Seven Ponds Nature Center

A Nature Sanctuary and Environmental Education Center

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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, December 7, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Mystery in the Forest
Concept: Plant Life Cycles, Plant/Animal Relationships
Students will explore the life cycle of a mystery plant and its untimely death. They will have to figure out the culprit for this death by interviewing witnesses and visiting the crime scene to look for clues that have been left behind, including a live animal. For children in grades 1-2.

What’s for Lunch?
Concept: Food Chains and Food Webs
Plant and animal relationships are the focus of this program. Every living thing is a link in the food chain. We will demonstrate how the sun’s energy is transferred from plants to herbivores, from herbivores to carnivores, and from all living things to decomposers. Students will learn about adaptations animals have to obtaining food through skull investigations. For children in grades 3-4.

Cunning Critters
Concept: Animal Adaptations
Surviving a year in Michigan is a tricky task for the animals that live here. Students will see and feel animal mounts to help them better understand adaptations. They will also participate in activities that will help them compare their own abilities to those of animals with amazing adaptations. For children in grades 5-6.

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Wednesday, January 18, 1:00 pm–3:00 pm

Tracking the Wild
Winter is abundant with wildlife clues that provide many learning opportunities. This session will be divided into younger and older groups of learners. The younger learner will focus on living and non-living things and animal and plant life cycles. Older learners will focus on plant and animal relationships, and adaptations while investigating the outdoor world on snowshoes. For children in grades k-2 and 3-6.


Wednesday, February 15, 1:00 p.m.—3:00 p.m.

The Water Cycle
The world’s water is all the water we will ever have and students will learn all about how the water is recycled through the water cycle. This session will be divided into younger and older groups of learners. Each group will do water investigations through activities indoors and outdoors. For children in grades k-2 and 3-6.