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.

Energy Flow in Wetlands 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): Explore the ways in which energy from the sun moves through living things in ecosystems via photosynthesis and feeding relationships between consumers and decomposers. Students participate in a variety of simulations and explorations to understand the role of energy and matter cycles.

Field Trip (2, 2.5, or 3-hours): Students will identify local wetland plants, collect water samples, and catch aquatic organisms in order to investigate how matter is recycled and how energy flows in aquatic ecosystems. Based on observation and data collection, students discover human impacts and discuss solutions to protect our wetlands.

Follow-up School Program (one-hour): Students conclude the series with a series of activities, investigations and discussion routines in which they will demonstrate their understanding of how individual organisms obtain and use energy and the energy dynamics of ecosystems.

Location: School & Ipswich River

Program Location(s):

  • Ipswich River, Topsfield

  • Your school or other location


6, 7, 8


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 6 sub-groups of 15 students or 90 total students. Entry fees to certain field trip locations not included. Please contact us for a direct quote.


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