Family Programs

Family Programs

Silk-Dyed Eggs

Create beautiful, one-of-a-kind decorative eggs using re-purposed silk fabric. Bring 10-12 raw eggs. Fernwood supplies the fabric, but if wish to bring additional silk-fabric (ties, blouses, scarves, etc.) you are more than welcome. Bold colors and eccentric designs are ideal. Be sure the fabric is 100% silk.

$15 (Members $12)
Click here to register.
Register by March 28.

Spring Wildflower Walks
Come out and enjoy the woodland wildflower show – it doesn’t last long and changes every week! Expected species are listed below.

Free with paid Fernwood admission.

Tuesday, April 11, 1:30–3pm
Hepatica, marsh marigold, trout lily, bloodroot, and anemones

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Tuesday, May 9, 1:30–3pm
Jack-in-the-pulpit, may apple, bluebells, and trilliums

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Buchanan Plow Day
Stop by Fernwood’s booth at the Buchanan School Farm for their annual Plow Day event. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, antique farm equipment, draft horses plowing the fields, lunch, and more.

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Tallgrass Prairie Walk

It may not be tall yet, but the prairie is full of blooms even in May. We’ll look for lupine, wild white indigo, alum root, and shooting star.

$12 (Members $10)
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Bats of the World

The Organization for Bat Conservation returns with live bats from North and South America and Africa. Check back soon for full details and to register for this popular program. 

Non-member | Adult $12, Child 6-12 $7
Member | Adult $10, Child 6-12 $5
All children 5 and under free.

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.