Edwardsville's Environmental Learning Campus


Educational programs at the Watershed Nature Center offer engaging, nature-based experiences that invite students to gain awareness and appreciation for the environment.  Programs are designed to address Common Core and Illinois State Learning Standards in many areas, emphasizing activities that correlate with The Next Generation Science Standards.  Students participate in “learning by doing” experiences that connect science, technology, society and nature.

We are committed to providing excellent environmental education for all children to help them understand the natural world and their place as environmental stewards. The Center has accessible trails and age-appropriate curriculum that can be adapted for all student needs. Additionally, we have diverse internship opportunities for high school and college students. Professors can call or e-mail us to discus service learning, research partnerships, and other collaboration opportunities. 


We are remodeling our field trip structure and expect to be able to offer field trips by the 2018-19 school year. We are looking for teachers, students, and retired educators to help us build our educational programming - including field trips, special events, and more! If you enjoy working with children and helping to inspire the next generation of ecological stewards - contact us at info@watershednc.org. 

Field trips will be organized into modules formatted for specific age groups and subject materials - and made available on several select days for classrooms to schedule a visit. Field trips will be guided by Watershed staff or volunteers. Currently, teachers are welcome to schedule Independent Wilderness Walks to support classroom objectives.