School Program Descriptions

All of our school programs are aligned to Michigan GLCEs and NGSS. For more information on which standards are addressed in our programs, contact our Program Manager at programs@mynaturecenter.org.

Magnificent Mammals (1st – 4th grade)

Fluffy, furry, and fuzzy describes this program about our mammal friends. Join our naturalists as they venture out for a glimpse into the lives of deer, bears, and beavers!

Home Sweet Home (Pre-K – 2nd grade)

Explore how an animal’s habitat provides all of the resources that it requires, such as food, shelter and nutrients.  Search for animal homes as we investigate the variety of habitats located at Fenner.

Creepy Crawly (Pre-K – 3rd grade)

Come along as we investigate all things creepy and crawly! From slithering snakes to interesting insects, this program will have you following slime trails to some of Fenner’s creepy and cool creatures.

Sensory Safari (Pre-K – 1st grade)

Discover how animals use their senses to survive in the wild as we go on an exploratory adventure using our touch, taste, hearing, smell and sight.

Precious Plants (1st – 4th grade)

Join our naturalist for a journey through the Nature Center as we learn why plants are so important.  We’ll cover plant life cycles, parts of a plant, important native species, and more.

Aquatic Adventures (3rd – 6th grade)

Examine the wonders of life in the water!  This program will allow students to gain valuable insight into the underwater world, through hands-on discovery and up-close investigation of the organisms that live in lakes, ponds, and rivers.

Forestry FUNdamentals (4th – 6th grade)

Pines, oaks, maples, and more adorn this interactive forestry program. Students will examine the importance of trees through scientific inquiry and question a tree’s true worth.

Specialty Programs (Pre-K – 6th grade)

Animal Encounters

Meet Fenner’s animal ambassadors in this program featuring a live animal component with a selection of our reptiles and amphibians.

Maple Syrup Tours

Experience Fenner’s history with guided Maple syrup making tours.  Learn the anatomy of trees, why they make sap and how people use this tasty sap to make delicious maple syrup!

Apple Butter Tours

Step back in time and help us make old fashioned apple butter!  Learn about the anatomy of fruits and plant life cycles while planting a seed in our historic apple orchard.  Investigate the physical changes that occur to our apples as we turn them into mouth-watering apple butter!