Family Programs

Family Programs

Tallgrass Prairie Walk
Every week brings new flowers into bloom in the tallgrass prairie, with peak occurring in late July and early August. Come out and enjoy the show! 

$12 (Members $10). Children 10 and under are free.

Sunday, July 15, 2–3:30pm
Click here to register.

Saturday, August 11, 7–8:30pm

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Register by August 9.

Summer Night Hike

We’re just past the summer solstice, the longest daylight of the year, and the astronomical start of summer – what a great time for a night hike! We’ll call for screech owls, look for bats, watch for fireflies, enjoy the stars overhead, and discover the magic of nature at night. Please bring a flashlight.

$12 (Members $10). All children 8 and under free.
Click here to register.
Register by June 21.

Nature Stations
Drop by on the afternoons below to explore something cool from nature!

Free with admission. 

Sunday, June 17, 2–4pm:

Sunday, July 29, 2–4pm:
Pond Study

Saturday, August 18, 2–4pm:

Art Stations
Drop by on the afternoons below to try your hand at an art project.

Free with admission.

Saturday, June 23, 2–4pm
Painted Bird Ornaments

Saturday, July 21, 2–4pm

Drawing with Charcoal

Sunday, August 26
Fibonacci Patterns

Garden Stations
Drop by on the afternoons below for a hands-on learning experience straight from the gardens!

Free with admission.

Sunday, June 24, 2–4pm
Propagating Ornamental Shrubs

Sunday, July 15, 2–4pm

Sunday, August 19, 2–4pm
Lawn Seeding

Fernwood’s Bluebirds

Here is your chance to experience Fernwood’s bluebirds up close and personal! After learning about their natural history and how you can attract them to nest in your back yard, walk a part of our bluebird trail to check on current nesting activity.

$12 (Members $10). All children 10 and under free.
Click here to register.

Monarch Butterfly Tagging

Sadly, monarch populations have dropped 80% in the last 20 years. Local experts Kim, Katie, and Ashley Pozivilko discuss the monarch life cycle, how to create a Monarch Waystation, and the Monarch Watch tagging program. View live monarch butterflies and see them released into the wild.

$10 (Members $8)
Children 8 and under: $5 (Members $4)

Click here to register.

Raptors Live!
Sunday, October 7, 2pm

Check back soon for details.

Adults: $12 (Members $10)
Children 6–12: $7 (Members $5)
Children 5 and under are free.
Click here to register.

Share Nature with your Children!
Consider checking out one of our kid-friendly backpacks, featuring many items, activities, and ideas to help you explore Fernwood. Learn about birds, the gardens, or try one just for preschoolers. Backpacks may be checked out at the Front Desk. These backpacks were made possible by a grant from the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph County.