SCHEDULE YOUR CLASS OR GROUP FOR RANGER-LED OR SELF-GUIDED PROGRAMS
Whether you want to have a ranger present in your classroom or if you want to visit the park for a field experience, the programs are free.
Programs are offered throughout the year and cover a variety of place-based topics in history, science and nature.
Ranger availability is very limited due to staffing levels, and self-guided group visits are encouraged. *
To be fair to all schools, there is a maximum of three days for the months of September, October, and November that one school can schedule available ranger-led program dates.
There is a maximum of two days for the months of April and May that one school can schedule available ranger-led program dates.
Off-peak months of December, January and February as well as Maple Sugar Time in March do not have a maximum allowed number of dates for ranger-led programs per school at this time.
Reservations for September of the current year through August of the following year are accepted from the fourth Monday in August on. For example ranger led education programs for September 2015 through August 2016 begin on Monday August 24th. Staffing is low. Therefore, we fill early and have difficulty accommodating large groups.
Contact the park's education and scheduling office at (219) 395-1885. E-mail communcation is welcome but all programs must be scheduled through phone conversations for accuracy.
* On select dates, The Douglas Center for Environmenal Education is available for school-class use and park introductions by a ranger if a ranger is not available to lead a formal tour.
* Groups are encouraged to work with the park to obtain educational information they can use on their own while visiting the park on their own.
* Groups are encouraged to let the scheduling office know where and when you will be in the park with your group.
To find out more on how you can bring a group to the park on your own, contact the Education Programs Ranger at her scheduling office or phone (219) 395-1885.
All programs with a ranger-led hike need to be scheduled by phone.
Habitat Programs for Younger Students
Talk With the Animals
Habitat Programs for Older Students
Water World Goal: Experience and explore the diversity of life within a wetland. Armed with nets and pans, investigate the rich diversity of pond life and learn the importance of conserving our water resources. Program Availability: April - October Age Group: 4th grade and up Location: Douglas Center Length: 1 - 3 hours
Dune Programs for Younger Students
West Beach Walks
Dune Programs for Older Students
A Grain of Truth
Secrets of Succession
Winter Programs for Younger Students
Winter Programs for Older Students
Reflections on Snow
Historic Programs for Younger Students
The Chellbergs had a Farm
Historic Programs for Older Students
American Indians and Fur Traders
* Aliens in the Forest - Students remove invasive plant species such as garlic mustard and help save habitat for native flora.
* Prairie Pathways - Students participate in a variety of activities, such as transplanting native species or collecting seeds to restore Mnoke' Prairie.
* Wetland Wanderings - Students learn about the value of wetlands and focus on wetland restoration activities such as transplanting native species.
* Adopt A Beach - Students learn lakeshore ecology while contributing to its monitoring and clean-up.
Program availability: spring - summer - fall Age group: 4th grade and up Location: throughout park Length: 1.5 - 3 hours - call Ted Winterfeld @ (219) 395-1661 to schedule