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Lussier Family Heritage Center

Adult & Family Programs

The Lussier Family Heritage Center offers a number of public education programs to help you learn more about nature and get outside to explore! Click on a program below to learn more or check out our event calendar to see what events are coming up. Most of these events take place outdoors so please dress for the weather.

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Paddle in the Park

Get out on the water this summer through these fun evening paddles fit for the entire family. Learn canoe paddle strokes, practice gaining comfort in a canoe, and enjoy a paddle on Dane County waterways.

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Night Hike and Fire

Enjoy an evening of hiking and exploration in this fun program! Search for owls and other awesome night creatures. We will end the program by a campfire looking at stars and eating s’mores.

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Learn to Geocache

Interested in being a modern day treasure hunter? Come learn the basic skills of geocaching! You will learn how to use a GPS unit and have the chance to try out your new skill around the park.

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Learn to Tree ID

Enjoy a short hike learning the basics of identifying native Wisconsin Trees. Our staff will teach you how to identify trees based on their leafing and also show you how to use guidebooks and apps. 

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Luminary Night Walk

Explore candle-lit prairie paths around our center. Finish the night off with a campfire, s’mores, and other activities under the stars. The trail includes multiple paths suitable for all! 

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Learn to Camp

New to camping? Come with us for a night in the park, tents and other equipment provided. We will cook over the fire, do activities in the park and more! This is an overnight experience.

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Owl Walk

Join us to explore different parks to look and listen for owls! Each walk varies in length and will go at a group set pace. The night ends with a fire under the stars and s'mores. There is no guarantee we will see or hear owls.

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Learn to Bird

Get out on a short hike with a few of our staff to learn how to to properly use binoculars, birding apps and guidebooks, and how to identify birds in our area. Bring your own binoculars or borrow ours.

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Programs & Events Newsletter

We offer a number of unique events throughout the year - from film screenings to romantic date nights. Check out our full calendar of events or sign up for our monthly newsletter delivered straight to your inbox.