Events & Programs


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Schott Nature PlayScape Programs

We offer a variety of programs in the Marge & Charles Schott Nature PlayScape, recommended for children 12 and under with an adult. All programs are weather-dependent. 

Members free; nonmembers pay daily admission. 

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Animal Bone Mysteries

Saturday, September 21, 10-11:30 am

Pop out to the Nature PlayScape to learn all about animal bones and skulls! Check out some of our most mysterious bone specimens and then try your hand at excavating bones in our digging area. Free; nonmembers pay daily admission.


Life Under a Log

Saturday, September 28, 10-11:30am

Join the search for the little creatures that call old logs home! Borrow our naturalist’s bug catchers, magnifying glasses, and shovels, then head out into the Nature PlayScape to see what you can find. We’ll also make a special critter craft to take home. Suitable for all ages. Free for all for the Great Outdoor Weekend.


Enchanted Forest Creations

Saturday, October 12, 3-4:30 pm

Help bring a little bit of magic (and mischief) to the Nature PlayScape as we design fairy, elf, and gnome houses. Builders collect their own natural materials in the PlayScape and then construct whatever their imaginations can dream up! Drop-in.  Suitable for all ages. Free; nonmembers pay daily admission.


S’mores in the Nature PlayScape

Saturday, November 9, 3-4 pm

It’s never too late in the year to enjoy s’mores! Drop in to the Nature PlayScape to make a free campfire treat and get fueled up to play. Suitable for all ages. Free; nonmembers pay daily admission.

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Weekly PlayScape Fun! 


Preschool Storytime

Tuesday, July 30, 10-10:30 am

Join us for a unique outdoor storytime in the Nature PlayScape. Our story expert will lead will lead finger plays, songs and read nature-themed books. Each week is a new nature topic. No preregistration required. Free; nonmembers pay daily admission. This event is great for ages 2-6. 


Crafty Tuesdays

Tuesday, July 23, 10-10:30 am

Tuesday, August 6, 10-10:30 am

Spend the morning gathering inspiration from nature and creating something beautiful! Each week, we will do a new nature-inspired craft that each child can take home. All materials are provided. No preregistration required. Free: nonmembers pay daily admission. The program is great for kids 4-8, but all are welcome. 


Toddler Stories and Songs

Wednesday, July 24, 11:30 am -12 pm

Wednesday, July 31, 11:30 am -12 pm

Pop out to the Nature PlayScape with your toddler for a little bit of nature fun. Listen to stories and songs under the trees and then stay and play in our early childhood area! This program is geared for toddlers ages 9-30 months. No registration required. Free; nonmembers pay daily admission. 


Water Experiments

Saturday, August 10, 1-2:30 pm

Calling all aspiring scientists! Cool off with an afternoon of splashing fun water experiments in the Nature PlayScape. Stay and play in our water features after the program! Drop in anytime between 1-2:30 pm. No preregistration required. Free; nonmembers pay daily admission. Great for ages 5-8, but all are welcome.

For more information, contact:, (513) 831-1711, ext. 137