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Course Date(s):

Monday-Thursday, July 17 - 20, 2023 from 9:00am-3:00pm
Wednesday, November 1, 2023 from 4:00pm-6:00pm (While in-person attendance is encouraged, arrangements can be made to attend the November 1st session remotely if needed.)

Unless otherwise noted, course times listed are in EST

Registration Deadline:

July 13, 2023


Face to Face




24 PDPs

Grad Credit:

1 optional graduate credit from Worcester State University for $125, due upon initial registration


$370 TEC Members / $410 Non-TEC Members

Withdrawals: No credits/refunds will be given unless TEC is notified 10 business days before the first class. All payments processed upon receipt.


Blue Hills Trailside Museum


K-8 Science Teachers

Nature School: Schoolyard Habitats

Get outdoors, connect with fellow educators, and immerse yourself in inquiry-based science this summer! Nature School for Teachers is an opportunity for K-8 teachers to explore their local habitat and meaningfully connect with the science practices embedded in the Massachusetts Science Frameworks. Participants will practice field science and inquiry-based learning methods through hands-on exploration of local habitats, conducting field research, and designing investigations that they can bring back to their classrooms. Mass Audubon educators and scientists will model effective ways to teach in an outdoor environment, facilitate deep discussions, and offer content-rich presentations and helpful resources to support student learning in nature. Participants will reflect on their experiences by keeping a field journal and, as a final project, will create a field experience and study tools to be used by their students, reporting back on the experience in November.

Important Notes: All classes take place outside, in-person. 

  • Dress to be comfortable on varied terrain and in predicted weather 
  • Bringing plenty of fluids and consider your needs for sun and insect protection.
  • A 30-minute lunch break will be included each day; bring food that can be safely stored under an open tent.

About the Instructors

Staff of Mass Audubon Society Educators and Scientists

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