Educational Offerings

Lakeshore State Park offers educational programs for teachers, community organizations, private events and the general public. The programs emphasize sustainability and stewardship of our natural and freshwater resources. These experiences are geared toward learners of all ages, and include walks, tours, lectures, hands-on outdoor activities and laboratory exercises.

School Groups and Community Organizations

Guest speaking, field trips and labs can be tailored to fit your current content needs and meet many of the Next Generation Science Standards (the curricular framework for the state of Wisconsin). For schools and groups with limited budgets, fee waiver applications are available to ensure access to all learners. To schedule a field trip or talk, request a copy of our Educational Programs Brochure, or for more information, please contact our Park Naturalists at 414-274-4282.

Upcoming Classes

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    10:00 -17:00
    Discovery World
    500 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202

    We have teamed up with Discovery World and other local organizations to participate in Love Your Great Lakes Day. One of our naturalists will be demonstrating how we monitor water quality, with some of ‘the big pond’s’ little critters to identify. See Discovery World’s description of the event below for more info:

    Meet face to face with local organizations making waves to sustain our Great Lakes.

    Discovery World is teaming up with other local Fund for Lake Michigan grantees to provide fun hands-on activities for everyone to enjoy. This is a family-friendly event offering fun and interactive educational experiences aimed at introducing you to our community’s connection to freshwater through local organizations that are instrumental in sustaining the Great Lakes.


    – Port Milwaukee
    – WATERshed Program
    – Friends of Milwaukee’s Downtown Forest
    – A Sailor’s Songbag with David HB Drake
    – Tony’s Creepy Crawly Zoo
    – River Revitalization Foundation
    – Sweet Water Foundation
    – Mequon Nature Preserve
    United States Coast Guard
    – CG Auxiliary 9th Western Division 43
    – Riveredge Nature Center
    – Wisconsin Marine Historical Society
    Milwaukee Water Commons
    – Friends of Lakeshore State Park

    Special Presentation by John Gurda (in the Digital Theater) – 1:30PM. Join Milwaukee historian John Gurda and maritime photographer Chris Winters to learn about Milwaukee’s freshwater culture and the history of Discovery World’s Tall Ship, the Sailing Vessel (S/V) Denis Sullivan.
    Browse among vendors selling amazing handmade Great Lakes art, and more!

    Reiman Aquarium – 12:00PM, 1:00PM
    See our Aquarist live in action as they dive into the Lake Michigan Tank at 12:00pm then at 1:00PM watch a Caribbean tank feeding!

    With experiences such as:

    Invasive Species Cart – Learn while enjoying a fun coloring activity, Scavenger Hunt – Take part in our fun scavenger hunt that will lead you throughout the museum, Upcycled Invasives (in the Kohl’s Design It! Lab), The Great Invasion! (in the Freshwater Sustainability Lab), Scientific Valentines (in the Bill Brady Intelligent Products Lab), and so much more!