Field School is “Nature for Grown Ups”
ONSC Field School
The Ozark Natural Science Center offers a unique, immersion-based approach to learning about nature. For more than 20 years ONSC has been providing the best in outdoor science education for elementary school students. The ONSC Field School brings that same commitment to outdoor education to adult learners. Field School programs offer authentic learning experiences for the general public, with instruction led by local experts and our own naturalist staff. Natural science, the arts, and Ozark cultural history are all topics for Field School courses. Contact ONSC by phone, email or check out our website to view upcoming courses. We hope you will join us here in Bear Hollow for an ONSC Field School experience!
Our classroom is nestled within the 500 acre Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission Bear Hollow Natural Area. The area features nearly eight miles of trails, bluff shelters, rock outcroppings, glades, trickling creeks, a historic farmhouse and cabin, and beautiful vistas. ONSC is adjacent to the approximately 15,000 acre Arkansas Game and Fish Commission McIlroy-Madison County Wildlife Management Area. Our studies often take us to this adjacent public property to study forest and aquatic ecology, and to admire waterfalls and Ozark vistas.
The Field School courses are hosted on-site at the Ozark Natural Science Center. Courses range from single-day programs to multi-day residential experiences. Since each course has a special focus, and every day in the forest is unique, there are no “typical programs”. However, most courses combine brief indoor instruction with more extensive outdoor experiences – we will always go out to enjoy the trails! Overnight programs will feature nocturnal-based activities with campfire and stars included of course. Onsite lodging in our cozy cabins is always an option with overnight Field School programs. Meals provided by ONSC are included in many of the Field School programs. ONSC Field School courses are open to the public – no previous experience with the outdoors required!
Important Note to Teachers: Field School courses may qualify for ADoE professional development credit hours.
Field School age requirement is 21 or older ~ unless otherwise noted