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Vacation Day: Clues on Snowshoes

Vacation Day: Clues on Snowshoes

January 2 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Walk like a lynx on snowshoes to track rabbits and other prey! We’ll learn how Wisconsin’s mammals adapt to the harsh winter environment as we learn about the true hibernators like the groundhog, deep sleepers such as the chipmunk and those active all winter long, like the fox! Then we’ll strap on snowshoes to search the trails for signs of wildlife wintering in the woods. If no snow is present, we will hike to observe animal signs on foot. All snowshoes will be provided, however if you have snowshoes, you are welcome to bring your own. Continue reading

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Family Public Program: Saturday Science – Aldo Leopold Day

Family Public Program: Saturday Science – Aldo Leopold Day

January 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Celebrate Wisconsin’s legendary naturalist and his legacy of environmentalism and conservation! Identify and investigate mammals, birds, fish, insects, reptiles and amphibians; read animal tracks and tree rings; make your own nature journal; build instruments to measure the wind and weather; and more! Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Bear-ly Breathing (Tues AM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Bear-ly Breathing (Tues AM)

January 9 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Winter is a good time for napping if you’re a black bear. Cub and find out something surprising! No bear bones about it- this day will be den-tastic! Continue reading

Homeschool Program: Under the Snow and Ice

Homeschool Program: Under the Snow and Ice

January 9 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

When snow falls, we love to sled and skate. But at the end of the day, we go home where it is warm and safe. What about all those animals out there in the forests, prairie and pond? We’ll investigate and explore the world under the ice and snow and even measure the thickness of the ice on the pond and see what lies beneath! Students will learn the science behind fur and insulation and why it’s so important for surviving the winter. Continue reading

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Bear-ly Breathing (Tues PM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Bear-ly Breathing (Tues PM)

January 9 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Winter is a good time for napping if you’re a black bear. Cub and find out something surprising! No bear bones about it- this day will be den-tastic! Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Bear-ly Breathing (Wed AM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Bear-ly Breathing (Wed AM)

January 10 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Winter is a good time for napping if you’re a black bear. Cub and find out something surprising! No bear bones about it- this day will be den-tastic! Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Bear-ly Breathing (Thurs AM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Bear-ly Breathing (Thurs AM)

January 11 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Winter is a good time for napping if you’re a black bear. Cub and find out something surprising! No bear bones about it- this day will be den-tastic! Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Bear-ly Breathing (Fri AM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Bear-ly Breathing (Fri AM)

January 12 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Winter is a good time for napping if you’re a black bear. Cub and find out something surprising! No bear bones about it- this day will be den-tastic! Continue reading

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Vacation Day: Under the Snow and Ice

Vacation Day: Under the Snow and Ice

January 15 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

When snow falls, we love to sled and skate. But at the end of the day, we go home where it is warm and safe. What about all those animals out there in the forests, prairie and pond? We’ll investigate and explore the world under the ice and snow and even measure the thickness of the ice on the pond and see what lies beneath! Students will learn the science behind fur and insulation and why it’s so important for surviving the winter. Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Read Owl About It (Tues AM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Read Owl About It (Tues AM)

January 16 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Hear ye! Hear ye! Owls are back and they are better than ever! You’ve got to be brave to learn all about these night-time birds. Put your best hoot forward and come join us today. Continue reading

Homeschool Program: Team Building

Homeschool Program: Team Building

January 16 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

All of us work on teams in some part of our lives. Families, sports leagues, music groups, and other clubs or groups are all forms of teams: people working together to accomplish a shared goal. But are you a “team player?” We’ll provide challenges where the group must work together to succeed. From crossing the “Chocolate River” to a group walk on “skis,” we’ll identify and discuss the positive characteristics of teams. Continue reading

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Read Owl About It (Tues PM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Read Owl About It (Tues PM)

January 16 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Hear ye! Hear ye! Owls are back and they are better than ever! You’ve got to be brave to learn all about these night-time birds. Put your best hoot forward and come join us today. Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Read Owl About It (Wed AM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Read Owl About It (Wed AM)

January 17 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Hear ye! Hear ye! Owls are back and they are better than ever! You’ve got to be brave to learn all about these night-time birds. Put your best hoot forward and come join us today. Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Read Owl About It (Thurs AM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Read Owl About It (Thurs AM)

January 18 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Hear ye! Hear ye! Owls are back and they are better than ever! You’ve got to be brave to learn all about these night-time birds. Put your best hoot forward and come join us today. Continue reading

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Vacation Day: Frozen Forts

Vacation Day: Frozen Forts

January 19 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

People and animals in cold climates have come up with some special ways of staying warm. We will learn about some of their strategies to find inspiration for a day’s worth of fort building. By the end of the day, we’ll hopefully have a snowy structure with space for everyone! Continue reading

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Read Owl About It (Fri AM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Read Owl About It (Fri AM)

January 19 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Hear ye! Hear ye! Owls are back and they are better than ever! You’ve got to be brave to learn all about these night-time birds. Put your best hoot forward and come join us today. Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Keep on Tracking… (Tues AM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Keep on Tracking… (Tues AM)

January 23 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

…While the snow is stacking! Discover what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoe (prints). Practice counting the toes- they always knows- and you’ll be able to guess the animal who walked there since. Continue reading

Homeschool Program: Winter Tracking

Homeschool Program: Winter Tracking

January 23 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Winter is a wonderful time to discover animal signs and homes! Through games, a take-home craft project, and an interpretive hike, youth will search for sign of the inhabitants of Wisconsin’s wetlands, prairies, and forests! We will snowshoe to investigate these amazing tracks (snow permitting)! Continue reading

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Keep on Tracking… (Tues PM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Keep on Tracking… (Tues PM)

January 23 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

…While the snow is stacking! Discover what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoe (prints). Practice counting the toes- they always knows- and you’ll be able to guess the animal who walked there since. Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Keep on Tracking… (Wed AM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Keep on Tracking… (Wed AM)

January 24 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

…While the snow is stacking! Discover what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoe (prints). Practice counting the toes- they always knows- and you’ll be able to guess the animal who walked there since. Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Keep on Tracking… (Thurs AM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Keep on Tracking… (Thurs AM)

January 25 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

…While the snow is stacking! Discover what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoe (prints). Practice counting the toes- they always knows- and you’ll be able to guess the animal who walked there since. Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Keep on Tracking… (Fri AM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Keep on Tracking… (Fri AM)

January 26 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

…While the snow is stacking! Discover what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoe (prints). Practice counting the toes- they always knows- and you’ll be able to guess the animal who walked there since. Continue reading

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Bird & Nature Outing at Edna Taylor Conservation Park

Bird & Nature Outing at Edna Taylor Conservation Park

January 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Join us for regularly scheduled - 4th Saturday of every month - Bird & Nature Outings at Edna Taylor Conservation Park Area! This free, family-friendly nature hike requires no registration and is co-sponsored by Madison FUN Friends of Urban Nature partner groups Madison Parks, Madison Audubon and Aldo Leopold Nature Center. Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Snowballs (Tues AM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Snowballs (Tues AM)

January 30 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

One, two, three- make some snowballs for me! We will read the story by Lois Ehlert and make our own creations indoors and out. Don’t melt at home- come build with us today! Continue reading

Homeschool Program: May the “Force” Be With You!

Homeschool Program: May the “Force” Be With You!

January 30 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Machines, from airplanes to tweezers, are at work all around us. Without the help of machines, it would be much harder for people and animals to do work. We’ll explore the six types of machines (ramps, wedges, screws, levers, wheel and axles, and pulleys) and investigate how these machines help us overcome forces like gravity and friction. Continue reading

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Snowballs (Tues PM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Snowballs (Tues PM)

January 30 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

One, two, three- make some snowballs for me! We will read the story by Lois Ehlert and make our own creations indoors and out. Don’t melt at home- come build with us today! Continue reading

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Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Snowballs (Wed AM)

Wonder Bugs Preschool Program: Snowballs (Wed AM)

January 31 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

One, two, three- make some snowballs for me! We will read the story by Lois Ehlert and make our own creations indoors and out. Don’t melt at home- come build with us today! Continue reading

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