Mass Audubon Announces Online School Program Catalog
Michael P. O'Connor
LINCOLN, MA—Mass Audubon, New England’s largest conservation organization and a leader in nature-based education for more than 60 years, this month debuts a new, easy-to-use online program catalog for teachers, science coordinators, administrators, and others looking for educational enrichment programs and field trips.
The programs—easily searchable by grade, topic, and framework— align with Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education curriculum frameworks. The online catalog provides detailed information on lessons conducted by Mass Audubon’s educators. Programs are offered at Mass Audubon’s statewide network of wildlife sanctuaries as well as at offsite locations including, classrooms, libraries, and other settings.
The array of environmental education programs includes many that are already designed and others that can be customized. In addition, the user-friendly resource will offer a printed lesson plan summary suitable for sharing with colleagues or for use in funding requests.
Mass Audubon’s reputation for innovative environmental education has prompted praise from teachers, parents, and students. Sema Arakelian, a second-grade teacher at the Davis Elementary School in Bedford, said her students have benefited significantly from experiential programs conducted by Mass Audubon educators.
“The excitement they bring to our work have engaged both students and teachers, significantly enhancing our curriculum and learning experiences,” Arakelian said. “This programming has enabled the teaching staff to bring our science units to life with real, hands-on experiences that add meaningful depth to our students’ learning."
Mass Audubon sanctuaries are still booking school and group programs for spring 2012. To access the online catalog and view current offerings, please visit www.massaudubon.org/education.
Mass Audubon protects more than 38,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. As Massachusetts' largest nature conservation nonprofit, we welcome more than a half million visitors a year to our wildlife sanctuaries and 20 nature centers. From inspiring hilltop views to breathtaking coastal landscapes, serene woods, and working farms, we believe in protecting our state's natural treasures for wildlife and for all people's vision shared in 1896 by our founders, two extraordinary Boston women.
Today, Mass Audubon is a nationally recognized environmental education leader, offering thousands of camp, school, and adult programs that get over 225,000 kids and adults outdoors every year. With more than 135,000 members and supporters, we advocate on Beacon Hill and beyond, and conduct conservation research to preserve the natural heritage of our beautiful state for today's and future generations. We welcome you to explore a nearby sanctuary, find inspiration, and get involved. Learn how at www.massaudubon.org.