Programs for Schools at South Shore Sanctuaries
South Shore Sanctuaries
South Shore Sanctuaries offer nature-based educational programs for school children in grades Pre-K through 5th. Using hands-on, inquiry-based teaching techniques, our goal is to create educational experiences that help develop a student’s awareness and understanding of the natural world.
Programs are aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and individualized programming is available for teachers with more specific curriculum needs.
Through guided explorations of woods, wetlands, and fields at our sanctuaries, and local beaches, 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.
Staff from South Shore Sanctuaries will visit your class to provide students with a broader understanding of the natural world. Programs may include interactive discussions, specimen study, and educational activities. If possible, we’ll explore the woods and/or fields on school property. Observation skills and seasonal elements are emphasized. Many of our school programs can be taught as a classroom presentation or outdoor exploration at your site.
Our programs are designed to encourage children to interact with the environment through nature exploration and science-based learning. Group building activities and games encourage cooperation and having fun in the outdoors. Many of our school and group programs can be adapted to meet the needs of homeschooling groups.
These programs provide wonderful learning opportunities for your preschool students. The programs are a mix of hands-on activities, experiments, songs, demonstrations, stories, and nature walks. Our programs are specially designed to strengthen listening and observation skills while teaching students about the natural world.