School Program | Coastal Habitats & Ecosystems Field Trip Series (3-4)

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


3, 4


  • 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.

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