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.

Coastal Ecosystems Field Trip Series (9-12)

Field Trip Series: School-based introductory program followed by a field trip with another wrap-up lesson at your school.

Intro School Program (one-hour) Students will Students learn about a coastal ecosystem and its zonation. This program includes a presentation on rocky intertidal zonation and an opportunity to view and handle a variety of live marine organisms.

Field Trip (multi-hour) On the beach, students will conduct live animal inventories, water sampling, data collection, and population studies.

Follow-up School Program (one-hour) In this one-hour lab session, students will conclude the series with a series of activities, investigations and discussion routines in which they will demonstrate their understanding of the needs of the inhabitants found in a coastal ecosystem and how climate change affects them over time.

Location: School & Joppa Flats Education Center, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, or suitable nearby community greenspace.

*Special Pricing Program

Allergy Note: This program features live crustaceans, mollusks, and fish.

Program Location(s):

  • Ipswich River, Topsfield

  • Your school or other location


9, 10, 11, 12


In-School Sessions: Program cost depends on number of classrooms participating and the length of the program (no auditorium style programs). Maximum of 20-22 students per classroom and no more than 3 classrooms per day. Specialty program fees and mileage not included. Field Trip Session: Program cost depends on number of students and length of program. Mass Audubon charges a flat fee per group of 15 students ("sub-group"). Maximum of 4 sub-groups of 15 students or 60 total students. Entry fees to certain field trip locations not included. Please contact us for a direct quote.


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