Beginning in 2008, the UMass Boston Nantucket Field Station and the Nantucket Conservation Foundation have worked in conjunction to provide additional educational outreach for the Nantucket community. We have developed a multi-tiered curriculum for various age groups. The materials supporting this curriculum are simple worksheets and handouts that begin with pre-school exploration and discovery through pictures and senses that take us through high school level natural science. The materials have been developed with help from the Science and Stewardship staff of the Nantucket Conservation Foundation and in collaboration with the director of the Nantucket Field Station using as a guide the frameworks set forth in the Massachusetts MCAS framework.
In addition to our summer programs, throughout the year, staff at the Field Station are available to work with students of all ages on specific themed classes such as Marine Biology, Oceanography, Chemistry, Paleontology, Geology, and Environmental Science. Classes can be held at the field station or in the school classroom. There is no charge for this service and MCAS guidelines and standard frameworks are used for constructing the topics covered.
Email Yvonne Vaillancourt for more details and for sample lab handouts and Powerpoint presentations.