Homeschool Classes | Field Trips
This beautiful, prairie-style building nestled in the middle of the Carver Park Reserve was the first public nature center built in the Twin Cities. The interpretive area features seasonal interpretive displays, live animals, wildlife viewing area, bird watching and two unique play and exploration areas: "Habitats" invites children to interact with giant flowers and a "beaver lodge" while learning about animals that would live in those habitats. The Nature Exploration Area encourages free play in the outdoors where children can can explore, dig, build, and learn.
Explore diverse habitats on hiking trails that weave through the 250-acre interpretive area's lakes, tamarack bogs, cattail marshes, and hardwood forests which are home to beaver, deer, fox, coyote, muskrats, bats, turkeys and 250 species of birds.
Hours of Operation: Mondays through Saturdays, from 9am to 5pm and Sundays, from 12pm to 5pm
Lowry Nature Center offers a series of Monday morning homeschool classes on a variety of topics including invertebrates, astronomy, archeology, habitats, ecology and much more. Each season offers 4 interrelated programs which may be taken as a series or al a carte.
Target age range: programs for ages 3 to 16 years
The professional naturalists at Lowry Nature Center can customize outdoor education programs for your group. Aquatic studies, insect programs, animal adaptations, birding, live raptors, snowshoeing, and maple syruping are some of Lowry's most popular options and naturalists can customize a program to meet the specific needs and interests of your group.
Programs are generally two hours in length and cost depends on the number or participants.
These interactive programs frequently incorporate math, language or art activities. Young students use their senses to explore the park and older students engage in scientific experimentation, measuring water quality, calculating the age or trees and classifying fish. Pre- or post-visit material is available for many programs.