Seven Ponds Nature Center

A Nature Sanctuary and Environmental Education Center

Field Tours
Seven Ponds Nature Center’s natural history field tours are an excellent way to visit nature related destinations around the state, the country, or even the world. The tours feature experienced naturalist leaders and participants interested in learning about and enjoying the out-of-doors. Seven Ponds is pleased to offer the following field tours for 2017. To receive an itinerary for any of these tours, contact the center at 810-796-3200.

Les Cheneaux Islands Women’s Adventure

August 23 – 26, 2018

Registration for the Les Cheneaux is closed.

On this adventure we will discover the beauty and history of the Eastern Upper Peninsula as we hike, kayak, and cave through a dynamic landscape formed by ancient seas and glaciers. We will be exploring Drummond Island, the “Gem of the Huron”, and the Les Cheneaux Islands. We will experience the beauty of a rare and unusual grassland alvar; which is home to a unique mixture of arctic tundra and Great Plains prairie plant species. The dramatic limestone and dolomite rock ledges that make Drummond Island is a true gem. The Les Cheneaux are a 36 island archipelago, which were formed by retreating glaciers about 12,000 years ago, and were named “the channels” by the French. This stretch of the Lake Huron shoreline from the Les Cheneaux Islands to Drummond Island is one of the most scenic and ecologically diverse places in Michigan. It is rich in marshes, rocky peninsulas, sandy coves, sedge meadows, fens, and tamarack bogs. Bald eagles, loons, black terns, and sedge wrens all make their home in these wetlands.

We will be staying on the beautiful Lake Huron at the Cedar Campus. The campus is on two secluded peninsulas surround the Prentiss Bay, and has 500 acres and 6 miles of shoreline that will envelop us in the lake’s majesty. This journey will be an adventure led by a woman and for all women wanting to experience Michigan’s natural beauty. The fee for this trip is $895.00 ($865.00 for Seven Ponds members).

For more information, contact Carrie Spencer at (810) 796-3200 or via e-mail at
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Winter Birding in the Land of Enchantment!

December 7-14, 2018

From the spectacle of thousands of Sandhill Cranes, Snow Geese, and Ross’s Geese at famed Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, three species of rosy-finches found at the snow-capped peak of Sandia Crest, desert birds at Embudito Canyon, pinyon-juniper and ponderosa pine birds in the Magdalena Mountains, to the wide variety of loons, grebes, and gulls found at Elephant Butte Lake, winter birding in New Mexico is considered a must-do trip for many North American birders.

Join us for a mid-winter birding tour in New Mexico: the Land of Enchantment. Mild weather, wintering birds, and high mountain peaks make this a fantastic winter birding destination. New Mexico ranks 5th among U.S. states for number of bird species recorded – with only California, Texas, Arizona, and Florida listing more birds. The Rio Grande cuts a green swath through an otherwise arid landscape, acting as a magnet for both migrant and resident birds. Large reservoirs further attract birds such as waterfowl, loons, grebes, gulls, cranes, herons, and more – all drawn to this oasis in the desert. And Sandia Crest just east of Albuqueque holds winter populations of three highly sought after birds: the Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, Brown-capped Rosy-Finch, and Black Rosy-Finch. This tour promises to be a fantastic winter getaway as we make our way down the Rio Grande through New Mexico: the Land of Enchantment!

SPACE IS LIMITED, and registration begins August 7, 2018 (for members) and August 8, 2018 for the general public. Please see the itinerary below.

For more information, contact Daryl Bernard at (810) 796-3200 or (989) 513-5195 (cell) or via e-mail at