Field Trips & Field Science Series

Students exploring a meadow with insect nets at BNC

Whether ponding in vernal pools, exploring forest habitats, or engaging in a community science project, Mass Audubon field trips and field science experiences provide students of all ages the opportunity to connect with the natural world and practice vital science skills.

Most field trip programs can be paired with an introductory classroom experience at your school, either virtually or in-person, to activate student learning prior to their visit. If transportation is a barrier, programs can be led as field experiences in your own schoolyard or a nearby outdoor space.

Experience a Sanctuary Near You

Every Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuary offers rich opportunities to explore natural ecosystems, encounter native wildlife, and engage in hands-on science, but each one provides unique experiences for learning based on the habitat, ecology, and facilities of the site. Students visiting our sanctuaries:

  • Witness sustainable agriculture on a working farm at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln and see how domesticated animals can help with ecological management by meeting the resident sheep at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton or goats at Habitat Education Center in Belmont.
  • Explore coastal habitats and learn about the unique wildlife that lives there, like fiddler crabs, seals, and seabirds, at Wellfleet Bay in Wellfleet, Long Pasture in Barnstable, or Felix Neck in Edgartown.
  • Work with Mass Audubon scientists to collect data for long term ecological research projects while you study salt marsh or forest ecosystems.
  • Marvel at the diversity of wildlife, particularly birds and insects, and their habitats at Ipswich River in Topsfield, Tidmarsh in Plymouth, Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester, or Pleasant Valley in Lenox.
  • In late winter, see up-close the process of turning maple sap into syrup at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, Ipswich River in Topsfield, or Moose Hill in Sharon.
  • And so much more!

Learn more about field trip opportunities near you or contact us to start designing your field experience.

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Pleasant Valley, Lenox
Arcadia, Easthampton & Northampton


Broad Meadow Brook, Worcester
Wachusett Meadow, Princeton

Metro West

Broadmoor, Natick
Drumlin Farm, Lincoln
Habitat, Belmont

North Shore

Ipswich River, Topsfield
Joppa Flats, Newburyport
Endicott, Wenham (Salt Marsh Science Project)


Boston Nature Center, Mattapan

Metro South

Blue Hills Trailside Museum, Milton
Moose Hill, Sharon
Museum of American Bird Art, Canton
Stony Brook, Norfolk

South East

North River, Marshfield
Oak Knoll, Attleboro
Tidmarsh, Plymouth

Cape Cod

Long Pasture, Barnstable
Wellfleet Bay, South Wellfleet


Felix Neck, Edgartown

Dive Deeper

For even more in-depth learning, pair your field trip with an in-classroom experience. Learn more >