I think I learned more important life and survival lessons a few hours in the woods than a week in school.
-high school student participating
in field experience at Four Rock
Learning in the field connects your students more deeply with the coastal landscape by immersing them in the natural world. Areas of focus include tide pools, salt marshes, maritime forests, upland forest, fields, estuaries and barrier beaches. We have also led primitive skills to support literacy curriculum around Hatchet and My Side of the Mountain. In these programs we strongly emphasize sensory awareness and student-driven exploration. These programs can be held at any of the numerous natural areas in the North Shore area near your school, or right at Four Rock, our private 30-acre parcel in Newbury.
Cost & Capacity
Time: Late September through early June at mutually agreeable time and date.
Fee:Contact us for pricing based on duration and nature of program and number of students.
Afloat, we can work with you to create custom-built field trips that explore the Lower Merrimack River and Gulf of Maine watershed. Onboard equipment includes a bottom-sampling otter trawl, plankton net and magnifiers, bottom sediment dredge, water sampling for temperature and salinity, traveling onboard touchtank, binoculars and field guides for seabird and seal sightings, and navigation discussion with the captain. We also can do a variety of fishing and dissections. For larger groups or classes of 25-50+ students and chaperones, we typically use the Captain George or Captain's Lady on Plum Island. These vessels are U.S. Coast Guard inspected annually and can carry upwards of 125 passengers. These are the perfect vessels for two classrooms of students to attend at a time!
Cost & Capacity
Time: September 15 through October 15 and May 15-June 15. (June dates book fast!)
Price: Contact us for pricing based on duration and nature of program and number of students. The boats may be boarded on Plum Island point (with plenty of bus parking) or on the Newburyport waterfront. We can easily accommodate up to 50-60 students plus a dozen or more chaperones.
Cancellation Policy: Programs are taught rain or shine, in all but extreme weather or sea conditions. If Merrohawke cancels a program and is unable to reschedule, you will be fully refunded. If you cancel a program 20 or more business days prior to your program date, you will receive a 50% refund. No shows and cancellations made fewer than 20 business days prior will not receive a refund.
Our interactive classroom presentations bring the outside world into your classroom. Our most popular program is a live touch tank animal demonstration, but that’s really just the tip of the iceberg. From forest terrariums to watershed murals, we can recreate a variety of nature-based experiences indoors.
Of course, we are also happy to use the natural world right outside your classroom window and lead a nature experience outside. No matter what the landscape—forest, salt marsh, rail trail, playing field or parking lot—we believe every outdoor space has something to teach. Our team of staff naturalists will work with your specific location to draw out the best of what your schoolyard has to offer.
Cost & Capacity
Time: October through June at a mutually agreeable time and day.
Fee: $85/hr for class of up to 25 students
By special request, we can facilitate a two to three-night overnight at Star Island on the Isles of Shoals, as we did for Pine Hill Waldorf School 5th grade class in Spring 2016, at our The Coachman's House right next to Maudslay State Park, as we did for High Mowing Waldorf Senior class in Fall of 2017 or at the wilderness site of your choice. Please contact us to think aloud together about what may be possible for your students.