Programs for Children

Programs for Children

Knee-high Naturalists at Stage Nature Center | TNS Members:  $10 | Non-Members: $13 | Adults free | 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 nature instructor Lori Brown.  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!

NOVEMBER: Terrific Turkeys | Learn all about turkeys and what makes them so terrific.  We will take a nature hike and watch for the wild turkeys that live on the nature center preserve. 

Thursday, November 15th | Turkeys | 10-11:30 am 

Friday, November 16th | Turkeys | 10-11:30 am 

Little Acorns

TNS Member: $3 | Non-Member: $5

Let your child explore the sights and sounds of nature through outdoor activities. This program will take place outside, except in the event of inclement weather. Bring children in strollers that are sturdy enough for a wood chipped trail. The adult partner is free and must accompany the child throughout the program.

Thursday, November 29th | 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Homeschool Nature Classes

TNS Member: $6/child / Non-Member: $8/child

For homeschool children and a free parent partner.  

Rock Your World

Tuesday, November 13th | Rock Your World | 1 pm - 3 pm 

Rock Your World. Children will explore rocks and minerals, do experiments to identify different rocks, look at rock and mineral uses by people and investigate mountains, volcanos and other landforms.



Decorate for Wildlife with Santa

Saturday, December 8th | 2-4 pm | Ages 3-8

TNS Member Fee: $13 | Non-Member Fee: $16

Join Santa Claus as he tells a few tales about animals he has observed and lead us in some holiday songs. We will also make edible ornaments to hang up outside for the wildlife.  Children will be invited to do a craft and enjoy a snack.  Each child will talk with Santa individually and will receive a small gift from him. 

All attendees will be invited outdoors for a short hike on our trails to get a glimpse of the wildlife that lives on our preserve. We often see deer, wild turkeys, squirrels and a variety of birds. Please dress for the weather so you don't miss this part of the program!

Register early as this event typically sells out by the event date!

Bring your cameras and take pictures of your little ones with Santa. A member of the TNS Photo Club will be available to take pictures of your child if you wish. Price will be $10 for two 5 x 7’s. Please dress for the weather as a short hike is included. Each child participating in the program must be registered. Parents and/or grandparents are free and need to remain with the child.

New this year, we will have various maple syrup products available for sale. Maple Syrup products make great holiday gifts and stocking stuffers! Cash or check is appreciated for the purchase of the products.