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Outdoor Academy

Spring Lake Outdoor Academy

Get out into nature with our programs just for students grades K-12th!

Are you looking for something fun and educational to do with your student? Are your children interested in science and the great outdoors? Join The Meadows Center for our Spring Lake Outdoor Academy!

This series of classes is designed for students K-12th to get outside and experience nature firsthand, while enjoying The Meadows Center’s exhibits and programs. Homeschool students are encouraged to register. 

This event is perfect for smaller groups and families who cannot meet the 15-person minimum for a field trip at Spring Lake. 

Classes take place once a month. Interested parties can register for individual classes or all in the series. Pre-registration is required. Tickets are $8/person; children 2 and under are free. Check-in begins at 9:45am at The Meadows Center ticket kiosk. The event will be held from 10:00am to 12:00pm with hands-on activities, including:

  • A guided glass-bottom boat ride
  • Interactive activities that teach students the interconnections between all living things and water

2019 Fall Schedule:

  • September 10: Discover the wonderful world of insects - Details
  • October 8: Indigenous Cultures - Details
  • November 5: Cloudy Weather and Rain Days - Details
  • December 3: World Soil Day - Details


Please Note: Visitors' vehicles are required to display a permit in The Meadows Center parking lot. One-day temporary permits are available for $3 at the pay-and-display station located near the ticket kiosk.

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  • Cancellations must be received at least 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund. If a cancellation is made less than 24 hours prior to the event, you will receive half the total amount charged.  The amount refunded will be applied to the credit card that was used for payment.

  • Visitors' vehicles are required to display a permit in The Meadows Center parking lot. One-day temporary permits are available for $3 at the pay-and-display station located near the ticket kiosk.