Programs for Schools
Mass Audubon in-person and virtual 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 educational programs that are aligned with Massachusetts Department of Education Curriculum Frameworks
Find School Programs Near You (In-Person & Online)
Any program we teach at our wildlife sanctuary or in your classroom can be taught outside in your schoolyard following all COVID-safe guidelines. Or, invite one of our experienced teacher naturalists into your online class. All of our school programs localize science content through customized, activity-based lessons that help support your life and earth science content.
Berkshires & Connecticut River Valley
Boston Nature Center, Mattapan
Martha's Vineyard & Nantucket
Felix Neck, Edgartown
Find Online Learning Experiences
When learning in-person isn't possible, we can come to you—virtually!
The Science of Massachusetts (Grades K-5)
Seasonal, 6-week units engage students in discovering the nature of their local environment, whether that's at home, in a nearby park, or at their schoolyard. Tightly aligned to the Massachusetts Science Frameworks and the Next Generation Science Standards 3D learning model, they are designed with flexibility and ease of use in mind, and can support various class formats.
Support is available for districts with financial challenges, and translations into several languages will be available to support families with younger ELA students who are viewing this together.
The Climate of Massachusetts (Grades 6-8)
Engage your middle schoolers in rigorous thinking and collaborative problem solving during this virtual or in-person unit that bridges science and current events. Diving into climate science, the impacts of climate change, climate justice and community-based solutions, this middle-school oriented unit takes a hopeful, solutions-based approach to a problem that young people are thinking about.
Each lesson begins with a short video to engage students, then asks them to work in small groups (in-person with social distancing, or remotely using telephone, computers, or smartphones) to work on an assignment. A class discussion follows each assignment, which can be led by the schoolteacher or a Mass Audubon educator, depending on the curriculum model you choose.
Animal Encounters Online (Grades K-12)
Build engagement by bringing a live animal into your virtual classroom—birds of prey, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, even insects. These sessions are designed to complement your curriculum with a standards-aligned lesson built around a live animal visit.