You may not think about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math as being part of outdoor programs that we typically offer at the Heights. In fact, STEM plays a role in many activities, especially in those you will find on this page.

Birds of Moses/ Bird Houses

There are many species of birds that inhabit the 1,300 acres of the Moses Scout Reservation. This program will introduce you to some of those birds and teach you how to identify the birds in your own neighborhood. You can also build a bird house to take home.


Being familiar with your surroundings makes it easier to be comfortable in the outdoors. The area of ecology centers on studying the many facets of nature that surround us. This activity will offer a varying array of programs at the Heights, including nature hikes, plant and animal identification, and many more. 

Maple Sugaring

We are pleased to partner with the "Top O' The Hill Maple" sugar house that abuts our property in Blanford. An easy mile-long hike brings you to the sugar house where you will learn about how this great confection is made. You may even be able to sample some of the syrup they produce. 


Are you interested in the finer points of taking great pictures to remember those great activties? Then this is the session for you. Whether you have a nice digital camera or you are just using your phone, this program will help you take better pictures.


Discussions, working displays and some hands on opportunities will introduce young and old alike to some of the many aspects of radio, including ham radio, family service radio, marine radio, general mobile service radio, using a scanner to monitor public service activity such as police, fire, rail roads, forestry crews, snow plows, learn about short wave radio and short wave listening, learn to send and receive Morse code and how to build simple radio devices.


Rockets fired with small engines are another popular program. Bring your own rocket and fire it off in the parade field to see how high it goes. A great activity that can involve the entire family building the rocket.

Water Bottle Rockets

This fun activity let's you test your engineering abilities. How high can you get your rocket to fly? How does the placement of the fins affect the flight of the rocket? Build your own rocket before you come to WHOA using the directions in the file below, then come launch it to see how well it does. This is a fun activity for everyone in the family.

Water Bottle Rocket Directions