School Programs

Education Programs for Schools and Youth Groups

As an educational facility, the core purpose of Asbury Woods is to educate people of all ages about northwest Pennsylvania’s unique and diverse habitats and natural resources. Our hands-on programs directly complement what students are learning in school, and address the Pennsylvania State Education Standards for Science & Technology and Environment & Ecology. At Asbury Woods, we look forward to making “science come alive” for your students!

Our curriculum is tailored for pre-school through 8th grade.

  • We offer two-hour programs for $5.00 per child with a minimum of 10 in the group.
  • An all day visit (3.5-5 hours) is also available combining two or more topics for $7.00 per child.

For more information about any of the following programs or to schedule your group, please contact us at (814) 835-5356 or fill out the program inquiry form below.

Seasonal Programs for Pre-school – 5th grades
1 ½ – 2 hr. program (Half day)
Our seasonal programs typically consist of both and indoor and outdoor component.

  • Fall Seasonal Discovery: How Animals and Plants prepare for Winter
  • Winter Program: Snowshoe and Tracking Adventure
  • Spring Program: Maple Syrup Historical Production Tour
  • Summer Program: Nature Hike and a Live Animal Program

The following is a list of grade specific programs. These programs are avalailable to students from all districts,  based on availability of dates. Most programs are designed to be ½ day.

Pre-visit and Post-visit activities are available and are required for some programs. All address the PA State Education Standards and Anchors for Science & Technology and Environment & Ecology.

  • Kindergarten: Senses: Explore how people and animals use their senses. (1/2 day)
  • Grade 1: Maple Syrup Historical Production Tour/Animal Classification: Reptiles, Amphibians, Birds, Mammals, Insects, Fish. (1/2 day)
  • Grade 2: Habitats: Food, Shelter, Water, and Space
  • Grade 3: Life Cycles: Including Complete and Incomplete Metamorphosis
  • Grade 4: Food Chains/Webs: Producers/Consumers/Natural Resources and the relationships and interdependence between them.
  • Grade 5: Ecosystems: Investigations of the abiotic and biotic factors of the field, swamp, and forest. Includes an ecosystem oriented orienteering lesson. (two full days)
  • Grade 6: Introduction to Wetlands and Watersheds, (Full day), at Brown’s Farm.
  • Grade 7: Watersheds: Chemical/Biological/Physical Assessment of the Walnut Creek Watershed from the Brown’s Farm site. (Full day)
  • Grade 8: Green Building Curriculum entitled “It’s Easy Being Green”. Students learn what they can do to help the environment. Includes lab stations set up for the students to determine if the Nature Center’s green building is actually green and doing what it is designed to do.
  • Grade 10: Biodiversity Unit. Students learn how to do plot studies to determine population, dominant species, and diversity of trees
  • 11th and 12th Grades: Our 11th and 12th grade programs can be tailored to your individual needs. Possible topics include tree identification using dichotomous keys, environmental issues, etc.

To register or for more information, please contact Kelley Lang, Community Programming Coordinator at (814) 835-5356 or via email at or fill out the program inquiry form below.


Please complete the below form and submit it. Once we receive it we will check the date, time and program, and contact you to schedule your group.


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Program Title/Topic (required)

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Program Times: Choose a preferred start time: (required)
 9:30 am 10:00 am 12:30 pm 1:00 pm

Grade Level (required)

Fees: 1.5 - 2 hr Program: $5.00/person, 3- 4 hr Program: $7.00/person,
1.5 - 2 hr. program: $50 minimum, 3-4 hr. program: $100 minimum

Expected number of Children (required)

Number of Adults - No fee, we allow one adult chaperone per 10 children (required)

Does your group have any special requirements?

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Sept 1 - May 31

Tues. - Sat.
10 am - 4 pm
Sun. Noon - 4 pm

June 1 - August 31
Mon. - Sat.
10 am. - 5 pm
Sun. Noon - 5 pm

Trails Open Daylight Hours

4105 Asbury Road
Erie, PA 16506

(814) 835-5356

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