School program on the trail at KNCAnnie's Big Nature Lesson

Annie's BIG Nature Lesson is an environmental education program that brings children, parents, and teachers into the natural world for learning.  This five consecutive day study trip is conducted at community nature centers and invites participants to immerse themselves in exploration of different habitats, learn with experts on site, observe and write for an hour each day, and make a positive difference through stewardship projects.

Check back for details on programming in the 2020 school year, which will be different than previous years due to COVID-19. Questions? Please contact Lorri Walch at (269) 381-1574 ex29 or lwalch@naturecenter.org.

The Mission:

•  To immerse children, teachers, and parents in the beauty and wonder of the natural world
•  To engage in authentic scientific investigations by observing the local ecology, drawing, and writing
•  To nurture citizens who value and protect natural resources
•  To build school and community partnerships that inspire responsible environmental stewardship


Register for ABNL
A Week with ABNL

See ABNL in action!  Special thanks to videographer Jim Triezenberg.

Bengal Nature Center
Fenner Nature Center
Harris Nature Center
Kalamazoo Nature Center
Lincoln Brick Park
Leslie Science and Nature Center
Woldumar Nature Center
Current Schools

Amberly Elementary School
Comstock STEM Academy
Edison Elementary School
El Sol Elementary School
Howard Street Montessori School
Kazoo School
Lawrence Elementary School
Lincoln Elementary School
Parchment Central Elementary School
Parchment North Elementary School
Parkwood-Upjohn Elementary School
Woods Lake Elementary School
Woodward Elementary School