Friends of the Domes

Education Center at The Domes

Family Education Programs

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.

Keep posted on upcoming events: here on our website, on our calendar, on social media, or become a member and receive our emails and member discounts on course admissions.

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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Family Programs

 

Children & Families

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 (4 kits are currently for sale):
Backyard Nature Detective, Option 1: $40
Backyard Nature Detective, Option 2: $20
Beginning Birding, Option 1: $60
Beginning Birding, Option 2: $30
 

Purchase Your Kit Today! Click Here

 

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

Purchase Your Kit Today! Click Here

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

 

Get your kit today! Click Here 

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!