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The standard charge is $0.50 per child for any program that involves a naturalist. If you are visiting both the Nature Center and the Native American Museum, the charge is $0.50 per student per program at each  facility. All of the programs below typically run 20-30 minutes unless otherwise noted, with some extra time at the end to tour the nature center, but can be shortened or expanded depending on how much time your group has. We can adjust each program to any age level.

Although there is much to see at Dobbs Park, and especially at the Nature Center, we realize that budget constraints sometimes prevent groups from traveling. For these cases, we can adapt most of the programs below to be held off-site. The standard charges per child still apply. We can work out the details when you call to schedule your program.

For the standard $0.50 charge, you may choose from:

  • Amphibians—frogs and salamanders—life cycle and habitats
  • Astronomy—stargazing for each season
  • Bats—includes bat trivia and conservation
  • Birds—can be a general program, or be directed to certain group of birds - see Feeder Birds:
    • Bird ID Quiz—slide show
    • Birds of Prey—hawks, falcons, and owls
    • Owls—silent night hunters - Power Point Presentation (Ppt)
    • Backyard Birds - Identify them and learn what and how to feed them
  • Fish—learn about fish in general and what species live in our ponds - (Ppt)
  • Furs—native animals and their habits and habitats
  • Invertebrates - Spineless Creatures  - (Ppt)
  • Insects—metamorphosis, predator-prey relationships, garden good guys/bad guys, or focus on the following:
    • Butterflies—life cycle, caterpillar host plants, and nectar sources, plus Monarch migration
    • Dragonflies and Damselflies—aerial hunters—life cycle and habits
  • Pond Study - What makes a pond healthy and what critters live there (seasonal)
  • Reptiles—see some native reptiles that live right here in the Nature Center—up close and personal!
  • Indiana's Venomous Snakes (Ppt)
  • Snowflakes - Learn what a snowflake is made of and how it forms - (Ppt)
  • Spiders—the good, the bad, and the ugly!
  • Tracking—how to track a variety of animals by their tracks, scat, and other signs they leave behind
  • Trees—discover some of the common trees in Indiana and how we depend on trees for items we use every day
  • The Underworld - Learn about our many native animals that live underground or in caves (Ppt)
  • Weird & Wonderful Wildlife—all about the strange creatures that call Indiana home (Ppt)
  • Wetlands—Learn about the importance of wetlands and their many functions - hike to the wetlands
  • Wildflowers—beauty is not just in a cultivated garden—it’s right here in the woods! Spring Hike or (Ppt)
  • Age appropriate Knowledge Hunts for 1st grade and up
  • Picture Scavenger Hunts for Preschool and Kindergarten

We can also customize a program on just about any other nature-related topic

For an additional charge of $0.50 per child, you may choose from:

  • Feeder Birds—with a “Feeder Birds” booklet for the children to color
  • Tracking—how to track a variety of common animals by looking for their tracks, scat, and other signs they leave behind—includes a “Tracking” booklet for the kids to stamp the tracks

For an additional charge of $1.00 per child, you may choose from:

  • Plaster Tracks—paint a plaster track of an Indiana native to take home with you!
  • Tree Cookies—learn how to tell the age of a tree by counting growth rings, and make a “tree cookie” necklace
(Check with a naturalist to be sure that these are available!)


  • “Walk Throughs” (nature center staff is present, but the group is on their own) are free.

All of the above programs usually run 20-30 minutes, with some extra time at the end to tour the Nature Center, but can be shortened or expanded, depending upon how much time your group has.  We can also adjust each program to any age level.

Please call us at 812-877-1095 to plan your group's trip.  Our fax number is 812-877-0307.  We reserve the right to limit the number of participants.




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