School Programs

School Programs

School Programs   |   Free Virtual Field Trips   |   Summer Explorations for Camps and Day Cares

At Home with Nature Homeschool Program   |   Schoolyard Habitat Restoration Grant   |   Self-Guided Resources


Field Trips, CNC At Your School,
Traveling Trunks & Virtual Experiences


We are excited to partner with you to bring authentic, place-based and curriculum-connected programs to your students. 

Chippewa Nature Center offers:

  • Field Trips – full- and half-day programs at Chippewa Nature Center in Midland, MI
  • CNC at Your School – one to two-hour programs held at your school, indoors or outdoors
  • Traveling Trunks – materials and lessons for use in the classroom
  • Virtual visits to explore science, social studies, and careers
  • Custom programs to meet your specialized needs
  • Teacher trainings

Whether you’re looking for STEM or Social Studies, a launching off-point for a unit, or an immersive experience, we are looking forward to connecting with you and your students this year!

2023-24 School Program Brochure

School Program Request Form
Online program requests accepted beginning:
Aug 1, 2023 for Fall 2023   |   Dec 1, 2023 for Spring 2024

Youth Program Evaluation

Dress for the Weather


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Building Nature Connections for the Youth of Today and Tomorrow


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Free Virtual Field Trips

These programs are also available as in-person field trips!
Root Cellar & Ice Box - Materials for the Classroom

‘Root Cellar & Ice Box’ Program
Chippewa Nature Center and Midland Center for the Arts have partnered to bring you Root Cellar & Ice Box, a pair of videos to help students compare and contrast rural and urban life in Midland County in the late 1800s. Share the videos with your students, and then help them discover the similarities and differences in how families met their need for food, water, clothing, and shelters during that time.

Root Cellar & Ice Box - Materials for the Classroom

Run times - Root Cellar: 6 minutes, Ice Box: 9:40 minutes

Watch the FREE Root Cellar Video


Watch the FREE Ice Box Video

‘Ready for Winter’ Program
"Ready for Winter" is one of CNC's longest-running School Programs. This engaging puppet show teaches children from preschool through 2nd grade how Michigan's wildlife gets ready for winter. The friendly woodchuck has decided NOT to hibernate this year and his friends all share their own plans for the winter as they attempt to convince her that "Hibernation is what woodchucks are supposed to do!" In this virtual format, the puppets have left the stage and can be seen in the woods, wetlands and fields of CNC as they help children learn about migration, adaptation and hibernation.

Run time - approximately 22 minutes

Watch the FREE Ready for Winter Video


Summer Explorations for Camps and Day Cares


These self-guided programs are designed for day care, camp and other organized groups serving school-aged children.
Groups must provide sufficient staff/volunteers to supervise their own groups.


At Home with Nature Homeschool Program


At Home with Nature is a program designed to supplement science and history homeschool education through fun, interactive, hands-on activities. Each series consists of three programs, all held outdoors. Students ages 5-12 will be divided into groups based on their age. Each session is limited to 30 students, with students divided into two groups.

Each series is $20 per student and $18 for each additional sibling. (CNC members: $16 per student, $14.40 for each additional sibling.)

Pre-registration is required at least one week before the start of the series. A complete health form must be on file. CNC follows guidance issued by the Midland County Health Department regarding COVID-19. Contact Jenn Kirts, Director of Programs, at for questions or current protocol.

Series must be registered for as a package, and missed sessions cannot be made up or refunded. Individual sessions will be cancelled due to weather or program restrictions at CNC’s discretion. Sessions cancelled by CNC will be refunded.

2023-24 Homeschool Opportunities Brochure

Registration for 2023-24 opens Aug 15, 2023 at 8 am



Tuesdays 10-11:30 am or 1-2:30 pm

Early Fall Series - Ecosystems
Aquatic Life - Sept 19
Ecosystem Succession - Oct 3
Human Ecosystems - Oct 17
  Early Winter Series - Surviving Winter
Adaptation for Adversity - Jan 16
Hibernation - Jan 30
Migration - Feb 13

Late Fall Series - Animals
Reptiles - Oct 31
Birds - Nov 14
Mammals - Nov 28
  Late Winter Series - Resources from the Land
Creating with Natural Resources - Feb 27
Maple Syrup - March 12
Natural Dyes and Fibers - March 19

*Topics may shift within the series due to weather or other conditions.


Schoolyard Habitat Restoration Grant


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Chippewa Nature Center, with support from Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network and Ducks Unlimited, are offering Schoolyard Habitat Grants for up to 10 schools throughout the 22 county Saginaw Bay Watershed. Grants provide for schoolyard habitat restoration as well as curriculum development and materials. For more information, click on the application link below.

Schoolyard Habitat Grant Application

Landowner Agreement


Self-Guided Resources

Nature Lessons, Scavenger Hunts and more!