Reservation Hours: Varies
Dakota County provides specialized nature activities to groups of any age. A group of up to 60 people can select a topic that is customized to your group's needs. Private Nature Programs are taught by park naturalists who are experts in their field and who make learning about nature a fun, hands-on experience.
Choose one of our nature activities or work with a park naturalist to develop a unique nature program for your group.
Length: 1–2 hours
Location: Most activities can be hosted at the following locations:
• Lake Byllesby Regional Park, Cannon Falls/Randolph
• Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Apple Valley/Eagan
• Miesville Ravine Regional Park, Miesville
• Spring Lake Park Reserve, Hastings/Rosemount
• Thompson County Park, West St. Paul
10–25 participants: $85
26–40 participants: $130
41–60 participants: $190
Requesting a Private Nature Program
To request a Private Nature Program, complete the Request Form. Requests are accepted at least 21 days prior to requested date.
Program staff will call to confirm program request, scheduling details and number of participants.
The program fee does not include use of a park facility
Confirming your field trip
Organizations will be billed when the program is confirmed with the Dakota County Parks Education Coordinator. You will receive a confirmation letter by mail or email.
Payment is due within seven days of registration. VISA, MasterCard and Discover are accepted.
One invoice will be sent to the billing address at time of registration. It is the organizer's responsibility to make full payment by due date. Activities may be cancelled by Dakota County due to late payment.
Programs are held rain or shine unless cancelled by Dakota County.
If you decide to cancel your field trip, contact Dakota County Parks as soon as possible at 952-891-7000.
Groups cancelling more than 21 days prior to the scheduled date will be charged a $50 processing fee. Groups cancelling 21 days or less prior to the scheduled date will be charged the full program fee.
Field trips cancelled by Dakota County are fully refunded.