The Nature Center offers programs and classes throughout the year. We teach a variety of subjects; from wetland ecology to snowshoeing, from food chains to geology. We have programs available for school classes (pre-K through 8th grade), Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and other youth groups, as well as children, families, and adults. We even teach when school isn't in session. Check out the variety of summer day camps that we offer. Throughout the year, The Nature Center strives to provide a wide range of fun and educational classes to the public.
We believe that a basic education includes a sense of how the environment functions and our role within it. We want children to see the beauty in nature, learn a certain degree of respect for natural systems, and, ultimately, take on a stewardship role in caring for the health of our environment.
We have several several self-guided activities at the Nature Center. Our Discovery Sheets and Nature Discovery Packs assist scout groups and families to explore the various habitats found at the Itasca Nature Center.
Itasca Public School District #10 utilizes the Nature Center building and grounds throughout the school year to provide students with first-hand exposure to their environment. Our programs teach concepts that reinforce state standards for science education, while doing it in fun ways. We teach sensory learning and focus on the many interrelationships between plants and animals (and fungus, too).
The Nature Center staff is happy to provide guided programs for any Itasca group or organization. Call Chris Carling at 630-773-2257 for more information regarding classes that are offered.