Groups at Richardson Nature Center

The professional naturalists at Richardson Nature Center are available year-round to create customized Outdoor Education Programs for your school group, scout troop, senior center, homeschool group or other organized group. Aquatic studies, insect programs, animal adaptations, birding, live raptors, snowshoeing and maple syruping are some of our most popular options and we can customize a program to meet the specific needs and interests of your group. Programs are generally two hours in length and cost depends on the number or participants.

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Academic Standards

Richardson Nature Center's curriculum supports certain MN K-12 Academic Standards. Review the Standards Matrix to decide which programs meet your needs.


Three Rivers Park District is committed to making our programs accessible. With advance notice, we can arrange for sign language interpreters and a wide variety of assisted technology (all-terrain wheel chairs, sound amplifiers, etc.). Financial assistance is available for qualifying groups.

Bringing programs to you

Richardson Nature Center’s naturalists are also able to bring the resources of the Nature Center directly into your school, library, local park or other meeting site for a program either inside or outside. Popular topics include raptors, live reptiles and amphibians, birds, snowshoeing and animal adaptations. Three Rivers can customize a program to meet the needs and interests of your group.

Richardson’s naturalists also specialize in adapting programs to onsite, school nature areas. Naturalists are highly skilled at using a school’s outdoor resources to help reinforce students’ classroom learning.

Program fees are based on group size and length of the program (per hour). Three Rivers can present programs for small classrooms, large auditorium groups, and can also host a booth at your event with hands-on activities that your participants can visit at their leisure.

For more information on group programs or to book a program, call Richardson Nature Center at 763-694-7676. You may also fill out this form to request a program.