The City's Open Lands & Trails Division offers a variety of environmental education options, including programs for school groups, preschool-age children with their parents, adults and families. Opportunities for volunteers to assist with teaching environmental education classes also are available. A variety of programs and events are offered throughout the year at various natural area sites.
PEEPs - Pre-School Environmental Education Programs
Open to pre-school children ages 2-5 with their parents/caregivers. Each one-hour program offers information and activities to bring children into the world of nature.
These programs are offered the third Thursday of each month in various City of Loveland locations. Each program includes hands-on activities, storytelling, games and crafts. FREE!
2 sessions to choose from:
- Session 1 - 9:30 - 10:30 am
- Session 2 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Registration requested - please sign up HERE.
School & Youth Group Programs
Environmental Education Programs for schools and youth groups are offered on weekdays during spring and fall. Programs are now offered for grades K-6 on a variety of nature-related topics. All are free of charge.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade Classes
Critter Scene Investigations (CSIs) offer a 2.5-hour outdoor program at Namaqua Park/ Natural Area, where students visit 5-6 stations along a nature trail, collecting clues and learning about local wildlife to solve a wildlife mystery.
For grades 2-6, programs are held at River's Edge Natural Area and are day-long (4.5-hour) field trips. Three unique programs are offered and include hands-on activities, interactive learning stations and a variety of topics covering Colorado wildlife, habitats and natural areas in and around Loveland.
- Urban Wilderness focuses on local habitats and wildlife and includes a river macroinvertebrates lab.
- Plants and Places guides students through the various local plant communities, focusing on adaptations to their environments.
- Wildlife Around Us includes life zones, adaptations, classification and wildlife management.
See the Environmental Education Program Brochure for details and age/grade recommendations. All programs are facilitated by trained staff and volunteers. Parent chaperones are always welcome and chaperone materials are available in both English and Spanish.
To request a program, teachers should visit the Loveland Open Lands & Trails online calendar and registration system, Offero.
Environmental Education ProgramsThe Open Lands Division offers training for Environmental Educators to help lead programs at River’s Edge Natural Area. Volunteers are trained to teach grade school students about Colorado wildlife and natural areas in and around Loveland. Programs are offered during school hours on weekdays during spring and fall.
Trail HostsVolunteer Trail Hosts are trained to assist visitors and answer questions at Open Lands and Trails, including natural history, site information, and regulations. Loveland's natural areas contain diverse wildlife habitat including fishing ponds, cottonwood groves, river properties, wetlands, and meadows. Volunteers report visitor use and maintenance needs online.
Special and Seasonal Projects Team
If you are interested in stewardship projects, habitat restoration (planting, weed removal), trail-building, small construction projects, debris cleanup and other conservation projects, please register for the Special and Seasonal Projects Team.
View the volunteer flyer (PDF).
More Open Lands & Trails Opportunities
To register for Open Lands & Trails activities and volunteer opportunities, please visit our online system Offero. Make sure to indicate your volunteer interests to be notified of opportunities! Learn more about volunteering with Open Lands & Trails.