Environmental Education Programs for Youth

The Habitat Nature Center allows all ages to learn about nature. How we all impact our world and how to make a difference in it. We offer year-round programs, so be sure to check out what we’re offering this season.
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Environmental Education
Managed By: Kerri Miles

Upcoming Programs

Some of our upcoming programs are highlighted below. You can view our entire program offering in the Spring Activities Guide and Summer Activities Guide.

Curious about the benefits exploring nature has for kids? Check out our recent blog post!

volunteersCamp Volunteer Open House

Wednesday,  May 8, 6 - 7 p.m.

Volunteering for summer camps is fun and rewarding. Hours are
available for nature, art, sports, and recreation camps. Parents
are also welcome to attend this informational meeting. Contact
the Volunteer office at 296-2433 or KetteringVolunteer@ketteringoh.org for more information.

Held at the Habitat Environmental Center, 3036 Bellflower St.
Parking also available behind Southdale Elementary School 1200 W. Dorothy Lane

lil rangersHabitat Rangers 

Ages: 6 – 11
In each session kids will experience fun and educational nature-themed lessons. The Habitat Rangers program encourages exploration and inquiry through hikes, games and hands-on activities.

01-30106-C, Wednesdays, 4 – 5:30 p.m. March 27 – April 24

Fee: $35/resident; $40/non-resident

View the registration page and enroll now!

kids with magnifying glassWiggle Worms Preschool Explorers

Ages: 3 – 5
Join a naturalist at the Habitat and introduce your preschool aged child to the wondrous natural world. Each week we will explore a new topic through hands-on activities, outdoor exploration, and more. We will be outdoors so dress for the weather. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

01-30104-A, Fridays, 10 – 11 a.m., March 29 - April 26
Fee: $25/resident; $30/non-resident

View the registration page and enroll now!

campfireSpring Mini Camp-Out 

Ages: 6 – 11
Parent’s night out! Send your kids to the Habitat’s mock camp-out. Campers will learn how to set up a tent, explore the great outdoors with a nature hike, and dine on the finest campfire hotdogs and s’mores.
02-30110-A, Friday, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., April 26
Fee: $10/resident; $12/non-resident

View the registration page and enroll now

boy with fishAnnual Youth Fishing Derby 

Saturday, June 8, 2019
Delco Park in Kettering

9:00am Registration; 10am Derby Begins
Ages 5-16

-Casting demonstrations from 9-10am
-Beginners encouraged to attend.
-Catch a tagged fish for a special prize.

Lunch and awards at noon. Parents or guardians must remain with their children during the event. Loaner poles available and wax worms will be provided.

This is a FREE event and is held rain or shine.

Support provided by Dor-Wood Optimist and Kettering Police Department

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birthday party

Looking for a fun, unique way to celebrate your child's next birthday? Try a Wild Birthday at the Habitat Center! Learn more about pricing, structure and party options on the Wild Birthdays homepage.

Habitat Adventures

The Habitat Environmental Center offers programming opportunities for groups including overnights, badge fulfillment, service projects and more.

Habitat Adventures
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