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Coastal Habitat Observations

  • Cape Cod Canal (world’s widest sea-level canal)
  • Cranberry Bogs
  • Dunes
  • Fresh Water Swamps
  • Glacial Kettle Hole Ponds
  • Salt Marshes
  • Woodlands

Field Lessons Scheduled:

Late October | Early November | April | May

Costs: Varies with the number of students (no cost for teachers / 1/2 price for chaperones)

Duration: 3 to 4 hours on the train

Departing from: Buzzards Bay, Hyannis, or Sandwich Stations

Field lessons are aligned with Massachusetts state science frameworks.

Students discover answers to questions such as:

  • Why are certain plants and/or animals found in one habitat and not in another?
  • How do changes in the environment affect living organisms?

Field Ecology Train Allows:

  • Observation of different habitats from the train
  • Data and observation recording from key stops along the track
  • Field naturalists from the Thornton W. Burgess Society work with students in each car
  • Grade-appropriate observation sheets allow students to record by writing and sketching at each stop

For more information call Cape Cod Central Railroad at 508-771-0004.