Field Trips and Educational Programs

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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. 

School Groups:
$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)

Class Offerings
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

Next Gen Standards and Wood Lake Curriculum 

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!

To apply for the Wood Lake Bus Scholarship Program, please complete the application and submit it to Wood Lake by mail or email.


For Teachers:
Wood Lake staff expects teachers have reviewed the appropriate field trip activities with students. Teachers should come prepared knowing what the trip is about. 

For Students: 
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. 


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).

Animal Adaptations 
Apple Cidering
Animal Life Cycle
Animal Tracks
Animals in Winter Camouflage
Cross-Country Skiing  VIDEO
Invasive Plants  VIDEO
Introduction to Wood Lake Critter Hunt Keeping Warm
Light and Energy
Living or Non-Living 
Maple Syrup Muskrat Safari
Native American Life Predator/Prey
Rocks & Minerals/Underfoot Senses Around
Toes in the Marsh
Water Cycle
Weather Wild Edibles/Swamp Stir Fry/Wild Nettle Seed Muffins