Wonderment-ElijahWhat better place is there to learn and connect than in a woodland, a prairie, or a wetland? Therein live some of the finest teachers to be found and at Seno, we have them in abundance.

We have science-based learning opportunities for all ages – because it is just as important for grown-ups to get outside as it is for the kids!  Discover the programming we offer for schools, youth groups, families and those interested in expanding their naturalist knowledge base. Whether you’re coming to visit Seno Woodland Center, or learning in your local park, no matter the season there is always something to do outside!

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Seno K/RLT Conservancy
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Natural Science School Programs

One way to experience our programs is through our Community Outreach Program where our naturalist will visit you and your students at a nearby park in your area. The other is through a field trip to the Seno Woodland Center located in Burlington, Wisconsin.

Community Outreach Program

WATERshed program YMCA group
Our Community Outreach Program provides a unique opportunity to include environmental education in your students’ day. Our naturalist will visit you and your students with a variety of nature-based activities for participants to uncover the wonders of the natural world around them in your own local parks. These new programs create exciting learning experiences for ages 4-12. Each Community Outreach Program lasts 1 hour.

Offered in partnership with:

Southport Park Association logo
Kenosha Parks Alliance logo
Watershed Program of Southeast Wisconsin, Inc logo

Field Trips

Field Trip programs are science-based and conform to the Core Curriculum Standards as much as possible. We also believe in the essential nature of discovery, exploration, and relationship-building within the context of the natural world. These programs also are more in-depth.

students on a field trip
Field Trip programs vary by season so there is always something to do here at the Seno Woodland Center to get your class engaged with nature and our natural resources.

All Field Trip programs include a hike to explore the woods and/or prairies unless the weather makes that impossible. Dress for being outside and for the weather. Many programs also involve a “make-and-take.”

If you are spending the day with us, feel free to bring your lunch. We have a carry-in and carry-out policy. That means what you bring with you, leaves with you.

Click here to download a copy of the Seno Field Trips Flyer 2021.

Programs Offered

Each program described below specifies whether it is offered as both a Community Outreach Program and as a Field Trip or only as a Field Trip.

Booking Information: Email Nancy Carlson at to learn more about program options and booking a program with us.

Follow Your Senses

Ages 4 – 6
Community Outreach Program (1 hour) or Field Trip

Children love to explore in the natural world! Natural things come in many different shapes, sizes, colors, textures, odors, tastes and sounds. Join us as we learn about the different things in nature through a variety of sensory experiences. These exploratory and sensory activities will get participants to follow their curiosity and get an up-close look in their natural environments.

Art in Nature

Ages 4 – 12
Community Outreach Program (1 hour) or Field Trip

Nature is art! Join us on an adventure as we practice observation skills through outdoor art-making activities. Participants will create a reflective art project that connects them with their experiences and discoveries in their own neighborhood. Students will practice observation skills through outdoor art-making activities. We will explore through drawings by using natural mediums found in nature, finding nature’s patterns, and/or design mini environments for animals.

Wisconsin State Standards: Art is an essential part of a comprehensive education in Wisconsin. The 2019 Wisconsin Standards for Art and Design provides a set of academic standards for schools to consider using in developing their own curriculum. The overall focus of art and design as an art form is to build students’ skills and knowledge through multiple opportunities to explore and develop skills and knowledge through four artistic processes: Create, Present, Respond, and Connect.

Fundamental concepts of artistic techniques, critical thinking, and creative expression beginning in the elementary levels. Critical thinking, skill building, and expressing and communicating ideas, feelings, and concepts in greater depth at the secondary levels.

Down To Earth

Ages 7 – 12
Community Outreach Program (1 hour) or Field Trip

Where does soil come from? Join us for this interactive program as we unearth the wonders of soil and who make their homes there. Students will participate in an inquiry-based program to uncover soil’s role as the foundation of all life. We will take a close look at decomposers and dig into a worm bin to learn about their important role in nature’s cycle.

Next Generation Science Standards Disciplinary Core Ideas:
3-LS1-1. From molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes – Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles, but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.

5-LS2-1. Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics – Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.

Land of Ice and Fire

Ages 11 – 14
Field Trip only

An interactive journey into Wisconsin’s geology and glacial land formations.

Next Generation Science Standards Disciplinary Core Ideas:
Disciplinary Core Ideas in Earth and Space Science ESS1.C, ESS2.D, ESS3.D,
Disciplinary Core Ideas in Physical Science PS2.A, PS2.B, PS3.C

Next Generation Science Standards Crosscutting Concepts Statements Grades 6-8:
Explanations of stability and change in natural or designed systems can be constructed by examining the changes over time and forces at different scales.
Small changes in one part of a system might cause large changes in another part.
Stability might be disturbed either by sudden events or gradual changes that accumulate over time.
Stability might be disturbed either by sudden events or gradual changes that accumulate over time.

Maple Sugaring

Ages 7 – 14
Field Trip only

A seasonal program offered in March with a focus on natural resources and Native American traditions and history. The traditions of maple sugaring have long been a part of Wisconsin’s history for many centuries. This program focuses on the process of making maple syrup, and the rich Native American history behind this tradition. Participants will learn tree identification, how to properly tap a maple tree, learn to process of sap-to-syrup, and traditional sugaring techniques.