Nature Program Themes

nature-educationOur programs are designed to support the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Frameworks. They may be adapted to meet your specific needs and modified to be grade or age appropriate. Other programs may also be adapted for your site or town conservation lands. Use these descriptions as a starting point for your program reservations.

Field Trips to The South Shore Natural Science Center

Nature Programs are 1.5 hours long and may be adapted to fit your needs.

Our on-site programs are scheduled for 1.5 hours but may be adapted to be longer or shorter.  All programs are led by naturalists and may include presentations, a guided out-door walk on one of our trails and time in the EcoZone, our living habitat museum focused on the ecosystems of southeastern Massachusetts. Programs are designed to be age appropriate.


Walk with a naturalist at any time of year to explore the diversity of animals and plants and their habitats. Each season brings a different perspective so that you can learn how living things adapt as their environment changes.
(Option to choose specific habitat)

Pond  Life

Discover what plants and animals live in and around Jacobs Pond by exploring the water and shore with nets, magnifiers and field guides. Back at the Science Center use microscopes to further examine collected samples and find out how pond animals depend on their environment and each other to survive.

teacher-instructs-studentsBackyard Botanist

Discover what your backyard plants need to survive.   Learn about plant life cycles, seasonal changes and  photosynthesis. Discover how seeds travel near and far. Examine flowers, seeds, fruit, stems, roots, and leaves using hand lenses and microscopes.

Reptiles and Amphibians

Discover the differences and similarities between these two groups and how these cold-blooded (ectothermic) creatures are adapted to live in different habitats. Tour our EcoZone living habitat museum and meet some local species of turtles, snakes, frogs, toads and salamanders and learn about their life cycles.

Birds of Prey

owl-01Learn about magnificent predators, their unique adaptations and their importance in the food chain. An optional activity may include dissecting an owl pellet to discover what owls eat. There is an additional $2.00 fee per student for owl pellets.

Native American Artifacts and Lore

The banks of the North River were home to Native Americans for thousands of years. Observe archeological artifacts from our collections and learn about the history and culture of our local native peoples who traveled and settled along the river. Available year round.

Maple Sugaring

Follow a naturalist to maple trees in our woods and see how sap is collected from a tree. Learn about the history and culture of the syrup industry. Discover how maple syrup is made from tree sap and enjoy some of the sweet rewards! Typically available late winter to early spring. Contact Us for availability.

For more information:
Contact Tricia DeGiulio, Director of Environmental Education and Camping
Phone: 781-659-2559 X214