Family Programs

Family Programs

Stargazing

Please note start time changed to 7:30pm

(cloud date Saturday, October 7)

Join members of the Michiana Astronomical Society as they set up their telescopes in the Arboretum for an evening of looking at the night skies. After an inside introduction in the Gallery, we’ll head back uphill to see the sights. The Summer Triangle lingers overhead, the Great Square of Pegasus lies to the east, and with a new moon that night all the stars and planets will be at their best. Bring a flashlight and dress for cool temperatures in the open fields. 

$15 (Members $12)

Children 10 and under free
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Register by September 22.


America’s First Peoples and their Artifacts

Writer Eugene Jones Baldwin returns to Fernwood for another visit with his amazing collection of Native American artifacts spanning four epochs of prehistory, from 20,000 BC to 1000 AD. His interest in these objects runs deep to his childhood, when he searched for artifacts in Southwest Illinois. Today, his collection from all over America includes arrowheads, spear tips, pipe fragments, carved animal effigies, stone tools, and more. Fernwood’s collection will also be on display. Have something at home you would like to know more about? Bring it in to hear what Eugene has to say about it! 

$12 (Members $10)
Children 8–12: $5 (Members $4)
Children 7 and under free.
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Register by October 12.


Decoupage Pumpkin

Bring the whole family for some no carving, pumpkin fun, using decoupage and tissue paper! Pumpkin and decorating materials provided. Bring a cardboard box or container for transporting pumpkin.

$15 (Members $12)
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Register by October 11.


How Do Birds Get Their Names?

While some bird names are obvious to us based on color patterns or home ranges, others have more mysterious origins. Baltimore or northern oriole? Is the Bonaparte’s gull connected to Napoleon? Where is the ring on the neck of the ring-necked duck? Song-inspired, church-inspired, friend or family-inspired, there are many stories – and a bit of logic – for how birds get their names. Join naturalist Wendy Jones for answers to it all, followed by time to watch the birds at Fernwood’s feeders.

$12 (Members $10)
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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.