Youth Programs

We offer several programs for youth to explore our parks and learn outdoor recreation activities. No prior experience is necessary to participate. These activities are offered throughout the year – visit our event calendar to see when they are offered and to sign up. 

Advance registration is required for youth participants.

Kids with staff holding a fish
Learn-to Fish

Your child can learn how to cast and catch fish at the all-accessible Jenni & Kyle Preserve. Staff will assist participants with removing fish and releasing them back into the water. This is the perfect program for youth that have no to minimal experience with fishing. Fishing equipment and instruction is provided.

Age: Kindergarten - 8th Grade. This activity is also open to persons with permanent disabilities.

Chaperones are REQUIRED (one chaperone per a group of five children is allowed). Chaperones do not need to register or pay.

Cost: $5 per child

Location: The Jenni & Kyle Preserve (925 Post Rd, Madison, WI 53713)

Register Here
Kids biking
Learn-to Bike

Join our staff to learn how to ride a bike! Youth ages 5 – 9 will enjoy learning bike safety, practice balancing, learning how to turn, and other basics with and without pedals. Youth will also gain one on one support throughout their biking attempts. Use our bikes and helmets or bring your own. A limited number of bikes and helmets are available.

Age: Kindergarten - 8th Grade.

Chaperones are REQUIRED (one chaperone per a group of five children is allowed). Chaperones do not need to register or pay.

Cost: $25 per child

Location: Lussier Family Heritage Center (3101 Lake Farm Rd, Madison, WI 53711)

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two children playing with fossils
School's Out Day

School's out! Come spend the day outdoors at the Lussier Heritage Center. Youth will spend the day exploring outside through a variety of activities including possibly prairie adventures, canoeing, fishing, fort building, snowshoeing, sledding, and more! Activities will be based on weather and time of year. A snack will be provided. Please pack an extra pair of clothes, weather appropriate clothes, closed toed shoes, and a lunch. Lunch will not be provided. Program will be from 8 a.m . - 4 p.m.

Age: 7 - 12 years old

Cost: $50 per child; extended care is available from 7:15 am - 5:30 p.m. for an additional $10 per child.

Location: Lussier Family Heritage Center (3101 Lake Farm Rd, Madison, WI 53711)

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around 11 children smiling and giving the thumbs up on a boardwalk with nature background
Kid's Night Out in Nature

Drop off your children for a night out in nature at the Lussier Family Heritage Center! We will enjoy fishing, a cookout, night hike, and more! Dinner will be provided and cooked over the fire, please let us know if your child has any allergies. Drop off is between 4:00 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. and pick up is between 8:45 - 9 p.m. Wear weather appropriate clothing as parts of this event will occur outdoors. 

Age: 8 - 12 years old

Cost: $50 per child

Location: Lussier Family Heritage Center (3101 Lake Farm Rd, Madison, WI 53711)

Register Here