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Lake Katherine
In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.


Lake Katherine offers fun learning activities for the entire family. Specific programs, held at the Frank Passarelli Nature Center and preserve grounds, are available after school and on evenings and weekends.

Lake Katherine is the perfect year-round fieldtrip destination. Sessions offer different lessons and experiences, with naturalist-led programs lasting from one to two hours. Our naturalist is always willing to accommodate Scout troops, and leaders should call in advance with badge requirements. If you prefer, simply bring the family at your convenience and enjoy a self-guided tour of our nature center and grounds.

Don't miss our new adult classes - listed at the bottom of the page.


Special Summer Programs

CLICK HERE for our Summer Day Camp descriptions,
and CLICK HERE to view our Summer Fun classes.


Little Explorers
Preschoolers (ages 3-6) and their favorite adult exploring nature together. 
Pre-registration required.  Cost: $5

CLICK HERE to view our activities for the coming season!


Exploratory Thursdays
Discovery activities for kids K-2 that explore a featured subject through hands-on experiences.  Pre-registration required.  All listed below 3:45-4:45pm.  Cost: $5 

240 Worms April 3
241 Frogs and Tadpoles April 10
242 Natural Egg Dying April 17


Wednesday After School
Programs for school age children.  Part of your time will be spent outdoors so dress appropriately.  Pre-registration required.  All listed below 3:45-4:45pm.  Cost: $5

Animal Birthday Party Join us for our annual celebration for the animals at the nature center. We will clean and care for the animals, and have a special treat. Please bring fresh vegetables to share with the animals (items needed: tomatoes, parsley, bell peppers, dark greens)

212 K-3 Wed April 2nd

Natural Egg Dying Roots and beans, stalks and skins are used to make natural vegetable dyes. Join us as we concoct our colorful stew. This Easter celebrate with the dyes you learned to make to color your Easter eggs.

213 K-2 Wed April 9th
214 3-5 Wed April 16th

Earth Day Celebration We will be cleaning up Lake Katherine today, and then do a garden project where the kids will learn how to grow lettuce in a bag.                                                                                         

215 4-5 Wed April 30th


Adult Education Classes

CLICK HERE to see our offerings and get involved!




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