Eastman Nature Center

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Eastman Nature Center is nestled in the sugar maple floodplain forest of Rush Creek in Dayton, MN. In October 2012, we opened our newly reconstructed, 13,000-square-foot building, that features quiet reading and observation rooms, three classrooms, a professional exhibit area with wildlife watching and unique, artistic educational exhibits, free-play puppet Tree, small live animals on display, an open-air deck, a small coffee and snack service, and an after-hours foyer restroom. Stop by and explore the kids outdoor Nature Exploration Area, floating boardwalk, pond observation blind, amphitheater, orienteering courses, and demonstrative plantings for wildlife.

Eastman is connected to the paved bike and the cross-country ski trails, as well as five miles of hiking/snowshoeing trails - great for photography or bird watching. The building is heated/cooled with a geothermal system and in-floor radiant heating, and solar hot water ; there are many other sustainable features to meet the Minnesota B-3 rating standards.

Our professional naturalists offer a multitude of outdoor education programs for your school group, scout troop, senior center, home school group or other organized group. Our curriculum supports certain MN K-12 Academic Standards. You can review our Standards Matrix to decide which programs meet your classroom needs. Our naturalists are also able to bring our resources directly into your school, library, local park, church, community center or other meeting site -- for a program either inside or outside.

For more information visit http://www.threeriversparks.org/parks/elm-creek-park/eastman-nature-cent... or call 763/694-7700.

Topic Areas: 
Environmental Studies
Phenology (seasons)
Target Audience: 
Early Childhood
Grades Pre K-6
Citizen and Youth Groups
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