Fall Campfire Programs

All programs 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 15, Dusk on the Dock
Friday,
Oct. 6, Turkey Bedtime
Saturday, Nov. 4, Full Moon Hike

Come enjoy an evening campfire at the nature center.  Each month we will explore a new activity, tell stories and socialize under the stars.  Come to one or sign up for all.

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Soil is Not Dirt

Sunday, Sept. 10, 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Investigate and get your hands dirty as we learn about the world of soil. Go on a hike and  meet the animals of nature’s underground scene. We’ll learn that soil is much more than dirt and find out how it is made.

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Archery – Youth & Teen

Saturday, October 7, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
(Ages 9+ Drop-off program)

Here’s your chance to learn how to shoot a bow and arrow or enjoy time on the range to enhance your skills! Instruction will be given on proper technique and range safety. There will be a short hike to and from the range.

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Puppet Story Time: Oh Deer

Friday, Nov. 3, 10 – 11:30 a.m. OR
Monday, Nov. 6, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Laugh out loud as the Westwood Puppets tell a story in their animated comical style! Unique naturalist led activities will follow to highlight the story and create memories for
you and your youngest family members.

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Orienteering

Saturday, Nov. 11,  3 – 4:30 p.m.

Get back to the basics of navigation. Learn the art of orienteering using a map and compass. Practice your skills on Westwood’s orienteering course.

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Life in a Tree

Saturday, Sept. 23, 12:30 – 2 p.m.

There’s so much to discover in a tree. Find out just how many things live not only on trees, but in trees, and even under a tree’s roots!

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Woodland Wreaths

Sunday, Nov. 5, 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Create your own unique wreath. We’ll take a short hike to collect natural materials from
the nature center and then assemble the wreaths inside. All materials are included.

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Snakes are Fascinating

Sunday, Sept. 17, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Whether you love snakes or are afraid of snakes you probably find them fascinating. This is your chance to learn about, touch, hold, and even watch a snake eat.

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Monarchs

Saturday, Sept. 9, 3 – 4:30 p.m.

September is a great time to see the iconic monarch butterfly as it prepares for its journey southward. We’ll talk about the monarch’s life cycle and learn about its unique migration. We’ll also look for monarchs and tag the ones that we find.

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Honey Harvest

Sunday, Sept. 24, 2 – 4 p.m.

Buzz on down to Westwood and uncap the lives of honeybees. Visit our hives to observe
the honeybees in action. Find out how honey is extracted, make a beeswax candle and get
your taste buds ready for a sweet treat.

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Critters Close Up

Sunday, Nov. 19, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Come visit Westwood’s exhibit reptiles and amphibians close-up and hands-on. There will be an opportunity to touch some of these critters and even observe them as they eat.

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Puppet Story Time: Bees Make Honey

Monday, Sept. 11, 10 – 11:30 a.m. OR
Friday, Sept. 15, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Laugh out loud as the Westwood Puppets tell a story in their animated comical style! Unique naturalist led activities will follow to highlight the story and create memories for you and your youngest family members

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Spiders are Not Insects

Saturday, Sept. 16, 3-4:30 p.m.

Spiders are more than webs and eight legs. Some can jump, some make funnels, some even go ballooning. On a hike we’ll search for spiders and webs. We’ll also meet Westwood’s resident tarantula.

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Puppet Story Time: Cider Time

Friday, Sept. 29, 10 – 11:30 a.m. OR
Monday, Oct. 2, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Laugh out loud as the Westwood Puppets tell a story in their animated comical style! Unique naturalist led activities will follow to highlight the story and create memories for you and your youngest family members.

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36th Annual Halloween Party

Friday, Oct. 20, 6:30 – 9 p.m. OR
Saturday, Oct. 21, 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Celebrate fall with costumes and characters at Westwood’s family-friendly Halloween  Party!

The Nature Center is filled with indoor and outdoor games, activities and theme trails. Visit with friendly animal characters as you walk through the lighted Mother Nature’s Trail or, for those who are more adventurous, dare to play Mystery Mini Golf in the dark woods. There is something for everyone including music and refreshments!

Early-bird (registered or postmarked by Oct. 11) tickets will be mailed October 12th.

 

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Autumn Walk

Sunday, Oct. 8, 3 – 4:30 p.m.

It’s easy to see and feel the fall changes happening all around us. On this walk through the nature center, we’ll look a little deeper into how these changes occur and why.

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Evening Canoeing for Adults

Friday, Sept. 8, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Enjoy an early autumn evening exploring Westwood Lake by canoe. Take a break to enjoy dessert before finishing the paddle at twilight. Instruction in basic canoeing strokes and safety included. Canoes, paddles and life jackets provided.

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Nature Unnoticed Adult Hikes

Saturday, Sept. 16, 10 -11:30 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 14, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 18, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Explore your natural curiosity. Join a naturalist on a nature walk.  We’ll focus in on the seasonal activities of the plants and animals found in the park, so each hike will be a unique experience.

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Branching Out

Sunday Oct. 1, 12:30 – 2 p.m.

There are so many ways to know a tree. You can recognize its bark and leaves, you can know how its wood is used, or what parts are good to eat. You might know what animals live in its branches, or what mushrooms live with its roots. Whatever you might already know about a tree, there’s always more to learn.

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Scat and Other Gross Animals Signs

Sunday, Oct. 29, 12:30 – 2 p.m.

There are many clues that animals leave behind. These clues can be used to teach us about the animal. Scat (animal poop) is one of them. It may sound gross, but it’s one of the easier clues to learn from. We’ll explore the trails in search of scat and other gross animal signs.

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Cunning Critters

Sunday, Nov. 12, noon – 1:30 p.m.

In the quest to eat or be eaten, being well-concealed can make all the difference for an animal. Learn how different animals stay hidden and survive. We’ll employ stealth and camouflage to go undercover, evade detection and spy on some sneaky creatures. Shhhhh…!

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Archery – Family

Saturday, October 7, 2 – 4 p.m.
Here’s your chance to learn how to shoot a bow and arrow or enjoy time on the range to enhance your skills! Instruction will be given on proper technique and range safety. There will be a 10-minute hike to and from our range. (No charge for supervising adult who is not participating in shooting a bow and arrow.)

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Polinators – Adult

Saturday, August 26, 9 – 11 a.m.

Did you know that more than 75% of the world’s flowering plants are pollinated by animals? Without them, we wouldn’t have many of our fruits and vegetables, chocolate,
and coffee! Come learn more about the insects and other animals that play a role in
pollination. Find out more about how you can help pollinators survive and thrive in your community.

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Puppet Story Time: Monarch Madness

Monday, August 21, 10 – 11 a.m. OR
Friday, August 25, 10 – 11 a.m.

Laugh out loud as the Westwood puppets tell a story in their animated comical style. Begin with open play and exploration. Naturalist led activities will highlight the story and create memories for you and your youngest family members.

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