The Learning Never Stops at Trout Lake Nature Center
Trout Lake Nature Center has an established history of providing educational field experiences and creating memories for generations of Lake County students. Our PreK through fifth-grade programs has multiple fun learning activities that teach about our natural world, ecosystems, adaptations, interdependence, and more. Specialty programs on species are also available. They include spiders, frogs, black bears, and more.
Programs are available to meet the needs of multi-age homeschool groups. Homeschool groups can visit on their own or schedule a program. It is recommended to contact the office in advance whenever bringing a group of children to the Trout Lake Nature Center to be sure facilities are available for your planned activities.
These 2-3 hour programs are usually $7 per student with a minimum of 15 paid and a maximum of 50 per day. During 2020, these minimums and maximums are being waived for your safety. Reservations must be made in advance. Contact Laurie Peterson at [email protected] for complete program information and availability. More Field Trip Information (pdf)
In response to the current need, we have expanded our ability to bring environmental education to schools. We are prepared to present to your classes in person, with educational displays and live animals. We follow physical distancing, No touch, masking, and disinfecting guidelines. We would bring two people (one staff member, one volunteer). We rotate to different classrooms to preserve the integrity of your student groupings or cohorts.
Presentation topics depend on your needs and grade level. Live animal presentations are limited to three sessions per day (multiple days may be needed) to reduce the stress for the animals. Presentations not involving our education ambassadors can be scheduled for more sessions per day. Remote presentations and videos are in development and can be provided.
Please contact Eileen Tramontana at [email protected] for details or to discuss your classroom or grade level needs.
Children and Family Programming
Programming that offers environmental education combined with fun and an outdoor experience has been a tradition at TLNC. We offer Nature Sprouts for preschoolers and their adults, Sunday Fundays or weekend events that bring extra activities and experts here, holiday events, and more. Please see our Events page for information and schedule or follow us on Facebook.
For The Community
We host speakers, educators and experts on a variety of topics with formats ranging from indoor presentations to hands-on learning, continuing education workshops and guided nature walks. We also offer Chair and Outdoor (weather permitting) Yoga weekly.
Trout Lake Nature Center is a venue for select meetings and concerts. See our Events page for our current schedule or follow us on Facebook. We are also available to participate in local environment-related festivals and events, contact [email protected].
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