Prairie Ridge Ecostation
Our plans to open to the public are currently under review. At this time, NCMNS has suspended public facing operations under the Phase 2 Safer At Home order, which runs through at least June 26. When public operations resume, we’ll be taking a phased approach to reinstating programs as the health and safety of our visitors and staff is our priority. Our website ( and social channels are updated regularly with our virtual offerings and when permissible our onsite programming will be too.

Outdoor student programs at Prairie Ridge, the Museum’s field station, are offered to rising Kindergarten–12th grade students. These programs are available throughout the school year and summer. Scheduling for the 2019–2020 school year begins Tuesday, July 30, 2019 (for classes in October – January), and Tuesday, August 13, 2019 (for classes in February – May).

To schedule your fee-based curriculum-correlated program

  • Step 1: Check for available dates on the Prairie Ridge Field Trip Calendar.  Dates that are already taken are listed on the calendar.  Select three open dates (at least 6 weeks in advance) that will potentially work for your group.  Note: we accept field trip requests on a first-come, first-served basis.  The calendar is updated as requests are processed and may not reflect every registration.  If the dates you choose have been reserved, you will be asked to choose other dates.
  • Step 2: Search for student programs at Prairie Ridge*. (Follow the link and select “Prairie Ridge” from the Program Types drop-down menu.) Choose a student program.
    [Prairie Ridge Field Trip Rules]
  • Step 3: Fill out the Prairie Ridge Scheduling Request Form.
Once your field trip dates have been confirmed and your request processed, we will email you information about your field trip and an invoice. Invoices must be paid four weeks before your program date.  We reserve the right to offer your dates to other groups if payment is not received. If you have questions, please contact Bonnie Eamick. *For non-school programs, workshops and events, please see our public program calendar.