Education .

Self-Guided Education

If our regular programs do not fit your schedule or needs, Fernwood offers opportunities to learn on your own. Interpretive signs are located along the garden paths and woodland trails, and an assortment of brochures are available in the Visitors Center if you want to know more.

Teachers may bring their students to Fernwood for self-guided tours. The Nature Center is available if not being used for Fernwood programs. An open-air platform located in the woods west of the pond and a pavilion in the gardens may be reserved free of charge.

For more information about self-guided education at Fernwood, call Wendy Jones at 269.695.6491

Teachers are strongly encouraged to attend a free site-use training session before bringing children to Fernwood.


Looking for something fun to do with your family during a visit to Fernwood? Check out a family activity backpack.

Thanks to a grant from the Jewish Women’s Endowment Fund of the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley, families visiting Fernwood can borrow backpacks with activities to do while exploring the grounds. 

  • The birds backpack includes binoculars, field guides, and checklists.
  • The gardens backpack contains scavenger hunts, books on plants and flowers, an insect field guide, and a bug box. 
  • The preschoolers backpack helps kids explore with their five senses and contains mystery smells, pictures, magnifiers, books, etc.


Check out backpacks at the Front Desk.