Teaching Units & Resources for Early Educators

Preschoolers in a field © Emily Haranas
© Emily Haranas

Mass Audubon is committed to early childhood education. Our preschool programs encourage curiosity and wonder through hands-on nature exploration, movement, and play—a tradition we’ve upheld for nearly 100 years.

STEM Preschool Teaching Units

Mass Audubon is pleased to share four free, activity-based teaching units aimed for students 2.9 to 5 years old. Young children learn about the world around them by using their five senses while being mentored by a caring adult. By observing and learning about the natural world in classroom learning stations, outside in the school yard setting, and in their local communities, children can acquire an increased understanding about natural science and the world. The publication of this Innovative Preschool STEM Curriculum was made possible through a competitive grant awarded by the Department of Early Education and Care.

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Young Explorer Activity Sheets

Try some of these fun, hands-on activities for children as you discover and explore outdoors. These are great learning experiences for school groups, scout troops, and of course, families. Find an activity sheet >


Our Expertise

In addition to providing Pre K-12 school programs to over 118,000 individual students from across the state, we have four licensed nature preschools in Massachusetts and provide weekly nature preschool programming at several of our wildlife sanctuaries across the state. Our programs provide:

  • Nature Play & Discovery
  • Inquiry-Based Learning
  • Child-Centered Exploration
  • Shared Discoveries & Connection
  • Sensory-Rich Experiences
  • Early Science, Math, & Language Literacy