Guided school field trips can be scheduled, at $2 per student, during the spring and fall. Each season offers different lessons and experiences. If a guided field trip is not available, you are welcome to use our facility for your own self-guided programs.
Financial aid may be granted through Friends of Oxley Nature Center
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Many first-time visitors choose to go on a General Discovery Tour. Whatever the students and their leaders discover along the trail (animal homes, evidence of wildlife activity, plant growth, seed dispersal, predator-prey interactions, etc.) will be the topics of discussion.
As part of their discoveries, pathfinders earn a badge by learning to identify five plants (one being poison ivy) and finding five tracks or signs of wild animals, and becoming able to discuss five wild animals that live at the Nature Center.
The award-winning Riddle of the Woods Tour is designed for 3rd-6th grade students. The Riddle is revealed to students a week or two before the field trip, as a mystery to be solved. A series of preparatory materials covers basic vocabulary and background information. With the students prepared to search for clues, the field trip itself puts discoveries into the framework of energy flow from the sun to green plants to herbivores to carnivores and omnivores to decomposers.