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Students will examine animal artifacts to discover how animals are adapted to the places and climates in which they live. Learn about teeth adaptations, food preferences, habitat, winter survival, camouflage, and much more. Supports updated STEM.

Program Location:

your school or other location

Grades:

3, 4, 5

Price:

  • $144/classroom (18-25 students), plus mileage. Pre-site visit: $30.

Curriculum Frameworks:

3-LS3-1 - Heredity--Inheritance and Variation of Traits - plant/animal inhereted traits evidence
3-LS3-2 - Heredity--Inheritance and Variation of Traits - inhereted/env. influnced characteristics
3-LS4-2 - Biological Evolution--Unity and Diversity - individual variation relates to survival
4-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - animal/plant, internal/external structures
5-PS3-1 - energy - energy transfer in animals

Students will examine animal artifacts like fur and skull to discover how animals are adapted to where and how they live. They will play games to see firsthand the connection between an organism's physical features and survival. Older students will also discuss how natural selection shapes these traits. Supports updated STEM.

Program Location:

your school or other location

Grades:

7, 8

Price:

  • $144/classroom (18-25 students), plus mileage. Pre-site visit (optional)$30.

Curriculum Frameworks:

7-MS-LS1-4 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - animal beh., plant structures repro.
8-MS-LS4-4 - Biological Evolution--Unity and Diversity - natural selection

Students will examine animal artifacts to discover how animals are adapted to the places and climates in which they live. Learn about teeth adaptations, food preferences, habitat, winter survival, camouflage, and much more. Supports updated STEM.

Program Location:

your school or other location

Grades:

K, 1, 2

Price:

  • $144/classroom (18-25 students), plus mileage. Pre-site visit (optional)$30..

Introduction to birds, including bird song, nest building, bird anatomy, and migration.

Program Location:

Ipswich River, Topsfield

Grades:

K, 1, 2

Price:

  • 1.5 hours: $9.75/person, 2 hours: $10.25/person. One adult per subgroup of students may attend at no charge. Group price for 10 or fewer participants-- 1.5 hours: $135, 2 hours: $145.

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
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.

Explore plant life and search for evidence of animal life inhabiting our sanctuary by investigating three different ecosystems and comparing what makes these plants and animals unique.

Program Location:

Ipswich River, Topsfield

Grades:

1, 2, 3

Price:

  • 2 hours: $10.25/person, 2.5 hours: $11.25/person. One adult per subgroup of students may attend at no charge. Group price for 10 or fewer participants-- 2 hours: $145, 2.5 hours: $155.

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 will explore the living and nonliving factors that make up our local ecosystems. We will sample and observe organisms and gather data to model the flow of energy and the cycling of matter.

Program Location:

Ipswich River, Topsfield

Grades:

5, 6, 7

Price:

  • 2 hours: $10.25/person, 2.5 hours: $11.25/person. One adult per field group of students may attend at no charge. Group price for 10 or fewer participants-- 2 hours: $145, 2.5 hours: $155.

Curriculum Frameworks:

5-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - plants use of air, water, energy
5-LS2-1 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - movement of matter through food web

Take and in-depth look at the producers, consumers, and decomposers found in a wetland. Identify local wetland plants, collect water samples, and catch aquatic creatures in order to discover how matter is recycled and energy flows through these important and fascinating ecosystems. We'll also discuss human impacts on our water over time and how we can all help protect our wetlands.

Program Location:

Ipswich River, Topsfield

Grades:

6, 7, 8

Price:

  • 2.5 hours: $11.25/person, 3 hours: $12.25/person. One adult per field group of students may attend at no charge. Group price for 10 or fewer participants-- 2.5 hours: $155, 3 hours: $165.

Curriculum Frameworks:

7-MS-ESS2-4 - Earth's Systems - solar radiation/gravity drive water cycle
7-MS-ESS3-4 - Earth and Human Activity - technological mitigation in resource use
7-MS-LS2-3 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - matter and energy cycling

Identify patterns and interrelationships among producers, consumers, scavengers and decomposers. Students will draw conclusions about the important role these organisms play in the flow of energy.

Program Location:

your school or other location

Grades:

5

Price:

  • $145/classroom (18-25 students), plus mileage. Pre-site visit: $30.

Curriculum Frameworks:

5-LS2-1 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - movement of matter through food web
5-PS3-1 - energy - energy transfer in animals

As students explore the wetlands, vernal pools, and fields of the sanctuary, they will learn about life cycles and characteristics of local amphibians through games and hands-on discoveries.

Program Location:

Ipswich River, Topsfield

Grades:

K, 1

Price:

  • 1 1/2 hours: $9.75/person, 2 hours: $10.25/person. One adult per subgroup of students may attend at no charge. Group price for 10 or fewer participants-- 1.5 hours: $135, 2 hours: $145.

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

Investigate decomposing logs and the sanctuary fields in search of critters that live in our backyard.

Program Location:

Ipswich River, Topsfield

Grades:

Pre K, K, 1

Price:

  • 1 hour: $9.25/person, 1.5 hours: $9.75/person. One adult per subgroup of students may attend at no charge. Group price for 10 or fewer participants-- 1 & 1.5 hours: $135, 2 hours: $145

Curriculum Frameworks:

PreK-LS2-2 (MA) - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - how familiar plant/animals meet needs
PreK-LS2-3 (MA) - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - local plants/animals interdependence
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

Our sanctuary is a dynamic landscape with glacier-made observable landforms. We will study these formations and collect data on the effects of weathering, erosion, and deposition in our local ecosystems.

Program Location:

Ipswich River, Topsfield

Grades:

2

Price:

  • Children - $ 10.25
  • Adults - $ 10.25
  • One adult per field group of students may attend at no charge. Group price for 10 or fewer participants-- 2 hours: $145.

Curriculum Frameworks:

2-ESS2-1 - Earth's Systems - wind/water's effect on land
2-ESS2-2 - Earth's Systems - map area's landforms and water bodies
2-ESS2-4 (MA) - Earth's Systems - observe how wind/water shape landforms

Our sanctuary is a dynamic landscape with glacier-made observable landforms. We will study these formations and collect data on the effects of weathering, erosion, and deposition in our local ecosystems.

Program Location:

Ipswich River, Topsfield

Grades:

4

Price:

  • Children - $ 10.25
  • Adults - $ 10.25
  • One adult per field group of students may attend at no charge. Group price for 10 or fewer participants-- 2 hours: $145.

Curriculum Frameworks:

4-ESS1-1 - Earth's Place in the Universe - erosion and deposition shapes landscape
4-ESS2-1 - Earth's Systems - mechanical weathering
4-ESS2-2 - Earth's Systems - plate tectonics

The School Maple Sugaring program is designed to allow students a firsthand experience in the delicious tradition of maple sugaring. We begin with a lively indoor introduction to the basic concepts of maple sugaring, including which trees are used and why, how sap flows, and the maple syrup-making process itself. Next, our Field Teachers lead outdoor walks to observe trees and wildlife in late winter, and to see and taste sap as it's being collected. We end the tour with a visit to our sugarhouse to see just how sap changes to maple syrup, and of course, for a sweet sample of our fresh syrup!

Program Location:

Ipswich River, Topsfield

Grades:

Pre K, K, 1

Price:

  • Children - $ 9.25
  • Adults - $ 9.25
  • Group price for 14 or fewer participants-- 1 hour: $135.

Curriculum Frameworks:

PreK-ESS3-1 (MA) - Earth and Human Activity - how humans use local resources
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
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

The School Maple Sugaring program is designed to allow students a firsthand experience in the delicious tradition of maple sugaring. We begin with a lively indoor introduction to the basic concepts of maple sugaring, including which trees are used and why, how sap flows, and the maple syrup-making process itself. Next, our Field Teachers lead outdoor walks to observe trees and wildlife in late winter, and to see and taste sap as it's being collected. We end the tour with a visit to our sugarhouse to see just how sap changes to maple syrup, and of course, for a sweet sample of our fresh syrup!

Program Location:

Ipswich River, Topsfield

Grades:

2, 3, 4

Price:

  • Children - $ 9.25
  • Adults - $ 9.25
  • Group price for 14 or fewer participants-- 1 hour: $135.

Curriculum Frameworks:

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

The School Maple Sugaring program is designed to allow students a firsthand experience in the delicious tradition of maple sugaring. We begin with a lively indoor introduction to the basic concepts of maple sugaring, including which trees are used and why, how sap flows, and the maple syrup-making process itself. Next, our Field Teachers lead outdoor walks to observe trees and wildlife in late winter, and to see and taste sap as it's being collected. We end the tour with a visit to our sugarhouse to see just how sap changes to maple syrup, and of course, for a sweet sample of our fresh syrup!

Program Location:

Ipswich River, Topsfield

Grades:

5, 6, 7, 8

Price:

  • Children - $ 9.25
  • Adults - $ 9.25
  • Group price for 14 or fewer participants-- 1 hour: $135.

Curriculum Frameworks:

5-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - plants use of air, water, energy
5-LS2-1 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - movement of matter through food web
7-MS-LS2-3 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - matter and energy cycling

Reconnect your students to the natural world while bringing out their creative sides through interdisciplinary approaches to nature journaling. Class may take place in the classroom, in the schoolyard, or at the sanctuary. Year-round.

Program Location:

Ipswich River, Topsfield
your school or other location

Grades:

4, 5

Price:

  • 1 hour: $9.25/person, 1.5 hours: $9.75/person, 2 hours: $10.25/person, 2.5 hours: $11.25/person, 3 hours: $12.25/person. One adult per subgroup of students may attend at no charge. Group price for 10 or fewer participants-- 1 & 1.5 hours: $135, 2 hours: $145, 2.5 hours: $155, 3 hours: $165.

Reconnect your students to the natural world while bringing out their creative sides through interdisciplinary approaches to nature journaling. Class may take place in the classroom, in the schoolyard, or at the sanctuary. Year-round.

Program Location:

Ipswich River, Topsfield
your school or other location

Grades:

6, 7, 8

Price:

  • 1 hour: $9.00/person, 1.5 hours: $9.50/person, 2 hours: $10.00/person, 2.5 hours: $11.00/person, 3 hours: $12.00/person. One adult per subgroup of students may attend at no charge. Group price for 10 or fewer participants-- 1 & 1.5 hours: $130, 2 hours: $140, 2.5 hours: $150, 3 hours: $160.

Reconnect your students to the natural world while bringing out their creative sides through interdisciplinary approaches to nature journaling. Class may take place in the classroom, in the schoolyard, or at the sanctuary. Year-round.

Program Location:

Ipswich River, Topsfield
your school or other location

Grades:

K, 1, 2, 3

Price:

  • 1 hour: $9.00/person, 1.5 hours: $9.50/person, 2 hours: $10.00/person, 2.5 hours: $11.00/person, 3 hours: $12.00/person. One adult per subgroup of students may attend at no charge. Group price for 10 or fewer participants-- 1 & 1.5 hours: $130, 2 hours: $140, 2.4 hours: $150, 3 hours: $160.

Learn about fascinating animals that are awake during the night! Discover unique adaptations that allow them to survive in darkness and take a close look at animal specimens. Participate in a variety of activities which will heighten the senses and simulate how nocturnal animals see, hear, and smell.

Please note that there are no live animals displayed in this program.

Program Location:

your school or other location

Grades:

K, 1, 2

Price:

  • $144/classroom (18-25 students), plus mileage. Pre-program site visit (optional) $30.

Curriculum Frameworks:

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

Students will learn about these magnificent silent hunters, their unique adaptations, and their importance in the food chain. In this program, students will examine study mounts of three local owls, then in groups dissect an owl pellet to discover what they eat. $35 materials fee per class.

Please note that there are no live owls displayed during this program.

Program Location:

your school or other location

Grades:

Pre K, K

Price:

  • $144/classroom (18-25 students), plus $35 materials fee per class, plus mileage.

Curriculum Frameworks:

2-LS2-3 (MA) - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - how plant/animals depend on surroundings
3-LS4-3 - Biological Evolution--Unity and Diversity - env. constraints on organisms survival
4-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - animal/plant, internal/external structures

Students visit different ecosystems to carefully investigate the plants they find. Through hands-on activities, students will observe the parts of a plant, learn what plants need to survive, and how they compete with each other.

Program Location:

Ipswich River, Topsfield

Grades:

K, 1, 2

Price:

  • 1 1/2 hours: $9.75/person, 2 hours: $10.25/person. One adult per subgroup of students may attend at no charge. Group price for 10 or fewer participants-- 1.5 hours: $135, 2 hours: $145.

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
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.

Discover life under the water's surface. Using simple sampling tools we will examine macroinvertebrates and discuss their adaptations and interactions in their wetland habitat.

Program Location:

Ipswich River, Topsfield

Grades:

K, 1, 2

Price:

  • Children - $ 10.25
  • Adults - $ 10.25
  • One Adult per subgroup free.Group price for 10 or fewer participants-- 2 hours: $145.

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
2-LS2-3 (MA) - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - how plant/animals depend on surroundings

Join a naturalist and canoe the gentle waters of the Ipswich River, exploring the animals and plants of the floodplain forests and marshes. Students will investigate natural and human influences on the river, and learn how to protect their community water resources.

Program Location:

Ipswich River, Topsfield

Grades:

6, 7, 8

Price:

  • Children - $ 28.00
  • Adults - $ 28.00
  • Fee includes canoe instruction, personal flotation device (PFD), paddle, and two Mass Audubon naturalists. Group price for 15 or fewer participants-- $386.

Curriculum Frameworks:

7-MS-LS1-4 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - animal beh., plant structures repro.
7-MS-LS2-3 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - matter and energy cycling
7-MS-LS2-4 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - ecosystem disruptions can shift pop.

Join a naturalist and canoe the gentle waters of the Ipswich River, exploring the animals and plants of the floodplain forests and marshes. Students will investigate natural and human influences on the river, and learn how to protect their community water resources.

Program Location:

Ipswich River, Topsfield

Grades:

9, 10, 11, 12

Price:

  • Children - $ 28.00
  • Adults - $ 28.00
  • Fee includes canoe instruction, personal flotation device (PFD), paddle, and two Mass Audubon naturalists. Group price for 15 or fewer participants-- $386

Curriculum Frameworks:

HS-LS2-2 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - (a)biotic factors and biodiversity
HS-LS2-4 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - energy transfer across trophic levels
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

Enjoy a guided walk through the woods and fields on your school property or natural space near you. Explore nature's seasonal changes using the senses of sight, sound, touch, hearing, and smell. Each class observes plant and animal life throughout the changing seasons.

Program Location:

your school or other location

Grades:

Pre K, K, 1

Price:

  • $144/class/hour, plus mileage. Pre-site visit: $30 (optional)

Curriculum Frameworks:

PreK-LS2-2 (MA) - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - how familiar plant/animals meet needs
PreK-LS2-3 (MA) - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - local plants/animals interdependence
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
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

Explore nature's seasonal changes and adaptations. Students will use a variety of senses and tools to discover the secrets of the season.

Program Location:

Ipswich River, Topsfield

Grades:

Pre K, K, 1

Price:

  • 1 hour: $9.25/person, 1.5 hours: $9.75/person. One adult per subgroup of students may attend at no charge. Group price for 10 or fewer participants-- 1 & 1.5 hours: $130.

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-ESS3-2 (MA) - Earth and Human Activity - people's activity impact on local env.
PreK-LS2-2 (MA) - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - how familiar plant/animals meet needs
PreK-LS2-3 (MA) - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - local plants/animals interdependence
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

Students will investigate three different ecosystems found on our sanctuary. We will observe field, forest, and pond organisms and gather data on the physical structures that allow them to survive and thrive.

Program Location:

Ipswich River, Topsfield

Grades:

4

Price:

  • 2 hours: $10.25/person, 2.5 hours: $11.25/person. One adult per field group of students may attend at no charge. Group price for 10 or fewer participants-- 2 hours: $140, 2.5 hours: $150.

Curriculum Frameworks:

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

Students will explore the rocky shore and tide pools at a beach in Marblehead or an appropriate beach near their school. Programs are scheduled according to the tide chart. Fall or spring.

Program Location:

your school or other location

Grades:

1, 2, 3, 4

Price:

  • $144/classroom (18-25 students), plus mileage.

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
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.
3-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - life cycles
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

Students will explore the rocky shore and tide pools at a beach in Marblehead or an appropriate beach near their school. Programs are scheduled according to the tide chart. Fall or spring.

Program Location:

your school or other location

Grades:

5, 6, 7, 8

Price:

  • $144/classroom (18-25 students), plus mileage.

Curriculum Frameworks:

5-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - plants use of air, water, energy
5-LS2-1 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - movement of matter through food web
7-MS-LS1-4 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - animal beh., plant structures repro.
7-MS-LS2-1 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - resouces relates to population size
7-MS-LS2-3 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - matter and energy cycling
8-MS-LS1-5 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - how env. and genetics influence growth

Students will learn how a tree functions and changes with the seasons by studying conifers and broad-leaf trees and identifying some trees by leaf shape. We will observe the life cycle of trees from maturity to decay while we discover which animals rely on trees for their survival.

Program Location:

Ipswich River, Topsfield

Grades:

K, 1, 2, 3

Price:

  • 1.5 hours: $9.75/person, 2 hours: $10.25/person. One adult persubgroup of students may attend at no charge. Group price for 10 or fewer participants-- 1.5 hours: $130, 2 hours: $140.

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
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.
3-LS4-4 - Biological Evolution--Unity and Diversity - changes in habitat affect reproduction

Students will explore our freshwater habitats to observe and sample the varied organisms within. We will describe different life cycles of these organisms and gather data on their adaptations.

Program Location:

Ipswich River, Topsfield

Grades:

3, 4, 5

Price:

  • Children - $ 10.25
  • Adults - $ 10.25
  • One adult per subgroup of students may attend at no charge. Group price for 10 or fewer participants-- 2 hours: $140.

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-ESS2-1 - Earth's Systems - water cycle model
5-ESS3-1 - Earth and Human Activity - ways to reduce resource use by humans
5-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - plants use of air, water, energy

How do animals adapt to our long cold winters? Through indoor and outdoor activities, students will examine the survival strategies of animals in winter and learn basic track identifaction skills. Students will examine prints and track patters, learn to move like mammals, and pracice their tracking skills along the sanctuary trails.

Program Location:

Ipswich River, Topsfield

Grades:

Pre K, K, 1, 2

Price:

  • 1 hour: $9.25/person, 1.5 hours: $9.75/person. One adult per subgroup of students may attend at no charge. Group price for 10 or fewer participants-- 1 & 1.5 hours: $130.

Curriculum Frameworks:

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

Students will learn how body shape, leg length, and foot type determine an animal's track pattern. By learning and following tracks, looking for other evidence of activity, and practicing their silent stalking, students will make connections to unseen animals.

Program Location:

Ipswich River, Topsfield

Grades:

3, 4, 5

Price:

  • Children - $ 10.25
  • Adults - $ 10.25
  • One adult per subgroup of students may attend at no charge. Group price for 10 or fewer participants-- 2 hours: $140.

Students will learn how body shape, leg length, and foot type determine an animal's track pattern. By learning and following tracks, looking for other evidence of activity, and practicing their silent stalking, students will make connections to unseen animals.

Program Location:

Ipswich River, Topsfield

Grades:

6, 7, 8

Price:

  • Children - $ 10.00
  • Adults - $ 10.00
  • One adult per subgroup of students may attend at no charge. Group price for 10 or fewer participants-- 2 hours: $140.

Students will learn how body shape, leg length, and foot type determine an animal's track pattern. By learning and following tracks, looking for other evidence of activity, and practicing their silent stalking, students will make connections to unseen animals.

Program Location:

Ipswich River, Topsfield

Grades:

9, 10, 11, 12

Price:

  • Children - $ 10.25
  • Adults - $ 10.25
  • One adult per subgroup of students may attend at no charge. Group price for 10 or fewer participants-- 2 hours: $140.