School Programs

We are so glad you and your students are considering a visit to the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, the premiere nature-based science education destination of southeastern Wisconsin since 1971. Our Nature Center is home to many diverse habitats including ponds, prairie, forests, and our very own (GREAT!) Lake Michigan. We offer high-quality programming, infused with adventure and creativity, designed to foster a deeper understanding of the natural world. Our dedicated staff of naturalists have created these unique experiential learning programs, designed to correlate to the Next Generation Science Standards and STEM requirements. Programming is offered at the Nature Center as well as your school and select Wisconsin Natural Areas. We are happy to work with you to deliver a one-time program, or partner with you throughout the year to augment your curriculum.

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Elementary
Programs
(K4 – 5th Grade)
Middle School Programs
(6th – 8th Grade)
High School
Programs
(9th – 12th Grades)

Registration

Our online registration is an easy way to plan your programming with Schlitz Audubon. Each teacher must complete a form for each program sought to be scheduled. If you have questions regarding our programs or the registration process, please contact the Registrar or call 414-352-2880 x224.

General Information

Field Trips at Schlitz Audubon
Our field trips are an incredible way for students to see the very best of what Schlitz Audubon Nature Center has to offer. Your class starts the day with an introductory discussion as a large group, and is then split into smaller groups, each assigned to a Naturalist educator (generally 8-15 students per group). We believe breaking into small groups provides more attention to detail and a direct hands-on approach to give you and your students the highest quality programming available. Teachers receive pre and post-trip materials for each program, ensuring that your knowledge from Schlitz Audubon extends beyond our time together. Our programs run rain or shine, we understand and respect the efforts and resources required to bring you and your students to the Center, and never cancel due to weather.

Assemblies & High Interest Days
In addition to offering programming at Schlitz Audubon, we can also join you in your own classroom, or at a Wisconsin Natural Area. Our Naturalists are always happy to provide a one-time program or yearlong partnership to augment your curriculum!

STEM
Science Technology Engineering Math Schlitz Audubon has several options which are aligned with STEM initiatives. In our increasingly technological society, STEM education is an innovative approach that unlocks creativity, emphasizes teamwork, and uses skills and knowledge to solve real world problems in learners of all ages. Through discovery, modeling, and contextual learning STEM education can be an effective way to help students meet the challenges of the future, achieve career success, and become informed citizen.

Citizen Science
Developing skills to understand complex issues Citizen Science programs engage public collaborators in research to increase scientific knowledge. From the oldest known Citizen Science program beginning in 1900, The Christmas Bird Count, to today using smart phones and digital media, students and other volunteers contribute to new discoveries in scientific knowledge. Many Schlitz Audubon programs actively investigate nature and record the information gathered, which is then used to discover solutions and promote long term sustainability.

Accessibility & Special Needs
We welcome students of all abilities and strongly believe that everyone should have the opportunity to benefit from nature. Our naturalists are happy to work with you to meet your needs. In addition, many of the trails at the Center are paved to ensure access for anyone with mobility challenges.

Scholarship Funds
Through the generosity of donors, Schlitz Audubon is able to continue offering scholarship funding to help students have the opportunity to connect with nature. Scholarships are available to students who are eligible for onsite programming only (busses and off-site programming not supported). Scholarship-supported programming is limited to one program per class per season. You must contact the Registrar 6 weeks prior to your first preferred date of programming for more information.

Cancellation Policy
A fee will be charged for all canceled programs.
$50 for classes canceled with more than four weeks’ notice
$100 for classes canceled with less than four weeks’ notice.

After School Programs

Nature’s Hall Pass is a series of after school programs offered by Schlitz Audubon Nature Center. Naturalists from the Center arrive at your school with supplies and equipment specific to each program. They are designed to work at any school, including those with little or no outdoor space and are not weather dependent.