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Classroom: Introduce students to birds and their diverse habitat needs. Students will participate in activities using binoculars, investigate feeding behaviors, and begin to identify species by sight and sound. You have the option to focus the lesson on songbirds, penguins, or raptors.

Program can be combined into series with other Amazing Organism Classroom Programs.

Amazing Organism Classroom programs do not include live animal encounters.

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

K, 1, 2

Price:

  • Program cost depends on number of classrooms participating(20-30* students or fewer per classroom - no auditorium style programs). The first classroom/group of students is $160, and any additional classrooms are $105 each. Specialty program fees and mileage not included. Please contact us for a direct quote.
    *Maximum number of students may depend on program.

Classroom: Introduce students to ladybugs and honey bees and their importance as pollinators. Students will participate in group role play, investigate insect behavior, and learn what characteristics all insects have.

Program can be combined into series with other Amazing Organism Classroom Programs.

Amazing Organism Classroom programs do not include live animal encounters.

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

K, 1, 2

Price:

  • Program cost depends on number of classrooms participating (20-30* students or fewer per classroom - no auditorium style programs) . The first classroom is $160, and any additional classrooms are $105 each. Specialty program fees and mileage not included. Please contact us for a direct quote.
    *Maximum number of students may depend on program.

Classroom: Introduce students to animals that are actively in search of food at night and their unique adaptations and behavior. Students will participate in activities involving the sense of smell, sound and touch and compare their abilities to creatures of the night.

Program can be combined into series with other Amazing Organism Classroom Programs.

Amazing Organism Classroom programs do not include live animal encounters.

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

K, 1, 2

Price:

  • Program cost depends on number of classrooms participating (20-30* students or fewer per classroom - no auditorium style programs) . The first classroom is $160, and any additional classrooms are $105 each. Specialty program fees and mileage not included. Please contact us for a direct quote.
    *Maximum number of students may depend on program.

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

Classroom: Students will compare the adaptations, behaviors, and life cycles of whales, sharks and sea turtles with ocean artifacts, props and small group challenges.

Program can be combined into series with other Amazing Organism Classroom Programs.

Amazing Organism Classroom programs do not include live animal encounters.

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

K, 1, 2

Price:

  • Program cost depends on number of classrooms participating (20-30* students or fewer per classroom - no auditorium style programs) . The first classroom is $160, and any additional classrooms are $105 each. Specialty program fees and mileage not included. Please contact us for a direct quote.
    *Maximum number of students may depend on program.

Classroom: Students will learn about the behaviors and adaptations of our local owls and have the chance to dissect an owl pellet.

*Special Pricing; cost includes owl pellets

Program can be combined into series with other Amazing Organism Classroom Programs.

Amazing Organism Classroom programs do not include live animal encounters.

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

K, 1, 2

Price:

  • Program cost depends on number of classrooms participating (20-30* students or fewer per classroom - no auditorium style programs) . The first classroom is $160, and any additional classrooms are $105 each. Specialty program fees and mileage not included. Please contact us for a direct quote.
    *Maximum number of students may depend on program.

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

On a winter hike, students will examine the survival strategies of animals in winter and learn basic tracking identification skills while investigating winter habitats. Winter only.

Location: Ipswich River

Program Location(s):

Ipswich River, Topsfield
Your school or other location

Grades:

3, 4, 5

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.

On a winter hike, students will examine the survival strategies of animals in winter and learn basic tracking identification skills while investigating winter habitats. Winter only.

Location: Ipswich River

Program Location(s):

Ipswich River, Topsfield

Grades:

3, 4, 5, 6

Price:

  • 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:

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
4-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - animal/plant, internal/external structures
5-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - plants use of air, water, energy

Classroom: 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.

Program can be combined into series with otherAnimal Adaptations Classroom Programs.

Animal Adaptations Classroom Programs do not include live animal encounters.

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

3, 4, 5

Price:

  • Program cost depends on number of classrooms (20-30* students or fewer per classroom - no auditorium style programs) participating. The first classroom/group of 20-30* or fewer students is $160, and any additional classrooms/groups of 20-30* or fewer students are $105 each. Specialty program fees and mileage not included. Please contact us for a direct quote.
    *depending on program.

Curriculum Frameworks:

3-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - life cycles
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-LS2-1 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - movement of matter through food web

Classroom: Students will learn about the behaviors and adaptations of our local owls and have the chance to dissect an owl pellet.

*Special Pricing; cost includes owl pellets

Program can be combined into series with other Animal Adaptations Classroom Programs.

Animal Adaptations Classroom Programs do not include live animal encounters.

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

3, 4, 5

Price:

  • Program cost depends on number of classrooms participating (20-30* students or fewer per classroom - no auditorium style programs) . The first classroom/group is $170, and any additional classrooms are $115 each. Specialty program fees and mileage not included. Please contact us for a direct quote.
    *Maximum number of students may depend on program.

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

Students will be introduced to birds and their diverse habitat needs. Students will participate in activities using binoculars, investigate feeding behaviors, and begin to identify species by sight and sound.

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.

Program Location(s):

Ipswich River, Topsfield
Your school or other location

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 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:

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.

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.

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

Students will engage in macroinvertebrate sampling in different habitats to observe and discover the insect's special characteristics including life cycle and roles in their ecosystem such as pollination.

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.

Program Location(s):

Ipswich River, Topsfield
Your school or other location

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.

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

Students will examine the survival strategies of animals in winter and learn tracking identification skills while investigating winter habitats. Winter only.

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.

Program Location(s):

Ipswich River, Topsfield
Your school or other location

Grades:

K, 1, 2

Price:

  • Classroom sessions (one-hour each, pre and post field trip), per classroom of fewer than 30 students:
    1st Hr Additional Hrs
    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
    1.5 hours: $150 $120
    2.0 hours: $180 $150
    Mileage:

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

Field Trip Series (1.5-2.0 hours): Students will examine the survival strategies of animals in winter and learn tracking identification skills while investigating winter habitats. Winter only.

Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Program Location(s):

Ipswich River, Topsfield

Grades:

K, 1, 2

Price:

  • 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 this 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.

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

Intro School Program (one-hour) Students learn about the importance of bird banding research with a multimedia virtual tour of our bird banding station and they will learn about songbird migration elements and use of a field guide and migration maps with an interactive group challenge.

Field Trip (multi-hour) Visit the bird banding station to observe how migratory birds are captured, identified, studied, and released. Focus on native plants that provide nourishment, nesting material, and shelter for birds on a guided bird walk and use binoculars in the field to find and identify birds by sight and sound.

Follow-up School Program (one-hour) In this one-hour lab session, students will practice bird banding skills like species identification, taking measurements, and using banding tools with life-size bird models in the classroom and discuss how climate change affects birds over time.

Locations: School & Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.

Program Location(s):

Ipswich River, Topsfield
Your school or other location

Grades:

4, 5

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:

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

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

Intro School Program (one-hour) Students learn about the importance of bird banding research with a multimedia virtual tour of our bird banding station and they will learn about songbird migration elements and use of a field guide and migration maps with an interactive group challenge.

Field Trip (multi-hour) Visit the bird banding station to observe how migratory birds are captured, identified, studied, and released. Focus on native plants that provide nourishment, nesting material, and shelter for birds on a guided bird walk and use binoculars in the field to find and identify birds by sight and sound.

Follow-up School Program (one-hour) In this one-hour lab session, students will practice bird banding skills like species identification, taking measurements, and using banding tools with life-size bird models in the classroom and discuss how climate change affects birds over time.

Locations: School & Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.

Program Location(s):

Ipswich River, Topsfield
Your school or other location

Grades:

6, 7, 8

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.

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

Intro School Program (one-hour) Students will Students learn about a coastal ecosystem and its zonation. This program includes a presentation on rocky intertidal zonation and an opportunity to view and handle a variety of live marine organisms.

Field Trip (multi-hour) On the beach, students will conduct live animal inventories, water sampling, data collection, and population studies.

Follow-up School Program (one-hour) In this one-hour lab session, students will conclude the series with a series of activities, investigations and discussion routines in which they will demonstrate their understanding of the needs of the inhabitants found in a coastal ecosystem and how climate change affects them over time.

Location: School & Joppa Flats Education Center, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, or suitable nearby community greenspace.

*Special Pricing Program

Allergy Note: This program features live crustaceans, mollusks, and fish.

Program Location(s):

Ipswich River, Topsfield
Your school or other location

Grades:

6, 7, 8

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 $205, and any additional classrooms are $155 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.

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

Intro School Program (one-hour) Students will Students learn about a coastal ecosystem and its zonation. This program includes a presentation on rocky intertidal zonation and an opportunity to view and handle a variety of live marine organisms.

Field Trip (multi-hour) On the beach, students will conduct live animal inventories, water sampling, data collection, and population studies.

Follow-up School Program (one-hour) In this one-hour lab session, students will conclude the series with a series of activities, investigations and discussion routines in which they will demonstrate their understanding of the needs of the inhabitants found in a coastal ecosystem and how climate change affects them over time.

Location: School & Joppa Flats Education Center, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, or suitable nearby community greenspace.

*Special Pricing Program

Allergy Note: This program features live crustaceans, mollusks, and fish.

Program Location(s):

Ipswich River, Topsfield
Your school or other location

Grades:

9, 10, 11, 12

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 $205, and any additional classrooms are $155 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.

On the beach, students will conduct live animal inventories, water sampling, data collection, and population studies.

Location: School & Joppa Flats Education Center, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, or suitable nearby community greenspace.

*Special Pricing Program

Allergy Note: This program features live crustaceans, mollusks, and fish.

Program Location(s):

Ipswich River, Topsfield

Grades:

6, 7, 8

Price:

  • 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.

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

Intro School Program (1 hour) Students learn about a coastal ecosystem and the challenges of climate change and erosion. This program includes a presentation on weathering & erosion and actual plant and sediment samples. Effects of climate change and human impact may be discussed.

Field Trip (multi-hour) Explore a coastal ecosystem to see firsthand evidence of erosion, examples of weathering and sand composition and transport.

Follow-up School Program (one-hour) In this one-hour lab session, students conclude the series with a series of activities, investigations and discussion routines in which they will demonstrate their understanding of why our coastal ecosystems need protection and how we can slow the natural process of erosion.

Location: School & Joppa Flats Education Center, Plum Island, or a suitable nearby community greenspace.

*Extension during field trip for Beach Grass Planting (November - April) incurs special pricing

Program Location(s):

Ipswich River, Topsfield
Your school or other location

Grades:

4, 5

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:

4-ESS1-1 - Earth's Place in the Universe - erosion and deposition shapes landscape
4-ESS2-1 - Earth's Systems - mechanical weathering
4-ESS3-2 - Earth and Human Activity - solutions to natural disaster impact

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

Intro School Program (1 hour) Students learn about a coastal ecosystem and the challenges of climate change and erosion. This program includes a presentation on weathering & erosion and actual plant and sediment samples. Effects of climate change and human impact may be discussed.

Field Trip (multi-hour) Explore a coastal ecosystem to see firsthand evidence of erosion, examples of weathering and sand composition and transport.

Follow-up School Program (one-hour) In this one-hour lab session, students conclude the series with a series of activities, investigations and discussion routines in which they will demonstrate their understanding of why our coastal ecosystems need protection and how we can slow the natural process of erosion.

Location: School & Joppa Flats Education Center, Plum Island, or a suitable nearby community greenspace.

*Additional "Beach Grass Planting" activity (available November - April) incurs special pricing.

Program Location(s):

Ipswich River, Topsfield
Your school or other location

Grades:

6, 7, 8

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.

Explore a coastal ecosystem to see firsthand evidence of erosion, examples of weathering and sand composition and transport.

Location: School & Joppa Flats Education Center, Plum Island, or a suitable nearby community greenspace.

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

4, 5

Price:

  • 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.

Intro School Program: (one-hour) Students learn about and compare the physical characteristics of live marine organisms, beach sand, rocks, minerals and live plants to prepare them for an on-the-coast field trip. Topics include Rocky Shore/Tide Pools*, Salt Marsh*, and Sandy Beach (topics can be combined).

Field Trip (multi-hour) Students visit and investigate the seashore or estuary to learn first-hand about zonation, the effects of erosion and weathering, proper collecting and handling techniques and adaptations of live organisms.

Follow-up School Program: (one-hour) Students conclude the series with a series of STEM activities and investigations in which they will demonstrate their understanding of why organisms are well suited to specific habitats.

*Topic denotes special pricing for program.

Allergy Note: This program features live crustaceans, mollusks, and fish.

Locations: School & Field Trip Field (trips may take place at Joppa Flats Education Center, on Plum Island or in Ipswich MA)

Program Location(s):

Ipswich River, Topsfield
Your school or other location

Grades:

3, 4

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.

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

Intro School Program: (one-hour) Students learn about and compare the physical characteristics of live marine organisms, beach sand, rocks, minerals and live plants to prepare them for an on-the-coast field trip. Topics include Rocky Shore/Tide Pools*, Salt Marsh*, and Sandy Beach (topics can be combined).
Field Trip (multi-hour) Students visit and investigate the seashore or estuary to learn first-hand about zonation, the effects of erosion and weathering, proper collecting and handling techniques and adaptations of live organisms.
Follow-up School Program: (one-hour) Students conclude the series with a series of STEM activities and investigations in which they will demonstrate their understanding of why organisms are well suited to specific habitats.
*Topic denotes special pricing for program.
Allergy Note: This program features live crustaceans, mollusks, and fish.
Locations: School & Field Trip Field (trips may take place at Joppa Flats Education Center, on Plum Island or in Ipswich MA)

Program Location(s):

Ipswich River, Topsfield
Your school or other location

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 $205, and any additional classrooms are $155 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.

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

Intro School Program: (one-hour) Students practice observation and journaling while exploring their schoolyard ecosystem.

Field Trip: (two-hour) Students investigate three ecosystems and observe the organisms inhabiting the wildlife sanctuary, comparing what makes each unique in its characteristics, structures, and needs.

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 why organisms are well suited to specific habitats.

Location: Field trip experience takes place at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Program Location(s):

Ipswich River, Topsfield
Your school or other location

Grades:

1, 2, 3

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.

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(s):

Ipswich River, Topsfield

Grades:

1, 2, 3

Price:

  • 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:

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.

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

Grades:

3, 4, 5, 6

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:

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
5-PS3-1 - energy - energy transfer in animals

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(s):

Ipswich River, Topsfield

Grades:

4, 5

Price:

  • 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:

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

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 (2, 2.5, or 3-hours): Students will identify local wetland plants, collect water samples, and catch aquatic organisms in order to investigate how matter is recycled and how energy flows in aquatic ecosystems. Based on observation and data collection, students discover human impacts and discuss solutions to protect our wetlands.

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

Grades:

6, 7, 8

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.

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.

Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Program Location(s):

Ipswich River, Topsfield

Grades:

6, 7, 8

Price:

  • 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:

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

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.

Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Program Location(s):

Ipswich River, Topsfield

Grades:

Pre K, K, 1, 2

Price:

  • 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 (minimum), 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:

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

Field Trip (multi-hour) Students will engage in macroinvertebrate sampling in different habitats to observe and discover the insect's special characteristics including life cycle and roles in their ecosystem such as pollination.

Locations: Ipswich River

Program Location(s):

Ipswich River, Topsfield

Grades:

K, 1, 2

Price:

  • 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. While for a 1.5 hour program the first sub-group is $150 and additional sub-groups are $120 (1.5 hour program available only for grades K-1).
    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

By manipulating different substrates with water and moving air students can investigate the effects of erosion and work together to create and test solutions to prevent erosion.

This program requires stations that classes can rotate through.

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

2, 3, 4

Price:

  • 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.
    Please contact us for a direct quote.

Curriculum Frameworks:

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

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

Intro School Program (one-hour): Students experiment with sand and soil to test the effects of wind and water on landscape models before designing and testing a simulated landscape to determine its resistance to erosion. Students will discuss natural and human-made forces that shape landscapes through prediction and problem-solving exercises.

Field Trip (two-hour): Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary is a dynamic landscape with glacier-made observable landforms. Students will study these formations and collect data on the effects of weathering, erosion, and deposition in our local ecosystems.

Classroom (one-hour): Students conclude the series with a series of activities, investigations and discussion routines in which they will demonstrate their understanding of the role of erosion and human impacts on landscapes and landforms.

Location: School & Ipswich River

Program Location(s):

Ipswich River, Topsfield
Your school or other location

Grades:

2, 3, 4

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:

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

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(s):

Ipswich River, Topsfield

Grades:

2, 3, 4

Price:

  • 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:

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. 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 a sweet sample of our fresh syrup.

Two-hour program program option includes a longer nature walk on trails to investigate the survival strategies and adaptations of winter wildlife.

Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Program Location(s):

Ipswich River, Topsfield

Grades:

2, 3, 4

Price:

  • 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 one hour program, the first sub-group is $130, and any additional sub-groups are $100 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:

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. 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 a sweet sample of our fresh syrup.

Two-hour program program option includes a longer nature walk on trails to investigate the survival strategies and adaptations of winter wildlife.

Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Program Location(s):

Ipswich River, Topsfield

Grades:

5, 6, 7, 8

Price:

  • 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 one hour program, the first sub-group is $130, and any additional sub-groups are $100 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:

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

The School Maple Sugaring program is designed to allow students a firsthand experience in the delicious tradition of maple sugaring. 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 a sweet sample of our fresh syrup.

Two-hour program program option includes a longer nature walk on trails to investigate the survival strategies and adaptations of winter wildlife.

Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Program Location(s):

Ipswich River, Topsfield

Grades:

9, 10, 11, 12

Price:

  • 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 one hour program, the first sub-group is $130, and any additional sub-groups are $100 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:

HS-LS2-5 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - carbon cycle

The School Maple Sugaring program is designed to allow students a firsthand experience in the delicious tradition of maple sugaring. 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 a sweet sample of our fresh syrup.

Two-hour program program option includes a longer nature walk on trails to investigate the survival strategies and adaptations of winter wildlife.

Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Program Location(s):

Ipswich River, Topsfield

Grades:

Pre K, K, 1

Price:

  • 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 one hour program, the first sub-group is $130, and any additional sub-groups are $100 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-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

Weekly or monthly visits from a Mass Audubon naturalist at your school. Get students outdoors and exploring the natural world right outside of their school doors. Every visit with your Mass Audubon Naturalist-in-Residence will engage students in a hands-on, inquiry-based science lesson. Our staff will work alongside school teachers to integrate these lessons into the science, literacy, ELL, arts or other curriculum.

Frequency of visits can vary from weekly to monthly visits. Series can run 3-10 sessions.

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location
Online

Grades:

3, 4, 5

Price:

  • Program cost depends on number of classrooms participating (20-30* students or fewer per classroom - no auditorium style programs). The first classroom/group is $205, and any additional classrooms are $155 each. Specialty program fees and mileage not included.
    *Maximum number of students may depend on program.
    Please contact us to customize your curricula for this program and to receive a direct quote.

Weekly or monthly visits from a Mass Audubon naturalist at your school. Get students outdoors and exploring the natural world right outside of their school doors. Every visit with your Mass Audubon Naturalist-in-Residence will engage students in a hands-on, inquiry-based science lesson. Our staff will work alongside school teachers to integrate these lessons into the science, literacy, ELL, arts or other curriculum.

Frequency of visits can vary from weekly to monthly visits. Series can run 3-10 sessions.

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location
Online

Grades:

K, 1, 2

Price:

  • Program cost depends on number of classrooms participating (20-30* students or fewer per classroom - no auditorium style programs). The first classroom/group is $205, and any additional classrooms are $155 each. Specialty program fees and mileage not included.
    *Maximum number of students may depend on program.
    Please contact us to customize your curricula for this program and to receive a direct quote.

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.

Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Program Location(s):

Ipswich River, Topsfield

Grades:

6, 7, 8

Price:

  • Children - $ 28.00
  • Adults - $ 28.00
  • Program cost depends on length of program. Program capacity is capped at 15 students per program, per day. A three hour program is $359, a 3.5 hour program is $389, and a four hour program is $434. Please contact us for a direct quote.

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(s):

Ipswich River, Topsfield

Grades:

9, 10, 11, 12

Price:

  • Program cost depends on length of program. Program capacity is capped at 15 students per program, per day. A three hour program is $359, a 3.5 hour program is $389, and a four hour program is $434. Please contact us for a direct quote.

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

Schoolyard season series, 1-hour: A Mass Audubon Naturalist will visit your school three times during the year. Students will explore how wildlife adapts to seasonal changes in fall, winter, and spring. We'll introduce items such as weather instruments, animal pelts, and reptile artifacts along with activities such as group games, sound effects and schoolyard exploration.
Location: School

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

Pre K, K, 1

Price:

  • 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. Please contact us for a direct quote.
    *Maximum number of students may depend on program.

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

Field Trip season series, 1.5-2-hours each: Explore nature's seasonal changes and adaptations. Students will use a variety of senses and tools to discover the secrets of the season during three season guided walks during the fall, winter, and spring on a wildlife sanctuary or suitable community green space.
Locations:Ipswich River, or Joppa Flats

Program Location(s):

Ipswich River, Topsfield

Grades:

Pre K, 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. For 1.5 hour program, the first sub-group is $150 and additional sub-groups are
    $120.
    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-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

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

Intro School Program (one-hour): Explore organisms and their survival strategies in their natural habitats. Discovery activities for meadow, forest, and wetland are available, depending on the ecosystems and habitats available in your schoolyard. Choose a stand-alone program focusing on a single ecosystem type or a series focusing on different ecosystems each session.

Field Trip (multi-hour): Students will investigate three different ecosystems found at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. Observe field, forest, and pond organisms and gather data on the physical structures that allow them to survive and thrive.

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 the adaptive traits and behaviors of organisms in our local ecosystems and how those adaptations allow for individuals and populations to survive in their habitats.

Location: School & Ipswich River

Program Location(s):

Ipswich River, Topsfield
Your school or other location

Grades:

3, 4, 5

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:

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

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(s):

Ipswich River, Topsfield

Grades:

1, 2, 3, 4

Price:

  • 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:

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

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