School programs and registration
Plan a visit with your class
The Pine River Nature Center provides hands-on science education programs for St. Clair County schools.
Field Trip Guide
This guide is designed to help you plan for your field trip to the nature center. It contains program descriptions and helpful tips on preparing for your visit.
School field trip guide
School programs are offered Monday through Friday. Half-day (9–11:30 a.m.) and full-day (9 a.m.–1:30 p.m.) programs are available. After-school programs are also offered. Start and end times are flexible.
Teachers should be prepared to split classes into groups of 5–6 students with a chaperone to lead each group in an activity.
Public schools outside of St. Clair County and private schools are $5 per student up to $100 max per classroom per visit.
Public schools within St. Clair County are free.
Wheels to Woods provides funding to PreK-12 schools and other youth groups to pay for transportation costs for an educational field trip to a nearby forest or forest products company. Any PreK-12 school in Michigan is eligible to apply for funds to go on a field trip to a school forest, private forest, public forest or forest products company. Wheels to Woods reimburses actual transportation costs up to $350 per bus and $1,000 per school. Applications can be submitted any time. For more information, click here .
How to register for a program
- Call (810) 364-5477 to reserve a date and time or e-mail the nature center's operations coordinator.
- Fill out the online School Program Reservation Form.
- Save or print a copy of the confirmation email for your records.