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Education Programs and Resources

Our educational programs and resources are offered to the public and school-aged audiences for pre-K through adult. Thousands of learners from the area visit our site each year to participate in educational programs that are experiential and aligned with Ohio’s Learning Standards.

Educational opportunities for the public are published in the Nature Center’s newsletter. Educational programs for pre-K through high school classes are provided on-site by Nature Center staff and trained volunteers. A series of lesson plans are available for homeschool and virtual learners to explore the outdoors at home or at a park or natural area of their choice. A variety of Nature Center factsheets, species lists, and reports are also available for download to enhance on-site and off-site learning. 

Explore the tabs below to learn more about the educational opportunities available at the Nature Center. 

A Great Place for Students to Discover and Explore the Natural World

School-aged programs are developed at your request to provide exciting outdoor environmental education experiences for students of all ages (preschool and grades K-12) to supplement classroom learning.

Outdoor environmental lessons at the Nature Center provide opportunities for students to observe, interact with, and learn about the natural world through meaningful hands-on activities.

By participating in these programs, students have a chance to:

  • Study living things in their natural environment
  • Use/develop scientific inquiry skills
  • Become familiar with and sensitive to the natural world
  • Develop a contextual framework for understanding diversity and interdependence of living systems

School-aged programs are free-of-charge and scheduled based on the availability of the Nature Center’s staff and trained volunteers. Most programs are delivered in the form of a guided exploration of the trails. Our student to guide ratio is 12:1, and we can accommodate groups of up to 60 students on a given day. Read our Field Trip Handbook for more details.