Family Day

Free for members, $10/family for non-members.

Announcing new programming for families on Third Saturdays in the summer.

Families, please join us for a special day of programming at Belwin! Naturalists, scientists, educators and others will lead kid-friendly excursions departing from Belwin's Wetlands Classroom, part of Belwin's Education Center (follow signs when you enter at 1553 Stagecoach Trail S.)

Schedule for Saturday, June 15

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.: The Watery World of Aquatic Insects at the Wetlands Classroom

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Turtle Tracking with Radio Telemetry, leaves from Wetlands Classroom by Bullrush Slough

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Sun Viewing in the Joseph J. Casby Observatory

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Turtle Tracking with Radio Telemetry, leaves from Wetlands Classroom by Bullrush Slough

Radio Telemetry. Naturalist Jim Rue shows how to use radio telemetry to discover turtle species found at Belwin Conservancy. He’ll also discuss restoration practices and the future of these reptiles.

Aquatic Investigations. Naturalist Natalie Spencer leads a program for elementary-aged children and their families. Come explore life under the pond water. Catch a dragonfly nymph and learn about the journey it goes through before taking flight. We will be spending most of our time on a floating dock using nets to catch these amazing water bugs, or aquatic macroinvertebrates. We may even catch a painted turtle. All children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.

Sun Viewing. Members of the Minnesota Astronomical Society will open the Joseph J. Casby Observatory from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. for sun viewing.

Explore the Grounds. As part of Summer Saturdays, explore Belwin's Education Center and its miles of rolling woodlands, prairie and wetland trails.

Blanding’s Turtle photo by Erica Hoaglund.


You do not need to register to attend this event.

Event Details

June 15th, 2019
from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Education Center's Wetlands Building
1553 Stagecoach Trail S.
Afton MN 55001

Open To

This event is open to Everyone

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