From the seeds of awareness and experience come the fruits of appreciation, understanding, and ultimately responsibility. The Calvin Ecosystem Preserve & Native Gardens offers a variety of educational programs for all ages throughout the year.

Educational programs

Programs for children and families
Discovery Field Packs

Create your own adventure with our free, self-guided Discovery Field Packs. All ages will enjoy exploring the preserve with these themed backpacks containing easy-to-understand guides and activities. Learn more about the Discovery Field Packs.

Elementary school groups

Curriculum-based, outdoor learning experiences for your budding scientists. Our leaders will engage your students with a close-up, hands-on view of nature. Find out more about various elementary school groups.

College programs
Adult programs

Annual Events

Native Plant Sale

On the first Saturday of May each year, we hold a Native Plant Sale with the aim of improving the health of our environment as these plants are spread through the community. Everyone is invited to shop our sale for inexpensive, lovely, low-maintenance plants that help restore biodiversity and purify stormwater. Learn more about the Native Plant Sale.

Fall Open House

We host an open house during Calvin University's Family Weekend each October. Everyone is welcome to stop in the Bunker Interpretive Center, create some of our favorite nature art projects, and go for a hike on our scenic trails. Learn more about the Fall Open House.