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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 2015/2016 school year is now open.
Call (651) 433-2427 to register. 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 mid-September 2015. The program is designed for children ages 3–5 (must be 3 by September 1 and potty trained).

Early Childhood: Acorn Adventures

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 from 9:30-11 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 $15 per class or $135 to have a spot for all 9 sessions. 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 2015-2016 is open!

2015-2016 Dates
September 22 and 23
October 20 and 21
November 17 and 18
December 15 and 16
January 12 and 13
February 23 and 24
March 29 and 30
April 19 and 20
May 17 and 18

2014-2015 Acorn Adventures

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.

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.