Education & Community

Wild Weather in Minnesota With Pete Boulay

Learn how to read weather radar for your home, drive, and for events planning.  Learn more about what those forecasts really mean, and what to watch for during Minnesota Winters.  Learn about cloud formations and take home your very own cloud chart. This program is great for folks who have just moved to Minnesota, AND life-long Minnesota dwellers alike!  Learn winter preparedness tips and tricks from the Naturalist including how to keep warm and stay safe in winter.  Read more about Wild Weather in Minnesota With Pete Boulay

I's the Bomb!

Make and take a scented bath bomb using simple, environmentally friendly ingredients. Add a few dried flower petals for some extra pizazz! Bring home two bombs (one for you and one for a gift), a recipe, handouts and a mold. Wear old clothes, bring an ice cream bucket or large bowl, large stirring spoon and a Ziploc bag to transport your creations home.

Fee: Prepay $8/person by Wednesday, November 20. Read more about I's the Bomb!

Walk When the Moon is Full


Meet a snake and salamander, and learn where Minnesota’s wild reptiles and amphibians go in the winter. You can share your stories about real wild animal encounters, if you choose! Try a wild animal craft to take home too!

Fee: Free. Register by Friday, November 15  Read more about Walk When the Moon is Full

Woodland Spoon Carving

Get the scoop on trees that grow in to Minnesota that are good for carving, and take a short tree id walk outside with the Naturalist.  Learn how to carve a spoon from a fresh cut native tree using traditional Nordic carving techniques. We cover axing out a blank (roughed out spoon shape), knife holds for the hook & sloyd knife, drying, and finishing. This class is great for the beginner or the person wanting to learn Sloyd style carving. The class fee includes tool rental, materials, a finishing kit, and safety glove rental. Please wear pants and close toed shoes. Read more about Woodland Spoon Carving

Terrific Turtles

Bring the kids over to meet cool live turtles, native to Minnesota and nearby habitats. Interact with snapping turtles, painted turtles and more! Turtles brought to you by Emily of Snake Discovery.

Pretend to be a turtle and make a turtle craft.

Pre-pay $5/person. Read more about Terrific Turtles

Autumn Art in Nature

Learn basic shapes, drawing and shading techniques inside, then bring your sketch notebook outdoors to capture autumn’s splendor. Bring your favorite sketchbook, drawing pencils, kneaded erasers or pastels. Dress for the weather and wear shoes suitable for hiking!  Lawn chairs recommended!

Fee $10.00 per person, register by Oct 2.  Read more about Autumn Art in Nature

Nature Center Turns 40!

Help us Celebrate FORTY years on Green Heron Pond! Bring the whole family to enjoy all the festivities including folk music, crafts, games, cake, face-painting and tastes of freshly pressed apple juice all while enjoying a shadow puppet show “Waterways and Otterways “ by artist Kat Corrigan and her puppeteer family. Walk the history trail to discover 40 fascinating facts from the nature center’s history. View historic photos thru retro viewers- fun for all- add your reminisces to the history storyboard!

Free! Drop-in. Activity #16534. Read more about Nature Center Turns 40!

Enrollment Open House

It's Back to School time at Growing Explorers Learning Center! Join us for our Enrollment Open House on Wednesday, August 28th from 4:30-6:30pm.

We offer a play-based learning curriculum that stimulates the natural curiosity in each child and helps them develop a love of learning. Our programs create safe and loving learning environments where children grow in all areas of development: social, emotional, cognitive, and physical. Read more about Enrollment Open House

Rasaboxes: Directing Master Class

Rasaboxes: Tuesday, October 15, 6-8:30 PM, Ages 16+, $99 (early bird special $79, ends on September 1st 2019)

Curious about this contemporary directing technique? This class is geared toward experienced directors who would like to add new techniques to their tool kit. Actors who are curious about Rasaboxes are also welcome to come and explore. Taught by Kristin N. Fox, MFA in the Merrill Black Box Theater. Read more about Rasaboxes: Directing Master Class


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