In addition to offering premier outdoor education and recreation programs within our parks and nature centers, Three Rivers Park District Outreach Program can deliver a naturalist or recreation specialist to YOUR site! We’ve designed programs for many different age groups that can be presented in a variety of settings. Indoors or outside, days, evenings, or weekends, cities or suburbs – you can have one of our professional Outreach staff add a fascinating and fun twist to your plans at a very affordable price.
Our staff is available to program at scout meetings, schools, senior centers, libraries, company picnics, and church or family get-togethers. Choose from a menu of our most popular programs or inquire about your specific programs needs. Many of our programs include live animals (including several birds of prey, snakes, turtles, amphibians, and insects) and we provide any specialized equipment needed for your topic of choice.
For K- 6 teachers, you can choose from many other different “hands on” classes designed for groups of 35 or fewer students OR choose from a variety of assembly-type programs for larger groups. You can use our programs to augment your district classroom curriculum, save on field trip transportation costs, or provide student achievement incentives.
Real Raptors, Real Life. An in depth look at how valuable this group of animals is to the health of our planet. A live animal program that will really grasp you.
SLITHER AND SLIME
Snakes, frogs, turtles, toads and more. Learn about reptiles and amphibians up close.
An in depth look at the predator/prey relationships necessary to keep our environment healthy. A variety of live predators and prey to wet the appetite.
Meet an owl and find out what cool tools they use to help them survive.
BONES, FURS AND FEATHERS
A look at the animal world from the inside out. Touch and see animal artifacts to learn about their habits and adaptations.
There are a lot more of them than there are of us! What makes insects such a successful group of animals? We’ll learn what sets insects apart from other animals and how different insects are classified.
BIRDS, BIRDS, BIRDS
What makes a bird a bird? Explore the structure of our feathered friends and learn how scientists are trying to unravel some of the mysteries of their behavior.
Sharpen your “gnaw-ledge” about the rodent responsible for putting Minnesota on the map. Touch, see, and even smell beaver artifacts and perhaps get dressed in a beaver costume!
WAYS OF THE WHITETAIL
Learn about the natural history of this modern day wildlife wonder.
Seasonal programs such as snowshoeing, maple syruping, owl pellet dissection, Native American games, Monarch butterfly tagging, etc. are available by special arrangement. Call for more details.
Call Three Rivers Park Districts Outreach Program at 763/559-6700. We have a Naturalist staff who can provide quality and fun filled nature programs about any topic, anywhere, any time for any group.
Schools and groups in financial need may be eligible for a scholarship discount.