Since 1997, Fern Hollow Nature Center has worked hard to cultivate relationships with Sewickley area school districts, private schools, preschools and home school families. Through the years we have created a robust catalogue of programs tailored carefully to enrich specific age groups of children.

Browse our offerings to find the perfect program to enhance your students’ nature education.

 

A generous grant from the Union Aid Society and The Johnathan R DePace memorial fund scholarship will provide financial aid to those in need.   Contact to apply.

Preschool and Kindergarten

These programs are 90 minutes in duration and include a short educational program, a hike and a “hands-on” nature activity. Groups are encouraged to bring snacks and refreshments to enjoy during their time at Fern Hollow. The Nature Center has a small kitchen with a refrigerator available for use.

ALL ABOUT BUGS

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Venture into our meadow to search for beetles, butterflies, spiders and more as we learn why insects and other bugs are truly amazing creatures.

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Animal tracks

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Learn about the furry mammals that live around us and what clues they leave behind for us to find.

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our Feathered Friends

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Students will learn about the birds of PA and what special adaptations they have to survive our unique habitats.

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creek critters

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Get wet while learning about all the critters that live in Little Sewickley Creek. Come prepared to get wet and dirty! This program is offered May through October.

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nature detectives

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Learn to use your senses and some real science tools to answer your nature questions.

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1st-3rd Grade

ALL ABOUT BUGS

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Venture into our meadow to search for beetles, butterflies, spiders and more as we learn why insects and other bugs are truly amazing creatures.

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nature detectives

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Learn to use your senses and some real science tools to answer your nature questions.

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maple sugaring

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Learn the history and science of making maple syrup and why PA is the perfect place to tap a tree. This program is offered late February through March.

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seeds on the go

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Discover the amazing ways plants move their seeds around while practicing botany and science skills on a hike through our meadow.

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Squirrels and Chipmunks

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Compare and contrast the life habits of our favorite rodents.

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4th-8th Grade

Mammal Mania

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Test your knowledge of our native mammals and learn about their amazing adaptations that help them succeed in our environment.

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maple sugaring

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Learn the history and science of making maple syrup and why PA is the perfect place to tap a tree. This program is offered late February through March.

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Geology Rocks

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Learn about the non-living things that define and support our diverse ecosystem – rocks, soil and water!

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Watershed Adventures

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Learn about all the levels of the food chain – from plankton to birds – and how they are all connected by their shared water source. This program is offered April throughOctober.

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Eco-Team Building

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Challenge your class with a series of active team building games that also teach ecology and science topics.

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Outreach

Can’t make it to Fern Hollow? Let us come to YOU!

These programs are designed for classroom sized groups of up to 30 students. Upper limit of students is dependent on the program and is at the discretion of the Educator. Additional cost may be applied for larger groups.

  • 60 minute program – $150; each additional program in the same day is $75
  • 90 minute program – $200; each additional program in the same day is $100
  • Each additional 30 minutes for any program is an additional $25
  • Outreach within a 25 mile radius has travel included; $0.50/mile charge for travel over 50 miles round trip.

Fur and Feathers

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Uncover the mysteries of our fuzzy and feathered friends by interacting with a variety of pelts, skulls and taxidermy specimens.

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maple sugaring

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Learn the history and science of making maple syrup and why PA is the perfect place to tap a tree. This program is offered late February through March.

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All About Bugs

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Venture into our meadow to search for beetles, butterflies, spiders and more as we learn why insects and other bugs are truly amazing creatures.

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Mammal Mania

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Test your knowledge of our native mammals and learn about their amazing adaptations that help them succeed in our environment.

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Eco-Team Building

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Challenge your class with a series of active team building games that also teach ecology and science topics.

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Geology Rocks

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Learn about the non-living things that define and support our diverse ecosystem – rocks, soil and water!

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Plankton Party

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Explore the bottom of the food chain by learning more about our microscopic friends – plankton!

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Scout Programs

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Program signup list - Fern Hollow Nature Center

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Preschool and Kindergarten
1st-3rd Grade
4th-8th Grade
Outreach