Made possible by a generous $5,000 award from the American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation to the Foundation for Dane County Parks, the team at Lussier Family Heritage Center will be launching a new environmental educational program during the summer of 2021 called Junior Naturalists. 

The program will prepare two cohorts of youth, ages 11-14, as future leaders in conservation and natural resource management through hands-on exploration of the flora and fauna in our parks. Participants will explore prairies, woodlands and wetlands in William G. Lunney Lake Farm Park, and learn about the many wildlife species that make their home there.

The Foundation is proud to provide support to the Junior Naturalists program as part of our mission to promote people's use, connection and access to nature. Providing opportunities for youth to learn about and connect to nature can spark a life-long interest in the outdoors and serves to strengthen our community's ties to the Dane County Parks System.

Thank you, Dreams Foundation, for their commitment to educational equity in learning and academic achievement and support of our Foundation.

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Junior Naturalists Program

The Junior Naturalists program is a youth summer program designed to prepare future leaders in conservation through exploration in our parks.

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