Field Ecology for Grades 9-12

Wachusett Meadow has an active Ecological Management plan that is critical to our ability to maintain and enhance natural communities, inventory biological diversity, and evaluate changes over time. 

In this real-world, hands-on program you will work alongside a sanctuary staff member to observe, record, and manage for certain species. In the process you will learn about the plants and animals of the sanctuary, use the tools of science, and weigh management choices and conflicts. 

All classes will be outdoors (except in extreme weather) and will require physical activity. Some classes may require respectful handling of sanctuary creatures.

This class is designed for single classes, science clubs, and smaller groups. 15 students is ideal for this program; 30 students is the maximum number. 2 hours is the ideal time for this program, but shorter or longer programs are possible.

Teachers and groups may request topics from the seasonal list below, or call to discuss program possibilities:

Amphibian Migration & Vernal Pools – Apr/May
Nest Box Monitoring (eastern bluebirds and tree swallows) – May /June
Terrestrial Amphibian Monitoring – May/June or Sept/Oct
Grassland Birds/Bobolink Monitoring – late May/June
Monarch Tagging – Sept
Beavers -- Sept thru Nov
Habitat Management/Invasive Species – year-round
Birding by Ear – June/July
Reptiles and/or Snakes – May/June, early July, early fall
Fungi – spring and fall
Mammal Tracking - winter

*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


9, 10, 11, 12


  • $4/student/guided hour on sanctuary; adults chaperones free

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