Seven Ponds Nature 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 13, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Winter Animal Adaptations
Grades K – 2 and Grades 3 – 6
Being a wild animal during the harsh winter months can be challenging. This class will be divided into younger and older learners. Each group will learn what it takes for these animals to survive the winter indoor and outdoor activities.

Wednesday, January 17, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Circle of Life
Concept: Animal Life Cycles
Meet some of the creatures that live at Seven Ponds and learn about their life cycles with an interactive game. We will also be looking at each animal’s physical characteristics at different stages of their life and how these characteristics help the animal survive at each stage. For children in grades 1-2.

Exploring Michigan Animals
Concept: Animal Classification and Physical Adaptations
Through the use of a live animals and once living animals, students will play a guessing game to discover how to classify animals, based on their characteristics. Students will get to touch many of the animals as well as have the opportunity to learn about some of the animals’ special adaptations that help them survive. For children in grades 3-4.

Wildlife Discovery: Predator vs. Prey
Concept: Animal Adaptations and Relationships
A mystery animal will lead students through the important concepts of adaptations, predator/prey relationships, and the balance in nature between populations of living things. An activity allows each student to become a predator. For children in grades 5-6.

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Wednesday, February 14, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Snow Science
Grades K – 2 and Grades 3 – 6
Water is one of Earth’s only substances that can be found in three different states naturally. This class will be divided into Younger and Older Learners. Each group will discover the unique properties of water through investigations with snow. Be prepared for snow investigations indoors and outdoors.