School Programs at MABA

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The Museum of American Bird Art offers school programs geared to the age level and curriculum needs of the students. Our programs develop observational skills and emphasize the fun in learning about art and nature.

A typical school visit lasts two hours, with one hour exploring the art exhibition and one hour exploring the wildlife sanctuary. Each program is aligned with the Massachusetts Department of Education frameworks with strands in Life Science, Earth Science, Art, History, and/or Geography. Math learning standards are included in some of our programs.

Whether the program takes place at your site or ours, we will work with you to develop a curriculum that meets your needs. 

At the Wildlife Sanctuary | At Your School | Homeschool Programs |
Preschool Programs | Teacher Workshops

At the Wildlife Sanctuary

Students in the gallery at the Museum of American Bird Art

Teachers can choose between a visit to the art gallery, wildlife sanctuary, or combination of the two. An art gallery visit will include observation of original art with questions designed to stimulate careful looking, critical thinking, and discussion. Students can take part in a scavenger hunt followed by an art project that will encourage imagination and creativity. Seasonal favorites include visiting the vernal pool in spring for frogs, salamanders, and insects; our fields in fall for insects or seeds; and looking for tracks in winter. Each program will be geared to the age level and curriculum needs of the students.

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At Your School

Museum of American Bird Art Staff teaching a lesson at a local school

Staff from the Museum of American Bird Art will visit your class to provide students with a broader understanding of the natural world. Programs may include interactive discussions, specimen study, and educational activities. We also offer an assembly style program called Bird Discovery, where two or more classrooms can explore the 10 hands-on stations set up by our educators on birds and their many adaptations. Classroom can topics touch on water, seeds, winter wildlife, dinosaurs, and many more.

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Homeschool Programs

Homeschool students at MABA

Our school programs can be tailored to meet the needs of our home school groups. Please contact us for more information.

Pollinator ecology, field biology, and experimental design (Ages 7-9 & 10-15)

Ecology and Art: Exploring Spring through Nature Journaling (Ages 7-9 & 10-15)

Painting Immersion - Famous Nature Artists and You (Ages 7-9 & 10-15)

STEAM Ahead Photography Homeschool Program (Spring 2016)

Preschool Programs

Children learning at the Museum of American Bird Art

These programs provide wonderful learning opportunities for your preschool students. Our in-class programs are a mix of hands-on activities, stories, and art projects. Preschools that visit our site can explore the original art at our exhibit gallery with a picture scavenger hunt and an art project. Our programs are specially designed to strengthen listening and observation skills while teaching students about the natural world. Picnic tables and in door space is available for snacks or lunch.

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Teacher Workshops

Museum of American Bird Art staff teaching a class

The Museum of American Bird Art provides many professional development opportunities for teachers in natural history ecology and art. All workshops are designed for active participation and practical application in the classroom. Teachers can attend workshops offered on a variety of topics or the Museum of American Bird Art education staff can design a workshop to meet your specific needs. Workshops can be held at the wildlife sanctuary or at your school. We are a DOE-approved PDP provider. Two of the topics available are nature journaling with children and art as play.