Seven Ponds Nature Center

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Fall Programs at Seven Ponds

The crisp, cool air and glorious colors of autumn make this time of year one of the most beautiful and enjoyable seasons to visit Seven Ponds Nature Center. To participate in programs that require pre-registration, please call the center at (810) 796-3200. Program fees are included with the admission charge ($3.00 for adults, no charge for members or children 12 and under) unless otherwise noted.
  • September
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    Monarch Photo Courtesy of Karen Page

    Land Stewardship Workdays
    We will be working on non-native invasive plants invading the nature center. This is a great chance to earn community service or Master Gardener hours. Bring your own work gloves.

    Sunday, September 23, 1:00 pm
    Sunday, October 14, 1:00 pm
    Sunday, October 21, 1:00 pm
    Sunday, November 4, 1:00 pm

    A Sunday Walk in the Woods
    Sunday, September 2, 2:00 pm
    Take a leisurely walk through the woods with a naturalist on this late summer afternoon.

    Labor Day Holiday
    Monday, September 3
    Building open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, come on out for a walk.

    SUP Education - Stand UP Paddle Boarding
    Saturday, September 15, 9:00 - 11:00 am or12:00 -2:00pm or 3:00 p - 5:00 pm
    Come and experience Seven Ponds like never before, on a Stand Up Paddle board! This SUP class will be packed with information for beginners through advanced paddlers. Our class will begin on land covering all equipment, safety and learning the proper stroke before we even get on the board. Your instructor, Mary Radtke, is a four-time Midwest Stand Up Paddle champion and has been teaching SUP for 9+ years. 12 years and older are welcome. Please call the nature center to register. All equipment is included. Fee: $38.00 per person ($35.00 for members)

    Golf Cart Tours
    Sunday, September 16th, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, or 3:00 pm
    Physically impaired nature lovers can join our naturalist for a tour on a golf cart. We will visit several natural communities as we discover the beauty of Seven Ponds. Pre-registration is required. Limit 3 on each tour.

    Fall Bird Walk #1
    Wednesday, September 19, 7:30 am
    Our weekday bird walks resume this fall in the familiar confines of the nature center, where we will venture out in search of resident and migrating songbirds, such as kinglets, sparrows, warblers, vireos, thrushes, and others. We’ll finish by lunchtime - so feel free to bring your lunch to eat at the nature center. Bring binoculars, snacks, and your favorite field guide.
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    Yoga at the Ponds
    Peaceful Moon Yoga beginners/basic yoga class.

    Wednesdays, September 19 - October 24
    This series begins 6:00 pm and ends about 7:00 pm.
    The “Peaceful Moon” series is designed for newcomers and beginning yoga students and/or those who wish to become reacquainted with the practice. Drop in fee is $10: register for the six week series for $50. Call the center at 810-796-3200 to register.

    Fall Bird Walk #2
    Wednesday, September 26, 7:30 am
    During our second fall birdwatching session we’ll travel to the Port Huron area. We’ll begin the day by visiting the St. Clair River and Lake Huron shoreline in search of gull, terns, shorebirds, and the resident Peregrine Falcons. Next we’ll visit Fort Gratiot Nature Preserve where we’ll look for waterfowl and shorebirds in the preserve’s ponds. After lunch we’ll head inland to the Port Huron State Game Area to look for fall migrating songbirds. These areas are rich in bird life at this time of the year, and we’re sure to find plenty to enjoy. Bring binoculars, snacks, and your field guide and we’ll bring the nature center’s spotting scope, We plan to stay in the area through lunch, so bring your own or come prepared to purchase a lunch. This is a carpooling birding trip.

    Seasonal Walk – Change is in the Air
    Sunday, September 30, 2:00 pm
    Come enjoy the changing seasons around the ponds as we see how nature is getting ready for fall and winter.

  • October
    Enchanted Woodland
    Saturday, October 6, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
    The Enchanted Woodland is a fun and educational (not scary) experience for children 4 years old and up and their adults - as well as the young at heart. Please register by call the center and for more information see the Enchanted Woodland flyer.

    Golf Cart Tours
    Sunday, October 7, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, or 3:00 pm
    Physically impaired nature lovers can join our naturalist for a tour on a golf cart. We will visit several natural communities as we discover the beauty of Seven Ponds. Pre-registration is required. Limit 3 on each tour.

    Evening Paddle
    Friday, October 12, 5:30 pm
    Fall is a great time to poke around the ponds. All the colors from the changing leaves create such stunning views from the water! We will also look for turtles, frogs and other wildlife. Pre-register for this tour by calling 810-796-3200. Fee: $5.00 (members $3.00) Must be 10 years old to paddle and at least 5 years old to ride.

    Fall Bird Walk #3
    Wednesday, October 10, 7:30 am
    Our third fall bird walk will take us to Stony Creek Metropark, in nearby Macomb County. The diversity of habitat at this park – woodlands, fields, marshes, lakes – makes it an excellent place to find a nice variety of birds during migration. We hope to spot fall warblers, White-throated and White-crowned sparrows, kinglets, thrushes, and more. We’ll also look for waterfowl, shorebirds, gulls, and terns along the lakes. Bring binoculars, snacks, and your favorite field guide, and we’ll bring the nature center’s spotting scope. We’ll have our lunch at the park before coming back to the nature center, so pack a sack lunch. This is a carpooling birding trip.
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    Webelos Badge Day – Into the Wild!
    Saturday, October 13, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Scouts will complete this badge through many hands-on activities and investigations. Fee: $5.00 per scout. Please call to pre-register by October 11. Limit 20 Scouts.

    Brownie Badge Day – Bugs
    Saturday, October 13, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Scouts will complete this badge while investigating and observing bugs and insects around the Nature Center. Fee: $5.00 per scout. Please call to pre-register by October 11. Limit 20 scouts.
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    Birdseed Saturday
    Saturday, October 20, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    The Howell Nature Centers’ Sprit of Alexandria - Birds of Prey Nature Bus will be here from 1 pm to 3 pm and packed with activities, games and live birds. We will have children and adult crafts and games. Visit the Rookery gift shop to receive 10% off merchandise and birdseed. The Stingers will have a used book sale and bake sale, see the Birdseed Saturday flyer or call the center for more information.

    Painting at The Ponds
    Saturday, October 27, 5:00 pm
    Come learn how to paint an awesome nature scene with friends! Enjoy a lovely view with a glass of wine as we learn how to create a step by step painting with Naturalist Katie. All painting supplies will be provided for you. This is a 21 and up class and is bring your own beverage. Pre-register by Oct. 25, space is limited.  Fee: $25.00 (Members $20.00)
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    Teacher Workshop – Learning Through Play
    Saturday, November 3, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
    Learn how to use games to teach science! This interactive workshop is for formal and non-formal educators looking to enhance their science curriculum using hands-on, active play to strengthen science concepts. Program fee, all materials and lunch will be provided through a grant from the Four County Community Foundation. Please call to register by October 29.
    Jonathan Woods Walk
    Saturday, November 3, 1:00 pm
    Let’s stroll through beautiful Jonathan Woods and see how everything is getting ready for winter. We will meet at the nature center then car pool over to the property.

    Family Pond Dipping
    Sunday, November 11, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
    Have you ever wondered what lives under the water? There is a lot more down there besides fish. Join one of the Naturalists as we pond dip for aquatic invertebrates down on the dock.
    Tigers Badge Day – Backyard Jungle!
    Saturday, November 17, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Scouts will complete this badge through many hands-on activities and investigations. Fee: $14.00 per scout. Please call to pre-register by November 15. Limit 20 Scouts.

    Daisy Badge Day – Three Cheers for Animals
    Saturday, November 17, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Scouts will complete this badge while investigating and animals around the Nature Center. Fee: $5.00 per scout. Please call to pre-register by November 15. Limit 20 scouts.

    Family Orienteering
    Sunday, November 18, 2:00 pm
    Who needs a GPS when you have compass? Bring the whole family out for an exciting afternoon learning how to use a compass. Then put your new skills to the test with a treasure hunt!

    Thanksgiving Holiday
    Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23
    The nature center will be closed on these two days; members are welcome to walk the trails.

    Prairie Collecting Walk
    Sunday, November 25, 2:00 pm
    Come enjoy the changing seasons around the ponds as we see how nature is getting ready for and winter. We will also venture out to the prairie and collect seeds for you to take home and plant your own tall grass prairie.

    Fall Bird Walk #4
    Wednesday, November 28, 8:00 am
    Our final fall bird walk will take us to the Port Huron area where we will visit the Lake Huron shoreline and nearby areas. It’s a great place to be during late fall migration and we will hope to see many species of waterfowl, gulls, hawks, falcons, and songbirds. On the right day, the south end of Lake Huron is an excellent place to look for scoters, eiders, and unusual gulls. Bring binoculars, snacks, and your field guide. We’ll stay in the area through lunch, so bring your own or come prepared to purchase a lunch.