Family Programs

Family Programs

NORWEGIAN NISSE CHRISTMAS DOLLS
Sunday, December 9, 2–3pm

Back by popular demand! A nisse is a mythological creature from Scandinavian folklore associated with the winter solstice and the Christmas season. Join us and create your own little magical nisse just in time for the holidays! Bring an old sweater; all additional supplies included.
$20 (Members $16)
Register by December 7.
Click here to register.

STORYTIME AT THE EDUCATION CENTER: BEATRIX POTTER
Sunday, December 16, 2–3pm

On December 16, 1901, Beatrix Potter published her first book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Join us for a reading of this classic children’s story and a look into the life and work of author, naturalist, and illustrator, Beatrix Potter, followed by a Peter Rabbit inspired art activity. Families and children of all ages are welcome. Participation is free with admission.

WHO LIVES IN THE ST. JOE RIVER?
Saturday, January 12, 1–2pm
Did you know we have beavers living in the St. Joe River and osprey nesting nearby? What others call our river home, and what adaptations help them live in the water? Join naturalist, Wendy Jones, at the Niles District Library to learn about our aquatic neighbors. In conjunction with the Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibit at the Niles Library. Free to the public.

STORYTIME AT THE EDUCATION CENTER: JAN BRETT
Sunday, January 20, 2–3pm
Join us for a reading of Jan Brett’s latest book, The Snowy Nap, a discussion of animal hibernation and a wintry art project. Families and children of all ages are welcome. Participation is free with admission.

SQUIRREL APPRECIATION DAY

Saturday, January 19, 9:30–11am

They are so squirrely they get their own National Appreciation Day – every January 21! Given their adaptability, their determination, and their balancing skills, there is much to appreciate about squirrels. Stop by this drop-in program to learn about the amazing squirrels that call Michiana home and watch their antics just outside the Ed Center windows. Free with admission.

 

THE GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT
Saturday, Februrary 16, 9am–6pm
Stop by the Education Center to learn about feeding and identifying our common winter birds as we tally our sightings for the day. Free with paid admission.

STORYTIME AT THE EDUCATION CENTER: EZRA JACK KEATS
Sunday, February 17, 2–3pm
The Snowy Day won the Caldecott Award for most distinguished American picture book for children in 1963, and is still a beloved classic. Join us for a reading and a chance to make your own snowy day collage! Families and children of all ages are welcome. Participation is free with admission.



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.