Programs for Schools

School Group at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary © Gail Godin, Mass Audubon

Mass Audubon offers a wide variety of fun and educational nature-based programs year round for students of all ages. 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
  • Learning experiences at our wildlife sanctuaries, in your classroom, in your schoolyard, or around your local community
  • Professional development and other opportunities for teachers
  • Resources for you and your classroom

For information on scout and afterschool programs as well as birthday parties, visit Group Programs for Children and Young Adults.

Find School Programs Near You

Greater Boston

Blue Hills Trailside Museum, Milton
Boston Nature Center, Mattapan
Broadmoor, Natick
Drumlin Farm, Lincoln
Habitat, Belmont
Museum of American Bird Art, Canton
Moose Hill, Sharon
Stony Brook, Norfolk

North Shore

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

South of Boston

North River, Marshfield
Oak Knoll, Attleboro
Tidmarsh, Plymouth

Cape Cod & Islands

Felix Neck, Edgartown
Long Pasture, Barnstable
Wellfleet Bay, South Wellfleet

Central Massachusetts

Broad Meadow Brook, Worcester
Wachusett Meadow, Princeton

Connecticut River Valley

Arcadia, Easthampton & Northampton

Online Learning Experiences for Schools

Mass Audubon experiences combine standards-based science content with the joy and excitement of exploring nature. During this time that we cannot see students in person, we have created a series of online experiences that support your students in learning rigorous science content and practices, getting outside, and cultivating joy in connecting with nature.

What makes Mass Audubon's distance learning special?

Familiar Faces, Familiar Places: Our remote programs connect experienced teacher naturalists to your students, and feature local Massachusetts habitats, native species, and seasonal experiences.

Minimum Screen Time, Maximum Outdoor Time: Whether your students are in the city, the suburbs, or a rural area, there is nature nearby. Our experiences are designed to get them off the screen and connecting with nature nearby.

Flexible Designs: Our school coordinators can customize an experience for your class, including online and offline options, live chats, links that will integrate into Google Classroom, and other creative solutions for your current teaching structure.

Live Support: Mass Audubon programs come with built-in support from a local teacher naturalist. We are here to help you as you implement these lessons!

How to Book a Program

We have a statewide team of educators ready to connect you and your students to science and nature. Please contact a sanctuary near you or send an email to our statewide education department. We will connect you to the Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuary that can best support your curricular needs!

Program Options

Synchronous, Hands-On Virtual Sessions

Invite one of our friendly, experienced teacher naturalists into your online class! We lead students through customized, activity-based lessons developed in collaboration with you. This is also a great way to follow up a video-based lesson. Available for grades K-12.

  • $75 per session
  • Recommended session length is 30 minutes, depending on age of students
  • 15% discount for multiple (3+) classrooms using the same lesson plan

Meet an Animal Live Sessions

Invite an animal from Blue Hills Trailside Museum or Drumlin Farm into your classroom. Depending on availability, these sessions are designed to complement your curriculum with a standards-aligned lesson built around a live animal "visit." Available for grades K-12.

  • $100 for a 30-minute live encounter

Explore Nature Video Lessons

Short video lessons (5-8 minutes) introduce a standards-aligned science concept and invite students to do a related nature exploration assignment either outside or from their window. Teacher support materials include background information, discussion questions, and formative assessments. Available for grades K-8.

  • $50 per lesson

→ NOTE: Through June 30, lessons can be shared with multiple classes within the same school.

Animal Adaptations Series

Grades K-1

  • Lesson 1:  What is an Animal?
  • Lesson 2:  Familiar Animals in Your Neighborhood
  • Lesson 3:  Adaptations of Birds

Grades 2-3

  • Lesson 1: Habitats & Adaptations
  • Lesson 2: How do birds get their food? 
  • Lesson 3: Migration

Grades 4-5

  • Lesson 1: Wildlife Adaptations Overview
  • Lesson 2: Structural Adaptation
  • Lesson 3: Behavioral Adaptations
Climates Solution Series

Grades 6-8

  • Lesson 1: What are people my age doing about climate change?
  • Lesson 2: What is the carbon cycle and how does it cause climate change?
  • Lesson 3: Why is climate change happening, who is being impacted?
  • Lesson 4: What are the solutions? How do we fix this?
  • Lesson 5: What can I do to help?
Virtual Field Trip: Aquatic & Marine Ecosystems in MA

Grades K-2 • Grades 3-5 • Grades 6-8

Print & Online Resources

Free! We can help you customize a set of options that will work for you and your students. Critter Cards, Scavenger Hunts, and other tools help encourage outdoor exploration, observation, and curiosity. Available for grades K-12.