Guided Programs

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. Our guided programs focus on equitable and inclusive access to environmental and outdoor education and are only available to specific groups and age ranges. Learn more about each program below. We also offer public programs and events that are open to all.


Fishing Lessons

Field Trips

Looking for an outdoor adventure and environmental education focused field trip? Our field trips are perfect for first-time outdoor experiences or well-seasoned participants.  Available for classes, camps, scout groups, homeschool groups, and more. Ages K-8. 


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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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Plant identification

Junior Naturalist

The Junior Naturalist program is a 4-week long summer program of fun-filled scientific discovery. Explore prairies, woodlands, and wetlands during each day’s activities; and we’ll learn about the wildlife that calls these wild spaces home. Ages 12 - 14 OR entering 7th - 9th grades


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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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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.