Lil' Explorers

Calling all three to six-year-old outdoor adventurers! Our Lil’ Explorers program is the perfect space to foster your preschooler’s sense of wonder. Join us at the Lussier Family Heritage Center to marvel at the natural world that is all around us. These $5 programs will provide a space for young kids to use all five senses, be active in the outdoors and learn how to work together. Each session we will investigate a new theme through games, walks, crafts, stories and so much more! The one-hour guided program will be followed by 30 minutes of youth-led free play with friends through our natural play area and jungle gym.

October 7 – Feeling Textures

  • Join us in the woods and across the prairie for an exploration of textures! After exploring our sensory garden and determining if things are natural or man-made, we will use only our sense of touch to identify different objects hidden from view. From soft and smooth to rough and spiky, the natural world has it all.

October 21 – Fall Colors

  • Our Lil’ Explorers are going on a colorful fall adventure. Join us on a walk through nature as we talk about falling leaves, changing landscapes, and compare and contrast summer greens to autumn oranges.


*This event may be weather dependent. Please come prepared with your child dressed appropriately to spend at least an hour continuously outside, as well as bringing water and a snack.

**If this event needs to be cancelled due to extreme weather you will be contacted through your provided email through sign-up by the night before. Cancellation will also be posted on our website by an hour before the program.

All of our Lil’ Explorers programs follow the National American Association for Environmental Education guidelines for excellence for early childhood education. This includes research and overview done by organizations and individuals across the country. These guidelines include recommendations on developing programs that encompass tools and goals to encourage the growth of youth, particularly ages 3-6 years, toward becoming “environmentally responsive youth and adults” (Simmons et al, 2016)