Kids' Programs at the Wehr Nature Center

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Video posted on YouTube by Joey's Family


Your children will enjoy a variety of activities that lead to discoveries in nature. Because group sizes are limited, you and your child will spend "quality time" as you explore these guided topics together. Please, no non-participating siblings!

To maintain the high quality of the children's programs, we require you to pre-register for all programs.

  • Age 2–3 Little Wonders
  • Age 4–6 NatureNauts
  • Age 7-12 Nature Wizards - A monthly program for homeschoolers and their parents
  • Field Trips for school groups and homeschool associations
  • Adventure Summer: Nature Day Camps
    Age 3-13

    A variety of camps are available, from half-day programs for you and your 3 year-old, to survival programs for your 12 year old. To register or for more information, call Nature in the Parks at (414) 425-8550 or visit  Nature in the Parks. With this link you will leave the Milwaukee County Parks site. The NIP site will appear in a new browser window. To return to this page, simply close the NIP window.

A quarterly newsletter detailing all the events and programs at Wehr is available. 


Nature Wizards
Ages 7–12 (no unregistered younger siblings, please)

Must be accompanied by an adult.


You and your homeschoolers will join Wehr’s professional naturalists for an afternoon of hands-on, minds-on learning. Each month, we'll explore a new nature topic, and we'll venture out to make discoveries in our big outdoor home. All programs support state Dept. of Public Instruction guidelines.

2013 Nature Wizards Programs - Subject to change
Various dates and times below

Date Program
Mon., Jan. 21
1–3 p.m.

Winter Wizards - Learn how animals and plants survive the cold and snow, explore the anatomy of snowflakes, discover meteorological mysteries (such as the "wind chill factor"), and hike in the snow.

 Mon., Feb. 11
1–3 p.m.

Birds of a Feather - Discover bird adaptations, get an introduction to bird watching, and create some winter treats for the birds in your backyard.

 Mon., March 11 1–3 p.m.

Maple Magic - Enjoy the sweet taste of spring! Learn about the process of making maple syrup using Native American and pioneer methods, from tapping trees to boiling down sap. Hike the sugarbush to meet the maples.

 Mon., April 8
1–3 p.m.
Caring for Mother Earth -
 Mon., May 20
1–3 p.m.

Awesome Amphibians - Learn how awesome amphibians really are as we explore the lives of frogs, toads, and salamanders --and meet some live ones too!

 June No program. Visit Wehr and explore the trails
Mon., July 8
1–3 p.m.

Scales and Shells: Snakes & Turtles - Meet snakes and turtles up close and personal as we learn about our reptile neighbors. We will explore their amazing adaptations, learn cool reptile facts, and go for a walk in search of our scaly friends.

Mon., Aug. 12
1–3 p.m.

Arthropod Adventures - Bugs are cool! Become an entomologist for the day and discover the amazing world of insects and their arthropod relatives. Put on a costume to become a “bug” as we play “Is It an Insect?” Next we'll grab some gear and go on an outdoor, insect safari.

Mon., Sept. 23
1–3 p.m.

Diggin’ Into Soil - Get ready to dig up one of Earth’s most precious substance, and don’t call it dirt! We'll “cook up” some soil, measure erosion, test soil textures, and discover some of the living things that make their home in the soil.

Mon., Oct. 7
1–3 p.m.

Nature’s Neighborhoods - Learning what animals need to survive is as easy as saying H-A-B-I-T-A-T! Become an expert on one of the many critters that call Wehr home and search Nature’s Neighborhoods to find the perfect habitat for your critter.

Mon., Nov. 4
1–3 p.m.

Turkey Tales - There's a lot more to turkeys than the Thanksgiving table! We'll peek into the personal lives of these adaptable, intelligent birds. Learn to talk “turkey” and how to tell a jenny from a jake. We'll head outside for a woodland walk to look for wild turkeys.

Mon., Dec. 9
1–3 p.m.

Solar System -Tour the Solar System with the Nature Wizards. We'll learn about our star (the Sun), visit Mars, and learn how scientists are exploring the furthest reaches of the Solar System

Registration Deadline: one week prior to program. Call to register: (414) 425-8550

 Nature Wizards 2013 Fees (non-refundable)
 Child, Non-Milwaukee County Resident  $10
 Child, Milwaukee County Resident  $7
 Child, Friend of Wehr  $5


Homeschool Associations: You may be interested in additional field-trip opportunities



Questions? Contact Us
Wehr Nature Center
9701 W. College Ave., Franklin, WI 53132
(414) 425-8550