Specialized Nature Programs
Clearwater Nature Center staff and volunteers provide a wide variety of seasonal and year-round interpretive nature programs to the public both at our facility and at off-site locations. Groups of 10 or more people may arrange for private naturalist-conducted, nature-themed programs. For groups with fewer than 10 people, please check out Clearwater's Programs and Events schedule. Nominal fees and/or group rates apply for programs.
Live Animal Shows
Come meet some of the nature center's resident animals including reptiles, amphibians, and birds of prey. See Community Outreach program information below for animal shows held at your location.
Scout Badge Workshops
Does your scout troop need assistance in fulfilling requirements for nature related scout badges? Maybe we can help. Clearwater Nature Center can assist scout troops in fulfilling some of the requirements for nature related scout badges. Fees for these programs vary depending on the length of the scheduled program. For details on setting up a badge program for your group, call the Nature Center at 301-297-4575.
Teen Volunteer Program
Clearwater Nature Center offers opportunities for teens, ages 13 to 17, who are interested in assisting staff with general animal care, interpretive programs, special events, and other projects. Potential volunteers should contact Park Naturalist, Stephanie Jacob, for more information on the application and interview process.
Community Outreach Programs
Is your group unable to arrange transportation to come visit us at the nature center? Why not have us come to you! Clearwater Nature Center offers several curriculum-based nature programs for schools and/or community groups that can be presented at your location (sorry, we are unable to come out to private home settings). We are able to customize many of our programs to fit your needs if necessary. Minimum participation is 25 people. Please call at least two weeks in advance to schedule outreach programs.
- Resident: $4 per person
- Non-Resident: $5 per person
We also offer Live Animal Shows for large groups. Group Rate Fees (minimum of 125 people) can be arranged.
If you wish to special request the Bald Eagle in a presentation an additional $50 fee will be applied. Please be aware that inclusion of the bald eagle in any presentation cannot always be guaranteed for a variety of reasons, but most especially during hot weather as we do not want to risk his health and safety.
Rentals for a Special Occasion
Please call the Nature Center at 301-297-4575 for information on rental policies, room availability, and payment. Reservations ideally should be made at least 1 month in advance when possible (sometimes we are booked up). If you do not already have one, you will also need to set up a SMARTlink account when you come in to pay for the room reservation.
Children's Birthday Parties
Surprise your child with a memorable experience at his or her next birthday party. Party packages consist of a 3 hour use of our auditorium (with tables and chairs provided) and a live animal show for your party guests. Weather permitting, use of the outdoor side-deck is also permitted. Maximum room capacity for both children and adults is 40 people.
Rental fees are $150 for residents and $180 for non-residents.
Clearwater Nature Center offers rental of our auditorium with tables and chairs available for meetings and small group parties or functions. We also have a large pull-down media screen for multi-media presentations (you must supply your own projector and laptop). Weather permitting, use of the outdoor side-deck is also permitted. Room capacity varies, generally the room has a 60 person capacity (chair seating only) and 40 person capacity (with chairs and tables set up).
Rental fees are $60 per hour for residents and $80 per hour for non-residents.