Mass Audubon Announces Online School Program Catalog

Release Date:
March 23, 2012

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

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Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 140,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.