Survival in Ecosystems 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): 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


3, 4, 5


  • 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

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