Nature Play Programs

Registration for Summer 2024 Kestrels will open on April 17.

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 10-class package.

Summer 2024

Dates: Weekly classes run June 14-August 23 (No Kestrels July 5)

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

Cost per 10-class package: $115 members | $135 non-members
Returning Kestrels family? Please note the price increase reflects the extended 10-week session.

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