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The Lee and Rose Warner Nature Center is located 30 miles northeast of St. Paul, Minnesota near historic Marine on St. Croix. The oldest private nature center in Minnesota, Warner features over 600 acres of undeveloped woodland, marsh, lake, bog and grasslands. Within the Trailside Museum, visitors can learn about our public natural history programs, learn how to become a volunteer or Friend of Warner, and experience the Hidden Wonders of Warner, our brand-new interactive, hands-on education exhibits.

Spring Birding

Saturday, May 10, 9-11 a.m.
Registration deadline: May 8

Join WNC staff and volunteers for a twist on birding! We will be setting nets to safely catch songbirds so we can attach an aluminum band to their leg. WNC has been banding birds since the 1960's and in doing so, has helped scientists learn more about the secrets of bird migration. We will get to see the banding process from net to release and hopefully see many of the 140+ species that use Warner for nesting and migration. (Ages 5+) $8 Friends of Warner / Science Museum members; $10 nonmembers. Learn More


Family Program: Forest Fairies & Gnomes

Saturday, May 17, 10-11:30 a.m.
Registration deadline: May 15

Get ready for an enchanted nature adventure as we explore the delightful world of forest fairies and gnomes. We will create gnome and fairy houses, go on a magical treasure hunt, and tell captivating stories. Younger children may need adult assistance for some of the crafts and all are welcome to come in outdoor appropriate fairy attire. $15 per family (families can be comprised of up to 2 adults and 6 children – designed for children ages 3 to 9). Learn More


2014 Summer Camps

summer campJoin us for some exciting summer adventures in our forests, bog, lakes, prairie and new exhibits!

Browse our 2014 Summer Camps and Register Online

Note: Please do not call the nature center to find out if a class is still available or not. When the class is filled, it will be indicated in the class description on the website.


Help us build an apiary!

beekeeperPhase I of our Apiary Project was a success! Warner Nature Center staff and volunteers installed an observation hive in the Trailside Museum, built a fenced-in apiary with two bee colonies, and designed and built an adjacent "bee observation room" with interpretive signage and displays. All of this was accomplished with donated dollars and volunteer labor. Learn More

We have kicked-off fundraising for Phase II! Our fundraising goal is $2,725 and we need your help! Find out more about how you can help support and educate others about Minnesota's honeybee population!