Other Education Programs

Chicken noodle soup in a white bowl

Food for Thought

Enjoy coffee and homemade soup as one of the naturalist presents on a given nature topic. These programs will be held twice monthly throughout the winter months. By Donation. Online pre-registration required- please call us if you have difficulty. By donation ($5 suggested).

The program runs from 12-1pm 

January 16th – Magnificent Monarchs

January 30th – The Science of Symbiosis

February 13th – Save Our Soil

February 27th – Spring Wildflowers

Register here.

Winter Homeschool Series

9-week series beginning November 16th


Join our bi-weekly class for homeschoolers and learn all about how our Wisconsin plants and animals are surviving the winter. This 9-week homeschool environmental education course will cover a different topic each class. Each class will be 1.5 hours and will have hands on activities and exploration, both indoors and out.  Dress to be outside! Bring a paper bag lunch to eat together after if you want.

Pre-register for this 9-week course online. Program designed for 5 years and up.

Maximum of 30 students, a parent is welcome to stay for the class also.

$45 for 9 classes.


November 16th Winter Foraging

November 30th Fire Building

December 14th Deer Survival

December 28th Winter Birds

January 11th Evergreen Trees

January 25th Subnivian Zone Science

February 8th Shelter Building

February 22nd Winter Relationships for Survival 

March 7th The Sweet Sugarbush

Schedule may be subject to change due to weather conditions.

Register here.

BA large mason jar full of maple syrupackyard Maple Syrup Making

Saturday, March 2nd 1-3pm

Would you like to learn how to make maple syrup from the trees you have at your place? It is surprisingly easy and only requires a few pieces of equipment that can be bought locally. This workshop will take you through the whole process from identifying a maple tree, tapping the tree, collecting the sap and cooking it down into syrup. Sample some maple syrup we make here at the nature center. Perfect for beginners!
Please dress accordingly as part of this program is outdoors.
$5 per person. Sign up here!

Oak Tree Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 30th 10am-11am & 1pm-2pmoak tree eggs 5 (2)

Join us for a fun way to celebrate the season- An Oak Tree Egg Hunt!
This scavenger hunt will take you on an adventure through the park to collect different colored ‘oak tree eggs’ (acorns). Follow clues to find baskets containing the oak tree eggs, collect 1 of each color and trade them at the front counter for a sweet surprise! This event is self-paced and intended to be done as a family or small group. 
Pre-registration is required $5.00 per child.

Two timeslots available. Pick up your clues at the nature center during your scheduled timeslot. 

10am-11am: https://www.reservecalumet.org/parks/programs-and-activities/2024-03/oak-tree-egg-hunt-10-11-am-2024-03-30/

1pm-2pm: https://www.reservecalumet.org/parks/programs-and-activities/2024-03/oak-tree-egg-hunt-1-2pm-2024-03-30/

GuZoomobile-Van-450x270est Speaker Series: Traveling ZooMobile
April 13, 2024, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

The Traveling ZooMobile is back for a unique hands-on learning experience! Participants will get the chance to meet some of the live animals that call the NEW Zoo & Adventure Park home in this family-friendly program. All ages are welcome! Preregistration is required.
By Donation. Please sign up here!