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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.

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

September 2014

Minnesota Master Naturalist Training Course: Prairies & Potholes
September 3-6 and 10-12, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. except for Saturday, September 6, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Registration deadline: August 15
Who should sign up? Any adult who is curious and enjoys learning about the natural world, shares that knowledge with others, and supports conservation. If you enjoy hiking, bird watching, following tracks, or identifying wildflowers, you'll love being a Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer. Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteers are a motivated group of fun and interesting people: teachers, retired professionals, nature guides, hunters, eco-tour operators, farmers, and...YOU!

The Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer Training Course consists of 40 hours of instruction. The training includes a variety of teaching methods—hands-on activities, field trips, lectures, Power Point presentations, and videos that provide the participants with information on Minnesota's natural history. The course is designed to be a general overview of Minnesota's three biomes with a focus on the Prairies and Potholes biome.

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Monarch Tagging
Sunday, September 7, 12-2 p.m.

Registration deadline: September 4
Join us for an afternoon in the prairie as we capture and tag monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus). Over recent years, monarch populations have steadily declined. This project allows us to monitor their migration patterns and better understand how to support their population. This program will include hiking on uneven terrain. $5 per person, FREE children ages 2 and under [All Ages].
Register: Call (651) 433-2427, ext 10.

October 2014

Fall Color Blast
Sunday, October 5, 1-5 p.m.

No registration required
Celebrate the fall colors of Warner by hiking our trails, paddling our lakes, and riding on a horse-drawn wagon! Bring your family and friends for a unique opportunity to visit our bee yard/apiary with open hive demonstrations and attend a live bird banding demonstration. Parking fills quickly – once our parking spaces are full, we will provide a shuttle from May Town Hall south of the nature center at no charge. Check at the gate first! Suggested donation of $10 per vehicle.

Night Shift
Saturday, October 25, 2014, 6-7:30 p.m.
Registration deadline: October 22
Bats and Owls and Skunks, OH MY! Bring your flashlights and prepare to go out on a night hike while we investigate nocturnal animals and the adaptations that make them special. We will also put your senses to the test and see how you measure up against other creatures of the night. $15 per family (families can be comprised of up to 2 adults and 6 children—designed for children ages 3 to 9) To register: call (651) 433-2427, ext 10.

November 2014

Nature Spies
Saturday, November 22, 2014, 10-11:30 a.m.
Registration deadline: November 19
Put your spy 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) To register: call (651) 433-2427, ext 10.