Join today and get outside at one of our 60+ wildlife sanctuaries. New Individual and Family memberships are just $35! Start your membership
Join today and get outside at one of our 60+ wildlife sanctuaries. New Individual and Family memberships are just $35! Start your membership
gravel trail through a forest
North River Wildlife Sanctuary, Marshfield

Programs for Schools at North River

Through field studies and classroom explorations, Mass Audubon school programs provide hands-on, inquiry based experiences with science content and practices. 

Our educators enhance students’ scientific understanding of species and habitats; ecological concepts such as food webs, cycles, systems, adaptation, and evolution; climate change; and interrelationships between people and nature. 

About Mass Audubon South East Education Programs

The wildlife sanctuaries of Mass Audubon South East support science learning and the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks through engaging, hands-on, student-centered programs. 

Our sanctuaries, which include North River, Tidmarsh, Oak Knoll, and Allens Pond, are home to a variety of habitats, including salt marsh, rocky beach, tidal flats, upland forests, meadows, and freshwater wetlands, which include both vernal pools and ponds. School groups can explore local natural history and delve into the interdependence of people, land, and wildlife with trained teacher naturalists at one of our four breathtaking locations.

In-School and at the Sanctuary

Whether you want to bring nature into the classroom or take lessons outside, our programs for schools offer insight into New England habitats and native species and enrich natural history and science lessons while strengthening students’ connections to the environment.

North River offers field trip programs for schools at the wildlife sanctuary, in-school programs led by a Mass Audubon teacher naturalist, and hybrid programs that incorporate both an in-class and in-the-field experience. 

Download the South East School Programs Brochure to learn more about our offerings and contact us to design the right program for your needs.

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What to Expect When You Visit

Are you preparing to visit us with a group of students or your children, including those with special needs? If so, we encourage you to review this step-by-step photo tour (Social Story) of North River that shows you what to expect.

Teacher Professional Development

Mass Audubon’s Professional Development programs are designed to increase content knowledge, provide teachers with hands-on, STEM-focused learning experiences, and offer resources for teaching engaging, inquiry-based science lessons in the schoolyard or classroom. In-person and virtual workshops are available, along with consulting and site visits.

Mass Audubon works with districts and schools to engage Pre-K–Grade 12 teachers in meaningful professional development experiences that immerse teachers in the science of nature and the nature of science, furthering teacher expertise in nature-based learning, climate change, environmental literacy, environmental justice, and inquiry-based science. Our instructors are experienced educators, deeply interested in the experiences of teachers, and able to relate to the challenges of classroom teaching.

Mass Audubon offers both school-based PD programs to engage an entire grade level team or department in a deep dive on a particular topic or unit, as well as virtual and in-person public workshops throughout the year that are open to any educator. For an immersive experience, try one of our professional development Summer Institutes!

Learn more about teacher PD at Mass Audubon