Looking for a unique way to complete Junior Girl Scout Skill Builders and Legacy Badges? The Lee and Rose Warner Nature Center has developed programs specifically designed to meet Junior Girl Scout badge requirements. As a special bonus, the girls will actually receive their badge at the end of the course! We also have WNC Originals which are programs designed to cover topic areas above and beyond the badge requirements of Girl Scouts. Each WNC Original program includes a "fun patch" the girls can wear on the back of their uniform. These program are a wonderful opportunity to earn badges in a fun and creative way!
Many troops just want to come out to Warner for the unique experiences we can offer. In addition to the badge programs mentioned below, we also offer snowshoeing, maple syruping, orienteering, winter tracking, aquatic ecology, raptor programs and more.
All of these programs are set up for your group on a custom basis. Please call us with a few possible dates you would like to visit us and we'll check the availability of staff and building space. Contact our Outreach Coordinator Kirk Mona at or (651) 433-2427 ext. 13 to reserve dates. We look forward to having you here!
Junior Astronomer Awards Connection: WNC Original
Come join us and learn tales about the constellations as you experience the night sky! Make a planisphere sky chart to take home. Learn how to find the north star using the big dipper and discover why the moon has phases. Take part in a fun ancient storytelling about constellations. Weather permitting, head outside to look at the stars, moon, Jupiter and nebulas through a large telescope! Receive the sky search badge for free at the end of the program. If it is cloudy we will enjoy the stars in our inflatable planetarium. Price: $8.00 per girl, minimum $120 (No charge for adults)
NEW! Geocacher Awards Connection: It's Your Story: Geocacher Skill Builder
Come on a geocache adventure! Well learn how to use a GPS receiver, learn about the sport of geocaching, make trade items, go on a geocache course in Warner's woods and learn how to help Warner's Girl Scout Travelbug travel around the world with your help. Price: $8.00 per girl, minimum $120 (No charge for adults)
NEW! Junior Snow Scientist Awards Connection: WNC Original
Come explore the wonder of winter at Warner while conducting science experiments about the cold. How do animals survive the cold? How does insulation work? Who's awake in the winter? How much water is there really in snow? Where is it warmest outside? We'll use thermometers, thermocouples, beakers and all the tools of the trade to learn the science of winter. If we have enough snow, we'll even explore on snowshoes and look for winter animal signs. All girls who participate receive a fun patch as part of the program fees. Price: $8.00 per girl, minimum $120 (No charge for adults)
Junior Canoer Awards Connection: WNC Original
Spend 3 hours learning the basics of canoe safety. We've been teaching girls to canoe for decades and there are no houses or other distractions on the wilds of Terrapin Lake! Learn how to load and launch a canoe, use a PFD, safely change places, keep an eye on the weather, and take care of gear. You'll also learn the three basic canoe strokes once we're on the water. Experienced staff leads every program. Every girl will receive a canoe badge for free at the end of this three-hour program. This is a very popular class that fills quickly. Price: $10 per girl, minimum $120 (No charge for adults)
NEW! Junior Kayaker Awards Connection: WNC Original
Warner now offers kayaking! Learn how to get in and out of a kayak, use a PFD, paddle, keep an eye on the weather, and take care of gear. Our sit-on-top kayaks are very easy to learn how to use and provide a stable learning platform. Experienced staff leads every program. Every girl receives a kayaking patch for free at the end of this three-hour program. Price: $10 per girl, minimum $120 (No charge for adults)
Junior Fossil Hunter Awards Connection: WNC Original
Join a naturalist from the Lee and Rose Warner Nature Center on a fossil hunt near the banks of the Mississippi. We meet at Lilydale Regional Park in St. Paul to explore sites rich in fossils from over 400 million years ago! Take home a few fossils you find to start or add to your collection. Price: $8.00 per girl, minimum $120 (No charge for adults)
NEW! Camping Skills Awards Connection: WNC Original
Complete three of the five skill builder skill necessary to earn your Camper badge. We'll learn how to tie knots, build a campfire, make s'mores and enjoy the outdoors with a hike. Price: $8.00 per girl, minimum $120 (No charge for adults)