School Programs and Registration

Hiking Prairie
Looking at the river


Plan a visit with your class

The Pine River Nature Center provides hands-on science education programs for St. Clair County schools.

All of the nature center's programs correlate with the current Michigan curriculum requirements. More than three miles of trails allow students to observe nature through direct observation and experience.

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.

Field Trip Guide (Download a PDF)

To register for a program call (810) 364-5477 to reserve a date and time or e-mail the nature center's operations coordinator.


Program offerings 

Autumn Adventure
Big Black Bear
Eyes on Owls
Interesting Insects
Woodland Wonders

Basic Needs of Animals

1st Grade:
Animal Features

2nd Grade:
Plant and Seed Investigations

3rd Grade:
Stream Study

4th Grade:
Plant and Animal Adaptations

5th Grade:
Ecosystem Exploration