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Woman holding binoculars Join today and get outside at one of our 60+ wildlife sanctuaries.

Coastal Habitats Field Trip Series (K-2)

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

Intro School Program: (one-hour) Students learn about and compare the physical characteristics of live marine organisms, beach sand, rocks, minerals and live plants to prepare them for an on-the-coast field trip. Topics include Rocky Shore/Tide Pools*, Salt Marsh*, and Sandy Beach (topics can be combined). Field Trip (multi-hour) Students visit and investigate the seashore or estuary to learn first-hand about zonation, the effects of erosion and weathering, proper collecting and handling techniques and adaptations of live organisms. Follow-up School Program: (one-hour) Students conclude the series with a series of STEM activities and investigations in which they will demonstrate their understanding of why organisms are well suited to specific habitats.*Topic denotes special pricing for program.Allergy Note: This program features live crustaceans, mollusks, and fish. Locations: School & Field Trip Field (trips may take place at Joppa Flats Education Center, on Plum Island or in Ipswich MA)

Program Location(s):

  • Ipswich River, Topsfield

  • Your school or other location


K, 1, 2


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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