Field Trips

Preschool Field Trip Options

Schedule your students to enjoy a special program designed for children ages 3-7 years of age (Grades PreK-2).  Each program includes four stations, Interactive Story Corner; Creative Craft; Outdoor Activity (weather dependent); and a Game or Kinesthetic Activity, led by a naturalist educator.


I’m a Pill Bug – Have you ever wondered about the “Rollie Pollie”? The program will investigate real live pill bugs; have a “ball” creating a unique craft, move like a pill bug, and more!

Pollinators in Our Garden- A Bee Exploration – Students will buzz about the Reserve grounds to conduct a “mini” bee count, make a hive, be a worker or a queen for the day, and learn about honey making.


Monarch Magic – Come explore and learn about this migratory insect from egg to adult. Children will discover the larva up-close, make a life cycle and move like a monarch to discover it’s magic!

Vulture View – What would it be like to soar like a mysterious vulture? Students take their view through yoga, story, and a bird beak buffey. They even make a flying vulture to take home.


The Little Yellow Leaf – Why did the “Little Yellow Leaf” hang onto the Oak Tree? Children will find out why, make their own oak leaf collage, take an Autumn Adventure, and a tree nature hike.

Compost Stew – Do worms eat your garbage? Students examine real red wigglers, make a mini compost tube, and play recycle relay to learn how nature and people can recycle waste.


Earth Day is Everyday – Each day is Earth Day at the Reserve! Children take a journey with Michael Recycles, create their own unique recycled sculpture, take a mini-nature hike, and play recycle relay.

Dinosaur Day – A “Roaring” good time for students and teachers alike. Children become mini archeologists and go on a dig for skeletal remains, find dinosaur eggs, and create a puzzle of a prehistoric beast.

Tike Hike – A smaller version of our Nature Discovery Hike. Students will explore birds with binoculars, dip net in the pond, count tree rings, and more on a hike around the Reserve.

Wetland Wonders – Students will explore a unique ecosystem. What is a wetland? Why is the water orange? What lives in and around a wetland? Students will explore and discover these wetland wonders.


  • – Programs are designed for children ages 3-6 years of age (Grades PreK-2)
  • – Discovery Stations led by a naturalist educator/student teacher include an Interactive Story Corner; Creative Craft; Outdoor Activity (weather dependent); and a Game or Kinesthetic Activity.
  • – Full day programs available at $14/student, or half day programs at $6.00/student. There is no charge for adults
  • – Minimum number of students is 15, maximum number of students is 50.
  • – Programs are scheduled Tuesday-Friday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • – Teachers are permitted to bring a snack for the children following their scheduled program.
  • – Schools are encouraged to explore the trails and Reserve grounds independently following their scheduled program.
  • – All programs take place at Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve with the exception of ‘Wetland Wonders’ which takes place at the Monastery Run Improvement Project.

Choose from the following list in order to request a program for your school or organization:

Half Day Early Childhood Program Request

Full Day Early Childhood Program Request

EC Program and Field Trip Options

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