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Lussier Family Heritage Center

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. 

Learn more about our Lil' Explorers Adventures and Storytime programs below and check our Event Calendar to find dates for each.



Our Lil' Explorers Adventures program 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 90 minute guided program will be followed by 30 minutes of youth-led free play with friends through our natural play area and jungle gym.

Please come prepared with your child dressed appropriately to spend at least an hour continuously outside, as well as bringing water and a snack.

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



Join Lussier Family Heritage Center staff and Dane County Library System for a story based on the natural world and a visit from the Dream Bus! We will meet and read under the Oak Tree in front of the Heritage Center, and will be doing an activity/craft following the story. Feel free to bring blankets, chairs, snacks, and anything else you need to comfortably enjoy the story each week. Story Time readings will alternate weekly between English and Spanish!

Adult chaperones are required to attend this event with their child.

This is a free program.

If there is inclement weather, the story time will be held indoors. 

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)