- About Springbrook
- Field Trip Basics
- Class Topics
- Science & Natural History
- Outdoor Skills & Recreation
Address: 100 85th Ave NE, Fridley MN 55432
The mission of Springbrook Nature Center is to preserve the integrity of and enable access to the natural resource base in order to:
- Provide opportunities for the community to enjoy Springbrook Nature Center and to learn about broad environmental concepts and values.
- Provide opportunities for nurturing the human spirit.
What We Offer (in Addition to our Educational Programs):
- Uniquely diverse native habitats and wildlife
- Native Prairies
- Oak and Aspen Forests
- Oak Savanna
- Extensive Wetlands
- 3 Miles of Hiking Trails
- Floating Boardwalks
- Interpretive Center with Live Animals and Exhibits
Environmental Education Programs and Audiences:
- On and Off Site School Programs
- Scout Groups
- Nature Camps
- Bird Banding Programs
- Animal Feeding Programs
- Parent Child Classes
- Evening Programs
- Adult Programs
Springbrook Nature Center programs are a hands-on, entertaining way to learn about the natural world.
Our programs are written to enhance what you are currently working on in the classroom, in your scout troop, or at home by providing a quality experiential class.
All classes are 90 minutes long and include both indoor and outdoor components. Choose the option that best fits your needs.
$6 per student, no charge for chaperones
$10 per student, no charge for chaperones
Includes 2 classes and space to eat lunch on site.
$15 per student, no charge for chaperones
Includes 3 classes and a space to eat lunch on site.
When calling to book your program, we will need the following information:
Number and Age of Participants
Special Needs and Requests
Springbrook Nature Center classes are customizable for students from preschool through 8th grade. Our classes fall into three categories: Science and Natural History, Outdoor Skills and Recreation, and Teambuilding.
Reptiles & Amphibians
Science and Natural History
Reptiles & Amphibians
Outdoor Skills & Recreation
|Students will use detective skills to find out about the secret lives of animals! Learn to recognize the signs that animals leave behind and what they tell us about the critters that left them.|
|Explore the world around you through the eyes of a bird. Discover bird adaptations, senses, the science of flight, bird identification with binoculars, and more!|
|Students will learn about parts of a tree, tree ID, forest structure, and how both flora and fauna work together to make an intriguing system.|
|Check out some of the amazing fungi found in Springbrook’s forest. Unearth the special characteristics of fungi and what makes them different from plants. Discover the important jobs that fungi do for people and for nature.|
|Learn about insect adaptations, ID tricks, and the role of insects in the food chain. We will be collecting live samples as a part of this class.|
|Do you really know enough about mammals? Students will use games, stories, songs, and scientific study to learn more about this group of our closest animal relatives.|
|Reptiles & Amphibians|
|This class should be called scaley and cool. Recognize the fascinating ways these creatures survive in Minnesota. This class is very hands-on and includes live animals.
|There’s water and there’s land. Put them together, and you have a super cool ecosystem that’s tons of fun to explore. Critters found in the wetland will be seen larger than life on our video projection system. Students have the opportunity to look at wetland functions, animals of the wetland, wetland composition, water quality in the wetland, the possibilities are endless!|
|Using a compass is a great way to conquer your fear of getting lost in the wilderness. Learn about navigation and using a compass to explore and find your way off-trail at Springbrook. Discover the fun of competing on an orienteering course.|
|Lost in the woods? Don’t stress, survive! In this class, you will learn what is most important in a survival situation. Students will participate in a hands-on simulation which allows them to learn how to set up and start a survival fire, and set up a survival shelter with their group of their survivalist peers.|
|Snowshoes have been used to make it easier to move around the snow covered woods for thousands of years. Isn't’ it time you learned how to use them? Explore the history, types, and techniques useful for snowshoeing before heading out into the woods to explore what winter has in store.
** This class is weather dependent. A base layer of three inches of snow is required to use the snowshoes.
|Do you need to learn to work better with your team? Using games and group problem-solving exercises, we will help you become a well-oiled machine. Use trust, cooperation, and communication in this game-filled program.
This class is great for ages kindergarten and older.