The MooseWood education staff has developed 17 different nature education programs designed for groups. Our programs are designed to meet the standards and expectations of schools, groups and organizations by incorporating ecological concepts and science curriculum with practical exercises and cross-curricular activities to help participants better understand nature and the environment. In addition to schools and other organizations, these programs are also available to small groups, families, or individuals.
MooseWood Nature Center is located at beautiful Presque Isle Park, in the city of Marquette. Natural resources at the park include bog, forest, and lakeshore habitats. At our facility, we offer a small gathering space with natural history displays as well as live animals exhibited in tanks arranged to represent their natural habitats. All programs are available at the center and most programs can be presented at your choice of location.
Fees for MooseWood Nature Center’s education programs directly support the center and the development of new and existing programs.
Public programs: Free for members, $5.00/person for not-yet-members, $10/family for not-yet-members.
Custom Programs*: Fees for private programs are $150.00/hour for up to 50 attendees for not-yet-members, $100.00/hour for up to 50 attendees for members. The average length of a program is 2 hours, unless noted otherwise.
School Programs*: $150.00/hour for up to 50 students (if paid by grantors or donors); reduced fee if school pays directly: $100.00/hour for up to 50 students.
Scouting Groups*: Scouts can fulfill certain badge requirements at MooseWood Nature Center with the assistance (of) our teacher-naturalists. Cost is $5.00 per scout for not-yet member children, $4.00 per scout for member children, $75.00 total for troops with 15-25 children, $125.00 total for troops larger than 25 children, $150.00 total for troops larger than 50 children.
*For any off-site program outside of Marquette City, mileage will be charged at $0.485/mile and a small driving time fee will be added.
Summer Day Camp:
$55/3-day week for members and $65/3-day week for not-yet-members. Early Bird Registration: Save $5 off your membership fee by returning your registration form by May 29, 2009. Fees are per child per session. Registration fees are non-refundable. MooseWood Nature Center, Inc. reserves the right to cancel sessions with insufficient enrollement with a full refund provided.
Birthday parties: $70 not-yet-members, $60 members. Prices are for up to 12 children. (See our Birthday Party page for complete information)
Nature Center Rental: Please contact us for fee information. Payment may be made on the day of the program with checks made payable to MooseWood Nature Center.
If you would like to schedule a program or if you have questions, please contact the MooseWood education staff at (906) 228-6250 or email us at email@example.com. We look forward to working with you and sharing the wonders of nature!
Available programs are listed below. For detailed information, please request our current Program Guide by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Official 2008 Program List:
These programs are based on 50-minute class times, can be done almost all year, and can be based in a classroom.
1. In Cold Blood (reptile and amphibian)
2. Bug Eyed
3. Going Batty
4. Marvelous Michigan Mammals
5. Terrific Trees!
6. Microscopic Pond Study*
7. Water, Water everywhere!
8. Wildlife Ecology
9. Bird Bonanza
10. Wacky Weather
*Fall, Spring, Summer
Notes: *Seasonal; **Not convenient to a classroom setting, usually has to be done at MooseWood; ***May require a lengthier time frame.
- Presque Isle nature walk**,***
- Big Bad Bog*,**
- Christmas Bird Count*
- Snow Science*
- Catch me if you can! (Orienteering)**,***
- Winter Tracking*
If you need a program for your class or group, MooseWood can help. Our teacher/naturalists are knowledgeable in a wide variety of nature and environmental topics and are always developing new programs. We can customize a program to suit the needs of your group and special requests are always welcome!
Nature Center Tours:
Large groups, scout troops or classes are welcome to tour MooseWood Nature Center by appointment. We’re flexible– we can often modify our open hours to accommodate your schedule. We can also customize a tour for your special interests, like geology, ornithology, or any topic related to our displays of native animals.
Field Trips & Wilderness Outings:
Have a trip to the woods planned, but not sure how to make use of the time? MooseWood’s teacher/naturalists offer leadership and instruction in such areas as campcraft skills, plant & wildlife identification, outdoor lore, night hikes & activities, habitat studies, and much more! We’ll be happy to work with you.