Mentor Marsh is the largest coastal wetland in Northeast Ohio. Part of it is a designated state nature preserve co-owned by the Museum. Classes meet at the Mentor Marsh Carol H. Sweet Nature Center. Half-day group activities include an indoor, hands-on program and field explorations in the Marsh or on the trails, with programs available for kindergarten through grade 12.
Programs are offered April through October and are aligned with Ohio Academic Content Standards. These programs can also be tailored to meet the needs of your group (e.g., Scout merit badges, homeschool groups, etc.) Limit 30 students per class. One adult chaperone is requested for every 10 students.
Fee for first class is $125; schedule two or more classes and each additional class is $100. To schedule a program, contact the Carol H. Sweet Mentor Marsh Nature Center at 440-257-0777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mentor Marsh Explorations
Classes investigate the Marsh's wetlands and surrounding habitats and collect field data. Field trip includes both an indoors program with hands-on activity stations and an outdoor field exploration in the Marsh on our boardwalk. Explorations include plant and animal adaptations to this watery world and using macroinvertebrates as water quality indicators. This place-based program makes connections with the community and wetland protection issues.
Investigating Vernal Pools
Classes investigate woodland wetlands. Field trip includes both an indoor program with hands-on activity stations and an outdoor field exploration in wetlands on one of the nature preserve trails. Explorations include plant and animal adaptations to this watery world. This place-based program makes connections with the community and wetland protection issues.
Deer and Wildflowers
Available for grades 9-12. Spring surveys using quadrants to investigate effects of deer browsing on plant populations. Focus is on forest ecosystems and using plant identification keys.