New Teaching Naturalists & Field Trips

We are excited to introduce our new Teaching Naturalists - Jessica, Stella, and Stephanie, who will be working alongside Ruffner’s longtime Naturalist, Carl.

With school back in session, new staff have been reviewing lesson plans ranging from forest ecosystems to mining history as well as participating in our animal ambassador program training. All field trips include a guided, interactive hike, a visit to the Nature Center, and a meet and greet with one of our native animals.

With school back in session, new staff have been reviewing lesson plans ranging from forest ecosystems to mining history as well as participating in our animal ambassador program training. All field trips include a guided, interactive hike, a visit to the Nature Center, and a meet and greet with one of our native animals.

Staff review the native snakes on exhibit, including the copperhead. The public can stop by our Nature Center during office hours to learn the differences between our venomous and non-venomous snakes on exhibit by observing their patterns. Say ‘hello’ to the corn snake, who is often mistaken for the copperhead.

Staff review the native snakes on exhibit, including the copperhead. The public can stop by our Nature Center during office hours to learn the differences between our venomous and non-venomous snakes on exhibit by observing their patterns. Say ‘hello’ to the corn snake, who is often mistaken for the copperhead.

On September 26th and 27th, third graders visited Trillium Trail on a fall field trip. If you are interested in booking a field trip, please complete our form  here  to start the scheduling process. Those schools that qualify can also request an application for a field trip scholarship for funding assistance.

On September 26th and 27th, third graders visited Trillium Trail on a fall field trip. If you are interested in booking a field trip, please complete our form here to start the scheduling process. Those schools that qualify can also request an application for a field trip scholarship for funding assistance.