Programs for Schools at Long Pasture
Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary is a spectacular 110-acre sanctuary on Cape Cod Bay, featuring 2.5 miles of trails through woods, salt marsh, fields, freshwater wetlands, and sandy beach habitats. It’s an ideal location to bring curious students. No two days are alike at the sanctuary, as the forces of wind, weather, and fluctuating tides change the scene daily, even hourly. This helps children understand that nature is dynamic and constantly changing.
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Through guided explorations of our woods, wetlands, tidal flats, salt marsh, and fields, students make inquiries, investigate, classify, think critically, and draw conclusions. Programs include activities such as using tools, gathering data, and making observations. Each program will be geared to the age level and curriculum needs of the students. Groups may also choose to stay for lunch and explore the sanctuary or try our Quest.
Staff from Long Pasture will visit your class to provide students with a broader understanding of the nature of Cape Cod. We have designed classroom units that focus in-depth on specific organisms within each ecosystem, bringing living plants and animals into the classroom for observation whenever possible. We also offer slideshows on many themes from horseshoe crabs to turtles followed by games and activities.
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.
Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary offers a variety of teacher resources, ranging from 10-hour PDP courses to 2-hour workshops, as well as individualized mentorships and consultations.
Programs are available at Long Pasture in Barnstable or at your site. All offerings integrate sound scientific knowledge with practical classroom use and are in alignment with State Standards and Frameworks.