Family Programs

Family Programs

Tallgrass Prairie Walks

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)
All children 10 and under are free.

Friday, May 26, 2–3:30pm
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Sunday, June 18, 2–3:30pm
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Saturday, July 15, 7 – 8:30pm
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Register by July 13.

Saturday, August 12, 9:30–11am
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Family Activities

Stop by from 2–4pm on the dates below to enjoy hands-on family-friendly learning experiences!
Free with admission.

Art Stations

Sunday, July 9
Fernwood Collage

Sunday, August 13

Garden Stations

Check back soon for dates.

Nature Stations

Saturday, June 17

Sunday, July 16
Pond Study

Recycled Magazine Magnets

Bring the whole family for a fun project using clear gems and recycled magazines to make one-of-kind magnets–perfect for display or to give as gifts.

$10 (Members $8)
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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. The Dippers will be high overhead, the Summer Triangle looms 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. 

(cloud date Saturday, July 1)

$15 (Members $12) | All children 10 and under are free.
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Register by June 21.

Geocaching Event: Superheroes at Fernwood

Calling all caped crusaders – there are new geocaches in place at Fernwood waiting to be found!

Channel your superhero powers to find powerful caches from Batman & Robin, Thor, the Green Lantern, Superman, Wonder Woman, and more as you explore the Fernwood grounds. Organized by the GeoCats, this event features food, fun, door prizes, and the new Superhero-themed caches. New to geocaching? Learn how to use your Smartphone or handheld GPS device for this modern-day version of a scavenger hunt. It is an exciting way for families to spend time together in nature. And don’t forget to pick up this year’s PathTag, featuring a raccoon hero, in the Gift Shop. 

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.