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Field Trips - Grades K-6

field tripThe Lee & Rose Warner Nature Center provides an ideal location for your class to visit over 600 acres of forest, grassland, bog, and lakes inhabited by native wildlife such as deer, beaver, raccoon, mink, turtles, frogs, insects, and both resident and migratory birds.

The nature center's Trailside Museum building houses biological collections, mounted wildlife displays, live animal displays, three classrooms, and restrooms. Bag lunches may be eaten indoors or outdoors at nearby picnic tables. No food or beverages are available for sale.

School program costs are underwritten by the generous support of the Manitou Fund. A donation of $2-$4 per student is greatly appreciated, however. Schools unable to make such a donation will not be excluded from participation in the program.

Our school programs are geared principally for children in grades 3-6, though we regularly conduct specialty programs for other grade levels. Our minimum group size is 20 students and our maximum is 70 students. Our classes begin with a 30-minute indoor presentation by a naturalist, after which students are divided into small groups for a variety of indoor and outdoor activities with volunteer trail guides. Each class is typically 2 hours in length, and we encourage groups to spend the whole day (4-5 hours) at Warner so they can take two classes. We strive to be outside as much as possible, so students should come prepared for all types of weather.

We have limited days available for the winter 2015 school field trip season. Please email Julie Grecian at jgrecian@smm.org if you are interested in a winter field trip date. We have a wait list started for fall and spring of this school year.

Class Offerings

FALL
September 22 - October 31, 2014

November 3 - 14, 2014

Warner Class
Kindergarten
1st-2nd grades
3rd-6th grades
Nature Exploration*
x
   
Dirt
x
x
 
Predator-Prey  
x
 
Senses  
x
 
Aquatic Ecology  
x
x
Fall Birds    
x
Insects    
x
Mammals    
x
Forests    
x
Wetland Ecology    
x
Deer Biology & Behavior    
x
GPS Technology    
x

 

WINTER
December 8 - 17, 2014

Warner Class
Kindergarten
3rd-4th grades
5th-6th grades
Winter Animal Signs  
x
 
Woodpeckers  
x
 
Wilderness Skills    
x

 

WINTER
January 26 - February 27, 2015

Warner Class
Kindergarten
1st-2nd grades
3rd-6th grades
5th-6th grades
Nature Exploration*
x
     
Winter Adaptations
x
x
   
Weather  
x
   
Owls    
x
 
Mammals    
x
 
Wilderness Skills      
x

 

SPRING
March 2 - 4, 2015
March 9 - 11, 2015

Warner Class
Kindergarten
1st-2nd grades
3rd-6th grades
5th-6th grades
Winter Animal Signs    
x
 
Owls    
x
 
Mammals    
x
 
Woodpeckers    
x
 

 

SPRING
March 23 - 26, 2015
March 30 - April 2, 2015

Warner Class
Kindergarten
1st-2nd grades
3rd-6th grades
Forests (Maple Syruping)  
x
x
Owls  
x
x

 

SPRING
April 20 - May 1, 2015

Warner Class
Kindergarten
1st-2nd grades
3rd-6th grades
5th-6th grades
Senses  
x
   
Weather  
x
   
Nature Observation    
x
 
Woodpeckers    
x
 
Mammals      
x
GPS Technology      
x

 

SPRING
May 4 - 29, 2015

Warner Class
Kindergarten
1st-2nd grades
3rd-6th grades
Plants*
x
x
 
Dirt
x
   
Senses  
x
 
Aquatic Ecology    
x
Spring Birds    
x
Insects  
x
x
Reptiles & Amphibians    
x

* Includes puppet show

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