Outdoor Programs

Fantastic Foliage

4 years old - Second grade

Discover the beauty of fall as a guide takes you through an autumn adventure. Your students will investigate why leaves don’t absorb water, discover why leaves change color, find out how boring their food would be without herbs, and make a colorful leaf collage to take back to the classroom. Field trips start at 9 or 11 a.m.

9:00 - 9:30: Why leaves change colors activity
9:30 - 9:50: Nature Trail tour and sorghum maze
9:50 - 10:20: Water experiments
10:20 - 10:50: "Plants in Our Food" lesson

$8.00; Two-hour program; September - December

AL Science Standards: K.6.3, K.7.1, 1.2.1, 1.4.2, 1.4.3, 1.8.4, 2.5.1, 2.5.2, photosynthesis

Seeds Everywhere

Kindergarten - Third Grade

Exploding seedpods, rolling gumballs and whirly-twirly helicopters, bet your students didn’t realize that engineering started with Mother Nature. Sign your class up to discover the physics behind seeds and nuts; they’ll have a blast!

$7.00 per student, 90-minute program

AL Science Standards: K.6.1, K.6.2, 1.1.1, 1.1.2 1.2.1, 1.2.2, 3.7.1


Third - Seventh Grade

*The Curriculum for Catastrophe is Under Construction!

60-minute program; $6.00; November-March.

AL Science Standards: 6.2.1, 6.2.2


Branching Out
 Second - Fourth Grade

Trees are what it's all about in this program that gets your students investigating these important resources. We'll teach your children:

  • how to classify different trees,
  • the different parts of a tree and how they all work together,
  • the interdependence of trees and animals.
  • to look for all the different ways that trees can be damaged.

$8.00 per student. Two-hour program. Runs September - April.

AL. Science Standards: 2.5.1, 2.5.2, 2.6.1, 3.3.3, 3.7, 3.8.1, 3.8.2, 4.5


Please Note:

  • Wear comfortable shoes - open toed shoes not recommended.
  • You may be walking one mile or more!
  • Please leave the garden as you found it or better.
  • Think of the Nature Center as a museum, please look with your eyes, not your hands.
  • The animals are not pets; they do not like to be picked up.
  • Sorry, siblings are not allowed on guided field trips.


To register, please contact Victoria Lemieux at 256-830-4447 ext. 242 or