I grew up in the Upper Midwest, and Minnesota has been my home for 40+ years – partly because I love winter and snow. Some of my all-time favorite times at Warner have been in the winter: taking children out on snowshoes and following animal tracks, viewing a deer carcass and talking about how difficult it can be for critters to find food year round, and especially introducing the kids to the Norwegian kicksleds and watching them careen around the course, yelling and laughing and enjoying the new activity.
I’ve been to Norway to cross country ski near Lillehammer, and have shared stories of schoolchildren using their sleds to get to school and having fun during recess, and their parents using kicksleds for errands in town. When I share these stories with the Warner school kids, I can see some eyes open a bit wider.....thinking about how children live and enjoy the outdoors in other parts of the world. I love those “open eyed” moments. That’s a big piece of what Warner has offered over these many years. I will really miss the enthusiasm, wonder and joy shared by the kids, teachers, staff, and volunteers at Warner Nature Center.
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