Osprey Wilds

Osprey Wilds logo

Osprey Wilds Educational Programming

School and Youth

These classes and programs are for community groups, teachers, parents, and anyone looking for learning opportunities during the 20-21 school year. Osprey Wilds has adapted our learning structure to fit the dynamic needs of our students and teachers during the 2020-2021 school year. We are currently offering virtual programming, on-site programming where our environmental educators will visit your school, and field trips on our campus. We have updated our class formats and procedures to follow all CDC guidelines to ensure the safety of our students, teachers, and staff. If you would like to book any of these programs, our Reservations Coordinator and Education Director will go over our COVID-19 Preparedness Plan with you in detail prior to booking your dates. 

If you have questions, please contact us at Schools@ospreywilds.org

Contact Us

To learn more about our virtual classes, on-site visits to your school, field trips, availability, pricing & scholarships please:

Wildlife programs at Osprey Wilds

Resources for Teachers and Educators

Online learning

Virtual Classes

Is your school or youth group in distance learning or a hybrid model? Let us help you engage students and meet science standards with digital lessons taught by our team of educators.

Live Raptor Programs: choose from a number of interactive educational talks that use our animal ambassadors. A 1-hour program is $100 for the first session and $50 for each subsequent session on the same day. A 30-min presentation is $75 for the first session and $25 for each subsequent session on the same day. Limit 100 students/session. Learn more here. 

Ask a Naturalist: a 1-hour live Q&A on a topic of your choosing. Our expert naturalists will take questions from students on topics you are already discussing in class, or what it is like to be an environmental educator or raptor handler. Cost: $75, limit 1 classroom/session

Guest Speaker Engagements: Our team will prepare a presentation and answer questions from students on a topic of your choosing, for example -- energy cycles, niches, adaptations, the basics of raptor care and handling, etc. Cost: $50 (30 minutes) to $100 (1 hr). Limit 100 Students/session

Nature Journaling: Students learn the basics of keeping a nature journal and receive several prompts to choose from to create their own journal entries by observing nature in their own neighborhood. Cost: $75, limit 1 classroom/session

AT your school

In-Person Classes

Our staff can safely bring outdoor learning to your students at your school, without the added risk of a student field trip. Click on the options below to learn more.

Outdoor Science Courses: Our instructors will lead your students through outdoor classes on wildlife, ecology, and environmental science. Select from specialized classes such as Animal Signs and Forest Explorers that are designed to be done on school grounds and can be adjusted to fit your existing class schedule. Contact us for a complete course offering list.

Live Animal Programming: Book a 1-hour experience, or even up to a full day of educational programming with our live animal ambassadors. Choose from a variety of programs for all age groups.

overnight & Day Visits

Field Trips at OW

We specialize in overnight and one-day experiences for K-12 youth. To ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff, we are asking student groups to adhere to certain requirements, listed below.

Day Trips:

  • For school groups of up to 40 students that can do In-Person learning under MDE recommendations
  • Experience two of our outdoor Science classes and have a picnic lunch on the grounds. Our kitchen can safely prepare individualized bag lunches, or schools can bring their own.
  • Learn outdoors safely with our well-trained and conscientious staff!
  • Day Group Fee: $20/student/class

  • High Ropes Adventure: $30/student/class

  • Additional $25 cleaning fee per Group

Overnight Visits:

  • For school groups of up to 28 people (students and teachers/adult chaperones), that can do In-Person learning under MDE recommendations
  • Experience a multi-day trip in an intimate setting. Students will sleep 2 to a room with their own sinks/handwashing stations and sleeping areas more than 6 feet apart. 
  • Our kitchen will safely prepare individual meals for each participant in our socially-distanced dining hall. 
  • Learn outdoors safely with our well-trained and conscientious staff!
  • Pricing 
    • $123/person 
    • Additional $15/person cleaning fee

  • Visit our Planning Your Trip page for details on planning your trip to Osprey Wilds or
  • Download our K-12 Trip Planner for a comprehensive documentent about planning a trip to Osprey Wilds, including a listing of class options, pricing, logistics, forms, etc.

Monday-Friday 7 AM - 5 pm at Osprey Wilds

Academic Support Center

Osprey Wilds is offering a new Academic Support Center for students in grades 6th – 12th. If your students are attending school virtually or through a hybrid model, we’re here to help. Students can be dropped off at Osprey Wilds Monday-Friday beginning January 11. They will have access to their own workspace to attend virtual classes, complete schoolwork, and interact with their peers safely. Our academic coaches will be there for homework help and to lead small activities throughout the day. Students should bring their class schedule, homework, laptop, and anything else needed for their classes. 

Our academic support center offers a flexible schedule for families.  Students can be dropped off in the morning from 7 – 8 am and picked up from 3 – 5 pm. From 3 – 5 pm, students will have the opportunity to work on homework and participant in our afterschool activities at no additional cost.  

The cost per student is $20/day and includes Wi-Fi, a quiet and safe workspace, support from our academic coaches, and additional activities. For an additional $5/day you can sign up for our meal program which includes a cold breakfast, warm lunch, and afternoon snack.

Questions? Please email us at info@ospreywilds.org 

Monday-Friday 4-6 pm

Virtual After School Programming

Beginning January 11, Osprey Wilds is offering virtual after school programs for students of all ages.  Our staff will be leading programs that range from theater, crafts, exploring nature, and more. 

Monday-Friday 3-5 pm

After School Programming at
Osprey Wilds

Beginning January 4, and in conjunction with our recently launched Academic Support Center, Osprey Wilds will also be offering after school programs on-site. Join our staff for fun activities. All ages are welcome. Cost is $10/person and includes an afternoon snack. 

Any size group ◆ any length visit ◆ outreach options

Other Options for K-12 Youth

Day Field Trips

With a one-day school program package, you select the classes of your choice all morning and/or afternoon, with lunch in between. Bring your own bag lunch or enjoy a delicious meal prepared by our kitchen staff. Any of our programs and classes are available on an “a la carte” basis.

Submit a booking inquiry form or email us to get started or check available dates.

Homeschool Families

Homeschool camps are periodically offered to extend our quality formal school programming to the homeschool community. Through class options focused on ecology, wildlife, adventure, or cultural and natural history, your students will discover new ways to connect with the natural world.

Check our Program Calendar for upcoming Homeschool camps or email for more info.

Outreach/Off-Site

Live animals have the ability to engage an audience and inspire a concern for wildlife and our environment. We offer a variety of wildlife program topics that come to your school or site. Our programs cover a range of topics and we use a variety of education animals including: salamander, frogs, toad, turtles, snakes, rabbit, raptors, and porcupine.

“Great opportunity for kids to experience the ‘great outdoors’ in a safe, nurturing environment. The program encourages team-building and fosters an awareness of the world around us.”
Teacher, Crossroads Elementary