Naturalist-Led Family and Adult Programs
Celebrating 50 years of connecting people to the natural world.
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. Please note, leaving a voicemail message does not constitute an official registration.
Looking for an adventure outside with your family and friends? Join us as we celebrate our 50th year with these fun weekend programs!
Bird Migration Celebration
St. Croix Flyway Stopover Site
May 13; 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Warner is partnering with Tropical Wings to support the Bird Migration Celebration as a birding site along the St. Croix Flyway. Join us for this special morning featuring an early morning bird hike, bird banding demonstration and activities for the whole family. (All ages) FREE. No registration required.
Sunday, June 4; 3-5 p.m.
Join us for a fun afternoon learning about amphibians and reptiles! The program will begin with a short program inside meeting our live captive herps, followed by a hike through Warner’s forest, prairies, and wetlands, concluding with catching tadpoles and frogs in our lake and pond. (All ages) $5 WNC Friends/SMM members; $7 nonmembers. Registration deadline: June 2
Saturday, June 10; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
10 a.m. Instructional overview (recommended)
11 a.m. Field Collection begins
Warner is home to dozens of species of dragonflies of all sizes and colors, including some that had never been found in Minnesota until recently. Join us for a fun day of dragonfly observation and collecting along Warner’s ponds and lakes. You will learn where and when to best look for dragonflies, how to catch and handle them, and basic identification. Insect nets will be available or bring one if you have one. Program is ongoing so you can stay for the entire program or leave at anytime. Bring a bag lunch. (All ages) FREE. Registration deadline: June 9
Tuesday, June 13; 6-8 p.m.
Enjoy the delights of late spring as you paddle the calm waters of Lake Terrapin at sunset. With luck we’ll hear loons and see beavers. Instruction and all equipment provided. Register with a friend to enjoy a beautiful evening on the lake. Limit of 12 people. Register by calling (651) 433-2427, ext 10. (Ages 18 and older) $10 WNC Friends/SMM members; $12 nonmembers. Registration deadline: June 12
Fly Fishing for Adults
June 26-30 (Mon, Wed & Fri) 6:30–9 p.m.
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. (Ages 18 and older) $80 WNC Friends/Science Museum members; $90 non-members. Registration deadline: June 22
Tuesday, August 15; 6-8 p.m.
Enjoy the delights of late spring as you paddle the calm waters of Lake Terrapin at sunset. With luck we’ll hear loons and see beavers. Instruction and all equipment provided. Register with a friend to enjoy a beautiful evening on the lake. Limit of 12 people. Register by calling (651) 433-2427, ext 10. (Ages 18 and older) $10 WNC Friends/SMM members; $12 nonmembers. Registration deadline: August 14
Saturday, September 9; 12-2 p.m.
Fall Color Blast—50th Anniversary Event
Sunday, October 1; 12-5 p.m.