Are you a young person who loves being outdoors, cares about the environment, and wants to share your knowledge with others? Take your first step toward becoming a Teen Naturalist volunteer with these trainings. You'll work with our staff and other youth exploring local habitats, collecting organisms and data, and discussing environmental challenges like sea level rise. Share your passion for the natural world!
Mass Audubon will provide all field gear and equipment.
Single sessions are available through August. A four-session series begins in September.
LAST PROGRAM OF THE SUMMER! Aug 20, 1:00-4:00pm: Intertidal Zone Study at Sandy Point State Reservation, Ipswich
September 17 - December 10: Fall Series - Four Sessions
9/17: Visit to the Bird Banding Station, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Plum Island
Mass Audubon scientists collect data on migrating birds at our bird banding station. Learn about bird behavior, data collection, and how climate change is affecting our songbirds.
10/8: Red Rocks Hike & Mushroom Hunt, Gloucester
The Red Rocks Conservation Area features a forest with many varieties of muchrooms, fungi, and lichen. We'll identify and collect samples safely to make spore prints at home. We'll use a tool to estimate the long-term environmental benefits from trees in terms of carbon dioxide, air pollution, stormwater impacts, and energy savings. Lunch at the top of Red Rocks, with a spectacular view of Cape Ann!
11/12: Beach Grass Planting on Plum Island Beach, Newburyport
Planting beach grass is a natural way to slow down coastal erosion. Bare roots should be planted between November and March to allow for the roots to take hold before winter. We will do a coastal dune vulnerability assessment to determine where to plant, and then we'll design our own erosion control models on the beach.
12/10: Winter Preparations at Maudslay State Park, Newburyport
Winter is coming, and it is time to look for signs of animals preparing for this long, dark season. What are they gathering? How will they adapt to colder conditions? We'll conduct some experiments about insulation and hibernation and do a bird species count as we hike through the grasslands, wetlands, and forest.
Prior to each session, you will receive an email with information on where to meet, parking and facilities details, driving directions, and other guidelines. Dress for the weather and terrain.
Mass Audubon Cancellation Policy: If you wish to withdraw less that seven days prior to the program, refunds cannot be issued. If we cancel the program, you will be refunded in full.