Family Programs

These programs are intended to provide special one-on-one time for you and your child. Adult participation is required.

Spring Programs

Toddler looking at a turtle

Little Explorers

Age: 2-5 years

Go on hiking adventures with our naturalists, play games and discover the fun that can be had outdoors. Spaces are limited. Dress for the weather and please wear a mask. All children must be accompanied by an adult.



Beekeeper Q&A

Age: 5+

Did you know that a worker bee makes only 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime? Discover more fascinating facts about honeybees with our volunteer beekeeper. Learn about the gear needed to successfully keep bees, the importance of honeybees and local pollinators and get all your buzzing questions about honeybees answered. Honey samples to taste after the program will be available.  


Hikers enjoy the first preserve

Families Outside

Age: 3+

Explore the habitats of the John Hayes Forest Preserve with naturalist led nature outings that will help you and your family enjoy the wonders surrounding the center. Adults and children must register and all children must be accompanied by an adult.