School Programs

In addition to programs for visiting youth and adults, Chippewa Nature Center (CNC) offers science- and history-based programs for school groups. Our programs are geared to meet the needs of the teacher as well as the students. For teachers, we provide a list of standards correlations in our program brochure and programs at CNC as well as On the Road, and keep program fees to a minimum. For students, we offer fun, hands-on exploration of the natural world at CNC – whether it be science or history.

Thank you to the Cabela’s Outdoor Fund for a grant providing waders for use at camp and school programs.

2019-20 School Program Brochure

Jan-June 2020 Request Form

Online program requests accepted beginning:
Aug 1, 2019 for Fall and Winter
Jan 6, 2020 for Winter and Spring

Now Hiring:

School Program Educator
Part time, seasonal
Application deadline: Open until filled



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


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 at the Visitor Center. Students ages 5-12 will be divided into groups based on their age. Each session is limited to 30 students.

Each series is $15 per student and $12 for each additional sibling. (CNC members: $12 per student, $9.60 for each additional sibling.) Series must be registered for as a package, and missed sessions cannot be made up or refunded.

Series must be registered for as a package, and missed sessions cannot be made up or refunded.
Pre-registration is required at least one week before the start of the series.

Registration for 2019-20 opens Aug 1, 2019

2019-20 AHN Brochure     Online request form

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

Early Fall Series - Ecosystems
Sept 12 – Aquatic Life
Sept 26 – Ecosystem Succession
Oct 10 – Human Ecosystems

Late Fall Series - Animals
Oct 24 – Mammals
Nov 7 – Birds
Nov 14 – Reptiles

Early Winter Series - Surviving Winter
Jan 9 – Adaptation for Adversity
Jan 23 – Hibernation
Feb 6 – Migration

Late Winter Series - Resources from the Land
Feb 20 – Creating with Natural Resources
March 5 – Maple Syrup
March 19 – Natural Dyes and Fibers

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