Youth Programs

Youth Programs

Nature Saplings
Children ages 2½ - 3½ with an adult enjoy an introduction to nature. Please dress for walking the trails.

$5 per child/adult pair, (Members $4 per child/adult pair)

Friday, April 27, 1:30–2:30pm
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Saturday, May 19, 2–3pm

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Knee-high Naturalists
Children ages 4 and 5 explore the woods and gardens of Fernwood to learn about nature. Please dress for walking the trails.

$10 (Members $8)  

Sunday, May 6, 2–4pm
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Terrariums for Mom

Mother’s Day is coming, how about making an upcycled terrarium from two-liter bottles for Mom, Grandma, or any special lady? For children ages 7-10, adults are welcome to participate with their child as well. All materials are provided. 

$10 (Members $8) per project
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Register by May 2.

Curious Coyotes: Raptors

Eagles, hawks, owls, and falcons – they are the most powerful birds in nature, with superb vision to spot prey and sharp talons to catch a meal. Children ages 6-10 learn more about raptors and their amazing adaptations. Please dress for walking the trails.

$10 (Members $8)
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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.