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.
Grades K – 2 and Grades 3 – 6
As the trees prepare for the winter months by losing leaves and going to “sleep” we will study the how and the why through many investigations. This session will be divided into younger and older groups of learners. The younger learner will focus on plant lifecycles and living and nonliving things. The older learners will have a more in-depth look and investigation into tree adaptations and the roles trees play in their environments.
Wednesday, September 20, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Grasshoppers to Groundhogs
Grades 1 and 2
Concept: Animal Lifecycles
The forests and fields at Seven Ponds are teeming with animal life, including insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Using nets, magnifying lenses, and animal specimens, we will learn about the lifecycles of these animals, and discover how animals ranging from insects to mammals spend their days from birth to adulthood in the wild.
Wednesday, October 18, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Forest Home of the Woodland Indian
Grades 3 and 4
Concept: Natural Resources and Human Impact
Michigan’s once vast forests were a giant supermarket to the Woodland Indians. This habitat provided everything needed for survival. Today, we purchase most of our needs from supermarkets and department stores. Through activities and hands-on nature study, we will learn how natural resources were used by the Woodland Indians, how we use them today, and the impact of each on our natural environment.
Grades 5 and 6
Seven Ponds is one of the few places in Southeastern Michigan where students can observe a range of distinct ecosystems that include forests, wetlands, fields, and prairie. Along the trail, we will be able to compare such abiotic components as soil type and water availability, as well as the plant and animal communities which are unique to each of these ecosystems. Students will gain an understanding of some of the complex relationships in each natural community, including predator/prey, competition, symbiosis, and parasitism.
Grades 2 - 4 and Grades 5 - 7
Students will learn all about map reading and how to use a compass. This session will be divided into younger and older groups of learners. Younger learners will learn about the four cardinal directions using a compass as well as map reading through activities. Older learners will focus on maps, reading them and the different types, as well as compass work through activities.
Wednesday, November 15, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm