WisCorps Nature Education

Overview

At WisCorps, we believe that a positive connection with nature is crucial to the development of children, youth, and adults through quality environmental education. WisCorps strives to foster appreciation and a sense of stewardship for the natural resources of the La Crosse community and surrounding area. Through positive, hands-on experiences in nature that are accessible to all, WisCorps aims to inspire meaningful, lasting relationships between individuals and the natural world. All of our programs are taught by a staff of professional educators, who are dedicated to continuous learning and growing.

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Nature School Day Camps

This week-long program provides children ages 4 to 6 with hands-on S.T.R.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, Math and Music) experiences during the school year. Each week has a different theme, with related educational activities, games, and stories that keep young minds and bodies in motion.

School Field Trips & Other Programs

WisCorps offers several options to assist local schools with teaching science and environmental education. Teachers should contact Steph Hanna, Environmental Education Manager, steph.hanna@wiscorps.org or 608-769-5766.

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The CritterMobile

We’re taking our critters and lessons on the road with the CritterMobile! The CritterMobile visits local schools to teach various lessons with the help of our critters. Lessons can be tailored to a class’s curriculum and can include outdoor games, crafts, and other engaging learning activities.

Summer Day Camps

Summer is one of the best times to discover and explore the wonders of our natural world! This summer, WisCorps is offering 30 sessions of Summer Day Camp, open to children of any ability from ages 3 to 12. Each nature-themed, week-long day camp offers children hands-on experiences in nature, through hikes, crafts, games, and other meaningful activities.

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Critter Kids Nature Playgroup

Through this once-a-week program, children ages 2 to 5 and their families connect with nature through outdoor activities, crafts, and meeting WisCorps’ critters. This program is reoccurring and lasts 1 ½ hours. Each week has a relevant theme and aims to get young children and families engaged in exploring the natural world together.  

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Programs for Families and Adults

WisCorps offers several FREE programs on a weekly and monthly basis for adults and families to connect with nature. 

Nature Parties with WisCorps

Why not have birthday cake with a snake? Nature-themed birthday parties are fun and educational! WisCorps’ 3-hour Birthday Party Package takes place in the Discovery Room and includes a 1-hour Naturalist program. There are a number of themes to choose from, including “Tantilizing Turtles”, “Butterfly Bonanza”, “Furry Friends”, and “Insect Investigators”.

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