Wee Wanderers

Ages 2-5 at Northwest Park

Start Their Love of Nature Early

Wee Wanderers is open for registration for Spring 2024

Northwest Park invites young naturalists, ages 2-5, and their favorite adult, to join us on Monday mornings to explore the park! Each session will reflect the season that we’re in and include hands-on exploration, a chance to meet the creatures who live at the park, and time to create a take home craft related to the day’s adventures. Dress for the weather since we love to play outside! No older siblings, please. Preregistration is required. Registration is for the full five-week session.

Monday Mornings. Two sessions available. $45 Windsor Residents; $55 Nonresidents

“Spring Ahead “

Mar. 18, 25, Apr. 1, 8, & 15 (9:30 AM to 10:45 AM)

March 18 – Sap to Syrup: What trees make sap and why do they make it? What is the process of then turning that sap into syrup and how is it different from other syrups we buy from the store? Come learn that, and more!
March 25 – Spring Equinox: Today marks the Spring Equinox and the Worm Full Moon. We will discover what a spring equinox is, why this full moon is named after a worm, and investigate what seasonal changes we will begin to see happening.
April 1 – Whose Scat is That?: Animals leave all sorts of traces behind, that we call evidence. In this class, we will be discussing their scat and what other signs animals leave behind once they’ve left an area. Do humans leave evidence?
April 8 – Rain, Rain, Please Stay: This class will be all about the water cycle, the importance of water to sustain life, the different states of water, and why we say, “April showers bring May flowers.”
April 15 – Goop Scooping: Continuing from our previous class, we will be goop scooping from our marsh and discovering what lives there. We will make predictions of what we may find and make a fun craft to take home, of course.

“Summer ‘Round the Corner”

Apr. 22, 29, May 6, 13, & 20 (9:30 AM to 10:45 AM)

April 22 – Planet vs. Plastics: This year’s Earth Day theme is Planet vs. Plastics. We will be learning about Earth Day, what the overall goal is, and why it’s so important for our planet. We will be exploring our Enviroscape model and seeing what pollution does to our Earth.
April 29 – Seeds & Pollinators: Seeds travel in a variety of ways, one of which is through pollinators. Today we will learn all about how seeds travel and how important pollinators are to our local flora populations.
May 6 – Tree ID: Ever been walking through the woods and wondered what kind of tree you’re looking at? Wonder no longer as we use Tree ID booklets on our hike to identify some common trees here in Northwest Park and make bark rubbings of each as we go!
May 13 – Sensory Saunter: In this class, we will be using four of our five senses to explore the park. (No tasting) On this saunter, we will be trying to match color swatches to the natural world and take in all there is through our eyes, noses, and sense of hearing.
May 20 – Frogging: A fan favorite! To wrap up our session until next Fall, we will be exploring our front pond to search for some frogs or other macroinvertebrates like tadpoles, as we go. We will also learn what makes a pond healthy and what evidence we look at to determine this.