Day Trips


Take Learning Outside! A day trip to Hartley OEC is the perfect field trip to get students outdoors and experience nature first-hand. We have tailored our field experience to cover your curriculum needs—all lessons align with Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards to help students meet curricular goals through experiential, engaging and unique learning opportunities.

Day trips are two 90-minute sessions consisting of two classes that you select from the classes listed below. A 30-minute lunch break is held between the two sessions. A hot Hartley OEC lunch can be provided for an additional fee.

Contact Eric Rutherford at for additional information.

Cost: $10.00 per person with a $250.00 minimum per trip.

Day Trip Classes

Class Description


Learn the basics of archery and test learned skills on the range. Led by a certified Hartley instructor.

Coal Mine No. 8

Visit the site and museum of Michigan's longest-running coal mine.

Confidence Course

Build teamwork and develop confidence working through a series of challenges.

Hartley Nature Spies

Explore the Hartley property on a nature walk to test your powers of observation.

Insect Treasure Hunt

Catch, classify, and release insects and their kin.

Mini Archaeology Dig

Uncover artifacts from Michigan's coal mining days.

People of the Woods

Visit a replica Woodland Native American Campsite. 

Schroeder Log Cabin

Visit a century-old home from the Michigan frontier.


Hands-on experiments are used to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Tree ID and Leaf Collection

An autumn opportunity to identify and collect leaves.

Wetland Romp

Explore Hartley's wetlands in search of aquatic organisms.