Due to pond renovation work, we cannot guarantee that the BCNS ponds will be accessible for aquatic activities during the 23-24 school year. Feel free to contact Mr. Brown for an update before your trip.
The Boone County Nature School property is divided into two Zones.
BCNS staff are typically engaging students for 5th-grade nature academy. Therefore, activities and experiences during day trips are planned and run by staff from the sending school. As such, teachers wishing to utilize the Nature School for day trips should plan to execute all activities without assistance from BCNS staff. If available, BCNS staff will play a supportive role during your visit.
Before completing a trip request, check the BCNS calendar to ensure availability.
Zone 1 contains the Nature School building, Council House, and all BCNS property north of the road. This includes the 20-acre field upon which the building sits, the north pond, the north prairie, and access to a forest ecosystem north of BCNS property.
During the school year, Zone 1 will primarily be used for 5th-Grade Nature Academy programming, which will have booking priority for this space.
Zone 2 contains all of the BCNS property south and west of the road and includes the pavilion and associated restrooms, the south pond, the south prairie, and trails through the west pine forest. A trail from Zone 2 also leads into the Three Creeks Conservation Area.
During the school year, Zone 2 will be primarily utilized for day trips for any Boone County school.
ZONE 1 & 2
Both Zones 1 and 2 may also be booked when school is not in session, including summers and evenings and weekends during the school year, by school and community groups interested in using the space.