Riveredge School Programs
379 ACRES OF HANDS-ON LEARNING
This school year, we invite you to take your students beyond their textbooks, into the hands-on, inquiry-based, outdoor experience that is Riveredge Nature Center.
Nestled in 379 acres of diverse terrain at the intersection of Ozaukee, Washington, and Sheboygan Counties, Riveredge invites exploration and investigation. Our age-specific programs reach students from preschool through high school and help promote real-world examples and interest in your classroom curriculum.
What makes our experiences unique?
THE RIVEREDGE ADVANTAGE
A LOW STUDENT/NSTRUCTOR RATIO
We keep group sizes small so that the opportunities for learning and participation can be HUGE.
ALIGNED WITH STANDARDS
Our programs align with both WI and Next Generation Science Standards so your trip can be an extension of what your students are already learning.
ECOLOGICALLY DIVERSE 379 ACRE OUTDOOR CLASSROOM
With ponds, prairies, rivers, raptors, and everything in between, we can help bring any subject to life.
SCHOLARSHIP ASSISTANCE MAY BE REQUESTED
Because all students should have access to the health, happiness, and academic benefits of learning outside.
PROGRAMS START AT $7 A STUDENT
We know budgets are tight. That's why we work to subsidize programs so they are both effective and affordable.
50 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE
Celebrating 50 years as SE WI's first nature center in 2018, we bring five decades of environmental education leadership to all our programs.
Extend your experience
Partnerships between local schools or school districts and Riveredge Nature Center provide ongoing, recurring exposure to nature-based learning throughout all grades. The repeated exposure to inquiry-based learning outdoors allows students to build knowledge throughout grade levels while also inspiring and supporting teachers along the way. Partnering schools commit to a combination of at least one learning experience at Riveredge or one school based outreach program each year for each grade level. Deeper relationships are developed between Riveredge educators and teachers, while also providing priority scheduling and tailored programs for the schools.
Riveredge Nature Center is a Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin Provider. Schools who engage in a formal partnership with Riveredge may choose to receive assistance in becoming a Green & Healthy School.
Looking for a unique professional development opportunity to help better incorporate environmental education into your students' day? At Riveredge Nature Center, our Environmental Educators are certified facilitators of Project WET (Water Focus), Project WILD (Wildlife Focus), Project Learning Tree (Tree and resource management focus), and Flying WILD (Bird Focus). If you are interested in a teacher training of any one or more of these materials at your school, please call Riveredge at 262-375-2715 for more details.
AT A GLANCE
Below is an overview of the wonderful program offered at Riveredge for all seasons and ages. Scroll down to find more details on the specific programs you might have interest in! Interested in having an educator come out to your school for an outreach program instead? Click here to see a listing of our outreach options!
Exploring The Vernal Pond
Vernal Pond Life
River Reflections: Adaptations
River Reflections: Biotic/Abiotic Interactions
Energy Flow In The Pond
Determining Water Quality
Testing The Waters
Wisconsin's Glacial Landscapes
The Dirt On Soils
A Log's Life
Art in Nature: My World
Maple Sugarin' Magic
Fruits of Fall
Looking At Life
Life In Winter
Art in Nature: Patterns
Exploring With A Microscope
Communities And Ecosystems
Winter Wildlife Habitat
Protecting Wisconsin's Ecosystems
All outreach programs are led by Riveredge Environmental Educators and take place outdoors at the school or a nearby park. Programs last 1-1.5 hours have a limit of 30 students. More than one program can be scheduled on the same day to accomodate multiple classes.
Insects & Their Kin
Oh Deer, It's Cold Out Hare
Water Cycle Adventure
Life in Winter: Animal Surival Strategies
Looking for a unique experience perfect for a team building initiative or class reward? Riveredge’s adventure programs offer a unique blend of experience and innovation that no one else can match. Our dedicated facilitators all have a few things in common: extensive training, a personal love of the outdoors, and the Riveredge passion for making adventure and exploration something that is accessible and enjoyable for everyone. If interested in applying for one or more of these programs, please call Steff Merten, Adventure Education Manager, at 262-375-2715.
Recreational Tree Climbing
Kayaking Or Canoeing At Yahr Park
An important question! We believe environmental education should be affordable and accessible to all, as do our generous sponsors and donors, who help us underwrite a significant portion of the costs of these programs.
Fees are $5 per student for a 1.5 hour program, $7 per student for an 2-3 hour (half day) program, $10 per student for 5-hour programs and $12 per student for two different half-day programs ($50 minimum).
One chaperone for each group of 10-12 students is required. A max of 3 chaperones per student group may attend at no additional cost. The program fee will be applied for additional chaperones.
Payment must be received at least two weeks prior to the scheduled class date.
We try to do our very best to work with you to find a date that works on both ends. Scheduling is handled on a first-come, first-served basis subject to program availability. Applications must be submitted by the end of April to receive a program confirmation by the end of May for fall programs. Confirmations for Winter programs will be mailed at the end of October, Maple Sugarin’ programs at the end of December, and Spring programs at the end of January.
Riveredge staff will schedule your program around the conflicting dates you provide and when conditions at Riveredge are best suited for the program requested.
We hate to see you go, but understand situations come up. If a school cancels a program, or the class size is reduced by 20 or more students less than 6 weeks before the date of the trip, the school will be charged a $40 fee per program. If weather causes a program to be cancelled, Riveredge will attempt to find an alternate date or will refund the entire program.
We're so excited to work with you! Click here to easily apply online for a program or if you'd prefer, click here for a PDF paper copy of the registration form that can be faxed to 262-375-2714, emailed to email@example.com, or mailed to Riveredge Nature Center, P.O. Box 26, Newburg, WI 53060.
Preparing For A Program?
Already applied for a program and were accepted? We're so happy to have you! To prepare for your program, access our handy-dandy What to Know Before You Go checklist, which includes suggestions as well as our discipline and chaperone information. Inside you'll find a link to our Teacher Guides with excellent pre and post activities that you can take back to class. All of this reading is highly recommend to help ensure your Riveredge day goes off without a hitch!
Don't see your question here?
Just let us know! We're always happy to discuss any questions or needs as we work together to make the perfect experience for your students.
Kacey Tait, our Inquiry-Based Curriculum and Instruction Manager, can be reached for questions by phone at 262-416-1503 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.