Long Lake extends programming to home-school families

Long Lake is offering its full nature field trip to home-school students and parents April 18-20.

Logo of Long Lake Conservation Center
Long Lake Conservation Center is in Palisade.

PALISADE — For nearly 60 years, students from public, private, Montessori and charter schools have visited Long Lake Conservation Center for immersive nature field trips. This year, another category will be added: home-schools.

Long Lake is offering its full nature field trip to home-school students and parents April 18-20, according to a news release. The students and parent chaperones will explore like scientists, learn outdoor skills and make new discoveries on a three-day, two-night nature adventure, the release stated. This includes all meals, lodging and educational programming.

“Long Lake’s mission is to inspire as many people as possible to love nature and to become stewards of our planet,” stated Long Lake Manager Dave McMillan in the release. “It only makes sense to offer this to home-school students, co-ops, associations and organizations.”

During the nature field trip, students will take classes that could include Survival Shelters, Thicket: Ecology Exploration, Cooperation Course, Snakes (and more) Alive!, Astronomy, The Art of Nature, Nature Journaling, Orienteering (compass skills) and Wilderness Meal.

“This is an active, hands-in-the-dirt, outside-from-sunrise-to-past-sunset adventure that mixes nature science with 21st century skills,” McMillan stated.


Long Lake is a fully accredited, standards-based and STEM focused nature school, geared for students in third through sixth grades.

For more information, go to , or contact Long Lake at 218-768-4653 or .

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