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School Programs and Field Trips

Engaging, Interactive, and Hands-on

We offer 20 diverse environmental education programs for Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, and High School students year-round. All programs integrate California Science and Social Science Content Standards. 

Download a 2013-2014 School Brochure.


Pre-K and Elementary School Programs

Choose from a variety of programs for Pre-K and Elementary school students. Programs take place at the American River Nature Center in Coloma or in your classroom.

Explore Nature 
ARC offers field trip programs (each program is 2 hours) at our Nature Center in Coloma. Each program incorporates a lesson and activity from the specific program's focus, along with an outdoor nature walk to observe and connect with our outdoor classroom. Teachers also have the option of scheduling a 1-hour presentation in the classroom.

NEST (Nature Exploring for Students and Teachers
Experience a more in-depth nature exploration at your school over a three-week period. An ARC educator visits the classroom once a week (each program is 90 minutes) over this three-week period to share the value of outdoor exploration, environmental awareness, fostering a sense of place and conducting stewardship projects.

Homeschool Tuesday
Join other homeschool students on the 3rd Tuesday of each month (starting in September) for a science-based  environmental education program. Each month we feature a special program (90 minutes) for students and parents at our Nature Center in Coloma.

Nature Bowl
Sponsored by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, this is a fun and cooperative team competition for 3rd to 6th graders celebrating science and nature. Our Nature Center and an ARC educator hosts a semi-finals competition every spring. 

Middle and High School Programs

Our Middle and High School programs incorporate service-learning projects with an outdoor place-based field study. Students have the opportunity to explore public lands throughout El Dorado County.

PEER (Protection. Education. Ecological Restoration.)
Students embrace an experiential learning opportunity while exploring and learning about aquatic ecosystems and the ecological impacts on our public lands. Using hands-on science skills, students participate in projects that help protect and restore these special areas during this 4-hour field science program. Teachers also have an opportunity to schedule an overnight PEER Program for an even greater investigation of our wild spaces.

Visit Our Nature Center

Free admission 
Thurs - Sun, 11am - 3pm

Funding for Teachers

Looking for a way to bring nature or the outdoors to your class?  Check out ARC's Innovations in Environmental Education Fund.

Explore the Natural World

We have hikes, lectures, and informal outdoor programs for every age group and open to the public. View the calendar of events.