Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve

Phone (717) 642-5840

School Group Programs


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There is no better way for children to learn about the environment than through first-person experience.  Our trained naturalists guide students through engaging hikes, stream studies, educational activities, and discussions.


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Week-long activity kit rentals: these themed kits, made possible by funding from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection, include field guides, aquatic nets, binoculars, clipboards, and everything you will need to explore the natural wonders of the world at your school! These activity kits make great pre- or post-field trip lessons.


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Students have the opportunity to conduct their very own life cycle investigations with these all-inclusive kits.  Each semester concludes with an exciting release program at your school!


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Our current animal ambassadors include a variety of snakes, turtles, amphibians, bees, and fish.  Choose one of our most popular animal talk themes or suggest something unique for your group!  Our naturalist-handlers will also bring exciting “biofacts” for your group to see, touch, smell, and hear!


Connect your classroom to the environment with hands-on kits and curiosity-inspiring programs!  Utilize a tailored combination of Strawberry Hill’s unique options to build interdisciplinary connections while helping your students form concrete understandings of key curriculum concepts.  Our environmental education programs encourage students to be critical thinkers and life-long learners.  Programs offered at schools are designed to complement our field trips and serve as wonderful pre- and post-field trip activities, but they can also stand alone!

We offer a wide variety of topics for Pre-K through High School that combine citizen science and PA Department of Education standards, including Common Core connections.  Our lessons are also linked to the Next Generation Science Standards.

Program Registration

To register for a program, please call 717-642-5840 or email

When registering for a program, it’s recommended that you have the following information at hand:

  • Two to three dates that work with your schedule.
  • The program(s) for which you would like to register.
  • The age range of your group.
  • The number of people attending, including parents, chaperones, and siblings.
  • The address of your site and name of your organization.
  • Contact name and information, including phone number, email address and times you are available.
  • Any additional information or special needs.

Please leave ample time to schedule for your group. We strongly suggest registering early to ensure the availability of facilities and instructors.  Remember that during busy periods our calendar can fill up months in advance. These programs are offered to public schools, private schools, homeschooling groups, scouts, and other interested groups.

Minimum $100 deposit two weeks in advance, balance due on the day of your scheduled program. Checks can be made payable to Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve and may be mailed to 1537 Mt. Hope Road, Fairfield, PA 17320 or you can pay over the phone by credit card. You will receive notice and an invoice via email when your registration is confirmed. A receipt is available upon payment, if requested.

Cancellations: Programs are held rain or shine, sleet or snow. It is not likely Strawberry Hill will cancel a program due to weather conditions, but if we deem conditions hazardous, we will contact you to set up a postponement date with no additional charge. – Cancellations made more than 2 weeks in advance of program date will receive a full refund minus a $25 processing fee. – Cancellations made between 4-13 days prior to a program will receive a full refund minus a $50 processing fee. – Cancellations for any reason made within three days of a program will forfeit the $100 deposit.


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