Field Trips

There is no better classroom than the outdoors! Field trips run year round and can be booked up to one year in advance. Field trips are available Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday starting as early as 9 a.m.

Please call 586-446-2710 (Ext. 0) to speak with a naturalist or to schedule a field trip.

Preschool Field Trips: Introduce your little ones to the wonderful world of animals and plants of Michigan. The programs allow our youngest visitors to see and touch animals and plants in order to fully experience the environment and expand their knowledge of the natural world. Activities include exploration of our inside exhibit room which houses native Michigan amphibians, reptiles, numerous stuffed taxidermy birds and mammals and a 900 gallon fresh water aquarium. The field trip also includes a LIVE animal presentation, and a hike lasting about half an hour outside; please dress for the weather.

Kindergarten thru 6th grade: Field Trips, Homeschoolers, Senior Citizen groups and other Recreation groups: Provide your students or group with a broad background covering the ecosystems that exist in southeastern

Michigan. Activities include a hike* in our wooded backyard, a visit to our exhibit room which houses various animals native to Michigan, a LIVE animal presentation and the movie “Worlds Alive”, which is a remarkable film covering the animal kingdom.


WCS/UCS schools (located in Sterling Heights) $37 per class.

All other districts, homeschoolers, daycares, senior groups or other recreation groups, $54 per class or group.

*Programs run rain or shine, please dress for the weather. If severe weather threatens, we will stay inside. If Utica Community Schools close due to inclement weather, the Sterling Heights Nature Center will also close.

Fee amount good through June 2023.

Outreach Programs

If you can’t visit us, we can still help! The Sterling Heights Nature Center has three different outreach programs that will be presented in a classroom setting (not an assembly).

Virtual Field Trips

We want to stay connected so the best way to do that is through our NEW virtual field trip. This unique field trip brings native Michigan turtles up close to the viewers. During our show and tell presentation, the Naturalist will introduce LIVE turtles to the audience. This interactive, fun and educational experience suns approximately 20 - 25 minutes and is adapted for all age groups. At the end of the program, the group will be able to ask questions. Simply invite us to your virtual classroom or after school program, scouts, senior citizens group or camps using zoom or any other platform. Please have the students muted during the presentation. Then sit back and enjoy the show.

Fee: $20 per program with groups located in Sterling Heights / $26 Non-resident * 

 *Groups include 30 participants or less.