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

Nature Babies– Strap on your baby carrier and get ready for an adventure! This 45 minute program is crafted for ages 12 weeks to 2 years and includes outdoor and sensory activities, as well as a short group hike. Parents are encouraged to use baby or toddler carriers during our hike, as many of our trails are not stroller friendly. Pre-registered children will receive a free book to take home. This program runs from 10 – 10:45 am on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Pre -registration is preferred, but walk ups are also accepted. Our fall theme is the 5 Senses. See below for details.

  • September 15th: Sight and Smell
  • October 20th: Touch and Taste
  • November 17th: Hearing

Knee High Naturalists – Put on some boots and bring your sense of exploration. This program is designed for preschool aged (3-5 year old) children accompanied by an adult. Participants will learn about nature, go for a short hike and pre-registered children will receive a free book to take home. This program runs from 10 – 11 am on the 1st Wednesday of the month. Pre -registration is preferred, but walk ups are also accepted. Our fall theme explores how animals are unique.

  • September 1 – Birds
  • October 6 – Reptiles
  • November 3 – Amphibians
  • December 1 – Mammals

Students

Discovery Nature Club – This drop off program will explore the preserve and practice outdoor skills. Each session, students in 1st-5th grade will take a hike and participate in activities that will deepen their connection with nature. Space is limited, and registration is full for Fall 2021. This program runs from 3-5pm on the 2nd Thursday each month. See below for Fall 2021 topics

  • September 9 – Tracks
  • October 14 – Scat
  • November 4 – Animal Homes
  • December 9 – Eggs

Field Guides Does your student love to be outdoors? Field Guides is perfect  – a drop off program for middle and high school students. This fall, Field Guides will explore the preserve and practice outdoor skills. Each session, will take a hike and participate in activities that will deepen their connection with nature. Program runs on the 4th Thursday of the month, 4-6pm, Group will be limited to 12 children. See below for Fall 2021 topics

  • September 23 – Bird Count and Bird Song Survey
  • October 28 – Water Quality Testing
  • November 18 – Forest Health Survey

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 29th: Creepy Crawlies – As Halloween approaches, join TNI’s education staff for a day full of spooky adventures. Conduct experiments, study worms and insects, and head outside to learn about our nocturnal animals out in the forest. 
  • November 24th: Bird Bonanza – Learn bird calls, go bird watching, and craft a birdfeeder. Have fun exploring our native habitats and going on hikes!

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 every other month on a Friday evening. Spaces are limited. See below for a description of our upcoming Kids Night Out. 

  • October 1st, 5 – 8 pm: Grossology – If you love activities that make others day, “Gross!”, then this Kids Night Out is for you! The evening will be spent dissecting owl pellets, creating oobleck, and exploring the unusual things that nature has to offer. 
  • December 10th, 5 – 8 pm: Forbidden TreksThis Kids Night Out is offered to ages 10 – 14. Join TNI after dark for a night of adventures. Hike off trail to explore forbidden routes and learn about animals that are the exceptions to the rules of the animal kingdom. Eat popsicles in December. It’s time to let the (bigger) kids have a night out!

Scout Badge Days – Bring your troop out to complete a badge in one swoop! Scouts are welcome to join with their entire troop or as individuals. See below for a description of our upcoming Scout Badge Days.

  • October 9th @ 9 – 11 am: Girl Scout Brownies:Letterboxer – This Scout Badge Day is offered specifically for Brownies that would like to complete their Letterboxer badge! This program includes a craft, word puzzles, and a fast paced scavenger hunt. All badge requirements will be completed during this time.
  • November 8th @ 3:30 – 5:30 pm: Cub Scout Bears: Fur, Feathers, Ferns – This Scout Badge Day is offered specifically for Bears that would like to complete their Fur, Feathers, and Ferns badge! This program includes a guided hike, using scientific tools such as magnifying glasses and binoculars, and looking for signs of wildlife! Requirements 1 – 5 will be met during this program.