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Naturalist-Led Family and Adult Programs

Join a Warner naturalist for these fun events for all ages! Wear casual clothing appropriate for the weather and hands-on activities.

Pre-registration and pre-payment are required for all of our programs (except Fall Color Blast, Winter Blizzard Blast, and Maple Syrup Open House). Cancellations must be made at least three days prior to an event for a full refund. To register, please call (651) 433-2427, ext. 10.

To register, please call (651) 433-2427, ext. 10. Please note, leaving a voicemail message does not constitute an official registration.

April 2015

Beaver Tails
Saturday, April 25, 10-11:30 a.m.
Registration deadline: April 22
We'll be busy beavers as we learn all about this industrious and unique animal. Be prepared to get wet feet as you practice building your own lodge or dam! Filled with stories, songs, and activities this program is a fun way to learn about the interesting lives of beavers! $15 per family (families can be comprised of up to 2 adults and 6 children—designed for children ages 3 to 9).

May 2015

Forest Fairies and Pirates
Saturday, May 16, 10-11:30 a.m.
Registration deadline: May 13
Get ready for an enchanted nature adventure as we explore the delightful world of forest fairies and pirates. We will create pirate and fairy houses, go on a magical treasure hunt, and tell captivating stories. Younger children may need adult assistance for some of the crafts and all are welcome to come in outdoor appropriate fairy or pirate attire. $15 per family (families can be comprised of up to 2 adults and 6 children—designed for children ages 3 to 9).

June 2015

Dragonfly Bioblitz
Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
10 a.m. Instructional Overview (recommended)
11 a.m. Field Collection Begins

Registration deadline: June 4
Warner Nature Center is home to dozens of species of dragonflies of all sizes and colors, including some that had never been found in Minnesota until now. Join us for a fun day of dragonfly observation and collecting along Warner Nature Center's ponds and lakes. You will learn where and when to best look for dragonflies, how to catch and handle them, and basic identification. You will also learn how to encourage these beneficial insects to visit your back yard. This will be a great family event, bring an insect net if you have one. Otherwise, nets will be available for your use. The program is ongoing during the four hours so you can stay for the entire program or leave at anytime. Bring a bag lunch. (All ages). FREE

Fly Fishing for Adults
Monday, Wednesday and Friday, June 22-26, 6:30-9 p.m.

Registration deadline: June 19
Back by popular demand! Join WNC director, Ron Lawrenz, at Warner Nature Center for three evenings to learn the basics of fly-fishing. This includes a review of equipment and how to rig it, fly tying basics and tying a fly or two, casting instruction, and finally spending an evening fishing hefty sunfish and bass with flies you have tied. All fly rods and reels are provided. Class is limited to 10 adults. $80 Friends of Warner / Science Museum members; $90 non-members.
Course Code: WFFLY0622

Bogs and Birds
Saturday, June 27, 8:30-10 a.m.

Registration deadline: June 24
Experience a unique habitat and a unique wildlife encounter all in one day! We will venture into Warner's bog, then get an up-close look at how songbirds are banded and released. [All ages; children must be accompanied by an adult] $7 Friends of Warner / Science Museum members; $9 nonmembers
Course Code: WJBAB0627

Wild Edibles: A Taste of Summer
Saturday, June 27, 1-3 p.m.

Registration deadline: June 24
Learn how to find food in your own backyard! Hike around Warner with a naturalist to harvest ingredients for some wild appetizers. We will prepare a couple of dishes together, then try them out! A must for cooks, locavores (those who eat locally), and aspiring taste testers. Class is limited to 25 people. [All ages; children must be accompanied by an adult] $8 Friends of Warner / Science Museum members; $10 nonmembers
Course Code: WJWED0627

July 2015

Sunset Canoe
Wednesday, July 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Registration deadline: July 13
Enjoy the delights of late summer as you paddle the calm waters of Lake Terrapin at sunset. With luck we'll hear loons and see beavers. Instruction and all equipment provided. Camp is limited to 12 people. $10 Friends of Warner / Science Museum members; $12 nonmembers
Course Code: WFSSC0715

Sunset Kayak
Friday, July 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Registration deadline: July 22
Enjoy the delights of late summer as you paddle the calm waters of Lake Terrapin at sunset. With luck we'll hear loons and see beavers. Instruction and all equipment provided. Camp is limited to 12 people. $10 Friends of Warner / Science Museum members; $12 non-members.
Course Code: WFSSK0725

Sunset Kayak
Tuesday, July 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Registration deadline: July 26
Enjoy the delights of late summer as you paddle the calm waters of Lake Terrapin at sunset. With luck we'll hear loons and see beavers. Instruction and all equipment provided. Camp is limited to 12 people. $10 Friends of Warner / Science Museum members; $12 non-members.
Course Code: WFSSK0728