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Spring Lake Outdoor Academy

COVID-19 UPDATES: Spring Lake is open daily to the public in a limited capacity. Pre-registration is required for glass-bottom boat tours as well as volunteer and open water checkout scuba dives. More information.

Due to COVID-19, Spring Lake Outdoor Academy classes are not currently offered until further notice. Learn more about our reopening plan.

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 at Spring Lake. 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 and classes are limited to 40 participants. Tickets are $8/person; children 2 and under are free. Check-in begins at 9:45am at the Meadows Center ticket kiosk. These events are held from 10:00am to 12:00pm and feature hands-on activities, including:

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

Spring 2020 Schedule:

  • February 11: World Wetlands Day 
    Wetlands can be found all over the world, but did you know we’re lucky enough to have one in our own backyard? Come celebrate World Wetlands Day at the Meadow Center for a fun and knowledgeable experience as we learn why wetlands are an important part of our environment, as well as gain the essential knowledge needed to spot a wetland in your own community.
  • March 3: Living in a Watershed
    Did you know everyone lives in a watershed? Do you know your watersheds address? Students will learn what a watershed is, how humans impact watersheds, and how we can protect them and our water resources.
    April 7: Let’s Get Together and Save the Pollinators

    Did you know that bees are not the only pollinators? Pollinators consist of multiple species, from small animals to insects, and they are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat! Together, we’ll learn about different types of pollinators and why they are one of the most important aspects of our ecosystem as well as different ways we can move forward to protect them.
    May 26: Introduction to Birds

    Have you ever wondered where birds live and what they look for in a habitat? Join us for our Introduction to Birds class as we learn about bird migration and what birds can be found at Spring Lake!

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.