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Nature's Classroom

Nature's Classroom

Open House Event

Nature's Classroom has opened its doors to the community once a year since 2007. This event is a school fundraiser that supports the feeding of our collection of animals on site. The event is called our "Woods, Water, and Wildlife" celebration and the next one will be held on March 25th, 2017. Please save the date!

Our March 25th event will be held from 9am until 4pm. This is a one day only event on a Saturday. Gate entry is $10 per carload. Boat rides are $2 per person. We will also have food trucks on site as well as a silent auction. This is a CASH only event and there are no ATM's on site. We will also have childrens' activities, animal experiences, hikes, a shoreline sampling experience, and exhibitors. Please do not bring mini-buses, buses, coolers or pets. We also do not allow alcohol on the property, and smoking is limited to a designated area away from the activities.

Nature's Classroom is a public school site and we ask that you conduct yourselves as if you were visiting any middle school in the District. We hope that you will come enjoy the peace and quiet of Nature, as well as the fun activities we have planned for you. Come see what all the 6th graders in the Hillsborough County Public School District rave about and remember the rest of their lives.

Our summer camp opportunities will be available on this date with information and sign up (including a notary) at the information booth during the event.

Nature's Classroom
13100 Verges Rd
Thonotosassa, FL 33592

Phone: (813) 987-6969

If you have any questions, or if you would like to volunteer for the event or become an exhibitor, please contact Mary Spence at

We welcome school groups (Scouts, JROTC, NHS, Beta Club, etc) as Student Volunteers so long as they are accompanied by an adult chaperone. Volunteer hours are 8am-1pm, 12 noon to 5pm, or all day (8am-5pm). We will gladly sign your forms for Bright Future hours or give you a form.

Hope to se you out here! "Be a part of nature, not apart from it."

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