Now our popular Trail Trekkers summer programs for preschoolers are offered all year long, and best of all, they are free through the school year! Preschool Trail Trekkers takes children and their parents on learning adventures with experienced naturalists. Hands-on activities, games, crafts, stories and songs make learning about nature interactive and fun. Note: This program is NOT intended for daycare or childcare groups! These groups should inquire about scheduling private preschool programming. Thank you!
Preschool Trail Trekkers
All Preschool Trail Trekkers programs except for Maple Syruping are free, and are held from 10-11:00 AM twice each month from September through May.
Upcoming Trail Trekkers
Please call (319) 362-0664 to register for all programs. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Dress for the outdoors in all seasons. We can’t wait to see you at the Nature Center!
Date(s) Offered: September 12 & 15, 2018
Sunshine, meadows and buzzing bugs create a special experience as you hunt through the tall grass for insects and learn about their characteristics. For preschoolers and parents. Free.
Date(s) Offered: October 10 & 13, 2018
Discover the many good things bats do for us. Where do they live? What do they eat? How do these flying mammals hunt? Listen to a story and play a bat game.
Fall Harvest, Winter Rest
Date(s) Offered: November 14 & 17, 2018
Plants and animals prepare for winter in various ways. Hibernation, migration, and adaptation are the words of the day as we explore what different creatures do!
Date(s) Offered: December 12 & 15, 2018
More information coming soon!
Winter Water Wonders
Date(s) Offered: January 9 & 12, 2019
Investigate the wonders of water—snow and ice—in the winter. How does snow actually help plants and animals? Make sure to dress for the weather as we plan to spend time outside enjoying this beautiful season.
Date(s) Offered: February 6 & 9, 2019
Explore the fascinating world of our feathered friends and go bird watching with a naturalist. Take a peek at our collection of bird nests and colorful feathers while you learn about their songs, characteristics and habitats.
Date(s) Offered: March 6, 2018
This unique, fun activity can only be experienced in late winter! Listen to Native American legends, tap a tree, and visit the sugarhouse to see how sap is made into delicious maple syrup. The hour ends with a taste of our real maple syrup on ice cream!
Rabbits and Rodents
Date(s) Offered: April 3 & 6, 2019
Find out interesting facts about these backyard creatures and what helps them survive in the wild. What makes their teeth so special? Act out the many ways a squirrel can use its tail.
Sounds of Spring
Date(s) Offered: May 8 & 11, 2019
As the weather warms up, so does the frog chorus! Listen for frogs at the wetlands. Learn about the frog life cycle and special frog features, sing frog songs, and go on a frog watching hike.