Youth Programs

Science education outside of school

People learn best from personal experience, and kids are no different. We structure our youth programs to encourage curiosity, creative thinking, and exploration. Our staff are experienced educators who believe that positive experiences in nature will lead to a desire for lifelong learning. We aspire to inspire actions and choices that are mindful of the effects on others, including people (both present and absent) and other organisms. We model respect for each other and other living things, and that includes not presenting the animals we find in a manner that will cause stress to them or our participants.

At OEA, we understand that not everyone is a nature enthusiast, and even those who are have things that give them heebie-jeebies. We allow program participants to come to nature from their own starting point, and we never pressure anyone into experiences with which they are really uncomfortable. Providing knowledge and experiences that allow growth, we gently push comfort zones, encouraging participants to acknowledge and understand their fears and discomforts.

Visit our Registration Page to see a list of our current offerings for youth ages 4-15.

Personalized Outdoor Science Experience! Are you looking for an outdoor experience customized to meet the needs of your group? Whether it is an adult group of friends looking to learn a little more about the natural world or a group of kids of any age who want a little guided outdoor time we have naturalist educators ready to create a nature enrichment opportunity for you. Contact us to design your nature experience!