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 $5 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.
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 $50 fee per program. If weather causes a program to be canceled, Riveredge will attempt to find an alternate date or will refund the entire program. Please let us know as soon as you can. (262) 375-2715
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!
Still have questions? We'd love to answer them!
Contact Kacey Tait, Inquiry-Based Curriculum and Instruction Manager at email@example.com or 262-416-1503 or call our general office at 262-375-2715
AT A GLANCE
Below is an overview of the wonderful variety of programs offered at Riveredge for all seasons and ages. Scroll down or click below to find more details on the specific programs you might have interest in! Apply here!
Exploring the Vernal Pond
1.5 - 2 hours. A vernal pond presents an amazing and extraordinary ecosystem teeming with life! An adventure-filled hike leads to a vernal pond brimming with aquatic organisms. From a floating boardwalk, students collect those animals and learn about the unique watery world they call home.
Vernal Pond Life
3 hours. A vernal pond presents an amazing and extraordinary ecosystem teeming with life. Collect organisms from a floating boardwalk and explore interrelationships that maintain life in this temporary pond.
3 hours. Uncover biotic and abiotic connections in the pond that are reflections of larger ecosystems. Collect macroinvertebrates, examine them under a microscope and create a pond interactions mural to take back to school.
River Reflections: Adaptations
3 hours. A river beckons to be explored. Put on a pair of hip boots and step into the river community. Use a kick-net to collect macroinvertebrates hidden beneath the water’s surface. Discover how aquatic macroinvertebrates are adapted to find food, breathe oxygen, protect themselves and move against the current in a river ecosystem.
River Reflections: Abiotic/Biotic Interactions
3 hours. A river beckons to be explored. Put on a pair of hip boots and step into the river community. Use a kick-net to collect macroinvertebrates hidden beneath the water’s surface. A river is a set of interactions between living and non-living things. Use scientific tests to evaluate abiotic factors and discover how these components interact and influence one another within the river ecosystem.
Energy Flow in the Pond
3 hours. With the pond as a model, explore how energy that originates from the sun keeps changing shape and form as it moves through an aquatic ecosystem. Collect macroinvertebrates, examine them under a microscope and discover the intricate food web of the pond.
Determining Water Quality
3 or 5 hours. Using the river as a lab, learn about water quality by conducting chemical and physical tests. Collect aquatic invertebrates and use a biotic index to see how these organisms are indicators of water quality. The three-hour program takes place entirely outdoors at the river. The five-hour program includes microscopes to identify organisms in the classroom.
Wisconsin's Glacial Landscape
3 or 5 hours. In this student-led quest, travel back in time 10,000 years to when the glaciers of Wisconsin retreated. Use scientific tools such as wind meters, soil probes and thermometers to explore the clues the glaciers left behind—incredible kettle, moraine, kame and esker landforms! At each destination, visit a sandbox to enact how the landform was created.
The Dirt on Soils
3 or 5 hours. Almost everything on earth can be called by another name-“temporarily not soil.” Explore the wonders of soil while participating in an inquiry to uncover soil’s role as the foundation of all life. Unearth the secret soil ingredients that interact to give us healthy food.
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. More than one program can be scheduled on the same day to accommodate 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
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.
ANY OTHER QUESTIONS?
Contact Kacey Tait at firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-416-1503