Youth Programs

Youth Programs

Pond Study for Kids

Children ages 6–10 visit Fernwood’s ponds to catch crayfish, tadpoles, dragonfly nymphs, giant water bugs, and more. Dress in old clothes and shoes, and bring a change of fresh clothes.

$10 (Members $8)
Click here to register.
Register by August 14.

Curious Coyotes: 
Endangered Species

Children 6–10 learn about the threatened and endangered species that live in our backyards. Please dress for walking the trails.

$12 (members $10)
Click here to register.


Check out a backpack on your next visit!
Thanks to a grant from the Jewish Women’s Endowment Fund of the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley, families visiting Fernwood can borrow backpacks with activities to do while exploring the grounds.

  • The birds backpack includes binoculars, field guides, and checklists.
  • The gardens backpack contains scavenger hunts, books on plants and flowers, an insect field guide, and a bug box. 
  • The preschoolers backpack helps kids explore with their five senses and contains mystery smells, pictures, magnifiers, books, etc.

Check out backpacks at the Front Desk.