Education Programs for Kids

Growing the Next Generation of Land Stewards

Forest Friends

Families with young children (ages 18 months to 5 years) can become Forest Friends through this series of nature discovery events designed to encourage a sense of wonder about the natural world. Through the sharing of stories and songs and the creation of art, each playful exploration engages both adults and children as we make new discoveries about the plants and animals in this beautiful forest habitat. Because we believe that we protect the places that we love, we hope to inspire young children to feel a friendly respectful connection to nature – forming a foundation for curiosity and enjoyment to last a lifetime. Each program will take place at Bethel Spring Nature Preserve. Families are welcome to stay and enjoy Bethel Spring after the event with a picnic from home. These events are outdoors and designed to allow for social distancing between households. Masks required for ages 3 and up in any areas where maintaining a safe distance is not possible.

  • Cost: FREE but donations/membership to support our mission are always appreciated.
  • Reservations: Reservations are required. Space is limited. Please use the link provided below each program listing. Please register using parent/guardian’s information and select spots for the number of children only. Adults do not need to reserve a spot for themselves. Registered participants will receive an email with full details closer to the event. There are no waitlists for these events. If spaces become available, registration will reopen so please check back if you’re interested in attending.
  • Ages: 18 months – 5 years. An accompanying adult is required for all programs.
  • What to Bring: Closed toe shoes and masks are required for all programs. We also recommend long pants, bug spray, sunscreen, and water.

Sign up to attend one or all of the dates below!

December 3       December 12       December 17


Tuesdays on the Trail

Head outdoors on Tuesdays in June and July to discover our area’s unique biodiversity protected by Land Trust preserves. Each summer, local experts lead children on explorations of topics including archaeology, water ecology, animal tracks, tree identification, and more!

  • Cost: FREE but only available for Land Trust members. Not a Land Trust Member? Join today! You can also find additional adventures available for non-members here.
  • Reservations: Reservations are required. Space is limited. Please register using parent/guardian’s information (name on your Land Trust membership) and select spots for the number of children only. Adults do not need to reserve a spot for themselves. Registered participants will receive an email with full details closer to the event. There are no waitlists for these events. If spaces become available, registration will reopen so please check back if you’re interested in attending.
  • Ages: 6-12 years. An accompanying adult is required for all programs.
  • What to Bring: Closed toe shoes and masks are required for all programs. We also recommend long pants, bug spray, sunscreen, and water.

Series announced each spring.


Programs for Educators

Educators can partner with the Land Trust to provide students with customized hands-on education programs to match curriculum. For more information or to schedule an environmental education program for your school group, scouts, or organization, contact Rosie Spaulding at 256-534-5263 or rosie@landtrustnal.org.

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