Naturalist-Led Family and Adult Programs

Celebrating over 50 years of building lasting relationships between people and 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. Please note, leaving a voicemail message does not constitute an official registration.


Owl and Snowshoe
Friday, March 22
6-9PM

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/SMM members; $10 nonmembers



Woodsy Women Spring Hike
Saturday, April 27, 9-11 a.m.
Registration deadline: April 25

Are you ready for spring? This is a great opportunity to shed the winter blahs, make new friends, and explore Warner’s natural side. Participants will need to be able to walk on uneven terrain for up to 2 miles.
Ages 16+ $8 WNC Friends/SMM Members; $10 nonmembers



Wildflower Walk
Saturday, May 4, 9:30-11 a.m.
Registration deadline: May 2

The snow is gone, so it’s time to be on the lookout for our spring ephemerals! Join us for a walk as we explore the early spring wildflowers and learn about where and when to start looking for them.
Ages 8+ $8 WNC Friends/SMM Members; $10 nonmembers



Spring Bird Banding
Saturday, May 18, 9-11 a.m.
Registration deadline: May 16

WNC has been banding songbirds for over 50 years. Join us for a morning of identifying and tagging birds as they migrate through or stay here to nest. We will go for a hike if the weather does not permit banding.
Ages 4+ $8 WNC Friends/SMM members; $10 nonmembers



Woodsy Women Kayak Paddle
Saturday, May 25, 9-11:30 a.m.
Registration deadline: May 23

Let’s enjoy a morning paddle together on Warner’s beautiful lakes. Participants will need to be physically able to get into and out of a sit-on-top kayak independently. Sit-on-top kayaks are very stable, fun, and easy-to-use.
Ages 16+ $10 WNC Friends/SMM members; $12 nonmembers



Herp Hike
Saturday, June 1, 1-3 p.m.
Registration deadline: May 30

Join a WNC naturalist for a fun afternoon learning about amphibians and reptiles! The program will include an introduction to the herps found at Warner and a chance to meet our live captive animals. We will then head outside for a hike through our forest, prairie, or wetland habitats to the pond where we will try catching tadpoles and frogs. Activities for all ages and expertise.
$8 WNC Friends/SMM members; $10 nonmembers



Woodsy Women Canoe Paddle
Sunday, June 9, 9-11:30 a.m.
Registration deadline: June 6

Let’s enjoy a leisurely morning paddle together on Warner’s beautiful lakes. Participants will need to be physically able to get into and out of a canoe independently.
Ages 16+ $10 WNC Friends/SMM members; $12 nonmembers



Adult Canoe Paddle
Thursday, June 13, 1-3:30 p.m.
Registration deadline: June 11

Enjoy the delights of nature as you paddle the calm waters of Terrapin Lake. With luck we’ll see eagles and beavers. Participants will need to be physically able to get into and out of a canoe independently.
Ages 16+ $10 WNC Friends/SMM members; $12 nonmembers