Programs for preschool-aged children and parents are offered regularly during the school year at Amoskeag Fishways, and NH Audubon’s Massabesic Center. Nature-based preschool programs keep young children engaged through hands-on activities, songs, crafts, stories, and outdoor discovery.
Preschool Science Classes at Massabesic Center in Auburn
Discover the changing seasons through hands-on activities, songs, crafts, stories, and outdoor discovery!
Wednesdays, 10-11:30 am
Leader: Kim Murphy, Naturalist
Cost: Members $12 per class, Non-members $15 per class (per child/parent pair)
Classes are for ages 4-6. Parents are required to stay and encouraged to participate. Please dress to be outside and wear appropriate footwear.
Sep 7: Birds of a Feather
Come and discover what makes a bird a bird, and how they are different from other animals. We will look at the types, purposes and colors of their feathers and see if we can identify some of our backyard birds!
Sep 21: Of Beaks and Feet
Come and learn how bird beaks and feet are specialized according to what they eat. We will look at different types of birds and diets, and see if we can use common tools to mimic a bird’s beak and gather some food!
Oct 5: Habitats of Birds
Come and learn what birds need in their habitats in order to survive. We will explore a few different bird habitats and discover which birds may live there!
Oct 19: Bird Talk
Come and listen to what the birds have to say! We will discover how they communicate, why they communicate, and how we can listen in to what they are saying.
Nov 2: Mysteries of Migration
Come and explore some of the mysteries of bird migration. Where are they going and how do they get there? Would you know which way to go?
Nov 30: Turkey Days
Come and learn about our Thanksgiving icon- the turkey! As the turkey population grows, we are bound to see them in our forests and yards… how much do you know about the wild turkey?
Dec 14: Birds of all Seasons
Come and find out what birds are doing throughout all the seasons of the year. We will review their fall behaviors, find out how they’ll survive the winter, and contemplate what they are looking forward to when spring arrives!
Please contact the Center at (603) 668-2045 or firstname.lastname@example.org Tuesday through Saturday 9am-5pm with questions.
Group Preschool Classes
Group preschool classes can be arranged through the McLane Center. Are you a preschool teacher looking for ways to enhance your student’s experiences or a parent looking to give the gift of nature to your child’s class?
Combine the program with a visit to the McLane Center or we will travel to your location. Please call (603) 224-9909, ext. 333 to arrange a time and date.
Teacher: Kevin Wall
Cost: $125; off-site programs add $.90 per mile for travel
Time: 45 minutes
Group Size: 25
Birds for Beginners
Introduce children to the basic parts of a bird. See and touch wings, feathers, bones, and beaks. Interactive experiences and a live raptor keep young students engaged.
New Hampshire Wildlife
Students learn about the diverse animal groups found in New Hampshire through visits with a live snake, turtle, bird, and mounted animals.