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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 now open for existing Explorers and Acorn Adventures families. Registration for new families will begin Monday, March 31, 2014. 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 9:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. beginning September 16. The program is designed for children ages 3-5 (must be 3 by September 1 and potty trained).

Early Childhood: Acorn Adventures

Registration for the 2014-2015 Acorn Adventures program will begin in a few weeks once we have Stillwater School District's 2014-2015 School Calendar. Please check back to this page for more information!


preschool programIntroduce young children ages 1 to 4 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 10:15-11:15 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.

Registration for Wednesdays is still open. Call (651) 433-2427 ext 10.

Meadow and Me
Tuesday, September 17 or Wednesday, September 18

Going Batty
Tuesday, October 15 or Wednesday, October 16

Sensational Senses
Tuesday, November 19 or Wednesday, November 20

A Hoot of a Time: Owls
Tuesday, December 17 or Wednesday, December 18

Wacky Science
Tuesday, February 18 or Wednesday, February 19

Wiggles and Giggles: Snakes
Tuesday, March 25 or Wednesday, March 26

Treeific
Tuesday, April 22 or Wednesday, April 23

Spring has Sprung
Tuesday, May 20 or Wednesday, May 21

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.

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).

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).