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Mobile Nature Outreach

Mobile Nature Outreach

Experience our education programs in your classroom as our naturalists transform your learning environment into a wonderland of natural discovery. Whether you’re preparing for a field trip to one of our sites or simply prefer to have us come to you, our Mobile Nature Outreach Programs will fuel your students’ curiosity for nature and science and nurture a lifelong appreciation of our environment.

  • When: Monday - Thursday (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
  • Length: 45-minute program
  • Cost: $50 fee for MPS schools or schools/groups located in the City of Milwaukee, $75.00 fee for schools/groups outside of the City of Milwaukee (Maximum of 35 participants, including teachers and chaperones).
  • Cancellation policy: Our office must receive 24-hour notice or no refund will be issued

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  Animal Adaptations (Grades 3-5)

Adaptations refer to changes in color, size, shape and behavior. These changes help living things find food and protect themselves.

  Backyard Babies (Grades K4-3)

Expose your students to the idea of their backyards as a habitat for nature! Even your schoolyard can provide what is necessary for animals to raise a family. Through a PowerPoint presentation, puppets and discussion, we can help students recognize the mammals that might be sharing their neighborhoods, learn the various animals that lay eggs and even help determine when an animal might need help.

  Bats (Grades K4-3)

Our Naturalists will present a short presentation and lead a game to help your students recognize characteristics of mammals, including bats. We will also experiment with echolocation to enhance learning and understanding of these beneficial mammals.

  Fossils (Grades 5-8)

Let us bring the excitement of paleontology and fossils to your classroom. A PowerPoint presentation will introduce the geological time table and the past and present of fossils. Real examples will allow your students to examine the 3 types of fossils, including Wisconsin’s state fossil.

  Pollinators (Grades 3-6)

Pollinators are responsible for assisting over 80 percent of the world’s flowering plants, including over 150 food crops in the United States, yet pollinator populations are declining. We will present your students the opportunity to observe, compare, infer and apply knowledge of bees, butterflies, birds and even some mammals.

  Solar (Grades 2-5)

Our sun is a powerful star. Your students will make sun prints, explore light using a prism and experiment with shadows and light to further understand Earth’s rotation.

  Metamorphosis (Grades K4-3)

Metamorphosis is a series of changes some animals must undergo to become adults. A tadpole turning into a frog or a caterpillar morphing into a butterfly might seem more like magic than science until we offer engaging, hands on activities to help understand this concept.

  Dendrochronology (Grades 6-12)

“The science that uses tree rings dated to their exact year of formation to analyze temporal and spatial patterns of processes in the physical and cultural sciences.” Confused? We can help you unravel the science of climate change while introducing your students to urban forestry through observations and calculations.


Please use this information to contact Milwaukee Recreation's Outdoor Education staff:

Phone: 414-647-6050
Email: Outdoor [at]

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