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.

Survival in Ecosystems 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 organisms and their survival strategies in their natural habitats. Discovery activities for meadow, forest, and wetland are available, depending on the ecosystems and habitats available in your schoolyard. Choose a stand-alone program focusing on a single ecosystem type or a series focusing on different ecosystems each session.

Field Trip (multi-hour): Students will investigate three different ecosystems found at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. Observe field, forest, and pond organisms and gather data on the physical structures that allow them to survive and thrive.

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 the adaptive traits and behaviors of organisms in our local ecosystems and how those adaptations allow for individuals and populations to survive in their habitats.

Location: School & Ipswich River

Program Location(s):

  • Ipswich River, Topsfield

  • Your school or other location


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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.

Learning Standards Supported:

  • 4-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - animal/plant, internal/external structures


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