Clearwater Nature center offers curriculum-related programs for school groups as well as Community Outreach programs held at your location. For program reservations and inquiries, please email Stephanie Jacob or call 301-297-4575.All programs held at Clearwater Nature Center include an outdoor component that can be modified for inclement weather. Please dress accordingly. Our auditorium can accommodate 60 people; larger groups can be divided.
There is no fee for walk-in visitors and self-guided tours except during special events. Walk-in groups are encouraged to call first as we may have other large groups visiting.
School Programs (most programs can be modified for all grade levels)
Live Animal Program (Pre-K & up)
Students learn unique, interesting, and fun facts about members from our live animal collection. The Live Animal Program can be adapted to focus on a specific animal population and/or topic (e.g. reptiles, insects, mammals, habitats, animal behavior, etc).
Discovery hike (pre-k & up)
Let's go outside! We will take your group on a hike in our woods. This program is also flexible and can be specialized (e.g. sensory hike, creek hike, identification hike, etc). The creek hike is seasonal and only offered April-September.
Flora of the forest (and more) (k & up)
Students will learn the unique characteristics of a plant and how they are beneficial to us. Topics may include plant structure, photosynthesis, pollution, erosion control, natural cycles (water, carbon, etc), and how to "read" a tree. This program may also include dynamic movement in order to help participants understand the concepts being covered. Depending on the weather and educational goals, a hike can be included for a small additional fee.
Wonderful wetlands (Grades 1 & up)
Focus on various wetlands, their functions and their importance to the health of the ecosystem and us. On-site programs from April to September include a creek hike, weather permitting. Students should wear old clothes and shoes that can get wet. For off-site or off-season programs, a wetland live animal program is substituted for the creek hike.
geology (grades 4 & up)
Designed for older students, this program explores all sorts of wonderful facets (pun intended!) about rocks and minerals. Topics may include the rock cycle, properties of rocks, Moh's Hardness Scale, types of rocks, land formations, etc.
important program information
FeesPrograms presented at Clearwater Nature Center (minimum 10 people)
Bus ParkingAll buses are required to park in either of the two side parking lots
―even when loading or unloading passengers. Buses are not permitted to park in or block the upper lot.