Youth and Family Programming

Adventures await... enjoy unique experiences that teach, engage and connect your family to the natural world! Get ready to explore with our Adventure and Discovery Backpacks, get up close and personal with our turtles during Turtle Tuesdays, grab a Walkie-Talkie and Check in with our Educators-on-Call during your adventure, listen and learn during our Preschool Story Times and have fun as a family during our Family Fun Nights and Seasonal Celebrations! And, don't forget our fall favorite for a decade - Trick or Tweet!

CURBSIDE Adventure and Discovery Backpacks - Get Ready to Explore! 

Want to grab an adventure and go? Ready to see what you can discover? The center offers a variety of nature-themed backpacks for you and your family! Our Adventure Backpacks are geared to school-aged children and our Discovery Backpacks are geared to you and your little one (preschoolers). Usually you can stop by the front desk to check one of these backpacks out; however, in promoting keeping everyone safe and due to the center closing as of 11/20/2020 due to the stay at home advisory, please be sure to sign up for a backpack by clicking here to register ! During this time limited backpacks will be available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm (10 am - 11:30 am only Saturdays) until December 23rd. Families will be able to check out a backpack for an hour and a half at a time, you can call us at your pick up time and our staff will bring your backpack to the center entrance before you head out to enjoy your activities in the surrounding park. Adults will just need to leave an id with our staff person until each bag is returned. Pre-registration is required, items in the bag will be sanitized before your arrival and again after the bags are returned.

Current Backpack Option through December 23rd: Bird Study Adventure Backpacks, Art in Nature Discovery Backpacks

Preschool Story Time at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center

We're bringing back our virtual Preschool Story Time on our Facebook page on Thursdays at 10:00 am during the month of December.  


Please follow us on social media or check with local news stations for information regarding closings due to inclement weather or Covid-19, special events or emergencies. Thank you!


Upcoming Seasonal Celebrations 

Join us as we welcome each new season throughout the year!  

Fall Into Fun - Family Fun Night - Friday, September 18th from 6-8 pm! Click here to register!

Families, fall into fun by starting the season off right with activities, crafts, games and stories to welcome the new season. Stick around to see the ceremonial changing of the bird on Friday, September 18th during our 6-7 pm session - which bird will it be? And don't worry, during our 7-8 pm session, we'll pay special tribute to our seasonal bird.  Due to our current limited numbers, please be sure to sign up for either the 6-7 pm session or the 7-8 pm session. Activities and fun will be found at stations geared toward families with preschool and school-aged children so bring the family, stay socially distanced from others and join the fun!

Fall Into Fun - Saturday Self-Guided Seasonal Celebration Drop-In, Saturday, September 19th from 10 am - noon!

Families with preschoolers, fall into fun by starting the season off right with self-guided activities, crafts, games and stories to welcome the new season. We'll also pay special tribute to our seasonal bird during each session. Activities and fun will be found at stations to help our visitors stay socially distanced from others.

Virtual Winter Solstice - Family Fun Night - Monday, December 21st  7-7:45 pm! Check back for links to registration coming soon!

We're moving our Winter Warm Up to the night of Winter Solstice! Check back soon for updates regarding the event and registration information. We'll help your family celebrate the winter solstice from the comforts of your own home while bringing you scenes and activities from the Grange Insurance Audubon Center!


Trick or Tweet - Saturday, October 31st (geared toward families with preschoolers and children grades K-2)! Register Here!

Join us for a popular fall treat! Bring your preschoolers and children grades K-2 on Saturday, October 31st for some not-so-scary fun.  Costumes are fun and encouraged, especially for our costume parades throughout each event! Your children will delight in games, scavengers hunts, short hikes, crafts, read-alouds and even a snack to take home! Three sessions will be offered throughout the day 10-11 am, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm and 1-2 pm. 

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