Summer Programs

Summer Programs

Looking for something fun to do with your school, church, or other group this summer?

How about a program with Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center?

Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center offers many unique experiences for camps and summer groups—whether you want to participate in one of our programs or create your own! We host a variety of programs, from animal presentations to mud play for all ages!

Our mission is to connect people of all ages with nature with a focus on education and conservation. We do this through interesting and fun programs for all ages!

Field Classes
We only offer these programs at Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center.

Self-Guided Exploration: All ages
Take your campers on a nature walk and set your own pace. Advance reservations required. In case of rain, self-guided programs will need to be rescheduled due to limited indoor facilities. Special supplemental materials may be available up request.
2 hours $5.00

Mud Day: All ages
Campers get sloppy as they plan in our mud pit and slide down a muddy slope into a mud puddle, then get clean the fu way by sliding down a soapy slippery slide.
Maximum class size: 25 • 2 hours $7.50

On The Brink: The Endangered Red Wolf: All ages
Campers learn about basic red wolf adaptations and behavior, the amazing story of their rescue from the brink of extinction, and how the national Red Wolf Recovery Program is helping to restore these important predators to their natural habitat in the southeastern United States. After a short writing activity, students meet our red wolves.
Maximum class size: 50 • 1.5 hours $5.50

Wildlife Programs
Available as outreach programs or at Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center.

Predator Prey Connection: Grades 3-12
Campers will meet a snake, a bird of prey, and nature’s “garbage collectors,” the opossum, in this educational program about the importance of the predator/prey relationship. They will then get a chance to touch some animal artifacts at the end of the program.
Can be done for any size group: 1 hour $5.50

Owl Pellet Dissection: Grades 4-12
“Owl Aboard” for this presentation and lab. Meet our resident owls and then identify the owl’s diet by examining the skeletal remains found in an actual owl pellet.
Maximum class size: 50 • 1.5 hours $8.50

Animal Classification: Grades 3-12
Campers learn firsthand the characteristics scientists use to classify amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals, while meeting some of our animal ambassadors.
Can be done for any size group: 1 hour $5.50

Animal Encounter: All ages
Choose from our collection of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians and we will bring them to your facility. We will talk about age appropriate adaptations and what makes Southeast Tennessee such a hot spot for animal diversity. This will provide your participants an opportunity to see these native and wild animals up close and personal.
Can be done for any size group: 1 hour $5.50

Caves & Critters: Grades K-8
Students explore the most famous cave on Lookout Mountain, Ruby Falls, and then at the Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center meet some of the critters that inhabit southeastern forests.
Maximum class size: 75
Call Ruby Falls for reservations 1-800-755-7105.

Scheduling for Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center Summer Programs

  • Call 423-821-1160 ext. 107 to schedule your program today!
  • Program fees are from $5.00 to $8.50 per camper, with a minimum of $100 for programs at Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, $130 for traveling programs and $90 each for multiple programs.
  • Up to three presentations may be scheduled for the same day at your camp.
  • Camps more than 20 miles away will also be charged mileage.

Hours of Operation • Monday thru Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. • Sunday (April - October) 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Please note the last time to drive through loop is 4:30 p.m. • Gates close at 5:00 p.m.