Woman holding binoculars Join today and get outside at one of our 60+ wildlife sanctuaries.
Woman holding binoculars Join today and get outside at one of our 60+ wildlife sanctuaries.
3 classes starting Friday, June 14

Salt Marsh Ecology and Intertidal Zones


Learn about the ecology of coastal habitats including mud flats, salt marshes, barrier beaches, and the plants and animals uniquely adapted to live within them. Our field studies will also explore the special aspects of coastal habitats that keep seaside communities safe from extreme weather events, flooding, and other climate-related impacts.

This course offers an in-depth understanding of coastal processes that shape the Southern Massachusetts coast and introduces tools and solutions that help protect these habitats and the wildlife dependent upon them. You will learn about coastal birds like Piping Plovers, Ospreys, and Salt Marsh Sparrows and the programs in place to protect them during their critical breeding cycles.

As part of the program, we will kayak the Slocums River in Dartmouth to get a unique perspective on the Ospreys from the river. Strong paddling skills and the ability to swim are required; kayaks will be provided.

Independent registration is required for our Field School in Waterways by Kayak (September).

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  • Fri, Jun 14, 2024 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Sat, Jun 15, 2024 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun, Jun 16, 2024 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


  • Adult Members $425
  • Adult Nonmembers $490


  • Douglas Lowry - Senior Teacher Naturalist - South East Region

  • Steve French - Field Teacher


Meet at Allens Pond Stone Barn.

A detailed schedule will be prepared and sent to registrants approximately 3-4 weeks in advance.

Please note: the hours listed on the schedule may vary from the sample schedule and are subject to change based on tides, staff, optimal wildlife sightings, and other variables.

Directions to Allens Pond Stone Barn:

Address: 786 Horseneck Rd. Dartmouth, MA 02748

From Interstate 195, in Westport, take Exit 16 (Rt 88 South). Follow Route 88 for 7.2 miles through three lights to intersection with Hixbridge Rd at 4th light. Turn left onto Hixbridge Rd and proceed 1.5 miles to stop sign at Pine Hill Rd and Horseneck Rd. Turn right onto Horseneck Rd. Proceed 3.3 miles to corner with East Horseneck Rd and turn left. Stone Barn Farm entrance will be 0.4 miles further on your right at 786 E. Horseneck Rd. in Dartmouth. Follow the little path to the Stone Barn.