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School Programs: Field Trips and Classroom Programs

Join us for one of ARC's fun and engaging education programs.

Whether you're seeking a program that takes place at the Nature Center, in your classroom or on local lands, we offer more than 20 different programs that provide students an opportunity to connect with nature through experiential learning. We offer hands-on field trips and classroom programs for students in grades, Pre-K through High School. All programs create meaningful experiences, provide engaging activities and games, encourage inquiry-based learning and discovery and integrate NGSS and CA Common Core Standards.  

Download a 2014-2015 School Programs Brochure.


Pre-K and Elementary School Programs - grades Pre-K to 5

Choose from a variety of programs designed 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 trips (each program lasts 2 hours) at our Nature Center in Coloma. Each program incorporates a lesson, activities that address the specific program's focus, and includes a nature walk to further connect with our outdoor classroom. Teachers also have the option of scheduling a 1-hour presentation in the classroom.

NEST (Nature Explorations for Students and Teachers
Experience a more in-depth nature and science exploration in your classroom and on your school campus. During a 3-week period, an ARC educator visits the classroom once a week for a 90-minute session to share the value of outdoor exploration, environmental awareness, and the importance of giving back to your community through restoration 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 - grades 5-12

Our Middle and High School programs incorporate service-learning projects, nature investigations and place-based field studies. 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 PEER Overnight 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.