Outdoor School Programs

An Environmental Education Event

Ever give a high-five to a duck? How about see the world from a bug’s eye view using a magnifying glass? Use a microscope to investigate who lives in the soil? Our outdoor environmental education programs for classrooms are a fun way to incorporate science skills and outdoor fun into your class’s day!

Choose from a variety of programs tailored to meet your classroom objectives and interests! We offer environmental education experiences including live animal presentations, hands-on learning with naturalist tools, prairie ecology studies, and so much more. All class materials are provided by SELC, and brought to your school for your class!

All school-based environmental education programs run at a special discounted rate of $4/student for 3 hours of programming or less, and $6.00/student for 3 hours of programming or over, plus mileage to and from your school. Call or email our Environmental Education Director, Katie Chapman, at 507-763-3567; katie@shetek.org for more information!

Bookings run throughout the school year, until Memorial Day Weekend. Holidays and other observed days off will not be available for booking.

All appropriate procedures for mitigating the risk of COVID-19 will be followed according to school policies.

Please see our options below for programs currently offered for schools. All school-oriented programs are one hour in length but you may do more than one program. Our outdoor environmental education programs are designed with Covid-related restrictions in mind. All class materials used are single-use, or easily sanitized between users, and will be provided by Shetek Environmental Learning Center. Classes are aligned to a variety of Minnesota state standards and are available upon request. We will practice safety measures such as physical distancing and sanitizing hygiene during classes. If we are unable to come to your school due to illness or other conflict, rescheduling is easy and flexible!

Live Animal Program
Meet our cool camp critters in this hands-on learning experience! Shetek Environmental Learning Center is home to several native and domesticated species, all experienced and comfortable with meeting kids!  Our live animal programs are very exciting for all participants. Several guidelines must be followed to ensure the safety of both participants and SELC animals. If these guidelines cannot be followed, SELC reserves the right to end the live animal program in order to keep both the participants and animals safe. Any participant animal allergies must be reported to the Director prior to your visit.
SELC provides live animals visits to all venues. Our animal friends travel well and are very accustomed to gentle interactions with participants. Participants must abide by these guidelines in order to ensure a productive and educational experience: 1) Participants may not touch animals or their enclosures without permission. 2) Participants must remain quiet and respectful of the animals and instructors. 3) Any touches must be gentle, and as directed by the instructors. SELC animals include birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians! 
Maple Syrup Science
Making delicious maple syrup is a favorite pastime at Shetek! Students will learn to identify maple trees and how to tap them. Students will also learn about the process of making maple syrup and current tapping operations at Shetek. If you have maple trees that you would like tapped at your site, we can work on that together! Stories, songs, crafts, and other activities will also engage students in this multi-disciplinary adventure.
Prairie Creepy Crawlies
Students will learn about a variety of prairie insects and arachnids, and their roles in a healthy ecosystem. Students will practice observation and identification using naturalist tools and guidebooks. This program also includes a fun insect craft!
Prairie Animal Rescue!
Minnesota’s endangered, threatened, and special concern species are protected in many ways. Laws prevent the harvest and sale of these species, as well as protect the habitats in which these species reside. However, threats such as poaching and other illegal endeavors can greatly affect the populations of these species. In this game, your Prairie Animal Rescue team will identify the identity and habitat of the species, and unlock a series of clues to reveal the poachers’ secret location! This game is for ages 4th grade and older. Be prepared for a fun brain challenge as you race to save the creatures (and avoid the poachers)!


Oct 16


October 16 @ 6:00 pm - October 17 @ 6:00 pm
Nov 06

Confirmation Retreat

November 6 @ 6:00 pm - November 7 @ 6:00 pm
Dec 28

Winter Fun Day

December 28 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Dec 28

Summer Ministry Team Reunion

December 28 @ 6:00 pm - December 29 @ 3:00 pm

Environmental Education Events

Oct 10

Fall Toddlers and Trees

October 10 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Oct 25

Spooky Spiders and Creepy Crawlies

October 25 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Nov 14

Owls in the Night

November 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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