Frequently Asked Questions

Who can take part in the program?

Children of all ages are encouraged to participate in the Passport to Nature Program. There are no restrictions on age.

What does it cost to participate?

The program is FREE! There is no cost for participating in the program. There is no admission fee to visit any of the participating locations, however, High Cliff State Park does require a vehicle admission sticker on all vehicles in the park. 

How do I get started?

Beginning Memorial Day weekend, Passport starter kits will be available at all of the participating outdoor centers. Don’t see them? Just ask any staff member or volunteer!

Do I have to take part in the Public Library Summer Reading Program to participate?

No. Although we encourage you to visit your local library during the summer.  Read about some new outdoor activities that you can try or learn about some of the plants and animals you may see during your adventures!  Each participating library will also host at least one Passport to Nature related program.  If you mention the program at one of the participating libraries you can receive a special Dig Into Reading! shrinky dink to add to your collection!

Do I have to attend an Outdoor Center program or activity in order to participate?

No. The public programs offered by the outdoor centers and libraries are simply one option for spending your site visits. You may do something on your own, or attend a public program offered by one of the participating sites.  Be sure to double check with the site as there may be a fee associated with some programs.  Check out a book at your local library for some great inspiration and pick something that you find fun and interesting.  
Do I need to be a YMCA member to visit the Purdy Nature Preserve?
No.  You can obtain a guest pass for the Purdy Nature Preserve by checking in at the Apple Creek YMCA front desk.
Question not answered?  Contact us at: traceyk@heckrodtwetland.org or debra-thousandisland@new.rr.com