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Early Childhood Programs

Join us for one of Warner's early childhood programs as we explore the natural world through hikes, art projects and story time. Warner offers a variety of programs for you and your child to choose from throughout the year.

Warner Explorers Preschool Program

Registration for the 2014-2015 Explorers Program is open! Spaces are still available - register now! Please complete the registration packet.


Warner Explorers introduces children to the world of nature in an age-appropriate preschool setting. Our low child to teacher ratio promotes relationship building and is ideal for our young outdoor explorers. Knowing that children have incredible curiosity about the world, we use experiential learning techniques and nature based activities to encourage observations, questions, and self-discovery.

Explorers is held on Monday mornings from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. beginning September 15. The program is designed for children ages 3-5 (must be 3 by September 1 and potty trained).

Early Childhood: Acorn Adventures

Spots are still available for Tuesday dates for Acorn Adventures. Please call (651) 433-2427 ext 10 to register.


preschool programIntroduce young children ages 1 to 5 to the natural world, while exploring at the nature center with a parent or guardian. Each program is organized around a monthly theme and emphasizes active learning through sensory experiences, movement activities, and dramatic play. Children create with art materials, enjoy simple stories and explore the great outdoors. Classes are offered once a month during the school year (with the exception of January) from 10:00-11:00 a.m. on Tuesdays or Wednesdays at Warner Nature Center.

Pre-registration is required: families sign up for Acorn Adventures for as many sessions as you would like. Cost is $10 per class or $80 to have a spot for all 8 programs. If minimum enrollment is not met, classes will be cancelled. If you miss two consecutive classes, you may lose your spot if there is a wait list. Each class incorporates outdoor and indoor activities in all types of weather. Wear casual clothing appropriate for the weather and hands-on activities.

2014-2015 Acorn Adventures

Fabulous Fall
Tuesday, September 23 or Wednesday, September 24

Night World
Tuesday, October 28 or Wednesday, October 29

Turkey Time
Tuesday, November 18 or Wednesday, November 19

Winter Wonders
Tuesday, December 9 or Wednesday, December 10

Sleepy Animals
Tuesday, February 24 and Wednesday, February 25

Radical Reptiles
Tuesday, March 10 and Wednesday, March 11

Awesome Amphibians
Tuesday, April 21 and Wednesday, April 22

Springing into Spring
Tuesday, May 19 and Wednesday, May 20

Family Programs

Warner Nature Center's Family Programs are nature-based programs filled with fun and adventure for families with children ages 3 to 9. Programs include stories, songs, art projects, and hikes on our beautiful trails. These programs provide a great way to explore our diverse habitats in a small-group setting. Cost is $15 per family (families can be comprised of up to 2 adults and 6 children). Registration is required three days prior to the program.

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.

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.

Beaver Tails
Saturday, April 25, 2015, 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) To register: call (651) 433-2427, ext 10.

Forest Fairies and Pirates
Saturday, May 16, 2015, 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) To register: call (651) 433-2427, ext 10.

Registration information will be available this summer!