Currently, all the following programs are by request only. Please email Danielle Racke for more information.
Our passport programs are self-guided educational adventures around the center. Stations are set up on posts scattered around the Center’s trails. These stations contain content that answers questions laid out in your passport booklet. The stations are marked on a map, and part of the adventure becomes navigating to each station. Be as quick or as leisurely as you like, and go straight for the destination or take a detoured journey.
Cost for passport programs vary. Inquire for details.
Grab an adventure bag, and take your group on a journey around the trails. Backpack programs contain teacher instructions and materials for three to four activities designed to engage children in a variety of learning tasks around a nature-based topic. There are four backpacks for each program, and each backpack is built for teaching up to six students at a time. We recommend one leading adult per backpack and group of children.
Each activity could be shortened or stretched from 20 to 45 minutes, but if you decide to do all three activities, it’s best to plan for two full hours to accommodate travel and distraction (exploration!) time. Further customize your day by substituting or adding one of your own activities. When you’re ready to take a brain break, take some unstructured free time in Otter Space*, our fenced natural play area, and have lunch in our pavilion!
*The availability of Otter Space is dependent on other ongoing programs. Please check in advance of your intended program date, if you hope to make Otter Space a part of your day.
$6 perbackpack or $20 for all four backpacks. Otter Romp members are free.
To guarantee your rental request, we need a notice of at least three business days. Your backpack rental is for the entire day and can be picked up as early as 9 a.m. and returned as late as 4:30 p.m.
It is the teacher’s responsibility to make sure all materials are returned by the end of the day. Please do not remove backpacks from the property.