Guided programs led by a LEAF educator, arboretum walking tours, and customized programs are available by request for youth and adult groups, schools, homeschooling families, day camps, and other community groups. If you would like to schedule a visit for your group, please contact Catherine Toews, Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or (814) 453-LEAF. We would love to work with you to design a visit that meets your needs. Please click here to see our fee schedule.
Here are just some of the group program options we have available:
- Arboretum walking tours – learn about the history and development of the Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier (LEAF) and become acquainted with some of the amazing trees, wildflowers, and other natural wonders that can be found in each season.
- Seasonal discovery walks and scavenger hunts – awaken your senses and enjoy the beauty of the arboretum in each season through guided exploration and hands-on experiences.
Length: Approximately 1 hour. Indoor seasonal, age-appropriate art or science project can also be included to extend the visit (additional fees will apply).
“Little Leaves” movement, story & art programs. Our preschool programs feature seasonal, age-appropriate nature education, a special storytime with lots of opportunities to move and wiggle and sing, and an open-ended, process-oriented art experience where children can have fun experimenting with an array of art materials.
28 program themes are available for you to choose from:
- Time to Sleep
- Snow! Snow! Snow!
- Amazing Animals
- Night & Day
- Windy Days
- Wild Things
- Clouds & Rainbows
- Spring Robins
- Colors in Nature
- Love the Earth
- Baby Animals
- Fruits & Veggies
- Who Lives Underwater?
- Away We Go
- Summer Berries
- Moon & Stars
- Sunny Days
- Busy Bugs
- Forest Animals
- Shapes in Nature
- 1-2-3 Nature
- Twirling Leaves
- Tall Trees
- Beautiful Birds
- Animal Homes
Length: 45 minutes. Outdoor discovery walk can also be included by request to extend the visit (additional fees will apply).
Hands-on programs addressing the Pennsylvania State Education Standards. Each field trip includes an educational presentation by a LEAF educator, hands-on science and art explorations, and an outdoor experience in the arboretum.
|Select one of our 2-hour field trip options below. Our dynamic educators will adapt the elementary or middle school program of your choice to design the perfect, age-appropriate learning experience for your group!
|SUITABLE FOR GRADES K-5:
- Kindergarten – Trees
- Grade 1 – Organisms
- Grade 2 – Lifecycles
- Grade 3 – Rocks & Minerals
- Grade 4 – Land & Water
- Grade 5 – Environments
- NEW! Bugs & Blooms
- NEW! Birds
- NEW! The Sky
- NEW! Mud
- NEW! Go Green
- NEW! Meet the Trees
|SUITABLE FOR GRADES 6-8:
- Grade 6 – Tree Identification & Measurement
- Grade 7 – Watersheds
- Grade 8 – Green Roofs
Length: 2 hours
Note: If you would prefer to conduct a program in your classroom, consider renting one of our Nature to Go Classroom in a Box kits which address the same program topics.
Group Program Fees:
Walking Tours, Seasonal Discovery Walks/Scavenger Hunts and Little Leaves Preschool Programs :
$3 per participant (minimum of 10 participants)
Grades K-8 Programs :
$75 (maximum of 35 students)
To schedule a program or receive more information about the programs we offer and how they can be customized to meet your needs, please contact us at email@example.com or (814) 453-LEAF.
What parents and educators are saying about our programs:
“I was impressed all around. The best part was the interaction of the instructors with the class, including all of the children in each aspect, encouraging questions and exploration.”
“Everything was well-organized and extremely thorough! I loved that you encouraged the children to get dirty!”
“The LEAF classes are the best classes in Erie! The nature topics are perfect for growing minds. Everyone is very welcoming and the kids have a wonderful time.”
“Fantastic! Would suggest this program to everyone! Love the lesson, the outside observations and crafts to wrap it up! Excellent!”
“Our group had a wonderful time at Little Leaves (preschool program). It was perfect for our ages of children – age appropriate, engaging, and hands-on. You do a great job with the children and the program. My son has been singing the songs all week – especially ‘zoom, zoom, zoom’!”
“Your programs are always fun and informative. I enjoy hearing my son explain to his dad all the neat stuff he learned!”
Explore the photo gallery below to see just a few of the many wonderful experiences we’ve had during past group programs!
Our final art exploration for the Grade 3 rocks & minerals program involves creating “fossils” using leaves collected during our nature walk
Another highlight was embellishing rocks with puffy paint, glitter, chalk and oil pastels
Amazing rock drawing number 4 (and there were so many others!)
Amazing rock drawing number 3
Amazing rock drawing number 2
Amazing rock drawing number 1
After completing field sketches of our rocks we created another observational drawing with the addition of oil pastels and watercolor paints. The creativity shown by these young artists was incredible to witness!
Geologists in training!
We went down to Cascade Creek in search of the perfect rocks to study in detail
A very tasty way to learn about rocks: making sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous “rocks” out of Starburst candies. Many of the students chose to eat their metamorphic rocks while our igneous rock was heating up!
Learning about the rock cycle through a readers theater activity
After learning about and observing real organisms we created some drawings and sculptures of imaginary organisms. We illustrated the organisms in their natural habitats, showing the things they need to survive and thrive, then used natural materials and clay to create a 3D version!
We collected acorns down by the oak tree, did a float test, and then “dissected” them to explore their insides
Exploring the arboretum on a beautiful day
Down by Cascade Creek
Exploring the labyrinth (and spotting soaring hawks flying in the sky above us!)
The willow sculpture is a favorite venue for a game of hide and seek
Searching for and documenting organisms down by Cascade Creek
Nature explorers of all ages exploring the willow sculpture
A beautiful leaf print created using a leaf from the Northern Catalpa tree
Learning about symmetry by examining and drawing leaves
During a nature walk, we got up close with trees and leaves and created “tree books” filled with fallen leaves and bark/leaf rubbings
Climbing the Mother Willow tree
Young nature explorer pondering a willow tree
Land & water collages created with watercolor paints, sand, salt, glitter, oil pastels & cellophane
Land & water collage created with watercolors, salt, sand, glitter and googly eyes
Creating berry paintings after learning about all the berries that grow in the summertime
More berry paintings created during a preschool program
Sailing bark boats on Cascade Creek
Amazing bark boats created by students ages 6-9
Hard at work on her bark boat
Creating a bark boat with natural materials
Singing & dancing during a preschool program
Storytime during a preschool program
Our preschool programs always include bubble time!
Experimenting with watercolor paint & pipettes during a preschool program
Making prints with vegetables and fruit during a preschool program
Fruit & vegetable printing
Three young leaf printers creating beautiful prints from leaves collected from one of the arboretum’s Northern Catalpa trees
Preschool students creating apples with watercolor paints, glitter, and real apple tree leaves after learning about the autumn harvest
Amazing bird nests created by preschoolers with clay, beads, sticks, sequins, pom poms, yarn, ribbon, birdseed, and many other materials!
Creating sparkly pinecone ornaments with paint, glitter, beads and wire