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Programs Offered for 2013-2014

Aquatic Ecology
Discuss aquatic habitats and organisms. Search for aquatic organisms in Warner's lakes and learn basic identification characteristics.

Deer Biology & Behavior
Learn about the biology and behavior of white-tailed deer. Discover the unique adaptations of deer and go on an interpretive hike to find deer signs.

Dirt
Learn about how dirt is made and where you can find it. Go on a hike to search for organisms found in dirt in different habitats.

Fall Birds: Migration and Behavior
Learn about migration, meet a captive raptor, and watch a bird banding demonstration. This class will show one of Warner's captive live birds.

Forests
Focus on the natural history of trees, tree identification and the importance of forests. Students will go on an interpretive hike to witness the maple syruping process.

G.P.S. Technology
Learn about the science behind how GPS systems work. Students will learn how to use a handheld GPS device and then split into smaller groups and go on a hike looking for hidden containers around Warner's property.

Insects
Learn about insect biology and their amazing adaptations. Students will catch live insects and organize them in their orders.

Mammals
Learn about what makes a mammal as mammal and participate in fun hands-on activities. Students will see a variety of items from the nature center's mammal collection as well as participate in a guided hike (snowshoeing).

Nature Exploration
Learn about the nature center through hands-on stations, exhibit exploration and a nature hike.

Nature Observation
Learn directly from nature through observation. Students will practice observation techniques, then reflect on their observations through writing and drawing in their hand-made journals.

Owls
Learn about the remarkable adaptations that owls have for their nocturnal lifestyle. Meet our resident barred owl and eastern screech owl, and go on a hike (snowshoeing).

Plants
Learn about the parts of a plant and identify plants found in different habitats on a nature hike.

Predator & Prey
Learn about Minnesota animals that are predator or prey and survival strategies for both. Enjoy an interpretive hike looking for signs of predator or prey.

Reptiles and Amphibians
Focus on the biology and ecology of reptiles and amphibians that are active during the spring. Meet some of our captive herps, as well as possibly seeing wild herps.

Senses
Discover how animals use their senses in their daily life. Students will go on a hike with activities focused on using our senses.

Spring Birds: Courtship & Nesting
Learn about spring bird behaviors as we observe birds at our outdoor feeder station, see a variety of bird nests and eggs, and see a live bird banding demonstration.

Weather
Learn about the ingredients of weather through a play, hands-on activities and an outdoor hike (snowshoeing).

Wetland Ecology
Learn the uniqueness of wetland ecosystems with the use of demonstrations & other visual aids. Students will go on a hike to visit Warner's unique bog.

Wilderness Skills
Focus on knowledge and skills needed if you are lost in the woods. Build an emergency shelter and fire and learn how to prepare for a survival situation.

Winter Adaptations
Learn about how animals survive during the winter. Go on a hike (snowshoeing) to look for signs of animals active in the winter.

Winter Animal Signs
Learn winter animal signs and investigative skills to become an official Warner CSI (Critter Sign Investigator). Practice skills in the classroom, discover sign on a hike (snowshoeing) and try to solve winter animal sign mysteries in the snow.

Woodpeckers
Students will play a fun interactive game called the "Wheel-O-Woodpeckers." Learn about our common woodpecker species, adaptations, and ecology and then go on a hike (snowshoeing) to discover woodpeckers and their signs.