Field Trips, Tours & Group Programs

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 education@leaferie.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:

All ages:

  • 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).




Preschool:

“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
  • Flowers
  • 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
  • Harvest
  • Twirling Leaves
  • Tall Trees
  • Beautiful Birds
  • Animal Homes
  • Seasons

Length: 45 minutes. Outdoor discovery walk can also be included by request to extend the visit (additional fees will apply).




Grades k-8: 

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: 

45 Minute to 1 Hour Programs (Walking Tours, Seasonal Discovery Walks/Scavenger Hunts and Little Leaves Preschool Programs) :
$3 per participant ($30 minimum)

1.5 to 2 Hour Programs (Grades K-8 Programs) :
$5 per participant ($50 minimum)

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 education@leaferie.org 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!”




Program Highlights:

Explore the photo gallery below to see just a few of the many wonderful experiences we’ve had during past group programs!