Our multi-week science series engage students in hands-on, inquiry-based environmental learning in their own classroom and schoolyard over multiple visits. Programs are aligned to the Massachusetts Science Frameworks, and model internationally benchmarked Next Generation Science Standards.
Get students outside and exploring the natural world right outside of their school doors. Our naturalists will work alongside teachers to develop and integrate lessons into existing classroom curricula to increase students’ knowledge of and appreciation for local landscapes and wildlife. Frequency of visits can vary from weekly to monthly visits.
This inquiry-based program, which is tightly aligned to the Massachusetts Science Curriculum Frameworks, takes a deep dive into the excitement of learning through place-based inquiry.
Students will get outside, complete field journaling assignments, develop important science practices, and be invited to find their place in nature and impact their world, whether they live in an urban, suburban, or rural community. Each series of lessons is designed to complement one of your existing science units. Learn more >
Dive into the science and civics of climate change through outdoor, place-based learning alongside an experienced Mass Audubon educator. This standards-aligned curriculum introduces students to the underlying scientific concepts as well as the local and global human impacts of climate change, while keeping the focus on actions that students can take to lessen its effects and help build more equitable and resilient communities.
Designed to engage students without overwhelming them, this unit includes outdoor experiences, field journal assignments, and opportunities to take action.
In the Rivers to Sea program, students and teachers partner with Mass Audubon educators to explore, research, and take action in their local watershed.
Students will learn to recognize the importance and interconnectedness of watershed systems, from rivers to the sea. They will also delve into the impact of human activities on watersheds, both positive and negative. At the heart of this STEM-focused program is student involvement in community action projects that will contribute to the improvement of watershed and public health, building their sense of self-efficacy and agency to effect positive change in their local communities.
School educators who participate in Rivers to Sea with their students will work with Mass Audubon educators over the course of a year or more to strengthen their skills and confidence in integrating watershed topics into their curriculum, both in the outdoors and in their classrooms. Together, we will support student-involved community action projects and help school educators build a support network with their local watershed organizations and other community stakeholders.
This new program was inspired and made possible by generous funding from NOAA’s Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program.
In addition to the programs listed above, many Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries provide unique experiences for learning based on its habitats, ecology, and facilities. Learn more about the multi-week program series that are offered in your region below or contact us to begin designing your program.
Boston Nature Center, Mattapan
We also offer afterschool programs as a way for students to dive into nature-based learning after the bell rings. Learn more >