Sheriff's Meadow Foundation offers Educational Programs for Island School Children and for the General Public.
General Public Programs
- A series of programs, lectures, films and other activities of educational value are offered throughout the year. Click here for more information.
- Guided walks through Sheriff's Meadow Foundation properties are scheduled regularly. Information boards posted at the sanctuary trailheads provide maps and educational information about each property.
Click here for scheduled walks.
K-5 School Program
- Curriculum-based environmental programs are available to all island schools at Sheriff's Meadow sanctuaries.
- Development of the Program: Environmental education expert and elementary teacher, Ms. Rebecca Solway, developed grade-specific programs in 2011/2012 with ongoing input from an island-wide Teacher Advisory Group. A generous grant from the Edey Foundation funded development of the program. The K-5 programs were approved by the Martha's Vineyard Public School Curriculum Review Board in June 2013. Teacher training sessions were held in summer 2013 and summer 2014 to prepare teachers to use the programs.
- Cedar Tree Neck Sanctuary in West Tisbury and Caroline Tuthill Preserve in Edgartown are ideal locations for school programs due to their diverse topography and ecosystems. Currently four different grade specific programs are available for use at both Cedar Tree Neck and Caroline Tuthill.
- Curriculum units include: "Change in Nature" for grades K-1, "Map Makers" for grades 2-4, "Tracking Mammals" for grade 4 (and incorporating the use of wildlife cameras), and "Soil Sleuths" for grade 5. These units incorporate photo documentation and Google Earth, with an educational Google Map of the property on which classes may post photos and observations of seasonal and ecological change.
- Administration of the school program is through Sheriff's Meadow Foundation with Samantha Look as the Education Coordinator, and through a group of teachers who serve as program liaisons. Currently the West Tisbury School, Chilmark School, Tisbury School, Edgartown School and Oak Bluffs School have active liaisons.
- Learning materials contained in "Explorer Backpacks" are available onsite for teacher and student use. The Explorer Backpacks include tools such as magnifying glasses, binoculars, field guides and identification and bingo sheets tailored to the unique species found at Sheriff's Meadow Foundation properties. A generous grant from the Edey Foundation funded these materials.
- Classroom Kits for each curriculum unit are available in the schools for in-classroom activities.