School and Non-profit Rentals

The nature center building is available to:

  • St. Clair County schools
  • Schools outside of St. Clair County
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Non-exempt business groups 

How to reserve a room 

To reserve the nature center, call (810) 364-5477 to determine availability or submit an availability inquiry. Priority is given to school programs. Once you have secured a date, time and room, please fill out an electronic Non-profit and School Building Application.

Rental hours:

Monday – Sunday

8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Fees and general information 

Normal business hours for the Pine River Nature Center are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Events held after normal business hours will be charged the per day cost if applicable plus $50/hour for each additional hour outside of normal business hours. 

Fees for St. Clair County schools and non-profit organizations:

During business hours No fee
After business hours $50/hour
Use of grill $10

Fees for schools outside of St. Clair County: 

During business hours
  • 4 hours or less
  • Over 4 hours
After business hours $50/hour
Use of grill $10

Please make checks payable to St. Clair County RESA.


Catering is NOT available, but you are welcome to bring your own food or coordinate catering. A toaster oven, coffeemaker and microwave are available. There is very limited space in the refrigerator.

There is a $10 charge to use the nature center's grill.

Conditions of Use

The Pine River Nature Center Building may be made available to school-sponsored groups (student, parent and staff), public or private non-profit groups and business groups.

The use of the Pine River Nature Center building shall NOT be available to lease to private individuals or groups promoting activities subversive to the laws of the United States or any subdivision thereof, or to overthrow the government of the United States, or any state, by force, violence or other unlawful means.

The use of the Pine River Nature Center Building is subject to the following conditions:

  1. Any damage or loss of the Pine River Nature Center facilities or equipment shall be the responsibility of the user. The group must carry and provide evidence of adequate liability insurance coverage.
  2. Smoking, alcohol, drugs, and gambling are not permitted.
  3. Special permission must be obtained for decorating, installing scenery, moving furniture, etc. Any decorations must be flame-proof.
  4. St. Clair County RESA reserves the right to grant or cancel permission for building use at any time.
  5. A custodian, nature center staff member or RESA staff member must be present in the building whenever the facility is in use. Use after normal business hours adds $50/hour for additional coverage costs.
  6. Sub-leasing of the facility is not permitted.
  7. There must be adequate adult supervision at all times. The using group shall be responsible for the conduct and control of both patrons and participants and shall see that all state, municipal and district regulations governing safety are followed and that people are denied access to non-approved areas of the facility.
  8. No nature center equipment may be used, other than that stipulated by prior agreement.
  9. Cost for use of the nature center building is outlined on the fee schedule.


A. All groups requesting use of the Pine River Nature Center shall submit the availability inquiry.  Once you have secured a date, time and room, please fill out an electronic Non-profit and School Building Application  and pre-pay all applicable estimated costs.
B. Costs shall apply to non-exempt groups and shall be sufficient to assure that the group activity is not supported in any manner by district funds. When functions are scheduled, which require added staff time to assure safety of buildings and participants, charges shall be sufficient to cover such costs. Costs are outlined on the fee schedule.
C. Applications must include a detailed account of the activity and specify the building areas and equipment to be utilized. All other building areas and equipment shall be deemed "off limits" during the activity. Failure to observe this rule will result in termination of the activity and refusal to grant the sponsoring group future use of district facilities.
D. Keys to the Pine River Nature Center shall NOT be issued. A custodian or other responsible staff member shall open and close all areas to be used.