School Programs and Registration

Hiking Prairie
Looking at the river


Plan a visit with your class or After School Program

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 your field trip to the nature center. It contains program descriptions and helpful tips on preparing for your visit.

 School field trip guide

Programs are correlated with Michigan curriculum requirements

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.

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   or 
      After-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
  • Big Black Bear
  • Eyes on Owls


  • Sensing Nature
  • Nature Alive

1st Grade:

  • Animals and Their Life Cycles

2nd Grade:

  • Plants and Their Life Cycles
  • Tree Discovery

3rd Grade:

  • Plants and Animals

4th Grade:

  • Stream Study

6th Grade:

  • Ecosystem Exploration