Seven Ponds Nature Center

A Nature Sanctuary and Environmental Education Center

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. Fee: $4.00 per person (Any adults who plan on participating in the program also pay this fee.) We also offer individual programs for your groups take a look at our school programs. For more information or to pre-register your child and your group, please call (810) 796-3200.

Wednesday, September 19, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Journaling in Nature – Autumn Equinox
Grades 2 and Up
Students will learn nature journaling techniques while focusing on signs of fall along the trail. This class includes creative writing, sketching, practicing listening skills, and may other activities while in the natural world. This class will encourage students to deepen their observational skills, strengthen creative and technical writing, and give a greater appreciation of nature.

The Secret Life of the Prairie
Wednesday, October 17, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Grades 1 and 2 Concept: Plant Life cycles
The tall grass prairie at Seven Ponds contains a variety of amazing plants that sprout, grow, flower, and produce seeds each year. Through a variety of activities, children will learn about the lifecycle of prairie plants, how prairie provides the needs of these plants, and the many ways that these plants survive in an adverse environment. Students will even collect seeds from selected plants to take home!

Native Americans and the Web of Life
Wednesday, October 17, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Grades 3 and 4 Concept: Plant and Animal Relationships
Have you ever eaten sunlight? Do you have plants and animals in your lunch? What is the origin of your food, clothing, and shelter? We will explore the nature center from the perspective of the Indians who used this land in the past, and consider our relationship with the land today. A slide show, specimens, and a walk get students thinking about their significant connections to the natural environment.

Life in the Prairie
Wednesday, October 17, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Grades 5 and 6 Concept: Ecosystems
Students will explore the striking ecosystem of a tall grass prairie. They will discover a world woven together within the tall grasses. Through discussion, activities, and hikes students will understand the ecological role many of the native plants and animals play in the prairie community. They will also learn of the loss of much of the tall grass prairie because of past human activity, and what people are doing to restore and reconstruct this magnificent ecosystem today.

Skeleton Trees
Wednesday, November 14, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Grades 2 - 4 and Grades 5 - 7
Students will learn all about trees and their roles in the forest through hands-on activities. This session will be divided into younger and older groups of learners. Younger learners will learn about trees and their life cycles and the animals that depend on them. Older learners will focus plant and animal relationships and the forest ecosystems.

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