I just saw a 63 degree day in the forecast. That's right. A double digit temperature that starts with a 6.
It's finally getting warmer! Read on for some ways to enjoy the early springtime with your family.
Family hikes: Try a family-friendly hike at Havenwoods State Forest, located just outside of Glendale, guided by a professional naturalist. You'll get to use their equipment like magnifiers and binoculars to explore the wilderness. The hikes last an hour and there is no charge. (Yes!) The next one is coming up on Saturday, April 5th at 10:30 a.m. Entitled "Planet Trek," the hike will focus on the first signs of spring such as the sprouting plants, nesting birds and gurgling ponds. Find out more here.
For the very young, check out Hand-in-hand and Audubon Babies programs at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center. These programs offer hikes, playtime, stories and crafts. Learn more about them here.
Stargaze: Join the Junior Astronomers Club once a month starting Tuesday, April 8 at the Urban Ecology Center in the Menonomee Valley. You can use their telescopes to explore the night sky and do fun astronomy-themed crafts. Learn more here.
Puddle Jumping & Duck Exploration: Wehr Nature Center in Franklin offers monthly programs for kids ages 2-3 (Little Wonders) and 4-6 (NatureNauts). This month the Little Wonders will be puddle jumping, making mud pies, and painting with "mud" (chocolate pudding). The NatureNauts will be making duck costumes and searching for feathered friends at the pond. Pre-registration is required and you can find out more here.
Fly Fishing: The Urban Ecology Center is offering free flyfishing lessons at their Menomonee Valley location every Saturday through April 26th. You can drop in on one class or attend more than one. Learn more about the classes here.
Get Crafty: Drop in on Upcycling at the Havenwoods Nature Center on Saturday April 12 and 19th. They'll be turning everyday items into works of art! Make a CD Hovercraft, create art prints with junk, and make a glow-in-the-dark firefly jar. Find out more about this program by following this link.
Climb a rock wall: With the return of the warmer weather comes the return of Open Climb at the Urban Ecology Center at Riverside Park. Every Sunday from 2:00-4:00, anyone over age 6 can try out their three story rock wall. They provide all of the equipment and trained belayers. It's $8.00 per kid and $10.00 per adult. Check it out here.
Maple Sugaring: Local nature centers are making the most of maple sugaring season this year. The Urban Ecology Center will hold a special event at their Riverside Park location on Saturday, April 5th called Sap to Syrup. You can learn about maple sugaring process and sample pancakes and syrup at the end! Find out more about it here.
If you're in it just for the sweet stuff, you can take a drive to beautiful Riveredge Nature Center in Saukville on Sunday morning, April 6th for their Maple Sugarin' Pancake Breakfast, featuring their very own 100% pure maple syrup. Read more about the deliciousness here.
Explore creepy crawly creatures - The Creepy Crawly Zoo visits Boerner Botanical Gardens April 6th. The "Bug Whisperer" Antonio Gustin will lead an afternoon in the historic Garden house learning about creepy but beneficial bugs from all over the country. Find out more about this program here.
On Sunday, April 27th, you can also take advantage of a rare opportunity to wade into the Milwaukee River using the Urban Ecology Center's equipment to explore the macro-invertebrate life that lives there. Check out this link to find out more.
Celebrate Earth Day: All of the Nature Centers are celebrating Earth Day on Saturday, April 26th and Sunday, April 27th. Check out the Open House at Wehr Nature Center in Franklin. They'll have recycled crafts, guided walks and performances by Kohl's Wild Theater. Schlitz Audubon Nature Center will also be celebrating with nature hikes, live birds, live music, canoeing, geocaching, recycled crafts and more. There will be community clean up events at Havenwoods State Forest, Urban Ecology Center and Wehr Nature Center, as well.
Check out our calendar for more details about Earth Day events and look for our Earth Day Guide coming out later this month!