Educators' Corner

Each spring and fall Hopkins Forest hosts curriculum based field trips for regional elementary schools.  Each visit is guided by student educators from Williams College and is tailored toward the curricular needs of the visiting school.  In the age of Covid-19 we have cut back on on-site visits; in lieu of guided field trips we hope that you will be able to utilize our on-line guides to craft your own exploration of the natural world, whether it be in a local park or your own backyard.  The resources and activities below were produced by students at Williams College and are suitable for teachers, students, home-schoolers and nature enthusiasts alike.

Hands-on Activities

Ecosystem Exploration

Consumers and Producers

Abiotic Elements & Decomposers

Discovering Invertebrates

Observing Trees

Animal Tracking in your Backyard

Where’s Water?

Human and Natural History

Natural History Challenge — test your outdoor knowledge!

Ecoregions of Massachusetts — at home game

Oral History & Mapping Activity

Maple Sugaring

Maple Sugaring Facts & Make Your Own Activity

Nature Art

Do-it-yourself Nature Art Projects


Go back in time in Hopkins Forest!


Spring Amphibian Foray with Darren Wang

Northern Saw-whet Owl Banding

How to make Nature Bracelets

Find more educational activities on the Center for Learning in Action’s Outdoor Activities page.