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Education and Visitor Programs

We love talking to the community and teaching others about energy, power, water treatment, and wastewater reclamation! Whether your class takes a field trip to one of our facilities, you use a Holland BPW lesson plan about energy, or you’re just curious to learn more, we’re here to help.

Field trips are designed for PreK-12th grade students. Educators should use the Field Trip Request Form to request a field trip or program at one of our facilities. To request a tour of our facilities for college level students or other businesses, please use the Group Tours Request Form.

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Field Trips

Thank you for your interest in Holland BPW field trips! For more detail on our facilities and field trips offered, please scroll through the programs below. To request a field trip, complete the form below and your response will be sent to our Education and Visitor Programs Specialist. We look forward to seeing you!

Curriculum Standards and Education Goals

Holland BPW field trips are developed with State of Michigan and Next Generation Science Standards in mind. Our field trips encourage students to explore beyond the light switch and water tap to learn how public utilities provide electricity, wastewater treatment, and safe drinking water to our community. Programs are offered free of charge. Field trips take place at one of our three facility locations: Holland Energy Park, the Water Reclamation Facility, and the Water Treatment Plant.

Chaperone Requirements

A minimum of 1 teacher or adult chaperone is required for every 5 students in attendance for PreK-5th grade programs. A minimum of 1 teacher or adult chaperone is required for 6th-12th grade programs. Additional chaperones may be required depending on your choice of program.

Holland Energy Park

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Immerse your students in learning at Holland’s combined cycle natural gas power plant, Holland Energy Park. Students will see the power plant at work and discover more about energy and electricity in their community.

Energy Alley: The Holland Energy Park Visitor Center, called Energy Alley, spans the length of the iconic red spine across the front of Holland Energy Park. This unique exhibit features interactive experiences for all ages and explores energy decisions made at the plant and the community.

  • Offered Year-Round

  • 60 minutes
  • Capacity: 50 students

This pilot program is now available - we are currently testing and learning how to use the Goosechase software. Your feedback will help us improve this experience for future users!

Get ready to go on a scavenger hunt through Holland Energy Park's Visitor Center using Goosechase - an interactive online platform! Using a smartphone or tablet*, students will use information found in the exhibit space to complete missions and earn their team points. Mission topics include energy, energy sources, energy conservation, and Holland's combined cycle power plant.

This is a semi-self guided program. Students will receive a short introduction to Holland BPW and Holland Energy Park before beginning the scavenger hunt.

*Participants are currently required to provide their own tablet, smartphone, or other compatible device. A guest wi-fi network is available for use.

  • Offered Year-Round

  • 60 minutes

  • Capacity: 50 students

Discover the basics of energy and electricity by exploring Holland Energy Park’s Visitor Center - Energy Alley. Students will learn about energy, energy sources, efficiency and conservation, and see a working combined cycle power plant while completing a self-guided, paper scavenger hunt sheet individually, in pairs, or small groups. Looking for something more interactive? Try our new scavenger hunt option - the Visitor Center Goosechase!

This is a self-guided program. Energy Alley is Holland Energy Park’s museum-style Visitor Center that features hands-on and interactive experiences suitable for all ages.

Water Reclamation Facility

Water reclamation tanks with skimming arms and green grass between tanks

Walk through our outdoor Water Reclamation Facility on the banks of Lake Macatawa! Students will tour the facility with expert staff and learn what happens to wastewater after they flush the toilet.

The majority of this program takes place outdoors. In the case of snow, ice, or inclement weather, your field trip may need to be rescheduled. We recommend scheduling this program April-October. Off season programs may be booked but are weather dependent.

  • Offered April-October - weather permitting

  • 60 minutes

  • Capacity: 25 students

Take a tour of our Water Reclamation Facility led by BPW educators and operators. Students will learn what happens to our wastewater and learn each step in the treatment process. Due to the advanced content level of this tour, this experience is recommended for students taking coursework in chemistry, biology, or AP classes such as Environmental Science.

*Please note that this field trip is not ADA accessible and students are required to wear closed-toe shoes. As this experience takes place mainly outdoors we recommend booking between April-October. Off season field trips may be booked but are weather dependent.

Water Treatment Plant

Water treatment settling tanks

Take a closer look at how drinking water comes from Lake Michigan into your tap! Students will tour the Water Treatment Plant with BPW educators to get a firsthand look at this process.

  • Offered Year-Round

  • 60 minutes

  • Capacity: 25 students

Discover how water is collected, treated, and distributed to homes and businesses and how we can protect Michigan’s waterways and resources.

*Please note that this field trip is not ADA accessible and students are asked to wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes such as sneakers

Group Tours & Other Questions

Group tours for Holland Energy Park (power plant), Water Reclamation (wastewater/sewage) and our Water Treatment (drinking water) facilities are available upon request. Please note that our facilities have age and group size restrictions for your safety and will also require attendees to wear closed-toe shoes. These tours are not ADA accessible and not recommended for those who have difficulty standing or walking for 1 hour.

Holland Energy Park
Visitor Center Open Houses and Open Hours

Throughout the year, Holland Energy Park will open the Visitor Center to the public during free events. Look for announcements on our social media for updates on event dates and times.

The Visitor Center, called Energy Alley, consists of hands-on, interactive exhibits that engage all ages. Visitors will experience the working power plant and learn more about electricity, energy efficiency, and Holland’s “electrifying” history! Guests are also encouraged to take advantage of our ¾ mile paved outdoor trail that highlights native gardens, prairie and wetland habitats.

2024 Summer Open House

Holland Energy Park's Visitor Center will be open to the public on August 2nd from 12-3pm for an open house and touch-a-truck event. At this special summer occasion, enjoy tasty treats, check out a bucket truck, fire truck, police cruiser, and meet service workers who keep our community running. Naturalists from Outdoor Discovery Center will have their "Up Close and Wild - Michigan Animals" wildlife booth on site that includes live animals and touchable artifacts.This event is free, however registration is required.

Registration is now open - click here to register.

Friday, August 2 - 12-3pm

Open House Information - Registration is required for open house events. Guests are welcome to visit any time during the hours posted. Visits are self-guided and appropriate for all ages. Questions can be directed to

The following items are not permitted at Holland Energy Park:

  • Backpacks or large bags
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Food and drink
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Who Works Here?

Learn more about the people who work at Holland BPW and the jobs that they do to keep our community thriving, healthy and strong. 

Holland BPW offers a wide variety of career opportunities for interests of all sorts, and we also offer job shadowing, apprenticeships and other career-related opportunities for high school and above. Interested in Holland BPW talking to your students about utility careers? Email our Education and Visitor Programs Specialist for more information.