Teacher Professional Development

Teacher professional development training about wetlands at Ashumet Holly Wildlife Sanctuary

Mass Audubon offers professional development workshops designed for active participation and practical application in the classroom, whether virtual or in-person. Teachers can attend workshops offered on a variety of topics or our education staff can design a workshop to meet your specific needs.

Workshops are designed to increase content knowledge, provide teachers with hands-on STEM-focused learning experiences, practice with instructional tools and offer resources for teaching engaging science lessons in the schoolyard or classroom. We use teaching and learning methods associated with inquiry-based instruction while helping teachers navigate standards and curriculum alignment.

PD for Adult Educators


For Adult/Lifelong Learning Educators


Environmental Education for Sustainability: Motivating People to Action

In this 12-week online course, environmental educators will learn how to develop and deliver content using new research-based approaches for program development, teaching, and facilitating engagement with adult learners. We'll look at how environmental education is evolving, and becoming more focused on environmental education for sustainability, reviewing landmark research studies in conservation behavior and sustainability behavior change.

This course is suitable for anyone who teaches or communicates with an adult learning community.

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Early Ed PD for Teachers


For Preschool & Pre-K Educators


Natural Connections for Early Educators

Mass Audubon educators will teach you how to make the outdoors into a relaxed and safe classroom. When you shift teaching your curriculum outside, you and your students can take advantage of the calming effects of nature, better air flow, and increased spacing for social distancing.

Our series of professional development workshops, available in-person or online, cover:

  • Resiliency Building: Children, Nature, & Social-Emotional Development  
  • Calming Sensory Stimuli: Art & Music Found Outside  
  • Expressing Yourself: Nature-inspired Language & Literacy  
  • Adapting to Change: Building Early Science Literacy  
  • Going the Distance: Socially-distancing Math Lessons in the Natural World   
  • Spreading Your Wings: Fine & Gross Motor Development  

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Custom Workshops & Registration


For K-Grade 8 Educators


Custom Professional Development Workshops

Mass Audubon educators are happy to work with you to create a workshop for your school or your district. Our educators have a broad range of experience with science, STEM, and civics practices and pedagogies. Workshops can be held at a wildlife sanctuary or at your school.

For more information on custom workshops, please contact us.