Educational Programs

Events & Special Programs

Throughout the year, the Wakefield Estate hosts a number of events, workshops and family activities.  These include tours of the estate, hands-on workshops and demonstrations, open houses and more. 


To receive information about our programs sign up for our monthly e-newsletter here, or visit the events calendar.


Graduate Fellowships

Read more...The Wakefield Estate works with local colleges and universities to provide graduate- and undergraduate-level research fellowships and internships.  Depending on the school and program, research fellowships are either for stipend or for school credit.  Over the past three years, students from Boston University, Simmons College, Harvard University, University of Massachusetts/Boston, The Conway School of Landscape Design, The Landscape Institute and the Winterthur Museum have conducted research at the Wakefield Estate in the following areas:

  • Collections Research and Management (furniture, art, etc.)
  • Archival and Library Studies
  • Landscape Design and Research
  • Archaeology and GIS
  • Historic Buildings and Architecture
  • Mineralogy

For more information about graduate and undergraduate research opportunities, email Mark Smith Executive Director or call 617-333-0924.


After School Programs

The Wakefield Estate is an ideal site for school-age after school programs looking for a site that offers a wide range of outdoor educational activities. For information about partnering with the Wakefield Estate for after-school programming, please call 617-333-0924.







School Programs

The Wakefield Estate hosts school field trips during the autumn and spring months for local schools and youth programs.  With an emphasis on outdoor activities and environmental science, the site is ideal for children ages 5-12.  Topics of exploration include life cycles of plants and animals, ponding, landforms, stream studies tree identification, nature journaling and more.  To inquire about scheduling a field trip, call 617-333-0924 or email us at


Summer Archaeology Institute

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The Wakefield Estate’s Summer Archaeology Institute is designed for high school students interested in an unusual outdoor summer experience, or like learning about history or archaeology. Participants conduct a genuine archaeological excavation on site under the direction of doctoral candidates from Boston University. The institute is a two-week course that includes a field trip to visit other active archaeological sites in the Boston area. Participants are welcome to attend back to back sessions. To read about some of the exciting find from previous sessions, enter the search term "summer archaeology" in the "search our site" box on at the upper right corner of this page.

There are two sessions offered for the summer of 2018:

  • Session I:  July 9 -July 20; M-F 9am-3pm
  • Session II: July 23-August 3; M-F, 9am-3pm
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