additional people up to 15

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.

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location
Online

Grades:

3, 4, 5

Price:

  • Base price is $976 for the entire unit. 20% discount is $781/unit, 30% discount is $683/unit.
    Unit includes 7 lessons, but can be prorated. A free, 30-minute self-guided training video will be sent to participating teachers.

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.

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location
Online

Grades:

K, 1, 2

Price:

  • Base price is $976 for the entire unit. 20% discount is $781/unit, 30% discount is $683/unit.
    Unit includes 7 lessons, but can be prorated. A free, 30-minute self-guided training video will be sent to participating teachers.

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.

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

6, 7, 8

Price:

  • Base price is $976 for the entire unit. 20% discount is $781/unit, 30% discount is $683/unit.
    Unit includes 7 lessons, but can be prorated. A free, 30-minute self-guided training video will be sent to participating teachers.

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.

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

K, 1, 2

Price:

  • Base price is $697 for the entire unit. 20% discount is $558/unit, 30% discount is $488/unit.
    Unit includes 5 lessons, but can be prorated. A free, 30-minute self-guided training video will be sent to participating teachers.

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.

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

3, 4, 5

Price:

  • Base price is $837 for the entire unit. 20% discount is $670/unit, 30% discount is $586/unit.
    Unit includes 6 lessons, but can be prorated. A free, 30-minute self-guided training video will be sent to participating teachers.

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

As the seasons change, so do the animals and plants. Children will explore the areas where much of this change is taking place - the garden, woods, and pond. This field trip includes sensory-based activities and directed exploration.

Program Location(s):

Habitat, Belmont

Grades:

Pre K

Price:

  • Children - $ 7.00
  • Adults - $ 0.00
  • $7.00 per student for 60 minute program
    $8.50 per student for 90 minute program

What is soil composed of and what lives in it? Compare different soil types and explore their properties using scientific tools. Learn about how healthy soil supports healthy food and a healthy planet at Drumlin, or learn how soil holds secrets to the past at Broadmoor and Habitat.

Program Location(s):

Habitat, Belmont

Grades:

1, 2, 3

Price:

  • On-Site School Field Trips:
    1 Hour
    First group (up to 15) $130
    Additional groups of 15 $100
    1.5 Hours
    First group (up to 15) $145
    Additional groups of 15 $115
    2 Hours
    First group (up to 15) $170
    Additional groups of 15 $140
    2.5 Hours
    First group (up to 15) $190
    Additional groups of 15 $160
    3 Hours
    First group (up to 15) $220
    Additional groups of 15 $180
    4 Hours
    First group (up to 15) $270
    Additional groups of 15 $230
    1 free adult per 15 students
    1:1 aides and nurses are free

Investigate soils and compost in various habitats including field, forest, farm, and wetland. As you collect and analyze samples, identify properties of soil and learn about erosion, decomposition, absorption, and other key elements of this critical ecosystem.

Program Location(s):

Habitat, Belmont

Grades:

4, 5, 6

Price:

  • Children - $ 10.50
  • Adults - $ 10.50
  • 1 free adult chaperone/12 students

In this customized in-school program, students find out more about soil and meet the decomposers - the organisms that transform dead leaves, logs, and other organic matter into soil. Small animal visitors are part of this hands-on, interactive program. Students learn in small groups at three different stations.

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

K, 1, 2

Price:

  • $140.00 per hour
    $30.00 live animal fee
    $20.00 travel fee

Curriculum Frameworks:

K-ESS2-2 - Earth's Systems - organisms change env.
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
2-LS4-1 - Biological Evolution--Unity and Diversity - observe/compare living things diff. env.

Use scientific tools to investigate samples of aquatic life with the guidance from Mass Audubon staff. Program content is similar to Life in the Water and Wetland Communities programs (adapted for age-appropriateness) and makes for a great precursor to these programs. Add a live wildlife visit to complete your wetland food web exploration.
Location: At your school.

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location
Online

Grades:

4, 5

Price:

  • Standard In Person Outreach
    30 mins: $125.00 (2 program minimum)
    45 mins: $175.00 (2 program minimum)
    1 hour: $205.00
    Night and Weekends: $250/hr
    *Prices do not include travel fee
    Virtual Outreach
    Each program is designed to engage 1 classroom of up to 25 students where there can be some back and forth with participants.
    30 min program: $150.00 for one. Each additional 30 min done back to back on same day for same grade add $100.00 each
    45 min program: $225.00 for one. Each additional 45 min done back to back on same day for same grade add $150.00 each
    60 min program: $300.00 for one. Each additional 60 min done back to back on same day for same grade add $200.00 each
    Virtual lecture-style program - Presentation layout with no time for question and answer
    $250.00 per 30min presentation for up to 5 classrooms of the same grade-level. Additional classrooms can be added for $50 classroom.

In this customized in-school program, students find out more about soil and meet the decomposers - the organisms that transform dead leaves, logs and other organic matter into soil. Small animal visitors are part of this program. Hands-On, Interactive, small group, 3 station format.

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

3, 4, 5

Price:

  • $140.00 per hour $30.00 live animal fee $20.00 travel fee

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
3-LS4-4 - Biological Evolution--Unity and Diversity - changes in habitat affect reproduction
4-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - animal/plant, internal/external structures
5-LS2-1 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - movement of matter through food web
5-LS2-2 (MA) - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - composter designs