School Program | Energy Flow in Ecosystems Field Trip Series (4-5)

School-based introductory program followed by a field trip with a final wrap-up lesson at your school.

Intro School Program (one-hour): Explore the ways in which energy from the sun moves through living things in ecosystems via photosynthesis and feeding relationships between consumers and decomposers. Students participate in a variety of simulations and explorations to understand the role of energy and matter cycles.

Field Trip (multi-hour): Explore the living and nonliving factors that make up the wildlife sanctuary's ecosystems. Sample and observe organisms and gather data to model the flow of energy and the cycling of matter.

Follow-up School Program (one-hour): Students conclude the series with a series of activities, investigations and discussion routines in which they will demonstrate their understanding of how individual organisms obtain and use energy and the energy dynamics of ecosystems.

Location: School & Ipswich River

Program Location(s):

Ipswich River, Topsfield
Your school or other location


3, 4, 5, 6


  • Classroom sessions (one-hour each, pre and post field trip), per classroom of fewer than 30 students: 1st hour Additional hours Standard Program: $160 $105 Additional mileage costs will also be applied to outreach programs. Field trip session (two-hours) per field group of no more than 15 students: 1st Additional Group Groups 2.0 hours: $180 $150

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