Inspiring exploration, appreciation, and conservation of our natural world.

Nature Education for Students and Teachers (NEST)

Attention all teachers!  Are you looking for a fun and educational field trip for your students? Join us at the Boardman River Nature Center for one of our NEST (Nature Education for Students & Teachers) Programs!

NEST programs are designed to connect your students to the natural world while helping teachers meet the State of Michigan’s Grade Level Content Expectations and Next Generation Science Standards. Incorporating a NEST program into your curriculum can bring a meaningful context to your classroom curricula and help increase your students’ engagement and academic achievement.  NEST programs benefit from the broad and diverse expertise of Grand Traverse Conservation District Staff and in doing so connect you and your students to the real world of natural resource conservation, environmental restoration and stewardship.

NEST Field Trip Information:

K-12 Optional for K-2
Duration 2. Hours 1.25 Hours
Program Fee $150 (up to 30)Additional Students $5/each $75 (up to 30)Additional Students $5/each
Maximum Students 60 (For groups over 60
Check out our Create-Your-
Own Program)
60 (For groups over 60
Check out our Create-Your-
Own Program)



Program Themes // Grade Levels:
All programs meet multiple, cross curriculum, specific GLCE and NGSS based upon the selected theme.  Suggested grade levels are shown for each program, but most NEST programs can be modified for different grade levels.

Each NEST program includes hands-on activities in the Boardman River Nature Center, on the Nature Center grounds, and on the trails of the surrounding Natural Education Reserve. Depending on the theme of interest, students will explore the forests, meadow, Boardman River, Sabin Pond and Jack’s Creek. Small groups of students will rotate through learning stations taught by our Education Staff and professionally-trained volunteer instructors.

Registration & Payment:
To register or for more information on a program, please take a moment to fill out our NEST Program Inquiry Form Once we received your inquiry, a staff member will contact you to confirm your program. Payment and adjustment to class sizes are due no later than 5 days before your visit and may be made by cash, check or credit card.

Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations for reasons other than weather must be made 5 business days in advance of the scheduled program date. A $50 cancellation fee may be charged for cancellations made within 5 business days of the scheduled program date. We will do our best to reschedule any programs cancelled due to weather. If rescheduling is not possible, a full refund will be provided.