An image of the Nature House, from the outside

Public Programs for Ages 1-5

LSNC offers two types of programs for children ages 2-5 to learn and explore in an outdoor setting. Join us as we meet animals up close, hike in Black Pond Woods, play educational games, and make friends.

Nature Storytime

Who: Children ages 2-5 and their caregivers
Every Wednesday and every other Sunday from 10:00-11:00 AM! Wednesdays only in the summer.
How to join: See the themes and dates below. Register online, or join us the day of the program.  

Nature Tykes

Who: Drop-off program for children ages 4 and 5
When: Weekly on Wednesdays from 9:45-11:15 am October through May
How to join: Registration is by the month, and pre-registration is required - see below for themes and dates
Policies: We are working to get all of our program policies online. Families are invited to review the Nature Tykes Behavior Policy when enrolling their child in the program.

Nature Storytime 

Nature Storytime has many opportunities for you and your little one to explore and appreciate the outdoors, such as live animal visits, hikes, stories, and hands-on activities. Nature Storytime takes place Wednesday mornings from 10-11:00 am. Each session includes indoor and outdoor activities – so make sure to dress for the weather!
Theme Sunday  Wednesday Location
Magnificent Mammals   October 2nd Olson Park
Feathered Friends   October 9th Olson Park
Rockin' Reptiles October 13th October 16th Olson Park
Awesome Amphibians   October 23rd Olson Park
Super Spiders October 27th October 30th Olson Park
Super Senses: Touch! November 10th November 13th Gallup Park
Super Senses: Sight!   November 20th Gallup Park
Super Senses: Hear! November 24th   Gallup Park
Stories in the Snow: Brrr! It's Cold!   December 4th Gallup Park
Stories in the Snow: Animal Prints December 8th December 11th Gallup Park
Stories in the Snow: Snow Day!   December 18th Gallup Park
Stories in the Snow: Winter Nap Time December 22nd  

Gallup Park

*Stories in the Snow themes may change if there is snow fall. 

Nature Tykes 

Our Nature Tykes program is designed for your 4-5 year old in mind. Each 1.5 hour session allows your early learner to have authentic, age-appropriate nature-based experiences. Monthly themes will help guide activities that include live animal presentations, hikes in Black Pond Woods, natural crafts, and hands-on experiments. This drop-off program is designed to encourage participants to feel comfortable asking questions, exploring, and engaging with the natural world. Please note: Tykes participants must be able to use the bathroom and wash their hands independently.

Click here to register for Nature Tykes!

Theme Dates Location
All About Animals 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30 Olson Park
Animal Senses 11/13, 11/20 Gallup Park
Wintertime Woods 12/4, 12/11, 12/18 Gallup Park

Required Forms - for Nature Tykes

An Electronic Health Form will be required of for all Tykes attendees. Please note: Tykes participants must be able to use the bathroom and wash their hands independently.