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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.

March 2014

CANCELED
Family Program: Nature Detectives

Saturday, March 29, 10-11:30 a.m.
Registration deadline: March 27
Put your detective skills to use as we explore many of the different signs animals leave behind. We will go on a tracking adventure and examine pelts, tracks, teeth, and bones from a variety of animals to determine what has been visiting our trails. $15 per family (families can be comprised of up to 2 adults and 6 children – designed for children ages 3 to 9).

April 2014

Woodcocks and Wine
Friday, April 11, 7-9 p.m.

Registration deadline: April 9
Enjoy a glass of wine while learning about the fascinating mating ritual of the American woodcock. We will then go for a short hike to our prairie to quietly and patiently wait for the chance to see the infamous timberdoodle twirl. $7 Friends of Warner / Science Museum members; $8 nonmembers (Ages 21+)

Timberdoodle Twirl
Tuesday, April 22, 7-9 p.m.

Registration deadline: April 21
Celebrate Earth Day! Experience the spectacular springtime sky dance of the timberdoodle (also known as the American woodcock). One of Warner's naturalists will take you on a search for these normally elusive birds. $7 Friends of Warner / Science Museum members; $8 nonmembers (Ages 8+)

May 2014

Birding by Pontoon
Saturday, May 10, 9-11 a.m.

Registration deadline: May 8
Enjoy a spring morning aboard our solar-powered pontoon boat, the Water Strider, while we look for birds. Bring your binoculars or borrow a pair from us! (Ages 5+) $8 Friends of Warner / Science Museum members; $10 nonmembers.

Family Program: Forest Fairies & Gnomes
Saturday, May 17, 10-11:30 a.m.

Registration deadline: May 15
Get ready for an enchanted nature adventure as we explore the delightful world of forest fairies and gnomes. We will create gnome 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 attire. $15 per family (families can be comprised of up to 2 adults and 6 children – designed for children ages 3 to 9).

June 2014

Dragonfly Bioblitz
Saturday, June 7, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
10 a.m. Instructional Overview (recommended)
11 a.m. Field Collection Begins

Registration deadline: June 3
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 backyard. 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
Course Code: WJDRB0607

Fly Fishing for Adults
Monday, Wednesday and Friday, June 23-27, 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 people. $70 Friends of Warner / Science Museum members; $80 non-members.
Course Code: WFFFA0623

July 2014

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

Registration deadline: July 28
Enjoy the delights of late summer as you paddle the calm waters of Terrapin Lake at sunset. With luck we'll hear loons and see beavers. Instruction and all equipment provided. Class is limited to 12 people. $10 Friends of Warner / Science Museum members; $12 non-members.
Course Code: WFADK0730

August 2014

Sunset Kayak
Wednesday, August 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Registration deadline: August 6
Enjoy the delights of late summer as you paddle the calm waters of Terrapin Lake at sunset. With luck we'll hear loons and see beavers. Instruction and all equipment provided. Class is limited to 12 people. $10 Friends of Warner / Science Museum members; $12 non-members.
Course Code: WFADK0808