Programs for School Groups

School class in front of EIC

Science, Nature, and Sustainability...Outdoors!

The EIC currently offers a variety of pre-K-12 educational programs to schools and community groups in southeastern Michigan. These programs utilize the 120+ acre Environmental Study Area outdoor classroom, EIC classroom and/or teaching laboratories.

Our educational programs emphasize interdisciplinary, inquiry-based learning opportunities that connect to the Michigan K-12 and Next Generation Science Standards.

Exciting educational facilities include:

  • An "outdoor classroom" of 120 acres of forest, old field, lake, pond, wetland, meadow, and Rouge River habitats.
  • Indoor science laboratories and classroom.
  • A staff of experienced professional naturalists and UM-Dearborn student naturalists.

General program information:

  • Programs for school groups are $3/student for single programs and $5/student for double programs, teachers and chaperones are free of charge. 
  • Programs last 1-1/2 to 2 hours. We can adapt the program to your needs.
  • Program content varies according to grade level and abilities.

Paying for programs

  • Please pay for programs no later than one week prior to attending your field trip.
  • Payments are non-refundable. If programs are cancelled due to weather we will try and reschedule your group.
  • Payment via credit card for all programs.
  • Contact [email protected] or call 313-593-5338 if you need additional support.

Inclement weather

  • If adverse weather is expected we will reach out to the registered program contacts. 
  • We hold field trips in most weather conditions, but will reschedule in the event of severe weather.
  • Please have students and chaperones dress accordingly for expected weather conditions.