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Students in a stream ecology program at Reedy Creek Nature CenterReedy Creek, McDowell, and Latta Plantation Nature Centers offer environmental education and nature study programs to students of all ages.  Full details are available in our Educator's Guide to Natural Explorations.

Scheduling Information
K-2nd Grade Programs
3-8th Grade Programs
Service Learning Programs

For information on programs for high school students or scout troops, or if you do not see a program description that meets your needs, please contact us about scheduling a custom program.  Other programs are available upon request.

Program Scheduling:
The nature centers have developed nine theme-based programs for grades Kindergarten through 8th from which you can choose.  Theme-based programs allow students and teachers the opportunity to explore the natural world in greater depth.  Each theme contains four or five lessons that build upon one central concept.  Each lesson complements the others within the theme.  This allows large and small groups the flexibility to rotate between several lessons while focusing their learning on one ecological concept. 

Environmental education/nature study programs are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. A minimum of four (4) weeks advance notice is suggested. Spring is an extremely popular field study time so a twelve (12 ) week notice is recommended.

Programs should be scheduled with the Enviromental Educators at their respective centers.

Latta Plantation Nature Center
(704) 875-1391

McDowell Nature Center
(704) 588-5224

Reedy Creek Nature Center
(704) 432-6460

On-site Programs: $2.50/student*
Off-Site Programs: $3.00/student*

* CMS  - Call for special fees.

A $15.00 minimum will be charged per class.
  -10 student minimum
  -25 student maximum per educator
Special arrangements to accommodate larger groups may be made pending staff availability.

If a group is participarting in more than one lesson, the fee would be charged per lesson for each student.

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