Naturalist-Led Family and Adult Programs

Join a Warner naturalist for these fun events for all ages! Wear casual clothing appropriate for the weather and hands-on activities.

Pre-registration is required for all of our programs (except Fall Color Blast and Maple Syrup Open House). Cancellations must be made at least three days prior to an event for a full refund. To register, please call (651) 433-2427, ext. 10.

To register, please call (651) 433-2427, ext. 10. Please note, leaving a voicemail message does not constitute an official registration.

Looking for a winter adventure outside with your family and friends? Join us as we begin celebrating our 50th year with these fun weekend programs January through March! Registration deadline is 3 days before event occurs.

January

Snowshoe Hike
Saturday, January 21, 2017; 2-4 p.m.
Cancelled due to snow conditions

February

Family Snow FunFamily Snow Fun
Saturday, February 4, 2017; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Bring your little one for fun in the snow at Warner! Geared towards families with young children, we will do a craft, try out snowshoeing, and end with a campfire. (Suggested ages 2-8) $5 WNC Friends/Science Museum members; $7 nonmembers

Kicksledding & Cocoa
Saturday, February 4, 2017; 2-4 p.m.
Join us for a fun afternoon of using our Norwegian “sparks” or kicksleds! Ridden with the same kicking and gliding motion as skiing, kicksleds provide a fun outdoor experience during the winter. After we try out the kicksleds, we will warm up by the fireplace with a hot cup of cocoa. (All ages) $7 WNC Friends/Science Museum members; $10 nonmembers

Owl & Snowshoe Hike
Friday, February 10, 2017; 6-9 p.m.
Join us for an exciting evening exploring the woods of Warner under the full moon. Meet our resident barred and Eastern screech owls before heading out on a snowshoe night hike (conditions permitting) calling to the owls of Warner’s woods. Please note: We will hike if snow levels are too low for snowshoeing. (Ages 3+) $7 WNC Friends/Science Museum members; $10 nonmembers

Dog-SleddingDog-Sledding at Warner
Saturday, February 11, 2017; 1-3 p.m.
Warner Nature Center is partnering with the Samoyed Association of Minneapolis/St. Paul (S.A.M.S.) for a unique opportunity to spend time with beautiful furry Samoyed dogs. The day will begin with a short program inside the Trailside Museum followed by a meet and greet with the dogs and a dogsledding experience (conditions permitting) for small children (40 lbs or less). This is a free program (donations will be accepted for S.A.M.S.) but you must register by phone. Limited availability. (All Ages)

Morning Snowshoe Hike
Saturday, February 18, 2017; 9-11 a.m.
Explore winter at Warner through the ancient art of snowshoeing. Learn basic snowshoeing techniques and hike through Warner’s woods. Snowshoes provided. *Program will be cancelled if there are not sufficient snow levels. (Ages 6+) $7 WNC Friends/Science Museum members; $10 nonmembers

March

Maple Syruping DayMaple Syruping Day
Saturday, March 4, 2017; 12-4 p.m.
Spend the afternoon in Warner’s sugar bush! Learn about the history of maple syruping and see the whole process first-hand from sap to syrup. Enjoy ongoing family-friendly activities such as log tapping, sap boiling, spile making, maple syrup sampling, crafts, refreshments, and more! No registration required. (All ages) $5 per person (Children 3 and under FREE).

Owl & Snowshoe Hike
Saturday, March 11, 2017; 6-9 p.m.
Join us for an exciting evening exploring the woods of Warner under the full moon. Meet our resident barred and Eastern screech owls before heading out on a snowshoe night hike (conditions permitting) calling to the owls of Warner’s woods. Please note: We will hike if snow levels are too low for snowshoeing. (Ages 3+) $7 WNC Friends/Science Museum members; $10 nonmembers

June

Dragonfly Bioblitz
Saturday, June 10; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
10 a.m. Instructional overview (recommended)
11 a.m. Field Collection begins
Warner Nature Center is home to dozens of species of dragonflies of all sizes and colors, including some that had never been found in Minnesota until now. Join us for a fun day of dragonfly observation and collecting along Warner Nature Center’s ponds and lakes. You will learn where and when to best look for dragonflies, how to catch and handle them, and basic identification. You will also learn how to encourage these beneficial insects to visit your back yard. This will be a great family event, bring an insect net if you have one. Otherwise, nets will be available for your use. The program is ongoing during the four hours so you can stay for the entire program or leave at anytime. Bring a bag lunch. (All ages) Register by calling (651) 433-2427, ext 10. FREE. Registration deadline: June 8

Fly Fishing for Adults
June 26-30 (Mon, Wed & Fri) 6:30–9 p.m.
Check out this unique camp! Join WNC director, Ron Lawrenz, for three evenings to learn the basics of fly-fishing. This includes a review of equipment and how to rig it, fly tying basics and tying a fly or two, casting instruction, and finally spending an evening fishing hefty sunfish and bass with flies you have tied. All fly rods and reels are provided. Class is limited to 10 adults. $80 WNC Friends/Science Museum members; $90 non-members. Registration deadline: June 20