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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


The Buzzards Bay Coalition’s work to restore clean water, protect watershed lands, and engage the community is carried out by a talented group of conservation professionals. Learn about currently available opportunities for full-time careers, seasonal employment, internships, and service positions with the Coalition.

The Buzzards Bay Coalition is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply and will be considered without regard to race, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, or veteran status.


Research Assistant

The Buzzards Bay Coalition seeks a full-time Research Assistant who will further water quality monitoring and salt marsh monitoring around Buzzards Bay. The Research Assistant position is a combination of desktop research and data management/statistical analysis, fieldwork, and equipment preparation and deployment. The Research Assistant will be experienced in environmental field research and data analysis using Excel and R, an effective communicator who works well with others, and capable of managing small projects. This position will be based out of our Science and Field Operations Center in Marion, MA. Please see the full job description for more information.

Applications including a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references should be submitted to Rachel Jakuba, Vice President for Bay Science at

The weather forecast for Sunday’s Watershed Ride includes rain, 50 degree temps, challenging winds, and even higher wind gusts. With your safety in mind, and after consultation with the US Army Corps of Engineers – which manages the Bourne Bridge and recommends that we do not allow pedestrians to cross – we have made adjustments to Sunday’s ride route.

Ken Cheitlin will be riding in his ninth Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride this year, once again leading the Bourne Rail Trail Blazers. The top overall fundraiser in 2021, Ken is excited to continue to grow his team and revel in the camaraderie while also raising as much money as possible for the Coalition and the Friends of the Bourne Rail Trail.