hiking the prairie

 Looking at the river

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.

PDF Document 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.


Bus Grants

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

  1. Call (810) 364-5477 to reserve a date and time or e-mail the nature center's operations coordinator.
  2. Fill out the online School Program Reservation Form.
  3. Save or print a copy of the confirmation email for your records.






Program offerings


  • Autumn Adventure
  • Winter in the Woods
  • Lunch for a Bear
  • Eyes on Owls



  • Sensing Nature
  • Nature Alive


1st Grade:

  • Animals and Their Life Cycles
  • Seasons


2nd Grade:

  • Plants and Their Life Cycles
  • Tree Discovery


3rd Grade:

  • Plants and Animals
  • How the Ojibwa Indians Lived


4th Grade:

  • Stream Study

6th Grade:

  • Ecosystem Exploration