School / Group Field Trips

Hartley Nature Center serves a variety of school, youth and community groups all year long with a variety of seasonally and age appropriate classes, pre-K through college. Typically classes are two hours in length for most groups (except preschool), and include offerings about the environment, outdoor skills, teamwork and sustainable technologies. Many of these programs are portable and we can bring them to your site! We have a talented staff who will gladly work with your group to customize a program to fit your needs.

See the  for Hartley Happenings more details, including basic field trip information such as scheduling, costs, scholarships and incentives. Hartley offers special rates for qualifying schools, as well as transportation scholarships for local schools while funds last.

Preschool Educators- Check out the Preschool Peep, our preschool program newsletter, for information on our group programs for the younger crowd. Come learn with us! Our outdoor classroom is always ready for the big adventures and unexpected discoveries that teach us to appreciate and understand the world around us.

Click on a lesson title below to get a one page synopsis that includes goals, objectives, activities, and MN academic standards that are incorporated into the lesson.

Animal Senses Birds Spring Nesting Life in the Pond Trees Spring
Animal Tracks and Traces Compass Navigation Mission Possible Weather
Beavers K-1 Crayfish Ecology Orienteering Winter Ecology
Beavers 2nd+ Geology 1st-2nd Plants
Birds Fall Migration Geology 3rd+ Stream Study
Birds Winter Survival Insects and Spiders Trees Fall