Junior Naturalist

Looking for a fun-filled, adventurous summer outside? Join the Lussier Family Heritage Center’s Junior Naturalist program in the heart of the Capital Springs Recreation area. Youth cohorts, ages 9 – 11 or 12 – 14, will practice being a naturalist and discovering the world around you. By using exploration tools and curiosity we will learn more about our natural areas. Through biking, hiking, and canoeing, will look high and low in water, prairies, and woodlands to gain a deeper understanding of the surrounding environment.

This summer we are offering multiple sessions for two age groups. Program fees cover participation in the full session.

Junior Naturalist Benefits:

  • Explore your natural areas
  • Build plant and wildlife ID skills
  • Learn about the environment through active experience
  • Explore outside in new ways!

Junior Naturalist activities will take place in William G. Lunney Lake Farm County Park and surrounding areas. The 12-14 age group inclusdes a behind the scenes tour with Henry Vilas Zoo staff.

Please be sure your child is dressed for the weather since we will be outside for the whole program. We will move indoors for more serious weather events.

This program is made possible with support from the American Family Dreams Foundation and the Foundation for Dane County Parks. We are grateful for their support of our program!


Registration for the summer 2023 session will begin in the spring. Sign up for our Heritage Center Programs and Events email list to receive a monthly email of upcoming events, including a notice when Junior Naturalist registration opens.

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