Five Ways to Enjoy an Educational New England Summer

The summer season in New England is a brief but wonderful one. With mountains and coastlines, outdoor festivals and farm stands, there's no question why so many people are drawn to this part of the world for their vacations.

Those of us lucky enough to live here year-round know many of the routines and hot spots. Here at Outdoor Classroom we are all about discovery and the great outdoors -- even on vacation! If you are like us, always ready to learn new things, check out these suggestions for extra opportunities to pack fun and education into your summer schedule.

Guide to New England Animal Sanctuaries

New England Today's travel section posted a great compilation of rescued animal sanctuaries throughout New England. From working farms with exotic animals, to safe spaces for farms animals and pets, these locations focus on education. Volunteers are able to help in many ways, including finding forever homes for retired greyhounds, to nurturing abused animals on a peaceful hillside, Check this out for ways 

Whale Watching

There are several opportunities off the New England coast for some of the best whale watching in the world. In the summer months, various species of whales such as Humpback, Minke, and Finback migrate to the feeding grounds in our Atlantic waters. On the tours, guides will name and identify the whales for a fun and educational experience!

Seacoast Science Center Environmental Day Camps

The Seacoast Science Center at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, New Hampshire boasts seven different habitats to explore. With opportunities for pre-K through 8th graders, there is a focus on understanding and appreciating the natural world around them.

The 7 Wonders of New England

If you've got time for a road trip, pack up your family and friends and check out the 7 Wonders of New England. The Travel Channel outlines some of New England's well-known but must-see parks, cities, and attractions. Our site in Freedom, NH is not far from the scenic Kancamagus Highway that has all kinds of day hikes and beautiful pit stops along the way -- we absolutely recommend it!

New England Science & Sailing

What if you could incorporate a love of science with a love of adventure? With a focus on experiential learning, personal growth, inclusiveness, and stewardship, "NESS works with K-12 schools year-round to teach STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) through sailing, marine science, and water sports."