Our Why

Our mission is to continue the legacy of Warner Nature Center for future generations. 

We are a group of concerned volunteers who love the Lee & Rose Warner Nature Center for its mission (to build lasting relationships between people and the natural world) and for its spirit that lives in the people, programs, and ecosystem. 


The Letter That Started It 

The letter is from Alison Rempel Brown who is the President and CEO of the Science Museum of Minnesota.

Dear Loyal Supporters,

I’m writing to inform you that the Warner Nature Center will be closing and winding down operations by the end of the year.

For 52 years, the Science Museum of Minnesota and Manitou Fund have worked together to operate the Warner Nature Center. The Manitou Fund has elected to end its partnership agreement with the museum on December 31, 2019. The Manitou Fund is exploring options for how best to preserve and use the land and facilities going forward, including for future generations, though no specific plans are in place at this time.

While it is truly difficult to say goodbye, both the Science Museum and the Manitou Fund are extremely grateful to every supporter who has dedicated his or her time and financial support over the years. Together, we have shared the joy of environmental learning and of positively impacting thousands of children’s lives.

This land holds a special place in the hearts of many, including mine. Please be assured that the museum remains committed to providing science learning experiences that build lifelong connections to the natural world.

The Warner Nature Center will honor its cherished legacy of outdoor education during the Fall Color Blast on Sunday, Oct. 6 from 1:00 pm -5:00 pm. I hope you’ll consider joining us for this special send off. More information about this event and transition updates can be found on the Warner Nature Center website.


Alison Rempel Brown
President and CEO

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