adult naturalistsKids shouldn’t get to have all the fun! Try our program series as we bring adult-level instruction and a child-like sense of wonder together. Deepen your understanding of the natural world with crafts and outdoor experiences led by Museum Naturalists and local experts. Tell us what YOU want to do next!


2017 Fall Programs

Thursday, December 14

Christmas Tree Basket (Adult Naturalist Program)

Join instructor Jean Carryl to craft this fun basket. You will love this medium-sized circular wooden-based basket. It will be made with a simple start/stop, over/under weave, using natural and colored reed. It will be embellished by weaving 3 simple, green Christmas trees to the front of your basket. It is adorable!  9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Cable Natural History Museum. Space is limited. Register online at or call 715-798-3890 by December 7. $43 member/$48 non-member.



Thursday, December 14

CNHM Dinner Lecture: The Fluency of Our Inland Sea; Exploring Physics in Large Lakes (Adult Naturalist Program)

Join Jay Austin as he describes how Lake Superior, one of the largest lakes in the world, has been shown to be sensitive to climate change. What have we observed in this lake over the last several decades? What are the consequences? Austin is a Professor and Head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UMD and holds a joint appointment at the Large Lakes Observatory. Meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Rookery Pub. You may also join us for dinner and conversation after the presentation. Register online at or call 715-798-3890 by December 13. $5 member/$10 non-member.


2018 Winter Programs

Wild about Winter Ecology (Wisconsin Master Naturalist Advanced Training)

Graduates of the Wisconsin Master Naturalist program are invited to spend a cozy winter weekend at Forest Lodge learning about nature in winter with Master Naturalist Instructor Emily Stone. The training begins at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday.  Wildlife ecologists Sarah Boles and Adrian Wydeven will present an indoor and outdoor workshop on animal tracking. We’ll spend an afternoon with retired fish biologist Dave Neuswanger investigating Lake Namakagon through the ice, dissecting fish, and examining plankton. Our final morning will focus on the ecology of Fairyland State Natural Area with natural resources professor Jon Martin. Enjoy evenings listening to guest speakers and socializing in front of the fireplace. All meals are included. Registration cost is $200 with lodging at the historic Gatehouse and $135 for commuters. Register online at by January 15. This workshop provides 16 hours of Master Naturalist Advanced Training!

View a complete schedule here:  Winter Ecology schedule

Contact Emily Stone with questions: or 715-798-3890

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  • Click on the Register Online button at the top right of this or any page.
  • Scroll down to the Wild About Winter Ecology programs.
  • Choose either the commuter or overnight option and click on it.
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Read our Participation Agreement and our Waiver Agreement here, and sign the waivers online when you register for a program.