Programs for Children

Programs for Children


KNEE-HIGH NATURALISTS

Each monthly session offers: A nature-related theme designed for children ages 2-4, the session starts with a fun craft followed by activities that reinforce the day's lesson. The group then heads outside for an outdoor trail hike, guided by one of our nature instructors.  Some of the outdoor activities include looking under logs, searching for wildlife and their tracks, exploring our pond and observing how each different parts of nature interact.  Some things children may see along the trails include deer, turkeys, owls, squirrels, birds and insects. Each hike is followed by an indoor nature story and a snack. This program is one of our most popular programs for little nature lovers, registration fills up fast - be sure to register early!


Knee-High Naturalists - JULY - Dragons & Damsels - SOLD OUT

(if you missed it, check out August dates below!)

In July, Knee-high Naturalists will learn all about the "dragons and damsels" of the insect world. During the outdoor hike portion of the program, we will search for dragonflies and damselflies as they fly around looking for tasty insects to eat.

JULY REGISTRATION:

Ages:  2-4 | Fee:  $12 | Members: $9 (adult partner is free)

July Program - Dragons & Damsels  | Thursday, July 20th @ 10am - 11:30am- SOLD OUT
July Program - Dragons & Damsels | Friday, July 21st @ 10am - 11:30am - SOLD OUT

KNEE-HIGH NATURALISTS - AUGUST - WILD DOGS

In August, Knee-high Naturalists will learn about the "Wild Dogs" in and around Troy, MI. During the outdoor hike portion of the program, we will search for signs of fox and coyote's by looking for their tracks and other indicators.

AUGUST REGISTRATION: 

Ages:  2-4 | Fee:  $12 | Members: $9 (adult partner is free)

August Program - Wild Dogs  | Thursday, August 10th @ 10am - 11:30am

August Program - Wild Dogs | Friday, August 11th @ 10am - 11:30am 

LITTLE ACORNS - August 23rd | Ages 2-4: Join us for this exciting outdoor program designed especially for children ages 2-4.  Each "Little Acorn" will have an opportunity to explore the sights and sounds of nature & wildlife that exists on our 100 acre preserve. Little Acorn activities will take place outside,  in the event of inclement weather we will move the children's activities indoors. Strollers sturdy enough for a wood chipped trail are welcome!

REGISTER FOR WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23rd

Fee: $5 per child | TNS members: $3 per child
Adult partners are free and must accompany their child throughout the program.
TNS Members: Use Promo Code MEMBER17 for discount pricing.


COMING THIS FALL...NEW AND IMPROVED "JR. NATS" - WATCH FOR DETAILS COMING SOON!

boys checking out nets

Pond Dipping at the Stage Nature Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Junior Naturalist Parents say about the program:

Family from Troy, MI:  "The interaction with the children is excellent, and our daughter's interest in nature has been sustained over several years of Junior Naturalists. Can't say enough about Debbie & the team."

Family from Rochester, MI: "The Junior Naturalist program provides unique exposure to nature not available elsewhere. Lessons are a great mix of classroom and outdoors and the children really do learn a sensitivity and appreciation for the natural environment."

Each session offers: A unique theme that explores subjects such as the production of maple syrup, animal life cycles, pond life, and so much more. Children are invited to join the club at any time throughout the year.