Register for the 2022-2023 School Year
The nature centers are eager to work with you and to see the wonders of nature through your children's eyes. We encourage you to consider registering for the fall, when the weather can be more predictable.
Annie's BIG Nature Lesson
Annie's BIG Nature Lesson is a study trip that spans five consecutive days at one of mid-Michigan's nature centers. Teachers and students immerse themselves in learning for a full week of in-depth study, working with experts on site, followed with teacher-led lessons and reinforced with independent observation and research time
Whether you are planning to take your class to ABNL or want to incorporate outdoor learning throughout your class this year, click below to find lesson plans, activities, video lessons, and more and more resources to support your work.
The mission of Annie's BIG Nature Lesson is to immerse children, teachers, and parents in the beauty and wonder of the natural world; engage them in authentic scientific investigations of the local ecology by observing, drawing, and writing; nurture citizens who value and protect natural resources; and build a school-community partnership that inspires responsible environmental stewardship.
Annie's BIG Nature Lesson is named in honor of Ann Mason, environmentalist from Clinton County, Michigan, who devoted her life to taking care of the environment and educating the public about their responsibility for stewardship of the earth.
Annie's BIG Nature Lesson Sites
Harris Nature Center
3998 Van Atta Rd, Okemos
Naturalists Kati Adams and Allison Goodman
Woldumar Nature Center
5739 Old Lansing Rd, Lansing
Director Kevin Wernet
Naturalists Whitney Beaird and Alexandra Shigley
7117 S Jackson Rd, Jackson
Director Ben Dandrow
Naturalist Carrie Benham
7000 N. Westnedge Ave.
Naturalist Sarah Gonda and Jen Rice