Naturalist-Led Group Programs
Professionally-trained naturalists lead programs year-round for children and adults of all abilities (ages 4 and up). Classes are usually 1.5 hours in length and have a naturalist/participant ratio of 1:15. To schedule an activity, please call 612-861-9365. Please try to call several months in advance to schedule a trip. There is no charge for parking.
$3 per participant ($40 minimum per group; no fee for supervising adults) Additional fee for snowshoe or cross-country ski rental and certain supplies as listed.
Other Groups (day care centers, scout groups, senior groups, YMCA, after-school groups, etc):
$4 per participant ($40 minimum per group; no fee for supervising adults)
Classes are listed by grade level. Most programs can be adapted to fit all ages, including adults, but the grade levels listed are the staff's recommendations. Curriculum is outlined by grade level at the links below.
Pre-K | K | 1/2 Gr | 3-5 Gr | 6-8 Gr | Special Needs | Homeschool | Complete Program List
Wood Lake Bus Scholarship Program
Available until limited funds run out
Wood Lake Nature Center offers the opportunity for school field trip groups to apply for financial assistance for the transportation of their group to Wood Lake. Schools may apply for up to two buses, or a limit of $400 per grade per school. Teachers must complete and submit the bus scholarship application form to Wood Lake Nature Center upon booking a field trip. If awarded the scholarship, teachers must submit bus invoice to Wood Lake Nature Center within three weeks of field trip visit. Find out more about this amazing scholarship opportunity!
FIELD TRIP EXPECTATIONS
Wood Lake staff expects teachers have reviewed the appropriate field trip activities with students. Teachers should come prepared knowing what the trip is about.
Wood Lake staff expects students are able to demonstrate being respectful, responsible, and are ready to learn. Listed are specific guidelines:
Dress appropriately for the weather conditions.
Classroom rules still apply both inside and outside.
Students must stay behind the naturalist while on the trails.
No running or pushing allowed.
Respect nature. For your safety do not touch plants or animals unless otherwise instructed.
PRE AND POST FIELD TRIP VIDEOS & ACTIVITIES FOR TEACHERS
The following is a list of classes offered at Wood Lake Nature Center that currently have both pre and post field trip activities designed by Wood Lake Nature Center Naturalists. Vocabulary for each class is also suggested. Some activities are more in-depth and others can be done on the bus on the way to the nature center. Research shows that students get more out of field trip experiences when they are introduced and reinforced with the subject through pre and post field trip activities. This list is growing so please check back to see if your field trip class is listed! If you have any questions please contact Wood Lake Nature Center at 612-861-9365. Click on a subject below for more information about Wood Lake's field trip options or watch one of the videos (some subjects have video links).