School Program | Animal Life Stories | Frogs, Toads & Salamanders: Field Trip Series (K-2)

Field Trip Series: School-based introductory program followed by a field trip with a final wrap-up lesson at your school

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.

Intro School Program (one-hour) Students practice observation and journaling while exploring their schoolyard ecosystem. Students will focus on the tools and skills needed to observe wildlife during their field trip.

Field Trip (1.5-2.0 hours) Students visit the habitats of wildlife to learn about their characteristics, structures, signs and life cycles. Students will have the opportunity to collect organisms and record data about their observations.

Follow-up School Program (one-hour) Students engage in activities and discussion routines to more deeply investigate concepts and organisms observed during the field trip.

Location: Classroom & Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Field Trip Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

*Please note that classroom visits do not include live animals.

Program Location(s):

Ipswich River, Topsfield

Grades:

K, 1, 2

Price:

  • In-School Sessions: Program cost depends on number of classrooms participating (20-30* students or fewer per classroom - no auditorium style programs). The first classroom/group is $160, and any additional classrooms are $105 each. Specialty program fees and mileage not included. *Maximum number of students may depend on program. Field Trip Session: Program cost depends on number of students and length of program. Mass Audubon charges a flat fee per group of 15 students ("sub-group"). For a two hour program, the first sub-group is $180, and any additional sub-groups are $150 each. Maximum of 6 sub-groups of 15 students or 90 total students. Entry fees to certain field trip locations not included. Please contact us for a direct quote.

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
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.

Want to know more about this program? Send us an email and we'll get right back to you.