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Students will explore the dynamics of Massachusetts ecosytems through the lens of food webs and energy flow. This interactive lesson will compare specific ecosystems within Massachusetts and through engaging activities students will learn what it takes for organisms to survive in these habitats and the adaptations that allow them to do so. 

Program Location(s):

Your school or other location

Grades:

4, 5

Price:

  • 1 hour program $75.00/class. $65/each additional class on the same day.
    Group size is limited to one class per presentation to allow interaction with the naturalist.

Curriculum Frameworks:

5-LS2-1 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - movement of matter through food web
5-PS3-1 - energy - energy transfer in animals

Through simulations and hands on activities, students will explore different physical and behavioral adaptations that local wildlife use to survive. Students will demonstrate their knowledge by designing their own animal adapted to a given environment. 

Program Location(s):

Tidmarsh, Plymouth
Your school or other location

Grades:

3, 4, 5

Price:

  • 1 hour program $75.00/class. $65/each additional class on the same day.
    Group size is limited to one class per presentation to allow interaction with the naturalist.

Curriculum Frameworks:

3-LS4-2 - Biological Evolution--Unity and Diversity - individual variation relates to survival
3-LS4-3 - Biological Evolution--Unity and Diversity - env. constraints on organisms survival
4-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - animal/plant, internal/external structures
5-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - plants use of air, water, energy

During this field study students will focus on aquatic ecosystems and watersheds. Activities may include macroinvertebrate sampling, measuring stream flow, documenting riparian plant communities, and water quality testing. Students will learn the importance of a healthy watershed and discuss science based solutions to local problems. Pre and post trip visits and supplemnetal activities are available to practice and discuss scientific methods, data analysis, and synthesis for an additional fee. 

Program Location(s):

Tidmarsh, Plymouth

Grades:

9, 10, 11, 12

Price:

  • $200/class up to 25 students. Additional students $10/each. Maximum 30 students.

Curriculum Frameworks:

HS-ESS2-2 - Earth's Systems - how hydrosphere influences other systems
HS-ESS3-1 - Earth and Human Activity - resource availability and human activity
HS-ESS3-2 - Earth and Human Activity - solutions to minimize energy use impacts
HS-LS2-2 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - (a)biotic factors and biodiversity
HS-LS2-7 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - human activities affect on ecosystems

What is climate change and what is causing it? How might it impact us? What can we do to create resilient habitats? These questions and more will be answered in through investigation, discussion, and problem solving. Students will learn the fundamentals of climate change, calculate their carbon footprint, and understand how natural systems can help us in these times of change. 

Program Location(s):

Tidmarsh, Plymouth
Your school or other location

Grades:

6, 7, 8

Price:

  • 1 hour program $100.00/class. $85/each additional class on the same day.
    Group size is limited to one class per presentation to allow interaction with the naturalist.

Curriculum Frameworks:

7-MS-LS2-5 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - designs for protecting an ecosystem
7-MS-LS2-6 (MA) - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - biodiversity limit resources for humans
8-MS-ESS2-6 - Earth's Systems - how ocean effects regional weather
8-MS-ESS3-5 - Earth and Human Activity - human activities and global temperatures
HS-ESS3-1 - Earth and Human Activity - resource availability and human activity
HS-ESS3-2 - Earth and Human Activity - solutions to minimize energy use impacts
HS-LS2-6 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - change and resilience in ecosystems
HS-LS2-7 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - human activities affect on ecosystems

Students will explore the concepts of growth, development, and life cycles by studying the metamorphosis of bullfrogs and monarch butterflies. This program will seasonally include live tadpoles and caterpillars. 

Program Location(s):

Tidmarsh, Plymouth
Your school or other location

Grades:

3, 4, 5

Price:

  • 1 hour program $75.00/class. $65/each additional class on the same day.
    Group size is limited to one class per presentation to allow interaction with the naturalist.

Curriculum Frameworks:

3-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - life cycles
3-LS4-2 - Biological Evolution--Unity and Diversity - individual variation relates to survival
3-LS4-3 - Biological Evolution--Unity and Diversity - env. constraints on organisms survival
3-LS4-4 - Biological Evolution--Unity and Diversity - changes in habitat affect reproduction
4-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - animal/plant, internal/external structures

Through hands on activities students will identify the stages in the life cycle of a flowering plant, explore the diversity of seeds and their methods of dispersal, and how humans depend on them. 

Program Location(s):

Tidmarsh, Plymouth
Your school or other location

Grades:

Pre K, K, 1, 2

Price:

  • 45 minute program $65.00/class. $50/each additional class on the same day.
    Group size is limited to one class per presentation to allow interaction with the naturalist.

Curriculum Frameworks:

PreK-LS2-3 (MA) - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - local plants/animals interdependence
K-LS1-2 (MA) - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - plants/animals, grow/change over time
1-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - function of plant/animal body parts
1-LS3-1 - Heredity--Inheritance and Variation of Traits - sim./diff. among indiv. plant/animal
2-LS2-3 (MA) - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - how plant/animals depend on surroundings

Through multi-sensory discovery and investigation, students will observe the natural world using all five senses and learn how animals use their senses to understand the world around them. This program will focus on using observation skills to gather information, classify objects found in nature, and incorporate reading and writing activities. 

Program Location(s):

Tidmarsh, Plymouth
Your school or other location

Grades:

Pre K, K, 1, 2

Price:

  • 1 hour program $75.00/class. $65/each additional class on the same day.
    Group size is limited to one class per presentation to allow interaction with the naturalist.

Curriculum Frameworks:

PreK-ESS2-2 (MA) - Earth's Systems - observe/classify (non)living materials
K-ESS2-2 - Earth's Systems - organisms change env.
1-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - function of plant/animal body parts
1-LS3-1 - Heredity--Inheritance and Variation of Traits - sim./diff. among indiv. plant/animal
2-LS4-1 - Biological Evolution--Unity and Diversity - observe/compare living things diff. env.

Through multi-sensory discovery and investigation, students will observe the natural world of using all five senses and explore the pond, forest, and streams of Tidmarsh. This three hour field trip (includes lunch) will focus on using observation skills to gather information and learn about a selection of the animals and plants of Tidmarsh through hands on activties and guided exploration.

Program Location(s):

Tidmarsh, Plymouth

Grades:

Pre K, K, 1, 2

Price:

  • $150/class up to 20 students. Additional students $10/each. Maximum 30 students.

Curriculum Frameworks:

PreK-ESS2-2 (MA) - Earth's Systems - observe/classify (non)living materials
K-ESS2-2 - Earth's Systems - organisms change env.
1-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - function of plant/animal body parts
1-LS3-1 - Heredity--Inheritance and Variation of Traits - sim./diff. among indiv. plant/animal
2-LS4-1 - Biological Evolution--Unity and Diversity - observe/compare living things diff. env.

Students will explore the dynamics of Massachusetts ecosytems through the lens of food webs and energy flow. This interactive field trip will compare specific ecosystems at Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary and through engaging activities students will learn what it takes for organisms to survive in these habitats and the adaptations that allow them to do so. This is a three hour field trip, including lunch, but may be shortened or lengthened depending on your specific needs. 

Program Location(s):

Tidmarsh, Plymouth

Grades:

3, 4, 5

Price:

  • $150/class up to 20 students. Additional students $10/each. Maximum 30 students.

Curriculum Frameworks:

3-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - life cycles
3-LS3-1 - Heredity--Inheritance and Variation of Traits - plant/animal inhereted traits evidence
3-LS3-2 - Heredity--Inheritance and Variation of Traits - inhereted/env. influnced characteristics
3-LS4-3 - Biological Evolution--Unity and Diversity - env. constraints on organisms survival
3-LS4-4 - Biological Evolution--Unity and Diversity - changes in habitat affect reproduction
4-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - animal/plant, internal/external structures
5-LS2-1 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - movement of matter through food web

During this field study students will focus on aquatic ecosystems and watersheds. Activities may include macroinvertebrate sampling, measuring stream flow, documenting riparian plant communities, and water quality testing. Students will learn the importance of a healthy watershed and discuss science based solutions to local problems. Pre and post trip visits and supplemnetal activities are available to practice and discuss scientific methods, data analysis, and synthesis for an additional fee. 

Program Location(s):

Tidmarsh, Plymouth

Grades:

6, 7, 8

Price:

  • $200/class up to 25 students. Additional students $10/each. Maximum 30 students.

Curriculum Frameworks:

7-MS-ESS3-4 - Earth and Human Activity - technological mitigation in resource use
7-MS-LS2-4 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - ecosystem disruptions can shift pop.
7-MS-LS2-6 (MA) - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - biodiversity limit resources for humans
8-MS-LS1-5 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - how env. and genetics influence growth

Students will go on a journey through the water cycle and explore each step along the way. Through modeling, graphing, and hands on activities students will learn about the importance of freshwater systems and the ways they can protect them. 

Program Location(s):

Tidmarsh, Plymouth
Your school or other location

Grades:

5, 6

Price:

  • 1 hour program $75.00/class. $65/each additional class on the same day.
    Group size is limited to one class per presentation to allow interaction with the naturalist.

Curriculum Frameworks:

5-ESS2-1 - Earth's Systems - water cycle model
5-ESS2-2 - Earth's Systems - salt:fresh water ratio in biosphere
5-ESS3-1 - Earth and Human Activity - ways to reduce resource use by humans