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Field Trips & Tours

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Guided tours of the Fisher Museum and Harvard Forest's natural history trails and research sites can be arranged for a moderate fee, which you can learn about at the bottom of this page. 

Please be advised of changes to our reservation capacity for 2019-2020 conferences and guided tours. Moving forward, dates and times will be offered according to a group's proposed activity. Calendars with available date/time slots for each group type are provided here to streamline the reservation process.

A Typical Tour

Tours range from 2-4 hours and are individually tailored to each group's background and interest. Groups may request special visits to certain habitats or study areas. Occasionally, scientsts are available to meet with groups, but more traditionally, tours are led by education staff. 

  • 15-minute film in the Fisher Museum, describing the history, forest management, and long-term ecological research of the Harvard Forest
  • 30-minute to 1-hour tour of the Fisher Museum dioramas, emphasizing the land-use history of the region and its role in ecological research
  • 45-minute to 1.5-hour outdoor tour of the natural history trails and/or research sites

We have two virtual tours that can help you prepare for your visit! 

Reservation Process

To set up a guided group tour, or to book a self-guided group tour that includes the Fisher Museum, please check the calendar and then make a reservation using our online system. PLEASE NOTE: Spring and fall guided tours -- especially on weekends -- are limited, and they tend to book months in advance. 

Nature trails with interpretive natural history signs are also available 365 days a year for self-guided exploration.

Tour Fees

Our primary mission at Harvard Forest is research and education for Harvard University students. Field trips for other groups - of all ages and from around the world - are led by a small group of devoted, knowledgeable, but extremely part-time employees. To cover staff time and facilities upkeep, we must charge visiting groups a fee (see below). If your school's budget cannot cover the full fee, we may be able to offer a fee reduction. Call (978) 724-3302 or email hf-edu@fas.harvard.edu

We appreciate your support as we continue to engage a wide variety of students in the many lessons available in our Museum, research sites, and natural history trails.

Tour Fees for 2019

  • Guided field trip (2-4 hours) for 1-25 visitors: $240
  • Guided field trip for 26-49 visitors: $480 (Note: Maximum group size for K-12 field trips is 35 students)

For late fall and spring, a limited number of 2019-2020 7th to 12-grade field trip scholarships are available for educators wishing to bring middle and high school classes for a guided field trip to explore the forest and Fisher Museum, and to collect data as part of an authentic ecological field study. Preference is given to schools with a high percentage of students receiving free or reduced lunch. The scholarship covers on-site student data collection materials and the tour fee. Reimbursement for busing is also available.