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Spend a week this summer investigating the phenomena of migration of whales, sharks, turtles and birds as you explore the tools used to track migrating species. Work with real time data collected by researchers and citizen scientists, gain an understanding of the importance of both technologically collected data as well as historical data collected by whalers and fisherman and learn how your students can become involved in citizen monitoring programs.

Engage in hands-on field and inquiry-based classroom investigations, explore how phenomena can provide a foundation for inquiry-based science instruction, identify culturally appropriate phenomena for classroom-based investigations, and learn how your students can become involved in place-based citizen science activities.

  • Spend time with some of nature’s most impressive superheroes: birds and monarch butterflies.
  • Investigate how scientists use both simple and complex technology to track migratory birds, butterflies, sharks and coastal organisms.
  • Learn about white shark biology.
  • Explore the coastal habitats along the edge of the Slocum River as you participate in the Lloyd Center’s Biodiversity Initiative, a citizen/student scientist project.
  • Take back to your classroom curricular resources and instructional materials to help bring migration alive in your classroom.

This course is offered as part of DESE’s Accelerating Science: Open Access Professional Learning Courses for Massachusetts educators. Eligible Massachusetts educators are able to take this course for free with a $450 stipend. Find out if you qualify by visiting