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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.

2013-2014 School Programs

We are now accepting registrations for the 2013-2014 program year. The entire registration packet can now be downloaded online. Completed packets must be emailed to .

Class Offerings

FALL
September 16 - November 4, 2013

Warner Class
Outreach
Available
Kindergarten
1st-2nd grades
3rd-6th grades
Nature Exploration*
x
Dirt
x
x
Predator-Prey
x
Senses
x
x
Aquatic Ecology
x
x
x
Fall Birds
x
x
Insects
x
Mammals
x
Forests
x
Wetland Ecology
x
x
Deer Biology & Behavior
x
x
GPS Technology
x (5-6 only)

 

WINTER
December 9 - 18, 2013
January 21 - February 28, 2014

Warner Class
Outreach
Available
Kindergarten
1st-2nd grades
3rd-6th grades
Winter Adaptations*
x
x
Weather
x
x
Winter Animal Signs
x
Owls
x
x
Mammals
x
Woodpeckers
x
Wilderness Skills
x
x (5-6 only)

 

SPRING
March 10 - 14, 2014
March 24 - 28, 2014

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

 

SPRING
April 14 - May 30, 2014

Warner Class
Outreach
Available
Kindergarten
1st-2nd grades
3rd-6th grades
Nature Exploration
x
Plants*
x
Senses
x
x
Weather
x
Insects
x
x
Plants
x
Aquatic Ecology
x
x
x
Nature Observation
x
Deer Biology & Behavior
x
x
Spring Birds
x
x
Reptiles & Amphibians
x
x
GPS Technology
x (5-6 only)

*optional puppet show

Planning Your Trip