Educational Programs

Our education programs focus on equitable and inclusive access to environmental and outdoor education. The Lussier Family Heritage Center strives to provide nature based programming to youth who may not have access to our parks, natural areas, or environmental education.


Child hugging a tree

Public Programs and Events

- Lil' Explorers
- Scavenger Hunt
- Bumble Bee Brigade

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Check out our events calendar to learn about upcoming events

Event Calendar


Get Outside kids looking at native plants

Get Outside!

Partnership program with community centers to provide a connection to parks and natural areas in Dane County. This program focuses on youth ages 6-14 through long-term, ongoing engagement with outdoor and environmental education programming.


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Native Plants for School and Community Projects volunteer grower

Youth Environmental Leadership Experience

Summer program partnering with Boys & Girls Club highschool students to explore community and environmental issues through a series of field trips and hands-on activities.


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Native Plants for School and Community Projects volunteer grower

Conservation Art Contest

This is an educational scholarship competition and fundraiser for youth in grades six through twelve. Contest entries feature threatened or endangered species in Wisconsin. The top three contest winners receive scholarship awards for their artwork. 


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Prairie Learning Center


Visit our Prairie Learning Center trails and read the book along the trail. This fun, educational activity places the pages of a children's book along the trail. Each month the story will be changed. 


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Nature Play at Harvest Moon (John Adams)

About Us

The Lussier Family Heritage Center is part of Dane County Parks and the Dane County Land & Water Resources Department.  Our education program focuses on connecting and educating our community on the importance of the natural resources here in Dane County and beyond.  Dane County is incredibly unique due to the geology and landscape carved by glaciers or left untouched. The county is home to 69 named lakes and ponds, over 475 miles of streams and rivers, and more than 52,000 acres of wetlands.  Through workshops, experiences, hands-on trainings, and programs we hope to connect our community with the important natural resources in Dane County. The programs and educational opportunities we offer are guided by the needs of our community. To get involved as a community volunteer, visit our volunteer page.