The Coalition is redefining the classroom by turning forests, beaches, and salt marshes into resources for children to learn and develop a life-long love for Buzzards Bay. From school programs to summer camps, our outdoor exploration programs are fun, informative, and affordable. Let our outdoor education team help your class get outside and learn!

School Programs

Outdoor exploration taps into a child’s natural curiosity about the world around them. The Coalition’s programs are hands-on, inquiry-based, and help students develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills. All programs are aligned with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, and we can help integrate them with your classroom learning.

Outdoor Learning Initiative

In communities across the Buzzards Bay region, we’re working with schools and community groups to create outdoor learning spaces on or next to school properties. These spaces in forests, wetlands, and along the coast allow teachers and students to incorporate outdoor education as a regular part of learning.

Summer Programs

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Kids discover life in forests, ponds, salt marshes, and beaches at the Buzzards Bay Coalition’s fun summer programs.

Summer is a great time for kids to get out and explore all that the Buzzards Bay region has to offer! Working with camp partners, the Coalition provides hands-on exploration programs for youth all across the region.

Bay Discovery Days

Our Bay Discovery Days bring outdoor exploration to existing camps all across the region. These two-hour programs let students dive deep into discovery and get excited about exploring their Bay.

We provide Bay Discovery Days to camps including YMCA Southcoast’s Camp Massasoit, the Kennedy Summer Day Program, the Community Boating Center, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater New Bedford, and the Wareham Public Schools CARE program. These programs are supported in part by the United Way of Greater New Bedford, the New Bedford Education Foundation, and TD Bank.

River Exploration Camp

For 9- to 11-year-olds who really want to get down and dirty, the Coalition partners with YMCA Southcoast for River Exploration Camp: a week-long day camp that explores the Mattapoisett River from top to bottom. Campers canoe, fish, go crabbing, build forts, and spend a week discovering the outdoors.

To register your child or grandchild for River Exploration Camp, visit the YMCA Southcoast website.

Learn More

For more information about the Coalition’s youth engagement programs, contact Outdoor Educator Cassie Lawson at (508) 999-6363 x224.

Massachusetts Cultural Council logoThe Coalition’s youth and community engagement programs are sponsored in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Working to Save Buzzards Bay

The Buzzards Bay Coalition is a membership-supported organization dedicated to improving the health of the Buzzards Bay ecosystem for all through education, conservation, research, and advocacy.

We work to protect clean water on the Bay and on the land: