Nature Play Programs

Two children posing on top of a huge mountain of snow.

Registration for Winter 2023 nature play programs is now open.

Nature play is at the heart of learning at Great Lakes Aquarium. At Chickadees and Kestrels, we emphasize learning through child-inspired and child-directed nature play experiences. Children are encouraged to let their curiosity guide their play as they climb, build forts, jump, examine rocks, and so much more. These types of free play experiences promote the development of observation and questioning skills, safe risk-taking, motor growth, creativity, language skills, empathy, and socio-emotional skills while promoting deep connections to nature…

Nature play programming is available for ages 4-10. Chickadees is a drop-off program open to children ages 4 – 6. Kestrels is a drop-off program open to children ages 7-10.

Chickadees Winter 2023 Dates: Weekly classes run January 4 – February 24

Chickadees is a weekly rain or shine outdoor drop-off program where we let nature and our imaginations be our guide as we play with and explore the natural world right outside the Aquarium doors.

Age: 4 – 6

Winter 2023 Dates: Weekly classes run January 4 – Febuary 24, 2023

Session options:
Wednesdays 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Fridays 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Cost (per 8-class package): $80 members | $96 non-members
Scholarships are available.

Kestrels Winter Dates: Weekly classes run January 5 – February 23

Kestrels is a weekly rain or shine outdoor drop-off program where we let nature and our imaginations be our guide as we play with and explore the natural world right outside the Aquarium doors.

Age: 7 – 10

Winter 2023 Dates: Weekly classes run January 5 – February 23

Session time: Thursdays from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Cost (per 8-class package): $80 members | $96 non-members
Scholarships are available.

Questions? Contact Ahna Neil for more information at 218-740-2010 or aneil@glaquarium.org.