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Learn with Us!

Nature Tots
Toddlers with an adult will explore the wonders of nature through “loose parts” play. In this way, your little one can learn the joys of a natural play-scape that they create themselves, while learning teamwork and sharing skills. We provide materials, your child provides imagination! We will play outside each class, so please dress for the weather.
Age: 18 months-3 with adult
Select Mondays and Fridays, 9:30 to 10:30am- Please click the tab at the top of the page for dates and to register

Animal Adventures
Children will learn interesting facts and fascinating features of a different animal each week. Your child will discover more about our animal subjects through stories, role play and creative exercises. They should dress for their adventures with the animals in weather appropriate clothing as we often will be outside. 
Age: 4-6 (through kindergarten) 
Sessions are on Tuesdays, 8:45 to 10:45am and 12:30 to 2:30pm- Please click the tab at the top of the page for dates and to register

Budding Naturalists
Discover more about local nature by learning how to use observation skills and exploration tools like binoculars and magnifiers. Dress your child in outdoor gear, as we plan to spend much of the class in the outdoors (weather permitting). 
Age: 4-6 (through kindergarten) 
Select Fridays, 12:30 to 2:30pm- Please click the tab at the top of the page for dates and to register

Parents Night Out - Kids Fun Night!
Drop your kids off and enjoy a fun evening out - child free. Children will enjoy nature activities and games, meet animals, go on a hike (weather permitting), and have a pizza party. Craft time and story time will round out the night. 
Age: 4-12
Sa, Aug 21, at 5:30-8:30pm-Please click the tab at the top of the page to register

 

Open House

Would you like to learn more about the programs and events at the Nature Center? Do you want to visit some cool critters?
Come to our open houses the 4th Saturday of every month as we offer fun nature-themed activities. No registration required and all ages are welcome.
Sa, July 31, 12:00-3:00pm
Sa, August 28, 12:00-3:00pm

 

 

Small Group Outings

The Lake View Nature Center is offering a new small group outing. These outings are perfect for families, community groups, learning pods and many more. Groups can enjoy a one-hour field trip priced for their small group size. Your group of up to 15 people is welcome at the Nature Center. Choose from two great themed options: 
Meet our Live Animals - The Nature Center is home to many local (and a few exotic) species of animals. Interact with a variety of critters like snakes, turtles, amphibians, and bugs (you'll even get to pet a few of them!). Learn about how we care for our critters at the Nature Center and discover the role they play in their native habitats. Your group will gain a greater appreciation for the wildlife around them after meeting so many of our captivating animal residents.

Discover our Natural Collections - Investigation of our natural specimens like furs, skulls, mounted animals, fossils, and geological collection is a great way to discover more about local nature. This program provides your group an opportunity for hands-on exploration of unique natural artifacts, while we help them make connections to the world right outside.

Both programs are 60 minutes each. Groups up to 5 attendees: $25. Groups up to 10 attendees: $50. Groups up to 15 attendees: $75.

To reserve your date and time or for more information, email laura@obtpd.org. Please make arrangements for your visit at least two weeks in advance. 

Programs

The Lake View Nature Center, located by the pond at Terrace View Park, is a unique location for children to enjoy summer camp fun. These short-term camps are perfect for families that need their summer to be flexible, and for children with specialized interests.