Get outside with your family or close friends to explore all that nature has to offer guided by your own personal Riveredge Naturalist. These small group opportunities are available to you and your small crew (up to 9 people total) while practicing safe social distancing outdoors. Pre-registration is required. Face coverings will be required for staff and participants while registering, when indoors, and if social distancing is a challenge. Think of these as field trips for your family or small group! Read below for complete details. Click here to sign up for an excursion!
Here is a little bit of feedback we’ve received about Riveredge Excursions:
“The highlight of our visit was spending time with my niece and watching her explore nature. Our educator was patient and attentive to us and tailored the class perfectly to fit a 4-year-old.”
“Our family loved the crafts and flexibility to walk through the garden. Riveredge staff are the best!”
Riveredge Excursions Winter Options
At present, our Excursions Schedule is completely booked for March with Maple Sugarin’ Season. We’ll resume scheduling in April, May, and June seasonally relevant spring and early summer Excursion opportunities. (February 25, 2021)
- Adventure Buffs: Snowshoe Hike
Bundle up in your winter gear and get ready to strap a pair of snowshoes on your boots! You’ll learn all the snowshoe basics from how the gear works to how to efficiently move through snow with them. Meet your exclusive naturalist guide at the Main Visitor Center. Program dependent on snow conditions.
- Winter Warmth: Fire Building Workshop
Chase the chill with this skill building program! Learn how to spark a flame in the dead of winter using tinder, kindling, and fuel wood. Try your hand at striking a match or catching a spark with flint and steel. Once the fire is rolling sit back and enjoy a snowy season campfire. Meet your exclusive naturalist guide at the Main Visitor Center.
- Reading the Signs: Animal Tracking
Who makes the biggest tracks at Riveredge? Who makes the smallest trails? Embark on the hunt for the mysterious clues that animals leave behind. Sharpen your tracking skills as we search for signs of animals big and small. Meet your exclusive naturalist guide at the Main Visitor Center.
- Creative Minds: Winter Wildcrafters
Use nature and natural materials to create memorable and fun pieces to take home. Paint some inspirational rocks, make an evergreen wreath, practice weaving together upcycled mug rugs, or build wooden birdhouse. It’s all up to your imagination! Meet your exclusive naturalist guide at the Visitor Center.
- Beneath the Ice: Winter Pond Exploration
The seasonal changes that impact a pond ecosystem in winter are worth exploring! We’ll measure temperature and depth after boring holes in the ice. We’ll also scoop for creatures that live beneath the ice and get an up close look. There will plenty of time for stomping, skating, and sliding across the ice if conditions allow as well! Meet your exclusive naturalist guide at the Visitor Center. Program will be adapted and dependent on ice conditions and thickness.
- On the Lookout: Bird Watching
Birds have incredible adaptations to survive in the frosty weather. Learn to use some birding tricks and tools that will help you enjoy birds wherever you are. You’ll leave with new ideas on how you can create a habitat for these wonderful creatures in your own backyard! Meet your exclusive naturalist guide at the Visitor Center.
- Maple Sugarin’ Majesty: Tap a Sugar Maple!
The sap is running and sugarin’ time is here! Join a naturalist for a guided tour of the sugar bush, tap a maple tree, collect sap and gather around the evaporator to see how boiling sap becomes syrup. Enjoy the final product as we toast to the trees with a sample of syrup or a hot cup of sap tea! It only happens once a year, so don’t miss this exclusive experience. Maple sugarin’ occurs only in the month of March and is a popular topic, at present extremely limited weekday time slots remain available.
Riveredge Excursions Scheduling Details
Request your exclusive two-hour outing upon request by completing our signup form. Once we have received your application, our staff will get in contact with you within 1-2 business days to confirm your outing, collect payment, and answer any questions you may have. Available for all ages. Dates are booked at minimum two-weeks out. It’s necessary that all attendees dress appropriately to be outdoors for the duration of the program for the day’s winter forecast.
Member Price: $75 | Non-members Price: $100
We ask that all fees are prepaid – so that when your family/group arrives, you are able to jump right into the nature excursion and focus on the fun.
Payment can be made over the phone (add $2 transaction fee) or in person by check or cash. Payment should be made upon confirmation of your booking.
Face coverings will be required for staff and participants (ages 5 and up) while registering, when indoors, and if social distancing is a challenge. If at any point Riveredge educators request that participants mask-up, please abide.
- Cancellations will receive a refund (less $25 administrative fee) if made one week (7 days) in advance.
- Cancellations made less than 7 days in advance will not receive a refund.
- If severe weather demands the cancellation of a program, Riveredge will attempt to find an alternate date or will refund the entire program fee. If you have questions about the weather on the day of the program, please call the Center at (262) 375-2715. Unless the weather conditions are extreme, the program will be held but may be adapted to accommodate the weather. It’s necessary that all attendees dress appropriately to be outdoors for the duration of the program for the day’s winter forecast.
- If cancellation is necessary due to sudden illness or injury, refunds will be issued on a case-by-case basis.
Contact Cassie Bauer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (262)416-1364.