Children’s Programs

Check out the lists below to see our upcoming programs for children. Click on the name of the program to see more details and register.

Young Children

Knee High Naturalists Put on some boots and bring your sense of exploration. This program is designed for preschool aged children (3 – 5 years old) accompanied by an adult. Participants will learn about nature, read a story, and go for a short hike. This program takes place on the 1st Wednesday of the month and runs from 10-11am. $4/members, $5 non – members.

  • September 7 Animal Olympics
  • October 5 Batty for Bats
  • November 2 Fascinating Fungi
  • December 7Habitat Hunt

Tiny Trekkers – Tiny Trekkers is a once a week drop off program for ages 3 – 5. Registration is offered by the month only, single class registrations are not permitted. Preschoolers will explore our 450 acres of preserve through hands-on experiences out in nature. Very limited spaces are available. This program runs from 9 – 11 a.m. on Tuesday mornings. Children must be able to use the restrooms independently. Please see our Tiny Trekkers page for more details.

  • September 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th.
  • October 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th.
  • November 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd (no meeting on the 29th).
  • December 6th and 13th (no meeting on the 20th and 27th).


Discovery Nature Club (Fall 22)Discovery Nature Club is an after school drop-off program for elementary students (1st – 5th grade). This fall, students will meet bi-weekly to explore the preserve and learn more about nature. Registration is by the month. See below for the monthly themes. $18/month session for members, $20/month session for non-members. December is prorated at $9/member, $10/non-member. Pre-registration is required.

  • September 8 & 22: Pollinators
  • October 6 & 20: Food Chain
  • November 3 & 17: Naturalists in Training
  • December 15 (no meeting on the 1st): Animals in Danger

Field Guides (Fall 22) – Field Guides is a bi-weekly after school drop-off program for middle and high school students. This fall, students will be delving deep into the topic of plants! Registration is by the month. $18/month session for members, $20/month session for non-members. November & December are prorated at $9 members, $10 non-members. Pre-registration is required.

  • September 15th & 29th: Invasive Species
  • October 13th & 27th: Fungi
  • November 10th (no meeting the 24th due to Thanksgiving): Moss & Lichens
  • December 8th (no meeting on the 22nd due to holidays): Winter Tree ID

Outdoor EDventure Days – This drop off program provides a single camp day for students when schools are closed. Morning snack is included in the program pricing. Spaces are limited. This program runs from 9 am – 3 pm and is available to ages 6 – 12. See below for a description of our upcoming Outdoor EDventure Days.

  • October 10th (Columbus Day): Fur, Feathers, and Scales How do we know that an animal is a mammal? What about a reptile? Learn all about the special characteristics that help us classify animals.
  • November 23rd (Thanksgiving Break): Thankful for Nature Explore the fall happenings at TNI and take time to appreciate nature. All campers will head home with a homemade centerpiece bound to be the talk of Thanksgiving dinner!

Kids Night Out – Need an evening off? Join us for a Kids Night Out! This 3 hour drop off program includes dinner and an evening of fun for ages 6 – 10. This program is offered once a month in fall and spring on a Friday evening from 5 – 8 pm. Spaces are limited. See below for a description of our upcoming Kids Night Out.

  • August 19th: Predator & Prey Discover predator and prey relationships right here at TNI. Play games, practice your predatory instincts, and show off your prey defenses.
  • September 30th: Geology RocksWhat’s so interesting about rocks anyways? Learn what rocks can tell us and how to identify different types during this evening program!
  • October 28th: Explore!True explorers know the best way to use the tools provided to find their location. Learn to use a map and compass and then search for a hidden treasure on the property.
  • November 18th: Hunters of the SkyAs we lose our fall foliage, one type of animal really begins to stand out – raptors! Learn about the special adaptations that make these animals so successful.