Nature's Engineers

Students will visit beaver dams on the sanctuary and study beaver engineering skills. Students also will visit a variety of other animal homes (including nests and burrows) and explore ways that animals engineer their environments to meet their needs. Then, using natural materials, students will have the opportunity to build structures while experiencing first-hand the scientific engineering principles of design, materials, shape, strength, and force. In all design challenges, students will be encouraged to create plans, problem solve, ask questions, test materials, and work cooperatively.

All schools that register for this field trip will receive a year-long engineering curriculum, created by Worcester Polytechnic Institute engineering students, that supports and enhances the field trip.

This field trip, and supporting engineering curriculum, were specifically designed for third grade, but other grade levels are also welcome to register.

This program may be done at your school, or other location, if there is a suitable outdoor space.

*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




  • Children - $ 8.00
  • Adults - $ 0.00
  • At Sanctuary(Guided Hike)$4/student/hour; At School (Classroom Program or Hike)$4.50/student/hour; Minimum 12 students for pricing purposes.

Curriculum Frameworks:

3-ESS3-1 - Earth and Human Activity - design solutions to weather damage

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