School & Group Programs at Wachusett Meadow
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At Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, we offer a multitude of fun and educational nature-based programs for students from Preschool to High School, as well as College and Community groups. Programs can be scheduled weekdays or weekends year round.
We have 12 miles of trails that traverse nearly 1,200 acres of woodlands, wetlands, and meadows, all of which support abundant and diverse wildlife. Additionally, the sanctuary’s historic farmhouse and barns, resident sheep flock, and hay fields offer additional curriculum options and a unique opportunity to appreciate human and natural history side by side.
Sample Program Topics
Habitat Exploration - Plant/Animal Adaptations - Massachusetts Wildlife - Interpretive Hikes - Life Cycles
What to Expect When You Visit
Are you preparing to visit us with your children or a group of students, including those with special needs? If so, we encourage you to review this step-by-step photo tour (Social Story) of Wachusett Meadow that shows you what to expect!
School groups may choose from a variety of options, such as sanctuary or schoolyard guided hikes, classroom visits, or a detailed, multi-session exploration of a particular habitat or topic. Programs are aligned with the Massachusetts Department of Education frameworks. Learn More >
Whether you’re leading a scout group in search of badges, planning a birthday party, or running a homeschool program, the educators at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary can help. On sanctuary as well as off-site options are available, and a broad range of nature-based programs are offered. Learn More >
Wachusett Meadow provides professional development opportunities for teachers in natural history and related sciences. Teachers can attend workshops offered on a variety of topics, or our education staff can design a program to meet your specific needs. Workshops can be held at the sanctuary or at your school. Learn More >