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Family Camp Out

  • Friday, September 13, 6pm - Saturday, September 14, 8am

  • Outdoor Discovery Center

  • Admission: $100 per Family/Tent Members: $80 per Family/Tent

    Note: Limited space available. Prepaid registration required

Squeeze in one more summer event with a night under the stars! Bring your family, tent, and sleeping bags for an evening of nocturnal fun. Join us for a pizza party, entertainment, and s’mores around the campfire. A light breakfast snack and coffee will be provided Saturday morning as we break camp.

Registration is now closed.
No walk-ins will be admitted.


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Monarch Butterfly Tagging & Release!

  • Saturday, September 21

  • 2pm – 3:30pm

  • Outdoor Discovery Center

  • Admission: Museum Members: $8 Adults, $5 Children. Not-yet-Members:$10 Adults, $7 Children

    Note: Limited space available. Prepaid registration required

Join us for the peak of the monarch butterfly migration!  Learn about monarch butterflies, their unusual lifestyle and lifecycle, and their miraculous migration to Mexico. Become a citizen scientist as you catch and tag them as part of a national research project.



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“I Spy” Halloween
SCAVENGER Haunt

  • Saturday, October 26 & Sunday, October 27

  • 11am - 3pm Drop in any time to start your trail.

  • Outdoor Discovery Center

  • Admission: Members: $8 Adults, $6 Children.
    Not-yet-Members: $10 Adults, $8 Children

Let’s have some spook-tacular family fun! Can you find all of the objects cleverly hidden along the Halloween Trail? Which ones belong in nature and which ones certainly do not?! Sharpen your observation skills as you search for animal artifacts, like bones and skulls. Find them all and earn a prize! Then visit the Creepy Crawly room and do a Halloween craft or two!


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Closing Day of
Grasshopper Grove

  • Sunday, November 3

  • 11am – 3pm

  • Outdoor Discovery Center

  • Admission: Museum Members: FREE
    Not-yet-Members: $5 Adults & Children age 3 & above 

Grasshopper Grove will be closing for the winter, but there is still time for one last celebration! Join us for play time in Grasshopper Grove, meet an animal and enjoy a special snack. 


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Owls at the Wildlife Education Center

  • Friday, November 22

  • 7pm – 8:30pm

  • Admission: Museum Members: $8 Adults, $5 Children. Not-yet-Members:$10 Adults, $7 Children

Learn about these nocturnal raptors and their fascinating natural history.  Meet a live owl from the Nature Museum’s collection.



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Thanksgiving Weekend at the Wildlife Education Center

  • November 29, 30 and 31

  • 12pm – 4pm

  • Admission: Museum Members: FREE
    Not-yet-Members: $5 Adults & Children 3 & above

Bring the family for post-holiday fun!  Visit with our live animals and find out what they had for Thanksgiving Dinner. “Meet the Animal” presentations at 1pm and 2:30pm. Shop for nature themed holiday gifts and/or purchase an Animal Sponsorship as a unique holiday gift or for yourself! Gain a special friend and support its care at the Nature Museum.


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Winter Solstice Celebration

  • Saturday, December 21

  • 3:30pm – 5:30pm

  • Outdoor Discovery Center

  • Admission: Museum Members: $6 Adults, $4 Children. Not-yet-Members:$8 Adults, $6 Children

All are invited to celebrate the longest night of the year at the Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center. The winter solstice has long been observed in many cultures around the world. The longest night of the year symbolizes winter, but also the returning of the light as the days begin to lengthen. We’ll go on a scavenger hunt for the hidden Yule Log and then cheer on the lengthening days with a bonfire, snacks and warm beverages. Come celebrate the season in a down-to-earth fashion before the whirlwind of the holidays embraces you!