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Take experiential education to the next level on and around Onset Bay with year-round, hands-on activities aligned with MA curriculum standards!

While we would love to host all groups, we currently don’t have the capacity to accommodate field trips at the Onset Bay Center outside of our existing partnership with Wareham Public Schools and homeschool groups. While we are not able to fulfill field trip requests from other school districts, we invite members of all communities to join us for some of our other programs outside of the day programs! Check out and share our activity page here!

What We Offer:  Onset Bay Center is now offering field trips to Wareham Schools and Homeschool groups to augment existing science, STEM, and social-emotional curriculum at little to no cost! Through activities like crabbing, shellfishing, sailing and paddling adventures, ecological observations and experiments, learn and discover for yourself all that Onset Bay has to offer.

Planning Your Adventure: Please see below to view our extensive field trip options with curriculum connections. Each activity runs 90 minutes. Choose one for a shorter field trip, or two to spend more time on the bay. Trip schedules can be flexible to include lunch or snack breaks or general beach play. and exploration at the discretion of trip organizers. Activity offerings are varied and can be altered to better suit the needs of your group! Activities are intentionally designed for students in grades K-12,
and can be adapted to accommodate most learning and mobility differences. All are welcome!

  • Contact Onset Bay Center Manager Angie Weldon (, 508-999-6363 Ext. 283) with questions or to schedule your trip today!

What You Get: An unforgettable educational experience outside the classroom, that ignites a passion for learning and engages all types of learners, bringing classroom learning to life in real, applicable ways. Participants will takeaway a better understanding of the world around them and experience the direct ways in which we affect and interact with our environment. Educators will leave feeling equip to make in-school connections, allowing this experience to transcend our one-day adventure and have a lasting impact for students.

  • Take a Look… at animal life on the bay, shifting habitats, and how changes in the environment and human behavior affect life and homes around Buzzards Bay.
  • Conduct Experiments… on the land and sea to better understand the makeup of Onset Bay and how that affects life on and beyond it.
  • Experience… the ecological history of the land around the bay, use your senses to see the area in a whole new perspective, and step into the shoes of those who sailed the same waters, long ago to discover all that Onset Bay has to offer.
  • Create, Explore, and Collaborate… with engaging activities focused on understanding, building, and working together.
  • Get Active… with activities that engage both the mind and body and make lasting memories with peers. Voyage across the sea, taking the short journey to Buzzards Bay Coalition’s Wickets Island and Burgess Point properties to explore and learn. Pair a boat ride with any other activity listed to increase the learning and fun.


Activity Catalog:

Onset Bay Center Outdoor Education and Adventure Activities Trips


This fall saw 260 enthusiastic students disembarking from school buses and stepping onto the shores of Buzzards Bay, ready for a full day of immersive outdoor learning at the Onset Bay Center.

Enrollment is NOW OPEN for SUMMER 2024!

Check out Summer 2024 offerings, program descriptions, and scholarship opportunities below!

On a crisp October morning, a teacher at East Fairhaven Elementary School leads a line of fourth-grade students across their schoolyard toward a forest that borders the school property.

A group of four outdoor educators from the Buzzards Bay Coalition is waiting for the students at the edge of the forest. One by one, the educators introduce themselves – lead outdoor educator Meghan Gahm and service members Brendan Buckless, Sarah Gossett, and Tanya Creamer – and then lead the class toward a trail that disappears into the woods.

It’s the very first time the Coalition has held an outdoor education program here at the East Fairhaven Elementary School trail, a new mile-long path that will connect students, teachers, and the community to the natural resources in their own backyard.

Adventure awaits at the Onset Bay Center!