Frequently Asked Questions

We recognize the Warner Nature Center has been a leader in outdoor education for over five decades. Understanding this, we anticipate many will have questions as to the how’s, why’s and what’s concerning our closing. The following are answers to the most commonly asked questions. If the information you seek is not provided here, please contact (651) 433-2427 ext. 10.

Q. Why is the Warner Nature Center closing?
A. For over 50 years, the Science Museum of Minnesota and Manitou Fund (and its predecessor benefactors) have worked together to operate Warner Nature Center. Manitou Fund, a Minnesota nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation, owns the land and Center facilities and has provided the bulk of funding for the Center’s operating budget. For the past many years, the parties have had a renewable, yearly partnership agreement. The partnership between the Science Museum and Manitou Fund is set to expire December 31, 2019, and Manitou Fund has elected not to renew the agreement.

Q. What will happen to Center facilities?
A. Manitou Fund is exploring options for how best to use the land and facilities going forward and for future generations, though no specific plans are in place at this time. Future plans are likely to continue Manitou Fund’s 50-plus years tradition of protecting the land and using this cherished space to positively impact the community.

Q. Will there be any programming offered this fall?
A. A limited set of events and activities will take place at the nature center between now and December 2019. Please visit the website for the most current listing. The Warner Nature Center will honor its cherished legacy of outdoor education during the Fall Color Blast on Sunday, Oct. 6 from 1pm - 5pm. We invite the community to join us for this special send off.

Q. Will your school field trips or summer camps be offered at another location?
A. The Science Museum is honored to have served the St. Croix Valley community and will continue to explore ways to provide science learning experiences that build lifelong connections to the natural world.

Q. What will happen to the animals of Warner Nature Center?
A. All Warner Nature Center’s 13 animals will be rehomed where they will be cared for in a way that best meets their individual and unique needs.

Q. I don’t see my question reflected in this document.
A. Please contact us with additional questions to (651) 433-2427 ext. 10. While certain aspects of the transition are not yet finalized, we are available to answer questions to which we have information. This website will be updated as new information becomes available.


Thank you for your generous support as a community through the years and especially now during this time of transition.