Off-site Programs & Activities

Need a speaker? We can help. Although we strongly encourage your group to visit the Nature Center at Bethel Horizons, trained naturalist staff can also travel to your location to present nature-related programs for your group or organization. The fee is $100 for a single program, $75 each for two presentations, and $65 each for three or more. Large lyceum-type programs are $1/student. Here’s a sampling of some of the programs we are prepared to present at your site. Additional programs can be designed to meet your special needs upon request. Programs typically are about an hour in length but can be adjusted to your needs. Call the Nature Center for more information or to make a reservation.

Skulls and Skins — Learn about Wisconsin mammals through pelts, skulls, study mounts and life history stories.  

Beetles, Butterflies and Bugs — This interesting program is an educational look at the most common creatures on Earth – Insects! We utilize live, pinned and plastic insects to teach about these fascinating creatures.

Planet in Peril — Learn about the environmental problems facing us and what we can do to help during this stewardship look at our home planet – the Earth. Global warming, overpopulation, pollution, nuclear disaster, loss of species diversity, and deforestation are some of the human influenced problems effecting our home planet. 

Live Animals — This program will acquaint students with a variety of native living creatures, emphasizing adaptations and classification – what makes each different from all other creatures on earth. View turtles, frogs, snakes, birds, insects and mammals.

Fossils and Prehistoric Life — This program examines prehistoric life in Wisconsin through the study and examination of real fossils and casts and observation of prehistoric animal replicas. Learn how and where fossils form, when they lived, and what they can tell us about ancient environments. What was Wisconsin like 300 million years ago, or 65 million years ago, or 10 thousand years ago? Learn how to collect fossils and where to look for them. 

Wild about Birds — Discover and appreciate the world of birds with an emphasis on birds of southern Wisconsin. Learn how to set up a bird watching area and feeding station. Meet a live bird up close and personal. Learn about migration, physical adaptations of birds, and how to identify birds by sight and sound. 

Landscaping for Wildlife — By providing additional habitat we can both help, and attract wildlife to our yards and parks. Which wildlife species can we expect to attract in our area? Learn about butterfly and hummingbird gardens, trees for birds, shelter plantings and much more. 

Nature of a Holiday (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter programs) — Look at the traditions, customs, symbols and history of some of our most beloved holidays with an emphasis on the significant role nature has played in that holiday.