Mass Audubon in-person and virtual school programs combine standards-based science content with the joy and excitement of learning about nature.
Our award-winning school programs can bring the natural world to you and your students through field trips and classroom explorations that are aligned with Massachusetts Department of Education Curriculum Frameworks and the Next Generation Science Standards.
Our programs are designed to enhance students’ understanding of species and habitats; ecological concepts such as food webs, cycles, systems, adaptation, and evolution; climate change; and interrelationships between people and nature, while giving them a chance to connect with nature on an emotional level and practice key science skills such as modeling, arguing from evidence, and collecting, analyzing and interpreting data.
Whether you want to bring nature into the classroom or take lessons outside, our programs offer insight into New England habitats and native species and enrich natural history and science lessons while strengthening students’ connections to the environment.
We will work with you to craft customized programming that works for you, including programs that take place in your classroom, schoolyard, or a nearby habitat; field trips to a Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuary; or a hybrid of classroom and field experiences, according to your needs. Many programs can include the chance to meet native wildlife in the classroom or virtually.
Mass Audubon is committed to providing inclusive and equitable access to nature. Our school programs are designed to be accessible to as many schools, educators, and children as possible. If cost is a barrier for your students or school, please contact us—we have financial aid available for schools with a high percentage of low-income students and discounts for multiple visits. Please contact us for details and pricing for your desired program.
Boston Nature Center, Mattapan
Any program led by one of our experienced teacher naturalists, either at our wildlife sanctuaries or in your classroom, can be taught outside in your schoolyard following all COVID-safe guidelines or presented virtually to your online class.