Weekend Nature Programs

 Join us for a series of interactive and engaging educational  programs about science and nature. Programs may include a presentation, outdoor exploration on our grounds, a lively discussion and a short hike and/or a hands-on activity.  Pre-registration is not required. Enjoy FREE entrance to the Wildlife Education Center after attending any of the  Weekend Nature Programs below!  

  • These programs are generally for adults and families with children ages 5 and older.
  • Programs begin promptly at 10am (unless otherwise noted) 
  • Admission: Museum Members: $5/Adults, $3/Children -  Not-yet-Members: $8/Adults, $5/Children
  • Enjoy FREE same day admission to the Wildlife Education Center after paid attendance for a Weekend Program.


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Fairy Houses & Toad Abodes
Saturday, September 9    Outdoor DISCOVERY Center

Learn about habitats while using your imagination to
create homes for fairies and other whimsical creatures



Survival 101
Sunday, September 10    Outdoor DISCOVERY Center

You never know when you need survival skills, so why
not be prepared? Gain knowledge on basic survival
skills; learn the rule of 3, how to find water and clean
it, make a fire, and build a shelter.



Monarch Butterfly Tagging
Saturday, September 23    Outdoor DISCOVERY Center

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


      Sunday, October 15        Wildlife Education Center

Halloween lore is filled with animals: spooky owls,
creepy spiders, black cats, and vampire bats to name
a few. Learn how some of the most popular Animal
Superstitions came to be, discover which stories are
truth and which are fiction, and meet some of the
animal characters in these stories.



Fall Foliage Hike
     Sunday, October 22       Outdoor DISCOVERY Center

In the autumn, our favorite trails become ablaze with
vibrant reds, yellow and golds. Join us for a beautiful fall hike and learn a little bit about tree identification too!



Turkey Tales
Saturday, November 18   Wildlife Education Center

Learn all about this fascinating bird that is so prevalent this time of year. Find out about the turkey’s natural history and amazing adaptations. Make a turkey craft to take home.



Red Hot Winter Fishing
    Sunday, december 3       Outdoor DISCOVERY Center

Join Carl Heitmuller for an ice fishing tutorial. Learn
ways to land a whopper through the ice. He will discuss safety, equipment, technique, and share fishing tips and some of his secret spots.