Nature Programs

At the Mary Vagle Nature Center we provide schools, scout troops, and educational groups access to education in a variety of environmental specialty programs. These programs meet the standards for educators, public and private alike, in many areas of nature science and native inhabitant history. All of our programs incorporate a "hands-on" approach to learning through use of the Next Generation Science Standards. Depending on the program that is scheduled, each student will have the chance to walk away with a completed activity.

Birthday parties and private events rentals are available any day of the week from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, or from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm (outdoors, some restrictions apply). For birthday parties, choose two program activities from the list below.

For additional program information, or to schedule your school field trip at the Nature Center, please give us a call at (909) 349-6994.

The fee for all field trips at the Nature Center is $6 per student.
The fee for birthday parties is $160 for 3 hours.

  1. Educational Programs
  2. Birthday Information
  3. Scout Programs

Educational Programs

An example of a school program: Upon arrival, we will give everyone an introduction together and then split them into groups. After the group has been split, we will rotate them through the program activities, have lunch, and then share some of our animals with the entire group.

We are flexible. Let us know how we can better serve your group, so that we can make this an educational and memorable experience for every one.

Each subject below includes up to three activities and an animal demonstration. Each programs runs approximately two - three hours long (depending on your schedule). You can choose to have your lunch or snack here too.

  • Organisms and Ecosystems
    • "From the Ground Up" K-4th grade
      • DCI: K/1/3/4-LS1, K/3/4-ESS3, 2/3-LS2, 2/3-LS4
    • "On the Edge: Wildland Interface" 2nd-6th grade
      • DCI: 3/4/5/MS-LS1, 2/32/5/MS-LS2, 2/3/MS-LS4, 3/4/5/MS-ESS3
  • The Green Garden
    • "Born to Burn" high school
      • DCI: HS-LS1, HS-LS2, HS-LS4, HS-ESS3
    • "Our Urban Forest" 3rd-6th grade
      • DCI: 3/4/5/MS-LS1, 2/3/5/MS-LS2, 2/3/MS-LS4, 3/4/5/MS-ESS3
  • Urban Waterscapes
    • "Pond Ecology" 4th-high school
      • DCI: MS/HS-LS1, MS/HS-LS2, MS/HA-LS4, MS/HS-ESS3
  • Earth Inquiry
    • "Rockworks" 2nd-4th grade
      • DCI: 3/4-LS1, 2/3/4-ESS2, 3-PS2
    • "Earthworks" 5th-high school
      • DCI: 5/MS/HS-LS1, 5/MS/HS-ESS2, 5/MS/HS-PS2
  • Early Gold Rush History
    • "The Rush for Gold" 3rd-5th grade
      • DCI: 2/3/5-LS2, MS-ESS2, 3/4/5-ESS3, 3/4/5-ETS1
  • Local Native American History
    • "The First Californians" 3rd-6th grade
      • DCI: 2/3/5-LS2, 3/4/5-ESS3, 3/4/5-ETS1

 

Tree Cookies
Rock Boards
Birthday party set ups
Birthday food set ups
Animal Demonstration

An animal demonstration is included with every program and birthday party.

Animal Demonstration
School Fieldtrip
Boys in the Scout Program