Nature Play Programs

Registration is now open for Spring 2024 Kestrels.

Nature play is at the heart of learning at Great Lakes Aquarium. At 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.

Kestrels is a drop-off program open to children ages 5-10. Registration is available for individual dates or the 8-class package.

Spring 2024

Dates: Weekly classes run March 8-April 26

Session time: Fridays 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Cost per 8-class package: $90 members | $105 non-members

Cost per individual class: $13 members | $15 non-members
Email Elleyna at to request a scholarship application.

Questions? Contact Elleyna Igo for more information at 218-740-2010 or