Animated and enlightening, these nature programs are a great way to experience the City's largest natural area. Come mingle with the wildlife through guided hikes and activities outdoors.

All nature programs will be held at the Rotary Nature Center located in the Wintergarden/St. John's Nature Preserve. Most programs are free, and open to all ages. Please remember to dress appropriately for the scheduled activity.

Upcoming Programs

Young Ones and Companions: September 14, 2022 10:00- 11:30 AM

Bring your young nature lover out for a visit to the nature preserve!  This program includes a story, a short nature hike, a snack and a craft.  Topics for this fall include foxes, spiders, trees and winter. For preschool children ages 3 to 5 and their adult companions and younger siblings. As a family friendly, program you are welcome to bring additional younger siblings along for the ride. $20 Resident | $26 Non-Resident Register here.

Nature Stewards: September 14, October 2, October 19, November 2, November 16

Come out to Wintergarden/St. John's Nature Preserve and help to care for the park! Along the way we will see and learn about the plants and wildlife we are helping. Activities include seed collecting, planting of seeds and transplants, removal of weeds and trail maintenance.  Activities may be cancelled if inclement weather prevents outdoor activities. Wearing long pants and sturdy shoes is advised. Free to participate. Register here.

Discovery Kits

Stop by the Rotary Nature Center, Mondays through Fridays, 8 am to 5 pm to pick up a Discovery Kit to take with you on your family hike. The kit contains children's binoculars, field guides, insect nets and exploration guidelines for "treading lightly."