Naturalist-Led Family and Adult Programs

Celebrating 50 yearsCelebrating 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!


Woodcocks and Wine FULL
Friday, April 13; 7-9 p.m.
Spots are limited! Registration deadline: April 11

Enjoy a glass of wine while learning about the fascinating mating ritual of the American woodcock. Then head out for a short hike to the prairie to quietly and patiently wait for the chance to see the infamous timberdoodle twirl. Dress in light colors. (Ages 21+) $5 WNC Friends/Science Museum members; $7 nonmembers

Gardening with Native Pollinators
Saturday, April 21; 10-11:15 a.m.
Spots are limited! Registration deadline: April 19

WNC is thrilled to host Heather Holm, an award-winning author and national speaker, to teach us about native pollinators and how to attract them to our gardens. Heather’s publications, Bees (2017) and Pollinators of Native Plants (2014), have established her as a resource on the interactions between native bees and plants. Heather spends much of her time passionately educating audiences about the fascinating world of native bees and the native plants that support them. She has studied horticulture and biology at the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada) and currently lives in Minnesota with her husband. $5 per person


Herp Hike
Sunday, June 3; 3-5 p.m.
Registration deadline: June 1

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 to the lake where we will try catching tadpoles and frogs. This program will look closely at herps that live in Minnesota and in a lake habitat. ALL AGES. $7 WNC Friends/Science Museum members; $10 nonmembers.

Dragonfly Bioblitz
Saturday, June 9, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
10 a.m. Instructional overview (recommended) 11 a.m. Field Collection begins
Registration deadline: June 7

Warner Nature Center is home to dozens of species of dragonflies of all sizes and colors, including some that had never been found in Minnesota until now. Join us for a fun day of dragonfly observation and collecting along Warner Nature Center’s ponds and lakes. You will learn where and when to best look for dragonflies, how to catch and handle them, and basic identification. You will also learn how to encourage these beneficial insects to visit your backyard. This will be a great family event, bring an insect net if you have one. Otherwise, nets will be available for your use. The program is ongoing during the four hours so you can stay for the entire program or leave at any time. Bring a bag lunch. (All ages) Register by calling (651) 433-2427, ext 10. FREE

Adult Paddle
Wednesday, June 13; 1-3 p.m.
Registration deadlines: June 12

Enjoy the delights of late spring as you paddle the calm waters of Lake Terrapin. With luck we’ll hear loons and see beavers. Instruction and all equipment provided. (Ages 18+) $10 WNC Friends/Science Museum Members; $12 nonmembers

Fly Fishing for Adults
June 19-21 (Tue, Wed & Thur) 6:30–9 p.m.
Registration deadline: June 15

Check out this unique camp! 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. The class is limited to 10 adults. $90 WNC Friends/Science Museum members; $100 non-members 


Adult Paddle
Thursday, August 16; 9-11 a.m.
Registration deadlines: August 15

Enjoy the delights of late summer as you paddle the calm waters of Lake Terrapin. With luck we’ll hear loons and see beavers. Instruction and all equipment provided. (Ages 18+) $10 WNC Friends/Science Museum Members; $12 nonmembers

Save the dates for Fall 2018!

Monarch Tagging
Saturday, September 8; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Fall Color Blast
Sunday, October 7; 1-5 p.m.