Warner Nature Center closing, offers pristine lakes, wildlife corridors
Article in the White Bear Press by Angie Hong
“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.” With those words, Alison Rempel Brown, president and CEO of the Science Museum of Minnesota, broke the news to staff and volunteers that a 52-year tradition will be coming to an end. Warner, the oldest nature center in Minnesota, has inspired thousands of children and adults to study and protect the woods and waters in our area. The property is also home to pristine lakes, wildlife corridors, and countless natural treasures.
In 1957, the Amherst Wilder Foundation purchased two square miles of land in northern Washington County from the May family with an agreement that the land would never be divided or sold for development. After purchasing the land, Wilder Foundation worked with the Science Museum of Minnesota to begin creating outdoor science and nature programming. Eventually, the museum was given exclusive rights to operate 385 acres of the land as a nature center. Summer programming began in 1965 and the first school groups began visiting in 1967.