Family Programs

Family Programs

Raptors Live! 2018

Do you want to come face to face with an eagle? Have you ever seen an American kestrel, the smallest raptor in North America? Do you marvel at the beauty of the peregrine falcon, the fasted animal on earth? Join us with the Lake Milton Raptor Education Center to meet these and more birds, and learn about their biology, threats to their survival, and what can be done to protect these magnificent animals.

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


Fall Night Hike

Saturday, September 15, 7:30–9:30pm
Discover how unique nature is at night!
Please bring a flashlight.  
$12 (Members $10)
All children 8 and under are free.  
Register by September 13.
Click here to register.

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Free Day
Saturday, September 22
As a living museum, Fernwood is participating in Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day. Visit to download a coupon for free admission for two at Fernwood.

Flora and Fauna Fun at Fernwood: A Geocaching Event
Sunday, September 30, 1–4pm
Join local geocachers to learn about this fun and addictive activity, have experts help you find your first geocache, and explore Fernwood along the way.
Free with admission.  
Geocaching 101: Learn the Basics, 2pm
Geocaching 201: How to Place a Geocache, 3pm
By registration only at no cost.
(Click on the event to register) 

All About Bats!   
Saturday, October 13, 2–3pm
Nature enthusiast, Ron Dudek, shares his passion for bats as he explains what makes them such unique creatures, how they hunt for insects, which species live in our area, and much more.
$12 (Members $10)
All children 10 and under free.
Click here to register.

National Fossils Day Display
Saturday, October 13 – Sunday, October 21
National Fossils Day is Wednesday, October 17, and we are celebrating with an amazing display of fossils from Fernwood’s collection and that of staff member, Ralph Reitz. Fossilized ferns, fish, shells, wood, and even dinosaur scat are available for you to enjoy.
Sunday, October 14: Fossils Nature Station
Free with admission.

Shell Buttons and the St. Joseph River
Sunday, October 21, 2–3pm
Ric Ladonski of Niles discusses the natural history of freshwater clams, the story of these button factories, and his vast collection of buttons and other items made from freshwater shells. This program is provided in support of the Smithsonian exhibit, Water/Ways, coming to Niles in January.     
$10 (Members $8)
All children 10 and under are free. 
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Archaeology and Prehistory of Southwest Michigan
Sunday, November 11, 2–3pm
Berrien County has a rich and deep archaeological history, with interesting stories to be shared from the last 15,000 years. Bill Mangold has documented more than 100 sites in our county and conducted research along the route of the US 31 Bypass before it was constructed. Need an artifact ID’d? Bring one or two along for discussion!
$10 (Members $8)
All children 10 and under are 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.