Environmental Education

“…the most fun lies in seeing and studying the unknown.”
― Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There, 2nd Edition

Explore. Learn. Discover.

Featuring stunning beauty and unique habitats, Turkey Creek Nature Preserve offers a wide range of educational programs that stimulate a student’s mind and invigorate their senses. For participants, the opportunity for discovery is virtually limitless within the Preserve’s 466-acres.


Every year we host thousands of students from all over the region in a wide range of studies in science, history, and social sciences that meet STEM and the Alabama State Department of  Education College and Career-Ready Standards.

From unique environmental hands-on environmental programs to in-depth historical explorations, Turkey Creek Nature Preserve offers programs for every age and interest. To explore detailed information for each program, click each option below:

Life of a Creek – Aquatic Ecology

Water Quality – Chemistry


Land Stewards 101 – Forest Management and Biodiversity

Earth Cache – Geocaching, orienteering, and history

Living History – Connecting our ecological footprint to Alabama history

General Program Information


  • Our programs have been developed for participants ranging in age from 3rd grade- college level. Some programs are developmentally-appropriate for specific age ranges.
  • All programs take approximately 2 hours each. Programs can be reserved for morning or afternoon time-frames.
  • For large groups (60 students+), we highly encourage reserving a double program (9am-2pm) if possible to ensure quality program delivery.

Program Fees:

  • Field Trip Programs: $10 per student per program with a minimum charge of $250 (25 participants)
  • Offsite Visitations: $250 for 1-hour program with a maximum class size of 30 participants. $25 for each additional 25 students.
  •  All fees are due the day of the program.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Please provide a 48-hour notice prior to cancellation
  • All programs cancelled with less than 48 hour notice or without rescheduling will be charged a $75 cancellation fee
  • Program coordinators will monitor the weather closely, and notify your group the day prior in the event of a necessary rescheduling due to inclement weather.

How to reserve a program:

To reserve your program, please see our TC Program Reservation Checklist.

Please send your completed Turkey Creek Program Reservation Form to turkeycreekedu@gmail.com.

If you do not see a program that best fits your group, send us an email, and we will work with you to develop something that will!

If you cannot arrange for a trip to Turkey Creek, we can come to you! For information about how we can visit your classroom, please click HERE




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