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 22, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Journaling in Nature – Colors and Sounds
Grades 2 and Up
Students will learn nature journaling techniques while focusing on colors and sounds along the trail. This class includes creative writing, sketching, practicing listening skills, and many 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.
Wednesday, April 12, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
From Tadpole to Frog
Grades 1 and 2
Concept: Animal Lifecycles
The nature center’s ponds abound with animals of all shapes and sizes, with a variety of lifecycle types. We will discover how these animals begin their life in the pond, which young animals live in the water, and which animals leave the water as adults. Through pond exploration and animal observations, the children learn how animals live and grow in the wild.
The Wetland Connection
Grades 3 and 4
Concept: Plant and Animal Relationships
This program will take us on an adventure through the wetlands found at Seven Ponds. We will investigate the complex interactions of the plants and animals found in these wet worlds through pond dipping and observation, exploring such topics as producers, consumers, food chains, food webs, and predator/prey relationships. Inside, we will have time to take a close-up look at plants and animals using hand lenses and microscopes.
Grades 5 and 6
Concept: Animals and their Environment
Come out to Seven Ponds and 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. We will observe the shapes, sizes, and behavior of animals and gain an understanding of the adaptations animals have to help them survive Michigan’s seasonal changes.
Tuesday, April 18, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Spring Bird Walk #1
Ages 10 years and up
On this walk, we will look for resident birds and early migrant birds passing through Seven Ponds. 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.
Tuesday, May 16, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Spring Bird Walk #2
Ages 10 years and up
At this time of the year, birds are setting up territory and courting. We will look for birds called warblers. 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 17, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Grades K – 2 and Grades 3 – 6
Spring is a great time to look for signs of insects. We will look for adults that have overwintered, eggs, larva, and any signs we can find. This session will be divided into younger and older groups of learners. The younger learners will focus on living and nonliving characteristics and lifecycles through hands-on investigations. The older learners will focus on insect adaptations, plant/insect relationships and their roles in ecosystems.