For Kids & Families

Programs and activities with a pre-K to teen focus.

We're on the front line in the battle against nature deficit disorder. Our children's programs combine arts and crafts indoors with exploration and experimentation outdoors.

Story Hours

For preschoolers and their caregivers, these programs combine a story book about nature with a simple craft and a short walk on one of the reserve’s easy trails. Second Thursdays, April to November. Free.

Upcoming Story Hours

Day Camps

One-day and week-long camps that introduce ecology and the study of nature to kids ages 6 to 12. Winter, spring, and summer vacations are more fun when kids get together and explore.

Upcoming Day Camps

There are no upcoming events.

Discovery Program

These self-paced trail guides are paired with activity backpacks that hold everything you need for a half-day of investigation. Especially fun for kids from 6 to 12 years old.

Discovery Program Options

Water Wonders

Discover watersheds, the water cycle, estuaries, wetlands, and the beach with a mummichog mascot as your guide. Backpack contains estuary mystery bag, trivia cards, earth ball, binoculars and magnifiers, six field guides, Identiflyer with sound cards, and more.

Habitat Hike

Visit forest, field, and estuary habitats with a porcupine mascot, while exploring animal homes, life cycles, camouflage, and even scat! Backpack contains "green" lunchbox, binoculars and magnifiers, three puppets, four field guides, Identiflyer with sound cards, and more.

Time Travels

Complete a treasure hunt with a wild turkey mascot, learn about life on the farm, explore hunting and gathering, and investigate resources from the estuary. Backpack contains treasure map, animals bag, stone wall building kit, hour glass, binoculars and magnifier, gobbler call, measuring tape, and more.

Discovery Program Details

  • Ages: For ages 6 and up
  • Group Size: 1 trail guide per child recommended
  • Available: Year-round
  • Fee: $5 fee includes trail guide, backpack rental, and prize.

Trail Walks

Some of our trail walks are suitable for children, especially when accompanied by an adult. Check out our upcoming Guided Tours.

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