Early Childhood

Programs that Foster a Sense of Wonder

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Sharing nature with the very young is our passion at Wehr. We believe that young children learn best when they use their senses to experience the world around them and are encouraged to exercise their curiosity and creativity. Our early childhood programs are developmentally appropriate, incorporate literacy, art, and lots of opportunities for outdoor exploration.

I sincerely believe that for the child … it is not half so important to know as to feel. If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow. The years of early childhood are the time to prepare the soil.

-Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder

Opportunities for Your Preschool Child to Attend With Their Favorite Adult

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Little Wonders
A nature discovery program for 2 and 3 year olds to share with their favorite adult

Each session includes outside exploring time, songs, stories, art and a snack—all relating to a simple, nature subject. Little Wonders is designed to be a gentle introduction to group learning, with lots of opportunities for free choice, play and interactions with other children.
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NatureNauts
NatureNauts is a fun-filled nature program designed for 4 to 6 year olds and their favorite adult

Like astronauts who explore space, NatureNauts explore the natural world of their own back yard.  Each month’s theme is designed to give youngsters a positive introduction to our wonderful natural world. Sessions include stories, games, activities, songs, an outdoor experience, a take home craft, and a keepsake photo.  NatureNauts have met wild creatures up close and personal, “hugged a slug”, explored a snow cave, danced with dragonflies, and tapped a maple tree.  We look forward to helping you share our wonderful world with your own NatureNaut.
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Opportunities for Your Group of Preschoolers

Earth Roots
Establishing Connections With the Environment in Early Childhood

Earth Roots brings interactive, developmentally appropriate nature programs to your classroom, library, daycare or neighborhood park. Our naturalists will inspire your 3yr old to kindergarten aged children to love nature with programs that feature interactive story times, songs, games and art activities.  Literacy and math are woven into the science content, and outdoor experiences are incorporated as often as possible, whether in a Milwaukee County Park setting or on your own school site.

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Possum’s Adventures 

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Bring your preschool or K-4 classroom to Wehr Nature Center to discover Nature’s seasons. The program includes an interactive, seasonal story time about Possum and his friends, a sensory walk, visits with live animals, and time in the Early Childhood Play Space.

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Sharing Nature with Children

Wehr’s Early Childhood Nature Play Space

Toddlers and preschoolers will love to play and imagine in Wehr’s Early Childhood  Nature Play Space. It features rocks to climb over, a sand and rock area for digging and creating, a sensory garden, prairie grass maze, and a little Log Cabin perfect for playing house in.  Bring a snack and enjoy a day of fun!  (internal link to facilities page? or  should this blurb be there and just link over entirely?

Wonder how to get started sharing nature with your children? Read The Children & Nature Network booklet Together in Nature: Pathways to a Stronger, Closer Family