We Come to You!
Community Outreach is a vital part of the Metropark’s mission to serve the people of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw and Livingston counties. Through the use of three Mobile Learning Centers, the Metroparks provide programming opportunities to communities, schools and other groups. Our vision is to bring aspects of Michigan’s natural and cultural heritage to those who don’t have the ability to get out to their Metroparks as well as to raise public awareness of the opportunities to “Get Out and Play” at the Metroparks.
The Mobile Learning Center visit is outstanding. The students are engaged and learn so much. It supports our curriculum very well.
Thank you for providing this...to our community. It is difficult to find reasonably priced programs to help enrich our social studies program. We also like how you come to us...as field trips are limited. We hope to participate in your program for years to come!
Today's program was excellent! Lisa did a great job with our preschoolers and schoolagers. The children were very engaged! The conversations were rich and children were thinking about the owls in their habitat. I like the song, puppets and owl sounds that we were able to do together. I am definitely going to recommend her to other centers!
Community Outreach staff offer a wide variety of engaging programs showcasing Michigan’s natural and cultural history. Available throughout the school year, all programs are presented inside your school building (unless otherwise noted) and are based upon an interactive theme with activities to do and items to touch and feel. Activities may vary for each program dependent upon class interest and time. Many programs can be modified for preschool through sixth grade, while others are designed for upper elementary through high school.
All three Mobile Learning Centers offer a core group of natural and cultural history programs as well as specialty programs based on their staff’s expertise. See the tabs below for more information about these specialty programs, and see the Community Outreach Program Brochure for a full listing of the core Mobile Learning Center programs. A minimum of two and a maximum of four sessions of one program type may be requested per visit.
Community Festivals and Special Events
Community Outreach Interpreters also bring the Metroparks to community festivals and special events. Along with the Mobile Learning Center vehicle, event planners can choose to have a variety of crafts and hands-on activities made available for festival goers.
Western District Mobile Learning Center
Along with the core natural and cultural history programs for elementary school students, the Western District Mobile Learning Center features a series of programs specifically designed for preschool students. Developed by staff with degrees and experience in Early Childhood Education, these programs are high-energy, age-appropriate, and geared towards the developmental level of the children. Every program includes a story read to the children, songs to sing, gross-motor activities, natural items to see and touch, as well as interactions with puppets. If you’re 2-5 years old, or even just young at heart, be ready to learn and have some fun! See our Community Outreach program brochure for the full program offerings.
Eastern District Mobile Learning Center
Along with the core natural and cultural history programs for elementary school students, the Eastern District Community Outreach Experience offers programming designed for both students and adults. Developed by staff with degrees in history and graphic arts, these programs are presented to a wide spectrum of audiences—whether the participants are 7 or 107 years old they will be engaged in meaningful activities. Offerings include local history, art in nature, and farm life. See our Community Outreach program brochure for the full program offerings.
Southern District Outdoor Exploration Vehicle
Along with the core natural and cultural history programs for elementary school students, the southern District’s Outdoor Exploration Vehicle focuses on taking students out of the classroom and into their school yard for Schoolyard Ecosystem Explorations. Utilizing a suite of handheld Vernier LabQuest 2 data loggers, data probes, field microscopes and a variety of other scientific measuring devices, students will become ecologists as they monitor the schoolyard and then analyze the environmental conditions that surround their school. The Outdoor Exploration Vehicle is funded in part through 3M. Grant money is available to offset program costs for schools in the 5-county region. These programs are suitable for students in upper elementary grades through High School. See our Community Outreach program brochure for the full program offerings.