Openlands works with partners and regional elementary and high schools to provide a curriculum-based educational experience at the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve called the Eco-Explorations Program. Students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades and in high school visit the Preserve in the fall and spring each year for interdisciplinary activities and facilitated observations that put them in the role of a naturalist. Eco-Explorations are supported by in-classroom activities that explore science, social studies, and writing concepts.

Bus transportation, substitute pay for high schools, and most materials are provided by Openlands. A waiting list is available for interested schools.

Teacher Resources

Autumn Chaperone Materials- Elementary
Autumn Chaperone Materials- High School
Chaperone Duties Handout
Elementary Eco Explorations Program Guide
Fall Restoration and Abiotic Components Slides
Fall Restoration and Abiotic Components
High School Eco Explorations Program Guide
Spring Wildlife of the Preserve Slides

This program is generously funded by:


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