Wood Lake Nature Center

6710 Lake Shore Dr S
Richfield, MN 55423-2206

Homeschool classesField trips  | Getting there

Wood Lake Nature Center provides fun and educational programs for homeschoolers in grades K through 12. Homeschool coops, associations, groups, and individual families are welcome!

Phone: 612-861-9193


Homeschool classes

For more information about these programs, contact the Homeschool Coordinator at 612-861-9193.

Science Explorers
Target age range: Designed for elementary aged children 5 and up.
A fun and exciting introduction to science, natural history, and cultural history. Classes are once a month and follow a five year rotation. While the format of the class will depend on the topic, you can expect most classes to have a lesson, a game that ties into the lesson, and a craft related to the lesson. Classes are designed to be an active learning experience and the majority of the time is spent outdoors.
If your child is younger than five, Wood Lake offers a preschool program, Nature Adventurers, designed specifically for your child's age. Please call 612-861-9365 for more information.

Junior Scientist Program
Target age range: Designed for middle-school aged homeschoolers.
This program builds upon the knowledge learned in the Science Explorers program to perform real hands on research. The program provides hands on projects related to citizen science, resource conservation, and cool projects that a field scientist would experience. Students work on a team with other homeschoolers and are the driving force behind the program. This isn't a class, it's an experience!

Junior Scientist Leaders
Target age range: Designed for high school aged students ages 14.
Assist in leading the Junior Scientist Program! Each leader will be in charge of a team of 6 students under the supervision of the homeschool coordinator. Leaders gain in depth knowledge of research techniques, receive experience interviewing for a job, and get their resume critiqued. They also gain invaluable leadership experience on the resume. Most importantly, however, they get to have fun!

Minnesota Biomes Exploration
Target age range: Designed for highschoolers ages 15 and up.
Focuses on one of Minnesota's four biomes each year. An introduction to ecology that will prepare high-school students for the terminology and labs they will experience in college. Student's learn how to read and write scientific papers, about Minnesota's biomes, and research techniques that they would perform in a college science lab. The class culminates with a camping trip to a state park in the biome being studied.

Cost per child/student: $4 for most programs
Additional fee for snowshoe or cross-country ski rental and certain supplies.
Cost per adult/educator: free for most programs

More information at www.cityofrichfield.org/around-town/wood-lake-nature-center/field-trips-education/homeschool-program


Field trips

Professionally-trained naturalists lead programs year-round. Classes are usually 1½ hours in length and have a ratio of 1 naturalist for every 15 participants.

For more details about how Wood Lake can work with your homeschool group, contact the Homeschool Coordinator at 612-861-9193

Cost per child/student: $4
Additional fee for snowshoe or cross-country ski rental and certain supplies.
Cost per adult/educator: free

Minimum class size: 10 children or $40
Maximum class size: unknown

Target age range: programs available for ages 4 and up

The following (ever growing) list of topics have both pre and post field trip activities designed by Wood Lake Nature Center Naturalists:

  • Animal Adaptations
  • Animal Life Cycle
  • Animal Tracks
  • Apple Cidering
  • Camouflage
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Invasive Plants
  • Keeping Warm
  • Light and Energy
  • Living or Non-Living
  • Maple Syrup
  • Muskrat Safari
  • Native American Life
  • Predator/Prey
  • Rocks & Minerals/Underfoot
  • Snowshoeing
  • Soil/Plants Toes in the Marsh
  • Water Cycle Weather
  • Wild Edibles/Swamp Stir Fry/Wild Nettle Seed Muffins

More information at cityofrichfield.org/around-town/wood-lake-nature-center/field-trips-education


Getting there

Parking information: Free parking on site.



Information subject to change. Please check with Wood Lake Nature Center for the most current information. Last updated on Wed, Aug 17, 2016.