Since 2001, Gahagan has provided exceptional opportunities in environmental and natural science instruction to students and communities in a seven-county area. Over the last sixteen years, these lessons and activities have been developed into four distinct programs:
School Field Trips: Grade level specific, on-site programming using the forest, wetlands and pond resources of the property.
The Visiting Naturalist: In-school presentations using extensive resource kits developed primarily by our education director.
Environmental Learning for Future: Training for parents and teachers to use our environmental educational materials in school classrooms.
Community Education Programs: Summer day camps and community programs at the preserve, in area libraries, and at special events.
Marguerite Gahagan Nature Preserve initially provided these services free from charge using funds left by Marguerite Gahagan’s estate, grants from the local intermediate school district and funding from Kirtland Community College. Gahagan had also utilized the services of a retired educator who donated much of his time. Today, Gahagan’s longtime educator has retired, and budget constraints have forced contributing school entities to suspend their provided funding. As such, we implemented a fee structure for our programs. Programming now continues by supplementing through the endowment funding left by Marguerite's estate, periodic grants from our local community organizations and through donations from our friends.