Public Programs

The Lussier Family Heritage Center offers a number of public education programs to help you learn more about nature and get outside to explore! Click on a program below to learn more or check out our event calendar to see what events are coming up.

Event Calendar

Fishing Lessons

Youth Adventure Programs

Do your kids love exploring and trying new things? Bring them out to our kids adventure programs, open to the public! We offer several one time programs to help kids explore our parks and try out outdoor recreation activities. No prior experience is necessary to sign up.  These activities are offered throughout the year – visit our event calendar to see when they are offered and to sign up. 


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Plant identification

Story Time & Lil' Explorers 

Your preschooler loves to get their hands into everything, run around, and explore! Come help foster that sense of wonder with our Lil’ Explorers program at the Lussier Family Heritage Center. This program will target ages 3 - 6 and provide a space for them to engage with their outdoor environment.

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Get Outside kids looking at native plants

Scavenger Hunt

Each month we will put out a scavenger hunt on one of the trails near the Lussier Family Heritage Center. You can participate in the scavenger hunt challenge by finding all 10 of the signs and emailing us the secret phrase to win a prize. 


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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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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

Nature Fun at Home

Fun activities you can do at home or on your own or along our trails.



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Child hugging a tree

Summer Event Series

Join us for a summer series featuring:
- Presentations in the Park

- Movies in the Park

- Art in the Park

- Yoga in the Park

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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.