Bull’s Run offers a variety of nature-based education programs for all ages of students.  The Naturalist is available to come speak to students about environmental education topics, and school field trips are offered on site at the Arboretum at no cost.  Community groups are also welcome to schedule a program, and we appreciate financial donations for these services. To schedule a program, please contact the Naturalist at:

Environmental Education Loan Kits – available through a generous Education Grant from the Middletown Community Foundation!

Due to limited scheduling availability for in-classroom programs, educators are welcome to request a loan kit.  These kits are great for classroom use, use on field trips to Bull’s Run Arboretum, homeschool groups, scout troops, and more!  Education loan kits include suggested activities and lessons that support Ohio Science Learning Standards and incorporate Ohio’s Nature of Science.  Environmental education kits available:

– Outdoor Education Field Backpack

  • 3 wildlife and tree field guides
  • 18 magnify glasses
  • 10 binoculars
  • 6 dip nets
  • 18 tree rounds
  • 1 leaf press
  • 10 petri dishes
  • 2 circle activity books with outdoor class games and suggested activities        

Life Cycles, Tracks, and Scat Kit

  • Replica life cycle model of green bean plant, monarch butterfly, frog, lady bug, & snail
  • Patty Pillar Game                                                                   
  • Wildlife Field Guide
  • Molds of various wildlife tracks and scat
  • Wildlife tracks guide copy page
  • Nature Circles Track and Scat Cards

Food Webs Kit

  • 2-D Model Building kit
  • Copy pages for food web matching games and quizzes
  • Desert, Forest, and Wetland food web models and activities

Tree Ring Discovery Kit

  • 5 tree rounds each from 6 species of trees
  • 15 dual power (3x, 6x) magnifiers
  • Regional field guide to North American trees
  • Teacher’s manual with background information, diagrams, student worksheet copy pages, and additional activities

Wildlife Discovery Kits – each kit contains an activity guide,  puppet, book, animal track replica, model, blackline master copy pages from activity guide.  Species include:

  • Monarch butterfly
  • Owl (also includes other bird feather information and model)
  • Bat
  • Coyote
  • Squirrel
  • Beaver
  • Raccoon
  • Bobcat
  • Black Bear

Kits can be requested for loan for up to a 2-week period.  Please contact the Naturalist at to schedule a pickup.