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Gena Garrett

Phone: (812) 479-0771
Extension: 102
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Second Thursday Science Program

Children ages 10-14 will explore nature and science through themed lessons incorporating hands-on activities, experiments, and outdoor experiences. Classes will meet on the second Thursday of each month. Children can attend one, a few, or all of the scheduled classes. We offer sessions at two times: 

1:00 – 2:30  
6:00 – 7:30

While the program is perfect for homeschoolers, it is open to any child. This is a drop-off program, though parents and siblings are welcome to visit the nature center and trails during class time. Parents and siblings who stay must pay the admission fee or present a valid membership card. 

The fee is $4 members / $5 nonmembers per class for the first child, $4 members / $5 nonmembers for the second enrolled sibling, and $3 members / $5 nonmembers for each additional enrolled sibling. Registration and payment must be received no later than the Tuesday before each class, but classes typically fill fast so plan accordingly. Due to the popularity of the program, we cannot hold spots without payment. To register, please contact Gena (information above.)

January 12 – The Dirt on Dirt
February 9 – Underground World
March 9 – Nature’s Clean Up Crew
April 12 – Magnificent Moss
May 11 – Ecosystem in a Jar

Download Second Thursday Registration Form


Third Thursday Science Program

Children ages 4 – 6 and 7 – 9 will explore nature and science through themed lessons incorporating hands-on activities, experiments, and outdoor experiences. Classes will meet on the third Thursday of each month. Children can attend one, a few, or all of the scheduled classes. We offer sessions at four times: 

10:30 – 12:00
1:00 – 2:30 
3:30 – 5:00 
6:00 – 7:30

While the program is perfect for homeschoolers, it is open to any child. This is a drop-off program, though parents and siblings are welcome to visit the nature center and trails during class time. Parents and siblings who stay must pay the admission fee or present a valid membership card. 

The fee is $4 members / $5 nonmembers per class for the first child, $4 members / $5 nonmembers for the second enrolled sibling, and $3 members / $5 nonmembers for each additional enrolled sibling. Registration and payment must be received no later than the Tuesday before each class, but classes typically fill fast so plan accordingly. Due to the popularity of the program, we cannot hold spots without payment. To register, please contact Gena (information above.)

January 19 – The Dirt on Dirt
February 16 – Underground World
March 16 – Nature’s Clean Up Crew
April 20 – Magnificent Moss
May 18 – Ecosystem in a Jar

Download Third Thursday Registration Form


Junior Indiana Master Naturalist Program

Wesselman Woods is pleased to announce we will be offering the Junior Indiana Master Naturalist class for ages 9 – 13 beginning August 30. Students will meet once a week for ten weeks on Tuesdays from 4:00 – 6:00 PM.

The Junior Indiana Master Naturalist program is an introductory program of nature discovery for children ages 9-13. Participants are introduced to Indiana’s natural heritage through topics including native animals, native plants, land use, water quality, human impact on natural resources and others.  Course activities will consist of hands-on projects, animal encounters, and outdoor explorations and follow curriculum and guidelines established by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Upon completion of at least eight of the ten course sessions and six hours of volunteer work at any natural resources property, participants can become certified as Junior Indiana Master Naturalists and receive a certificate of completion and a patch.

Class sessions will meet at a variety of local natural sites which may include Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve, Howell Wetlands, Pigeon Creek, and Eagle Slough Natural Area. Parents will be responsible for arranging transportation to and from each week’s site.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Contact Gena by replying or by calling 812 479-0771 ext 102.  The fee is $60 per child for the ten-week course, and the registration form below and payment are due on or before August 23. Class will meet from 4 – 6 PM on Tuesdays, August 30 – November 1. For more information about the statewide Junior IMN program visit: http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/files/sp-imn-jr-overview.pdf

Download Registration Form Here 


Field & Lab Methods Course: Forest Ecology

The Field & Lab Methods Course for students ages 10 – 14 will be held at Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve this semester, with a focus on forest ecology. Students who have previously taken the field & lab methods course will be able to attend without repeating a significant amount of material.

Participants will be introduced to a range of scientific field and lab methods, including:
>> creating and surveying an outdoor study plot
>> use of microscopes and other field and lab equipment
>> recording, analyzing, graphing, and reporting data
>> identifying plant and animal species

Enrolled students should have an understanding of multiplication, division, and percentages, and will be asked to make field notes and create graphs.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Email Gena Garrett at [email protected]ciety.org with questions. The fee is $60 per child for the ten-week course. Class will meet from 10 AM – 12 PM on Tuesdays, August 30 – November 1.

Download Registration Form Here