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.
All programs during the COVID-19 pandemic are following current public health guidelines and are subject to change or cancellation. Group size is limited to 14 participants for most programs, up to 24 participants for programs conducted entirely outdoors. Please read the COVID-19 Parks Program Handbook for additional protocols for in-person programs. Virtual options are also available.
Most activities can be hosted at the following locations:
10–20 participants: $100
21–40 participants: $145
41–60 participants: $205
An additional equipment fee of $50 may apply for recreation based programs. Group size may be limited based on equipment availability.
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.
In order to accommodate your program with staff and facility space, Private Nature Programs are nonrefundable upon receipt of confirmation unless cancelled by Dakota County Parks.
Field trips cancelled by Dakota County are fully refunded.