Group Programs for Children & Young Adults at Long Pasture

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Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, located on Barnstable Harbor, offers a variety of fun and educational nature-based programs for Scout troops, homeschools, and more. Seasonal changes bring wonderful natural events at the sanctuary such as the first calls of wood frogs in March, the mating displays of American woodcocks in April, the first flight of monarch butterflies in early June, the brilliant red foliage of the Tupelo trees in September, and the arrival of common eider in October.

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Nature Preschool Explorers

at Mass Audubon's Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary

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Nature Preschool Explorers is a drop-off enrichment program for children ages 3-5. It meets once a week (choose one of the two sessions offered), for 36 weeks, from fall through spring. Many of the children who come to this program attend other preschool programs during the week. Our mission is to facilitate experiences in nature that promote whole-child growth and learning while developing a lifelong relationship with the outdoors. Children in the program experience both free choice activities as well as guided experiences that allow them to have fun in nature while expanding their language, math and science skills. These play-based activities and experiences encourage the child’s natural curiosity as they sort shells on the tidal flats, build tree forts and fairy homes in the forest, plant and tend our garden, and navigate our trails to explore ponds, vernal pools, butterfly mosaics and more.

Scout Programs

Scouts doing a program at Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary

Long Pasture offers programs for all levels of Girl and Boy Scouts. Our qualified educators are available to lead groups, exploring diverse habitats of the wildlife sanctuary and covering many natural history topics. We can design a program to fulfill some of the requirements of a specific badge. Self-guided hikes can also be arranged. Programs are offered after school or on weekends. Ask us about opportunities for Eagle or Gold Award projects.

Homeschool Programs

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Our homeschool programs are designed to encourage children to interact with the environment through nature exploration and science-based learning. Whenever possible we split large groups into small teams to make these experiences more personal. Portions of the program will take place indoors, but most days we anticipate spending the majority of time outdoors at the wildlife sanctuary. Participants may also receive “home projects” each week to help further their learning and to share with their families.

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Facility Rentals

Long Pasture Visitor Center

We have facilities available for rental by private and public groups and organizations and wedding ceremonies. Our lecture room offers a spectacular view of Barnstable Harbor and Sandy Neck Barrier Beach which is beautiful in all seasons.

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Looking for Group Programs for Adults?

Mass Audubon offers educational programs for garden clubs, senior centers, historical groups, and many other clubs and organizations.

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