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Seven Ponds Field Tours

We offer field tours to many interesting places each year. To receive information about the nature center's tours,
call 810-796-3200.


Acadia Natural History Field Tour
The Crown Jewel of the North Atlantic Coast
June 9 – 14, 2019


Come along with us as we explore the weathered, pink granite coastline of Maine in Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island. The second largest island on the eastern seaboard, Mount Desert got its name from the French explorer Samuel Champlain who called it “Island of Bare Mountains”. The Wabanaki people knew the island as Pemetic, “the sloping land”. Both names describe the rugged beauty that was fashioned by magma, glaciers and ocean, thus creating beautiful mountain vistas, forested valleys, streams, and fjord-like lakes. Though the magma and glaciers are done with their work, the ocean
is busy shaping and reshaping the rocky coast of Acadia. During our adventure, we will discover what makes Acadia a coastal wonderland as we hike trails with spectacular views, travel by horse and carriage on some of the park’s historic carriage roads, and venture out into the ocean to learn about, and hopefully see, the giant mammals that make the sea their home. Acadia, the oldest national park east of the Mississippi River, is a botanist, geologist, birder, and photographer’s dream. Click here for the full itinerary and if you have further questions, please email Carrie at cspencer@sevenponds.org. Tour fee: $1,490 ($1,460 for Seven Ponds members)

"Monsoon Magic" in Southeast Arizona
Hummingbirds and a Whole Lot More!
August 15 – 23, 2019

Mid-August may seem like a strange time to visit Arizona, but for birders it’s the perfect time to find over a hundred birds unique to the southwest, including many species that cannot be found anywhere else in the U.S. Further, the late summer monsoon rains result in the “second spring” - a greening of the desert and a resurgence of bird activity. Much of our tour will be spent at upper elevations, where summer temperatures are moderate, and – in many cases – may be cooler than the hot, humid conditions in the Midwest. Click here for the full itinerary and if you have questions, please call Daryl Bernard at 810-796-3200 or email dbernard@sevenponds.org. Tour fee: $2,200. Registration for members is on April 2, 2019 at 9:00 am and for the general public on April 3, 2019 at 9:00 am.

FALL COLORS OF TURKEY RUN STATE PARK INDIANA
October 21 - 25, 2019

Join us as we experience the fall colors of Indiana’s Turkey Run State Park. Now, I know what you’re going to say, “Indiana, really?” Well, if you’ve never been to Turkey Run you don’t know what you’re missing. Adventuring through sandstone gorges, the stunning autumn colors from virgin beech-maple stands and some of the largest black walnut trees in the Midwest will all be a part of our experience. Exploring glacier formed landscape where walking fern, Canada yew, and other mosses, ferns and lichens call home, will be like hiking through time. Floating in a canoe down Sugar Creek, which cuts through the park, under historic covered bridges, and seeing the golden sycamore leaves mirrored in the water is not a bad way to spend a day. Spend the evening being serenaded by the wolves of Wolf Park after spending the day at Purdue Arboretum. With all of the natural beauty and history of Turkey Run State Park this trip will not disappoint! The cost is $910 for members and $940 for non-members. Click here for the full itinerary and if you have questions please call the nature center at 810-796-3200 or email Cathy at cwesley@sevenponds.org or Carrie at cspencer@sevenponds.org