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Field Trips

Kettunen Center offers environmental and outdoor education programs designed for youth ages 5-12 or K-8th grades. Our programs offer hands-on, experiential-based education for getting children outside to learn about science and engage in outdoor learning experiences. The science activities are designed to meet the Michigan Department of Education Science Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCEs).

Schools know that experiential learning is the highest form of learning. Unfortunately, large class sizes and limited resources often hinder experiential opportunities. The school programs at Kettunen Center are built entirely on a foundation of experiential education, students (and our teachers) learn through doing. As a result, participants leave with new leadership skills and a stronger sense of self-efficacy.

Each program is a cooperative effort, planned and implemented by teachers and Kettunen Center program staff. The programs are structured to assist teachers in providing quality learning experiences and educational content in an outdoor learning environment. Programs offer learning experiences in science, natural history, outdoor recreation, team building and life skills.

Some of the program options include seasonal discovery hikes, wetland study, lake ecology, bird study, forest ecology and management, wildlife habitat and adaptations, atmosphere study, wild edibles and useful plants, cooperatives, team-building activities, canoeing, winter survival, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and more.

Most program activity offerings rotate by season. Click here for program activity descriptions.

The cost is on a per student basis with a reduced charge for teachers or adults needed to fulfill the program requirement of “pick up and teach activities” and the one adult for every twelve youth ratio. Contact the Kettunen Center program office for costs and available dates. We often have grants to reduce the cost of programs for local area schools.

Although there are many reasons a school might seek out programs like Kettunen Center’s, four primary outcomes stand above all others: improved academics, development of leaders and problem-solving skills, increased awareness of self and others, and group development.

Contact Kettunen Center program staff for more information at (231) 829-3421 or email our program staff.