The Lee & Rose Warner Nature Center is the place to come for exciting Cadette Girl Scout programs. We've developed our custom programs with the needs of older girls in mind. These fun classes combine adventure and exploration. Each is also specifically designed to meet interest project requirements for those girls still pursuing badges. Each program is set up on a custom basis and there are no pre-assigned dates.
Contact our Outreach Coordinator Kirk Mona at or (651) 433-2427 ext. 13 to reserve dates. We look forward to having you here!
Winter Survival (Our most popular class!)
Back by popular demand! Do you have what it takes to survive outdoors in the winter? Undertake our winter survival scenario class that teaches what to do if you get lost in the woods in the winter. In the second half of this program we’ll head outdoors to put our skills to the test as we learn the art of building a traditional quinzhee style snow shelter (adults free). $90.00 per troop of up to 15 girls ($6.00/girl after 15). 2 hour program. Various dates available.
Join a naturalist from Warner on a fossil hunt on the banks of the Mississippi. We will meet at the Science Museum of Minnesota and take a short van ride to a St. Paul site rich in fossils from over 400 million years ago! You'll even get to take home your best fossil finds. This activity meets the requirements for one of the Digging Through the Past interest project's skill builders. $120.00 per troop of up to 15 girls ($8.00/girl after 15) 2 hour program. Various dates available.
Paddle Pole and Roll Canoe Skills
Let Warner help you earn your Paddle, Pole, and Roll interest project badge. This course will teach and evaluate your skills at all of the requirements for skill builders 2 and 3, which involve paddling and maneuvering your canoe. Maximum of 11 participants. $80.00 per troop of up to 8 girls. ($10/ girl after 8) 2 hour program. Various dates available.
Come learn about the technology behind telescopes. We'll learn about the different kinds available and if the weather is good we'll even get to try out a big telescope on the night sky. We'll learn about constellations through epic stories of love and betrayal. You'll each make and take home a planisphere sky chart so you can find constellations at home. This activity meets the requirements for one skill builder and one technology component of the Space Exploration interest project. $90.00 per troop of up to 15 girls ($6.00/girl after 15) 2 hour program. Various dates available.
Compass for Backpackers
This compass class reviews the basics of compass work and challenges the girls to find their way in the woods on our three woodland compass courses. Practical use of a compass while backpacking is also discussed. This activity meets the requirements for one of the Backpacking interest project's skill builders. $90.00 per troop of up to 15 girls ($6.00/girl after 15) 2 hour program. Various dates available.
Creatures of the Night: Bat Box Making
Come celebrate creatures of the night as we build bat boxes to give bats shelter. These incredible and often-misunderstood creatures are nature's vacuum cleaners when it comes to mosquitoes. You can set up your box at home in the spring and the bats that take up residence will eat mosquitoes from your yard! Bat boxes make great gifts as well. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to have fun, swing a hammer and hit things (preferably nails). The cost of the class includes a bat box kit with a retail value of $30! $17.50 per girl. (8 person minimum) 2 hour program. Various dates available.
St. Croix River Backwater Canoe Adventure (day trip)
Canoe down the St. Croix with naturalists from Warner Nature Center. We'll set out from the nature center first thing in the morning to canoe the St Croix. We'll learn a little about the history of the river as we wind our way though the mysterious backwaters where we've often spotted eagles, osprey, raccoons and songbirds. We'll then stop for lunch in an idyllic spot on the river. This is an awesome adventure for both beginning and experienced canoeists. Cost includes rental of canoes, PFDs, paddles, transportation to river from WNC, interpretive program and basic canoe instruction as needed. $37.50 per person (8 person minimum 14 person max, including adults.) 6 hour program. Various dates available in Spring
Wildlife Tracker (spring and fall)
Join a Naturalist from Warner on a trip through the woods as we search for wildlife tracks so we can make plaster casts of them to take home. We'll also identify both poisonous and useful plants. This activity meets the requirements for two of the Wildlife interest project's skill builders. $90.00 per troop of up to 15 girls ($8.00/girl after 15) 2 hour program. Various dates available.
All About Birds
Don't just watch for birds at the feeders, see them up close at Warner Nature Center. Warner has a long tradition of bird banding in which we catch birds, give them an ID bracelet and then release them to the wild. You can witness this science in action and maybe even get a chance to release a bird yourself! This activity meets the requirements for one skill builder and one technology component of the All About Birds interest project. $75.00 per troop of up to 15 girls ($5.00/girl after 15) 2 hour program. Various dates available.
Join us as we make a mess! Try your hand at making handmade recycled paper. In this handmade paper workshop we'll learn how to use colored paper, blenders, screens and natural materials to make beautiful art. This activity meets the requirements for a Paper Works interest project skill builder. $90.00 per troop of up to 15 girls ($6.00/girl after 15) 2 hour program. Various dates available.
Try your hand at hand cranking the drills and tapping a spile into a tree as we learn about maple syruping. You can even taste the sap as it drips from the trees. A highlight of the program is when we pull glowing red rocks out of a roaring fire to re-create the ancient art of rock boiling. We'll actually make sap boil as we add more and more glowing rocks. Don't forget the taste test! Can you tell the difference between real and artificial syrup? This unique class should not be missed! $90.00 per troop of up to 15 girls ($6.00/girl after 15) 2 hour program. Various dates available in March only.