Friends of the Domes

Family Education Center at The Domes

Children & Families

The Domes are a pillar to the education of Milwaukee and the surrounding communities. The FOD Education Program's goal is to provide powerful experiences to our visitors and members with the use of this deeply unique and globally diverse facility. We look forward to welcoming members of our plant-loving community to the Domes and other venues across the greater Milwaukee area for fun-filled workshops and classes.

Activity Adventure Kits

The Friends of the Domes bring children and families our at-home Activity Adventure Kits! We compiled engaging activities and tools for nature exploration - all of which come in a brand new sling bag with the FOD Logo! Each kit focuses your child on a subject to explore in your home, your backyard, or your neighborhood. This can save you money, time, and frustration while keeping you safer at home. Curbside pick up is provided for free. Mr. Pete will contact you to schedule curbside pickup on either a Tuesday from 2-4pm or a Saturday from 10am-12pm.

Available Kits:

  • Backyard Bug Buddies, Option 1: $55
  • Backyard Bug Buddies, Option 2: $25
  • Growing With My Garden, Option 1: $65
  • Growing With My Garden, Option 2: $30
  • Backyard Nature Detective, Option 1: $40
  • Backyard Nature Detective, Option 2: $20
  • Beginning Birding, Option 1: $60
  • Beginning Birding, Option 2: $30

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Our Friends of the Domes staff assembled these kits after filming “A Nature Moment with Mr. Pete” videos for the “Domes @ Home” webpage. We wanted to give kids an opportunity to explore “beyond” what they can make with what is often found in the home. Each kit has activities they can explore by themselves or share with the family. They will be able to start or continue exploring the incredible world of nature right in your backyard!

Kits will be distributed via curbside pickup at the Mitchell Park Domes.

Thank you for supporting Friends of the Domes Education Programming!

FOD Education Workshops Cancellation and Refund Policy: Registrants may cancel workshop registrations up to one week in advance of the workshop and receive 75% of the original price. Cancellations made after this time are nonrefundable. Cancellations made 3 weeks prior to the workshops will be refunded 100%. Note: this cancellation policy applies to Adult Education Workshops only.

For more information about refunds or about our workshops, contact the Education Director at ericaputman.fod@milwaukeedomes.org

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Activity &

Backyard Bug Buddies

I made many cool discoveries in my youth and that has definitely carried over into my adulthood. With this Activity Adventure Kit, your child can explore the amazing world of insects and other invertebrates right from your backyard.  I remember collecting bumblebees from our rose bush and the mayflies aligning the outside walls at the local grocery store. The cool thing about insects is that they are almost everywhere.  You may not appreciate all of them, but since they are the largest group of organisms on the planet, I hope you will tolerate some and guide your child into the amazing world that we share!

Backyard Bug Buddies Option 1:

Backyard Bug Buddies Option 1

Includes:

  • Take along guide: Caterpillars, Bugs & Butterflies
  • Insect & Butterfly Net
  • Bug Viewer
  • Incredible Insect Project
  • Backyard Bug Memory Game
  • Coloring Sheets (4)
  • Domes Sticker
  • Cinch Bag with FOD Logo

Backyard Bug Buddies Option 2:

Backyard Bug Buddies Option 2

Includes:

  • Bug Viewer
  • Incredible Insect Project
  • Backyard Bug Memory Game
  • Coloring Sheets (4)
  • Domes Sticker
  • Cinch Bag with FOD Logo

Backyard Nature Detective

Everybody’s backyard is different. You might be surprised what you will find in yours. We are part of the natural world, so get outside, explore, play, and learn. Let your curiosity run wild! Get dirty. Watch the changes of the seasons. See what plants and animals visit your yard. If you are quiet enough or figure out where to look, you may even spy the animal itself! From bugs, birds, mammals, and more - the possibilities are endless. Are you ready to be a nature detective? Well, your backyard is there just waiting for you to come on out and explore! Enjoy yourself!

Backyard Nature Detective, Option 1:

Includes:

  • Magnifying Glass
  • Magnifying Bug Box
  • Animal Track Identifier Project
  • Weather Window Cloud Identifier Project 
  • "One Small Square" Book 
  • Backyard Bingo Activity 
  • Coloring Sheets (4)
  • Domes Sticker
  • Cinch Bag with FOD Logo

Backyard Nature Detective, Option 2:

Includes: 

  • Magnifying Glass
  • Magnifying Bug Box
  • Animal Track Identifier Project
  • Backyard Bingo Activity 
  • Coloring Sheets (4)
  • Domes Sticker
  • Cinch Bag with FOD Logo

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Adventure Kits

Growing With My Garden

Back home in Michigan, my mother planted many vegetables throughout my youth. I remember the taste of fresh carrots, green beans, and the flowers that produced our pumpkins. She planted Marigolds with vibrant colors that still radiate in my mind. Growing up in my garden influenced my love and appreciation of nature. With this Activity Adventure Kit your child’s garden adventure can begin today! From growing herbs & flowers to discovering wildflowers and how a seed grows.  This kit will surely give your child a taste of the gardener’s world and appreciation for the natural world we live in! “The earth laughs in flowers”. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Growing with my Garden Option 1:

Growing with my Garden Option 1

Includes:

  • Wildflower Blooms & Blossoms Take Along Guide
  • Kids Gardening Tote
  • Root Observation Station Project
  • Herb Garden Greenhouse Project
  • Butterfly Garden Starter Project
  • Garden Plants Memory Game
  • Seed Necklace Project
  • Coloring Sheets (4)
  • Domes Sticker
  • Cinch Bag with FOD Logo

Growing With My Garden Option 2:

Growing With My Garden Option 2

Includes:

  • Root Observation Station Project
  • Herb Garden Greenhouse Project
  • Butterfly Garden Starter Project
  • Garden Plants Memory Game
  • Seed Necklace Project
  • Coloring Sheets (4)
  • Domes Sticker
  • Cinch Bag with FOD Logo

Beginning Birding

The cool thing about birds is that you can find them almost anywhere. 400 different types of birds have been found in Wisconsin. With about 250 birds seen on a regular basis, you will have many birds to attract, observe and get to know! Who knows who might show up in your yard? Are you ready to be a Beginning Birder? Well, your backyard is there just waiting for you to come on out and explore! Make sure you enjoy yourself. “Birds are neat, birds are fun! Watch them fly, look at them runnnnn”!

Beginning Birding, Option 1:

Includes:

  • Build Your Own Bird Feeder Project
  • Humming Bird Feeder Project
  • Bird View Window Clings
  • Children's Binoculars
  • Take Along Guide: Birds, Nests, and Eggs
  • Birding Bingo Activity
  • Coloring Sheets (4)
  • Cinch Bag with FOD Logo

Beginning Birding, Option 2:

Includes:

  • Build Your Own Bird Feeder Project
  • Humming Bird Feeder Project
  • Take Along Guide: Birds, Nests, and Eggs
  • Birding Bingo Activity
  • Coloring Sheets (4)
  • Cinch Bag with FOD Logo

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