Nature Study Series for Homeschoolers
Seven Ponds Nature Center is an ideal outdoor classroom where children can experience nature first hand. In this series of programs, our experienced staff and well-trained volunteer naturalists guide children toward an awareness and
appreciation of our natural world, using hands-on activities, specimens, slide shows, and nature walks. These programs complement state science objectives and focus on specific ecological concepts. To encourage individual participation on the trail, children will be divided into groups of about 15 students. Fee: $4.00 per person (Any adults who plan on participating in the program also pay this fee.) For more information or to pre-register your child, please call (810) 796-3200.
Wednesday, March 13, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Animal Architects - Grades K - 2 and Grades 3 - 6
Animals have the ability to build some pretty amazing homes. We will explore how and why they make these incredible dwellings. The students will be split into younger and older learners and will learn through hands-on activities, discussions, investigation, and outdoor exploration.
Wednesday, April 17, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The World of the Beaver - Grades K and 1
Concept: Living and Nonliving Things
Beavers are builders and loggers, and their work stands out at Seven Ponds! With the beaver’s help, young learners will discover the differences between living and nonliving things. We will become beaver detectives and use our senses and detecting tools to find clues that will see many kinds of plants and animals and learn what these living things need to survive.
A World of Water - Grades 2 and 3
Concept: The Water Cycle
The Earth is a water planet and Seven Ponds has plenty of it. Students will understand that water is a natural resource and through hands-on activities will discover all the different places water is found at the nature center in the ground, in the air, and in a variety of wetland communities which include lakes, ponds, streams, swamps, and marshes. Students will compare plant and animal life in several locations to gain an understanding of the habitat requirements of a variety of organisms.
Amazing Animals - Grades 4 through 6
Concept: Animals and their Environment
Discover the incredible array of adaptations animals have for surviving the seasonal changes of the natural world. The great diversity found at the nature center will allow us to explore a variety of habitats and learn the many ways animals have become linked to their environment. Students will observe the shapes, sizes, and behavior of animals and gain and understanding of the adaptations animals have to help them survive Michigan’s changing seasons.
Thursday, May 2, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Spring Bird Walk #1
Ages 10 years and up
On this walk, we will look for resident birds and migrant birds passing through Seven Ponds, and some setting up territories. We will practice our birding skills using our binoculars and spotting scopes. Please bring your own binoculars or you can borrow a pair from us.
Wednesday, May 15, 1:00 pm– 3:00 pm
Skulls - Grades K – 2 and Grades 3 – 6
We will spend the afternoon learning about mammal skulls. One of the special things about mammals is their teeth. All their different types of teeth allow them to find food on land and in water. This session will be divided into younger and older groups of learners. The younger learners will focus on living things needs through hands-on investigations. The older learners will focus on plant and animal relationships, animals in their environment, and ecosystems.
Thursday, June 6, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Spring Bird Walk #2
Ages 10 years and up
This time of the year, birds have set up territories and are nesting. We will look for birds called warblers, and other insect eaters that have come back to town. We will practice our birding skills using our binoculars and spotting scopes. Please bring your own binoculars or you can borrow a pair from us.