Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary Program
Since 1995, staff from Pine Hill Elementary School and Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary have partnered to support students in science learning, consistent with the Massachusetts state curriculum frameworks, by facilitating engaging hands-on lessons in the classroom and in nearby wild spaces with each grade throughout the school year.
The Broadmoor Science Outreach Program is a very unique program that provides students and teachers carefully designed lessons that teach about environmental and life science topics within the curriculum at each grade level. The hands-on approach to teaching brings to life each topic, through in class exploration of natural materials and engaging and active lessons that encourage student participation along with guided exploration of the pond, meadow, vernal pool, and woodland habitats around Pine Hill School.
This active learning process teaches students the tools they need to be citizen scientists, and instill an appreciation and understanding of nature that will extend far beyond the classroom; nature becomes a part of their world, and not just a concept.
Throughout the year, students will receive 2-3 in-class visits from the Teacher Naturalist from Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary. Several times per year, this instructor will also take each class on walks/field trips on or near school grounds so that students can observe and explore the science topics they have been learning about in the classroom.
The outdoor lessons provide an opportunity for parent volunteers to join the nature walks where they can share in the exploration and chaperone. Grades 1, 3, and 4 further immerse students in nature learning through school- and parent-organized field trips to Broadmoor.
Current focus for each grade includes:
Kindergarten: Nature and seasonal changes in fall, winter and spring; observing senses; living vs. non-living; insects and life cycles
1st Grade: Trees and plants and habitats in the fall; habitats, food chains and energy transfer in food webs, and life cycles in the spring
2nd Grade: Vernal Pools in the fall, the winter and the spring
3rd Grade: Bird adaptations and identification in the fall, winter and the spring
4th Grade: Plant and seed adaptations in fall; twig identification in winter; geology in spring
5th Grade: MCAS review two-day program in April
For more information about this program, please contact:
Lisa Moore or Melissa Hansen
Meg Siegal - Parent Coordinator