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 field trips are supported by in-classroom activities that explore science, social studies, and writing concepts.

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

Teacher Resources
Elementary Eco-Explorations Program Guide
Autumn Restoration and Abiotic Components
High School Eco-Explorations Program Guide
Spring Wildlife of the Preserve

This program is generously funded by:


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