Day programs in Ohio’s national park allow students to explore ecology, natural history, and Ohio history. Programs are available for a wide age-range of students from public schools, independent and private schools, daycare centers, or preschools. All programs meet Ohio academic content standards for the recommended grades listed.
The Open Outdoors for Kids National Park Service initiative, gives every fourth-grader the opportunity to visit and experience national parks for free! Discover our programs here →
Please check back in July for our Fall 2020 programs.
Rockin’ at the Run
2 hours | Recommended for grades 4-8 | FULL FOR SPRING 2020 | 75 student max/day
Hike the Ledges and discover how geologic processes have shaped the land. Look for evidence of how erosion and deposition have changed the land, examine how weathering occurs and explore the rocks that make up the Ledges.
Ways of the Whittlesey
1.5 hours | Recommended for grades 3-5 | FULL FOR SPRING 2020 | 90 student max/day
Discover the culture of these and other American Indians who once inhabited this region. Learn about their daily life by examining artifacts, practicing your hunting skills, grinding corn and sharing American Indian stories.
Low Bridge Everybody Down
2 hours | Recommended for grade 4 | FULL FOR SPRING 2020 | 60 student max/day
Explore the Canal Exploration Center to learn about the history and economic importance of the Ohio & Erie Canal. Learn about this time period as you operate a working canal lock, hike on the Towpath Trail and discover primary sources that provide narratives of life during the canal era.
Among the Trees
1.5 hours | Recommended for grades 2-7 | FULL FOR SPRING 2020 | 60 student max/day
Search for and uncover clues about who lives in a forest. Describe how these organisms interact with their environment. Investigate the energy flow in this ecosystem by constructing food webs for the organisms we find.
At Water’s Edge
1.5 hours | Recommended for grades 2-7 | FULL FOR SPRING 2020 | 30 student max/day
Discover what organisms live in a pond and describe their adaptations for this aquatic habitat. Explore animal life cycles and investigate the food webs and energy flow with the animals we find.
Really Big Rocks
Recommended for grades PreK-1, | FULL FOR SPRING 2020 | 30 student max/day
Step into a wondrous place of huge rocks, evergreens, and moss. A hike below the Ledges is always special. How were these rocks made? Do they change?