What We Do

SND Nature Trail

The St. Joseph Heights Provincial Center is home to a beautiful nature trail that features:

  • Five acres of walking trails
  • A bird blind
  • Wildflower meadows
  • Three outdoor classrooms
  • Educational signs

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Field Trips at the SND Nature Trail

Come and explore! Field trips to the SND nature trail are an interactive educational experience.

Grades 1-4

The Sisters of Notre Dame provide lesson plans geared toward grades 1-4. These plans aim to engage the senses and introduce students to the local wildlife and plants. Summaries of the lesson plans are outlined at the links below.

Lesson Plan 1: SENSE-A-TIONAL NATURE

Lesson Plan 2: SEEDS ARE AWESOME

Lesson Plan 3: THE MAGIC OF SPRING

Lesson Plan 4: OUR FEATHERED FRIENDS

Grades 5-8

Teachers and leaders of children in grades 5-8 are welcome to conduct lesson plans of their own on the SND Nature Trail.

Schedule Your Field Trip

To schedule your field trip and learn more about the nature trail facilities, please contact Sr. Ann Marie Pflum, SND, at annpflum@yahoo.com. 

Volunteer

The SND Nature Trail would not be what it is today without the help of our volunteers. Dedicated individuals, including local Eagle Scouts, have assisted with maintenance on the trail and constructed many of the trail's educational features.

Nature trail maintenance duties (no green thumb required!):

  • Weeding the trails 
  • Putting down wood chips
  • Clearing area around bird feeders 
  • Removing branches along the main trail
  • Removing invasive plants along the trail, such as wild roses, honeysuckle and thistle

To help with trail maintenance at any time of the year, please contact Sr. Ann Marie Pflum, SND, at annpflum@yahoo.com.