Grace Grossman Youth Collaborative kids

Grace Grossman Youth Collaborative

Have you ever swam with giant horseshoe crabs? Spied on a juvenile gray seal swimming with its parents? Watched a baby sheep mow down a field of poison ivy? Practiced digital landscape photography? Written Haiku about the ocean? Seen the Milky Way?

The Grace Grossman Youth Collaborative offers these remarkable experiences and more for high school and middle school kids. Named after Grace Grossman who championed the sale of the Field Station to the Conservation Foundation in 2004 and initiated in 2006 by then Massachusetts' Senator Robert O'Leary and House State Representative Eric Turkington, and Dr. Sarah Oktay.  The Collaborative supports the experience to study the history, flora and fauna, geology, and people of Nantucket.

Collaborative Activities:

  • Guided nature walks of the salt marsh, upland areas, and tours of the island.
  • Beach exploration, and interpretive field trips to an operating cranberry bog, the hidden forest, Squam Swamp, and a vernal pond
  •  Visits to an observatory, a whaling museum, the African Meeting House, the Oldest House, the oldest operating corn mill in the country, cemeteries, the Middle Moors, a lighthouse, and other island historical and natural wonders
  • Who was Grace Grossman?
  • Learn about Boston's Excel High 2009 Grossman Collaborative trip


Nantucket Field Station Program Receives Statehouse Citation

This Massachusetts House of Representatives has given a citation to the Grace Grossman Youth Collaborative, a UMass Boston Nantucket Field Station program that brings students from urban areas to Nantucket. State Representative Tim Madden surprised Dr. Sarah Oktay, field station managing director, by presenting the award to her during the Nantucket Civic League's annual meeting on Monday, September 10th. The citation recognized Dr. Oktay and the Field Station for its unique youth collaborative program and also for receiving the 2012 Human Diversity Award from the Organization of Biological Field Stations in June.

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Kids from all over Massachusetts get an opportunity to do research on the Field Station
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