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Education Programs

From the seeds of awareness and experience come the fruits of appreciation, understanding, and ultimately responsibility.

The Ecosystem Preserve offers a variety of educational programs for all ages throughout the year.

Programs for Children & Families

Nurturing children to become lifelong caretakers of nature. Our enthusiastic leaders instill a love for nature by using various methods to introduce concepts, and provide rich experiences. Join us, and you might find yourselves taking a discovery hike, playing a game, creating nature artwork, listening to a story, or observing live animals.


Critters & Company (for 3-6 year olds & their caregivers)

A four week series held each season, where participants explore a new topic each week. more info


Wetlands & Woodlands Summer Camps (for 4-11 year olds)

A fun, hands-on learning adventure where campers become immersed in the outdoors, and develop a greater understanding of God's creation. more info


Family Programs (for families with children aged 3-12)

Always free. Always fun. more info
First Saturdays - Programs are held on the first Saturday of October, November, December, February, March, and April. Explore a new topic each month.
Spring Break - Activities are held every day during Grand Rapids Public School system's spring break. Enjoy your 'staycation' at the Preserve.


Discovery Field Packs

Create your own adventure with our free, self-guided Discovery Field Packs. All ages will enjoy exploring the preserve with these themed backpacks containing easy-to-understand guides and activities. more info


Adult Programs

Preserving our natural habitats through ongoing ecological education. Branch out, stimulate your senses, and engage your mind at our intermittent presentations and workshops. more info


Elementary School Groups

Curriculum-based, outdoor learning experiences for your budding scientists. Our leaders will engage your students with a close-up, hands-on view of nature. more info


Professional Development

Inspiring workshops presenting two of the most widely taught environmental education and conservation programs - Project Learning Tree or Project WILD. Award winning, interdisciplinary curriculum materials are demonstrated for formal and non-formal kindergarten through high school teachers. Strategies and activities meet state educational standards, are easy to implement, can be used indoors or outside, promote cooperative learning, and positively impact student attitudes toward the natural world. more info