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 years, students from Boston University, Curry, 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
  • Environmental Science
  • Marketing/Communications

For more information about graduate and undergraduate research opportunities, email Mark Smith Executive Director or 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. The estate’s innovative Outdoor Environmental Education program provides school age children from the Greater Boston area, grades K-5, a full day of outdoor hands-on participatory learning experiences that focus on life cycles of plants, animals and insects utilizing the grounds and resources of the Wakefield Estate.

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, decomposers, stream studies, tree identification, nature journaling and more.

One of our BPS partner teacher describes the program this way: "The Wakefield Estate field trips were one of the most valuable experiences of the school year for me and my students. This place was where science came alive for them! From the moment they stepped off the bus for each field trip they were filled with wonderings about the natural world.  These kinds of learning experiences stay with students, not for a year or a month, but for their whole lives.”  - Holly Rosa, Russell Elementary School

For most of these children, these visits are the only opportunity they will have all year to engage with the natural world in a structured educational context.  We have seen stark differences in attitudes and behaviors in children between their first and second visit to the estate. Bringing children “back into the woods” has a powerful impact - one that  opens children’s eyes,

To inquire about scheduling a field trip, call 617-333-0924 or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

You can help support these educational programs that have enabled thousands of young people connect with nature by making a tax-deductible donation by mail to:
Mary M. B. WakefieldCharitable Trust, 1465 Brush Hill Rd, Milton, MA 02186 
by Paypal or credit card via this link.





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 graduate students from UMass/Boston. 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 2019:

  • Session I:  July 8 -July 19; M-F 9am-3pm
  • Session II: July 22-August 2; M-F, 9am-3pm
For more information, call 617-333-0924 or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . A downloadable application can be accessed by clicking here.

Summer Youth Internships


Most summers, the Wakefield Estate offers internships for local high school and college-age youth interested in working outside and learning landscape management skills. To be eligible, students must be entering their senior year, or be a graduating senior. They must be able to attend all work and training sessions. Interns receive a weekly stipend and are supervised by the estate’s staff.

For more information or to request an application,call 617-333-0924 x22.

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