Explore at the Nature Center

Bring your students to the Nature Center and hold your classroom outdoors for the day! Students enjoy a hike through the nature preserve where they observe local plants and animals, encounter natural phenomena, and meet some of our resident animals. Give your students the opportunity to get outside to extend their senses and discover how amazing nature is!

  • Programs below are offered Monday through Friday. Start times are listed.
  • Programs are appropriate for grade levels listed. (None of our programs are appropriate for Preschool or Transitional Kindergarten classes.)
  • Prices shown include up to 35 students. Add $5 per additional student, up to a maximum of 40.
  • Most programs require 4 - 7 adult chaperones. Prices shown include up to 8 chaperones, including the teacher. Logistically, it is challenging if we have more than 8 adults. However, if you feel your group requires more chaperones, you can have up to a maximum of 10. Add $10 per additional chaperone (over 8).
  • Because full attention is needed throughout the program, and because of liability issues, chaperones may not bring younger or older siblings on the field trips. Thanks for your understanding.

Nature Area Tour


Students will engage in discovery while experiencing an up-close and personal encounter with one of our live resident animals, touring our interactive museum and joining a naturalist to explore the Nature Preserve. Children encounter natural phenomena and learn science through the lens of patterns, structure and function, cause and effect and more.

  • Times: 9:15am - 11:00am OR 11:15am - 1:00pm
  • $130  


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Nature Plus!


This in-depth, interactive program is perfect for classes that are ready to take the step from the science textbooks into nature. An extended hike through the preserve allows students time to focus on their surroundings and get into deeper discussions, and the hands-on science activities provide exposure to specific curriculum themes. The program also includes a personal encounter with one of our resident animals.

  •  Available in September, October, November, March, April and May
  • Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
  • $265 

Note: It is helpful to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of your program to allow restroom breaks for your group and a prompt start time for your tour. 


Request Program


  1. Press Request Program button above, download and save the PDF Request form to your computer.
  2. Fill out the request form and Program Policies signature page.
  3. Save Request Form again.
  4. Press "Submit" at the bottom of the PDF document to email Request Form to the Nature Center's scheduling department.
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