Long Pasture Ecosystem Explorers
How do horseshoe crabs survive on the mudflats? What do birds do when it rains? What kind of tracks does a raccoon leave? Long Pasture’s Ecosystem Explorers program will uncover the answers to these questions and many more this summer as kids learn about the incredible environments at Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary.
During this multi-week program, learn about butterflies, horseshoe crabs, frogs, trees and marshes as naturalist Andrea Higgins conducts field experiments and crafts that will get you thinking like a biologist and a nature-inspired artist! Make T-Shirt prints, net turtles, discover horseshoe crabs and catch frogs as your explore different habitats each week and learn about Cape Cod’s amazing animals.
This program is designed for children ages 5-10 with an adult
June 28th - Twitter in the Trees: Birds sing in the trees at Long Pasture and fly from branch to branch. A Nuthatch climbs along using its talons while a chickadee sings its song. Explore the woods and make necklaces out of forest cuttings, paint with pine needles and learn some important bird songs!
July 5th - Wild Marshes of Long Pasture: Wavy green cordgrass grows all around and waves in the summer wind. Survey the marsh and learn about its plants and animals. How does the marsh serve as a nursery for young fish and crustaceans?
July 12th - Pool Party at Long Pasture: Cape Cod’s vernal pools are full of life – but you have to look closely. As field biologists, get down in the mud with invertebrates and amphibians to learn how they live in these unique freshwater habitats.
July 19th - Mudflat Explorations Learn the ABCs of the mudflats as you search for crabs, worms and fish. Find out how these animals survive in the sand especially when the tide goes out!
July 26th - What Lives in a Pond? Find out what lives in Cape Cod’s ponds! Follow naturalist Andrea Higgins on a journey into the water as she nets creatures and checks out a turtle trap. Life on the Farm
August 2nd: Life on a Farm: Farming is hard work! Weed a row and make mini-greenhouses with farmer Cynthia Cole and learn what grows at Wannabee Farm.
August 9th - Whose tracks are those? Learn to read the stories that creatures can tell us through their footprints and scat, also known as tracks. We’ll go on a hike together to uncover the secrets left behind by the creatures of Long Pasture such as coyotes, otter, and deer. Afterwards, use your new found knowledge and special tracking stamps to tell your own animal story on a large piece of paper or bring a t-shirt to decorate.
August 16th - Amazing Horseshoe Crabs! Explore the fascinating world of horseshoe crabs to find out how they live and why their blood is blue! These living fossils have a lot to say about what it means to be the OLDEST creature around! Bring a T-Shirt to make a molt rubbing.
August 23rd - Butterfly Walk in the Garden: Make sun-print T-Shirts using flowers and woodland plants after exploring the meadows for butterflies and caterpillars. Participants should bring a dark T-Shirt to the program.
MA Audubon Member Adult $10 Child $8, Non-member Adult $12 Child $10
Pre-registration is required. For more information call 508-362-7475 or visit website: https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#results:sanctuary=28