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Please call to schedule your program at 401-885-4690. If you already have a program booked, please confirm online.

In-Class Programs

Biomes has been conducting school outreach programs since 1989. Our lessons feature living marine animals native to New England. 

For multiple sessions in a day we need to be set up in one location and have students come to us. Below are descriptions of the three in-class options available. Please call to schedule: (401) 885-4690.

After School Programs

Have Biomes bring our After School Marine Life Series to you. Our four-part series on marine animals is a great way to continue learning after the school bell rings. Schedule all four or choose whichever ones you would like. Each program is one hour in length.

Week 1: Introduction to Marine Animals (see description below)
Week 2: How Animals Protect Themselves (see description below).
Week 3: Sharks, Skates and Rays
Week 4: Squid Dissection (see description below)

Price: $225 per session

$25 travel fee per session for MA and CT schools.

Topics

In-class Program #1: Introduction to Marine Animals

Grades: K - 8.  45 Minutes in length.

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Featuring some of our most popular and fascinating ocean animals, this program is a great way to give your students their first up-close experience with the animals of the Biomes Center. The discussion is adapted to fit any of the grade levels listed.

Lower grades will experience lots of touching and holding of animals as we introduce the creatures and show how they move and eat. Middle grades get to do a lot of touch as well, with many concepts being introduced such as predator/prey, exoskeletons, regeneration and adaptations. Upper grade programs are loaded with content using the live animals to demonstrate countershading, herbivore/omnivore, filter feeding, water vascular systems, adaptations to habitats and more.

Each program ends with the crowd-pleasing pufferfish demonstration!

Sample live animals: Sea star, brittle star, sea urchin, whelk, spider crab, horseshoe crab, quahog, lobster, killifish and pufferfish.

Cost: $200 for the first program, $75 for each additional session on the same day. MA and CT travel fee of $25 per day.  We can accommodate up to 5 sessions per day.

 

In-class Program #2: How Animals Protect Themselves

Grades: 2 - 8.  45 Minutes in length.

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Although this informative lesson can stand on its own, it is designed as a follow-up to our Introduction to Marine Animals program. Focusing on protective behaviors, our live animals are used to illustrate various concepts such as camouflage, exoskeletons spines and behavior.

Lower grades will still experience lots of touching and holding of animals as we introduce the creatures and show how keep themselves safe. Middle grades get to do a lot of touch as well, with many new terms and ideas being presented as they interact with the animals. Upper grades will delve deeper into the many ways marine animals have evolved to survive in the sea.

Each program ends with an encore presentation of the pufferfish!

Sample live animals: Sea horse, toadfish, pufferfish, oyster, periwinkle, flounder, butterflyfish, oyster drill, sea cucumber, pipefish.

Cost: $200 for the first program, $75 for each additional session on the same day. MA and CT travel fee of $25 per day.  We can accommodate up to 5 sessions per day.

 

In-class Program #3: Squid Dissection

Grades: 4 - 8.  45 Minutes in length.

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We take squid dissection to the next level with this program. We will lead your class through a dissection using chemical-free squid, as well as displays and preserved specimens from our own jumbo squid dissection. Combining extreme learning with a moderate eww-factor.

We provide all the materials, including squid, dissecting tools, dissecting trays, rubber gloves and teaching aids. Students will need to sit in groups at tables to participate in these sessions.

Cost: $250 for the first program, $100 for each additional session on the same day. MA and CT travel fee of $25 per day.  We can accommodate up to 3 sessions per day.