Homeschool classes | Field trips
Perched above the Mississippi River, the West Coon Rapids Dam Visitor Center offers an exceptional array of exhibits and material interpreting the River habitat. A highlight of the Visitor Center is the large aquaria containing river fish, turtles and other local reptiles and amphibians. Come nose to nose with a longnosed gar, see if you can spot the eel, and discover what the largest minnow is. Find out more about the river using interactive media that explores topics such as river biology, freshwater mussels, and osprey.
The Nature Exploration Area is right next to the Visitors Center. The exploration area is a fenced, natural space created to encourage free play in the outdoors. Kids and adults can dig in the sand "river", crawl through the "ant" tunnel, build forts, search for the "fairy" door, and exercise their creativity.
For great vistas, follow the path to the observation walkway on top of the Dam, watch the Ospreys high in their tower nest, search for special rocks along the river, fish, hug a 250-year old oak tree, hunt for frogs in the wetlands, or search for signs of the park’s abundant animals.
Online class listings and registration:
Note: If search result is empty, check above see if online registration is open for the season. If it is, then no homeschool classes are offered.
If online registration is not yet open, check the Homeschool section under Group Experiences for a link to a PDF brochure of all upcoming homeschool events at all Three Rivers Park District locations.
Homeschool Field Trips
Looking for a special experience for your group? The professional naturalists at the Coon Rapids Dam Visitor Center offer a wide variety of outdoor and environmental educational experiences for schools, scouts, community groups, seniors and home school groups. Choose from popular program topics such as: birds, insects, amphibians and reptiles, water quality, and the Mississippi River. Naturalists can also customize a program to meet the interests of your group. Programs are generally two hours in length and cost depends on the number of participants.
More information at www.threeriversparks.org/parks/coon-rapids-dam/coon-rapids-dam-visitor-center/groups.aspx