Scheduling Process

Please schedule four weeks or more in advance. Submit online form with program inquiry and a member of the education team will be in touch to schedule your program.

School On-Site Program or Interpretive Tour Fees

  • Mahoning County schools: $2/student
  • Non-Mahoning County schools: $4/student

Group Size

  • Most programs can handle up to 60 students at a time, unless otherwise noted.
    • Minimum: 10 students
    • One adult admitted free with every 10 students, Preschool – Grade 12
    • Additional adults are charged a fee: $3/adult R; $5/adult NR 

Park Rules & Regulations

  • ​Please make sure bus drivers are aware of road restrictions and follow all Park Rules & Regulations.
  • You will receive information about bus access to your program location with your program confirmation.
  • Bus Permit is required.

E-Learning Programs

  • E-Learning Programs are held virtually on the Mill Creek MetroParks website.
  • E-Learning Programs are free to students from all counties.

Non-School Groups

  • Homeschool, Scouts, Afterschool, and other Youth groups.
    • Fees: $2/person R; $4/person NR
    • Minimum group size: 10 participants (includes youth and adults)

Things to Remember the Day of Your Program

  • Please call if you are unable to keep your scheduled appointment.
  • Programs are intended to have an outdoor component and are held rain or shine.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather.

Program Offerings

The programs offered by the Mill Creek MetroParks Education Department are aligned with Ohio’s Learning Standards and Model Curriculum for Science.  There is a correlation to Ohio’s Learning Standards for Math, Social Studies, and English Language Arts.

Some programs are Adaptive Programs designed to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities.

Please contact our Educators to see what programs best meet your interest and needs.  If you do not see it listed here, give us a call to see how we may accommodate you.

All School Programs have multiple components. The classes may be held in several locations both inside and outside.

Early Childhood

Little Red Hen (Virtual)
Preschool – Grade 1
Listen to and learn all about the popular children’s story The Little Red Hen. The story teaches about the process of growing wheat and changing it into a food.

Super Seeds (Virtual)
Kindergarten – Grade 1
Students will explore the importance of seeds and learn how we use seeds every day.

Millin’ Around Lanterman’s Mill (Virtual)
Kindergarten – Grade 6
A program that is especially geared for younger students. Visit a working grist mill and see how to grind grain.

Tree-mendous (Virtual)
Grades 2 – 4

Explore the world of trees. Learn the importance of trees and their parts and functions.

Middle Childhood

Extreme Streams (In-Person)
Grades 4 – 5                         
Investigate the stream ecosystem. Using scientific methods, dip into the waters to sample aquatic life, participate in a macroinvertebrate study, and comprehend the connections between people and the environment.

Wildlife of Ohio (In-person)
Grades 4 – 5                         
Students will learn about wildlife, past and present, in our state and how habitats have changed over the last 200 years.

O-H-I-O (Virtual)
Grades 4 – 8

Learn about all the symbols that represent our great State of Ohio.

Adolescent Young Adult

Mill Creek Park: Nature’s Puzzle (In-person)
Grades 7 – 12

Explore different forms of life in the Park and how they relate to people. Examine the different habitats within the Park while enjoying a hike with an Educator.

Interpretive School Tours

Botanical Discoveries (In-person)
Preschool – Grade 8           
Learn about plants through the seasons while enjoying the beauty of the Gardens. Enjoy a walk through the Gardens exploring all different varieties of plants.

Location: Fellows Riverside Gardens

Farmer for a Day (In-person)
Preschool – Grade 5             
Experience a working farm from crops to livestock. On this tour students will take a tractor-wagon ride, visit the animals, and have fun with educational exhibits.

Location: MetroParks Farm

Mill Tour & Gorge Hike (In-person)
Kindergarten and up                   
Tour a 19th century gristmill and watch as grain is stone ground into meal using power provided by the water of Mill Creek. Then, take a hike along the Gorge.

Location: Lanterman’s Mill

Exploration with a Hike (In-person)
All Ages                   
Schedule a visit at the Ford Nature Center to “explore” the interactive displays and “hike” one of the nearby trails.

Location: Ford Nature Center

STREAM (Science, Technology, Recreation, Engineering, Arts, Math) (In-Person)
All Ages                   
Exploration with a hike, plus a classroom component.

Location: Ford Nature Center

Self-Guided Tours

Many areas of the MetroParks lend themselves for both guided and self-guided tours. For some, the idea of self-guided may be appealing since there is no cost associated with the tour itself. Also, it provides visitors the opportunity to enjoy the MetroParks at their own pace. We may be able to organize a combination of both a guided and self-guided tour if it better serves your needs. An Educator will assist in the coordination of your tour and provide guidelines that need to be followed. We ask that all self-guided tours be scheduled with the Education Department so that we may notify the staff at these facilities that they will be receiving guests.