CONNECTING YOUTH TO NATURE

Environmental Education is about learning skills, developing character and making friends. It teaches self-reliance, a love for nature and the outdoors, and the development of attitudes and practices that build character and leadership.

YOUTH & FAMILY PROGRAMS

Our Environnmental Education programs combine indoor and outdoor components with stories, crafts, hikes and activities for the best hands-on exploration and learning. 

FIELD TRIPS

The Apple Creek YMCA and Bruce B. Purdy Nature Preserve provide the perfect field trip destination for students of any age, from pre-school through high school. We offer 2-hour and 4-hour options for most field trip programs, and can accommodate multiple classrooms during the same visit. Field trips are led by our trained naturalist staff and cover a variety of grade appropriate topics during all seasons of the year. 

For more information contact Shane Vondracek, Environmental Education Director. 

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NATURE KIDS

Nature Kids is a program offered through the Apple Creek YMCA that brings nature to children right in your own classroom-No buses or field trip forms needed!