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School and Field Trip Programs

Field Trips to the Center

Our field trip programs are grounded in interdisciplinary outdoor science, connected directly to academic standards and best practices. Each program is custom-built to the age, grade, and subject area of the visiting group, and is taught by our experienced team of teacher-naturalists. We offer field trips to the Center and select off-site locations year-round. Our most popular program options include:

  • Freshwater Macroinvertebrates: introduction to freshwater macros and their unique life cycles, followed by collection and identification of macros in one of our three ponds (only available when the ponds are not frozen)
    Birding: introduction to birding and binocular use, followed by birding around the Center and local bird identification
  • Nature Walk with Scavenger Hunt: general nature walk around one of our ponds or to the Yellowstone River, includes an age appropriate nature-themed scavenger hunt
  • Tracking: introduction to tracking and identification of local tracks, including a tracking nature walk
  • Animal Structures: learn how animals have different physical adaptations that aid in their survival and interact with animal artifacts and mounts (best for grades 3+ with an adapted version for younger grades)
  • Canoeing: canoe safety and instruction, canoeing on one of our three ponds while exploring their unique riparian habitat
  • Insects: introduction to insects (body parts, common insects), life cycles, collect and ID insects using nets and jars
  • Native Plant Walk: learn about native plants of the area and their traditional uses through sensory observation and a nature walk
  • Fort Building: hands-on, team-building activity that includes a walk to Norm’s Island and a chance to build forts with logs

NEW! Virtual Lessons

We are now offering 1-hr virtual lessons for K-5 classes and youth organizations. Each program is custom-built to the age and grade of the group, and is taught by our experienced team of teacher-naturalists. Lessons include live instruction, hands-on journaling activities, student-discussion, and outside activities (dependent on lesson). Current offerings include Pond Ecology, Tree-mendous Trees, and Animal Adaptations.


For more program options and information on pricing and schedule availability, please email our school program coordinator, Alina Garner [email protected], or call 406-294-5099.

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