Frogs and Polliwogs
Summer Series 1: July 10, 17, 24
Summer Series 2: July 31, August 7, 14
Time: 9:15 – 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $29.25 adult and child; $19.50 additional child; $9.75 additional adult
Ages: Children ages 2 – 5 and an adult
July 10/July 31: Swirl by Swirl
By Joyce Sigman, Pictures by Beth Krommes
Spirals are everywhere in nature. We can find them in the plants or they can be made by the animals. Put on your “I Spy” eyes as we search for swirls and spirals all through the nature center.
July 17/August 7: Squish: A Wetland Walk
By Nancy Luenn, illustrated by Ronald Himler
Is a wetland just a place that goes squish, or is it something more? Put on your rubber boots and come explore with us! We’ll search for creatures, touch the plants, find some mud and smell the smells that make Tamarack’s wetlands truly unique.
July 24/August 14: Tops and Bottoms
By Janet Stevens
Come along on this grand gardening adventure. Would you rather eat the tops of the plants or the bottoms? Let’s explore the garden to find out! We’ll plant some seeds, pull some weeds and maybe pick a little something that is ready. We may also find a tasty treat in the woods. A yummy exploration you won’t want to miss!
Summer Day Camp Adventures!
Dates: June 22 - August 13
Cost: $25 - $195
Ages: 3 - 14
Come explore Tamarack Nature this summer with our Summer Day Camp Adventures! Camps run four days a week and cover a wild assortment of topics, activities and programs. Before and after care is available, along with our Friday Favorites camps!
Families & All Ages
Drop-In Discovery Stations
Dates: First Saturday of each month October - May; every Saturday June - September
Time: 10 a.m. - noon, come and go as you please
Cost: Free! No registration required; donations appreciated.
Ages: All. Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult.
Join us every Saturday morning June - September and the first Saturday of each month October - May for free, family-friendly drop-in style programs on a range of nature topics. Stations feature up-close visits with live animals, including Tamarack’s resident owls, snakes and salamanders. Participants will also get hands-on experience with touchable artifacts, like skulls and skins, and sample edible treats from the Discovery Hollow garden.Learn more and view a topic schedule.
Tamarack Nature Photography Club
Days: Third Saturday of every month - June 20, July 18, August 15
Time: 10 a.m.— noon
Cost: Free, preregistration not required
Are you interested in learning more about photography techniques, improving your skills, mastering equipment, or participating in photo-related projects? This is a joint activity with the 3M Camera Club, and experienced 3M Club members lead the meetings. The club meets monthly year-round.
Date: Varies per season
Cost: FREE, no pre-registration required, donations appreciated.
Ages: Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Organized groups, please call ahead to check availability
Hit the trail with our seasoned volunteer discovery guides for these seasonal explorations of Tamarack trails and natural areas. This spring and summer, we’ll be focusing on migrating birds and summer prairie wildflowers.
- Spring Birds:
Saturday morning, 8-10 a.m.
May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30
Meet in front of nature center building
Migration season upon us and the birds are on the move! Join our experienced birding volunteers to learn about birds of the area, how to identify them by sight and sound, and all about their lives in our woods, waters, and fields. Bring binoculars if you have them. Beginners and experienced birders welcome!
- Prairie Wildflowers:
Saturday mornings, 9 - 10:30 a.m.
July 11, 18, 25 and August 1
Meet behind the nature center building
It’s the height of summer and the prairie is changing each week. Join us for a look at what’s blooming!