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Educational Resources

School Programs

We believe that to protect what you love you must first come to know and understand it. As we look to building the next generation of children who love the outdoors, culture, and history, The Trustees is pleased to offer PreK-12 programs that connect students to its special places. Interdisciplinary, experiential programs relate to real world concerns while complementing Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and STEM/STEAM initiatives. Our agriculture, environmental, art, and social history programs offer exciting opportunities, such as:

  • Connecting to the rhythms and realities on a working farm at Appleton Farms, Weir River Farm, The FARM Institute and Powisset Farm
  • Understanding coastal habitats and ecosystems at World’s End, Crane Beach, and on Martha’s Vineyard
  • Learning about the physics, engineering, and aesthetics involved in creating outdoor sculpture at deCordova
  • Exposure to the daily lives of the Alcott family, Quakers, and Northeast Nipmucs at Fruitlands

Most programs are also adaptable to after school, youth groups, homeschoolers, and scouts.

School Overnights on Martha’s Vineyard

The Farm Institute and Chappaquiddick Properties offer over 1,000 acres of fields, pasture, barns, sandy beach, salt marsh, ponds, and cedar forest – not to mention a lighthouse and teaching kitchen! Spring and fall 10-18 year olds in groups of 8 to 60 are welcome to immerse themselves in the Trustees place-based, STEM-connected residential program that includes transportation, education, meals, travel, and lodging arrangements.

Download a brochure and inquire today: Lily Robbins at lrobbins@thetrustees.org or (508) 627-7007 x1005.

If you would like to receive occasional emails specifically about teacher and school programs, please email: education@thetrustees.org

Teacher Programs
Professional Learning 2-day Courses for PreK-12 Teachers

Seeing Nature in Art, Seeing Art in NatureFriday & Saturday, March 20-21
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

We invite art and science teachers to immerse themselves in both art and the natural world. deCordova’s Museum exhibitions and 30-acre Sculpture Park ─ including the new Andy Goldsworthy installation ─ will provide the inspiration for developing interdisciplinary, place-based, experiential learning strategies and lesson plans.

Week-long Institute for Grades 4-8 Educators

Rivers to Range: Exploring the Pioneer Valley (Integrating Science and Math)July 6- 10, 2020

The Trustees is pleased to partner with the Wade Institute for Science Education on this exciting and immersive Professional Development week.

Known for its basalt flows, mountain ranges, dinosaur footprints, and fertile soils, the Pioneer Valley exhibits a rich history of geologic change. Join us to explore opportunities for integrating science and math as you learn about the geologic history of the Pioneer Valley. Visit local field sites, delve into museum collections, and immerse yourself in inquiry-based, standards-driven investigations as you learn about how the modern landscape provides clues to its past.

Additional Partners: Hitchcock Center for the Environment; Beneski Museum of Natural History; Springfield Science Museum

PDPs and Optional 3 Graduate Credit Available

Preschools at The Trustees

Cooperative Nature School at Moose Hill Farm, SharonThe Cooperative Nature School is a child-driven, outdoor-oriented preschool that cultivates exploration, compassion, and community for children aged 3 years 9 months to 5 years. Children spend a significant part of each day outside exploring the enriching 347-acre Moose Hill Farm property. The full-day experience inspires curious, thoughtful, active learners who develop a love for the outdoors and believe in celebrating and protecting it.

Visit Sharon Nature School  for detailed information about philosophy, educators, and tuition, and to view our gallery. School year and summer programs are available.

Lincoln Nursery School at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, LincolnFor seventy-five years, Lincoln Nursery School, a Reggio-inspired partnership of teachers, parents, and children, has created a meaningful and reflective environment for play-based education for children aged 2 years 9 months to 6 years. Located at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum since 2010, LNS regularly uses the museum, park, and surrounding conservation land as their classroom. Throughout the year, children observe and respond to changing art installations, the work of staff and visiting artists, and the seasons.

Visit Lincoln Nursery School for detailed information on classroom schedules, school philosophy and emergent curriculum, and tuition. School year half- and full-day programs available.