Explore the Pond - Grades 1-2

In this hands-on, high-interest program, students will scoop and examine the many small creatures that live in a wetland habitat. Through close observation, students will explore how these creatures move, breathe, find food, and defend themselves, as well as how this watery habitat provides for an animal's needs.

Program may be done at your site if there is an accessible pond.

*This program can be taught outside in your schoolyard following all COVID-safe guidelines. Or, invite one of our experienced teacher naturalists into your online class.

Program Location(s):

Wachusett Meadow, Princeton
Your school or other location


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  • At Sanctuary(Guided Hike)$4/student/guided hour;
    At School (Classroom Program or Hike)$4.50/student/guided hour;
    Minimum 12 students for pricing purposes;
    Auditorium Program At School $125/hour; $95/hour for additional programs same day

Curriculum Frameworks:

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

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