Seven Ponds Nature Center

A Nature Sanctuary and Environmental Education Center

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Winter Programs

  • December
    Behind the Scenes of Seven Ponds
    Saturday, December 8, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    “You have a freezer full of roadkill?” This question is often followed by a curiosity to see what we have stored in there. Join Naturalist Katie as she takes you behind the scenes of our scientific collections, both living and dead. Find out how Seven Ponds goes from collecting an animal hit on the road to having a finished specimen.

    Lapeer County Christmas Bird Count
    Saturday, December 15, 8:30 am
    If you would like to help count birds at Seven Ponds and Jonathan Woods for the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count, please contact the nature center to register for the event. Naturalist Cathy Wesley will be coordinating this year’s effort at Seven Ponds. Join her for an entire day or just a half day. Fee: no charge.

    Adult Learners Class - Property Management
    Sunday, December 16, 2:00 pm
    Ever wonder how you can help wildlife in your own yard? One major way to help animals is controlling non-native invasive plants. Does that seem like a daunting task, and you’re not sure where to begin? This class will teach you a little more about the invasive plants in this area and give you a basic plan on controlling them.
    Evening in the Wild for Young Adults
    Saturday, December 22, 5:00 pm
    Deer, owl, beaver…oh my! Have you ever walked through the woods around Seven Ponds after the sun has set? The woods come alive after the people have gone home.  We’ll spend some time hiking the trails looking for wildlife and end with a bonfire where we’ll roast hot-dogs and s’mores. If there is snow on the ground, we’ll hike in snow shoes. This is for young adults ages 14 to 17. Please call the Nature Center to sign up.

    Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
    Monday and Tuesday, December 24 and 25.
    Nature Center building closed. Happy Holidays!

    Walking in Winter
    Saturday, December 29, 2:00 pm
    Just before the year ends, join us on a winter walk through the woods of Seven Ponds. Nature never stops, even in winter and the quiet of a blanketed outside world is one to experience.
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    Photo Courtesy of Karen Page

  • January
    New Year's Eve and New Year's Day
    Monday and Tuesday, December 31 & January 1.
    Nature Center building closed, Happy New Year!

    Snowshoeing the Trails
    Sunday, January 6, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Come join a naturalist on a walk through the woods atop a pair of snowshoes. Bring your own or use one of the nature center’s pairs. Space is limited so please pre-register.

    Winter Bird Walk #1 – Seven Ponds Nature Center
    Wednesday, January 9, 8:00 am
    Winter’s icy chill may be firmly upon us, but the birds are still out there, being birds! Let’s go see what we can find! By now we may be receiving an influx of winter irruptive birds from the north woods. Pine Siskins, Purple Finches, and Common Redpolls may have joined our regular winter visitors such as Dark-eyed Juncos and American Tree Sparrows. We’ll start the morning by watching the feeders from indoors, enjoying hot beverages, then we’ll go out in search of other winter residents in the forests and fields around Seven Ponds. Bring your binoculars and field guide, and be sure to dress for the weather.

    Stranger in the Woods – Wee Readers
    Saturday, January 12, 11:00 am
    Spend a snowy afternoon figuring out who the “stranger” is! We will make our own “stranger” at Seven Ponds. This program is for any 3-6 year old who likes to make snowmen!

    Nature Sketching
    Saturday, January 19, 1:00 pm. – 3:00 pm
    Learn how to sketch a detailed pencil piece by studying natural items with Naturalist Katie. Art supplies will be provided and space is limited. $5.00 per person.
    Uniquely Snowflake
    Saturday, January 26, 10:00 am
    Learn about how snowflakes form and why no two are the same. We will also make snowflake catchers with a key to tell us what kind of snowflakes we have.

    Reptiles from Around the World
    Sunday, January 27, 2:00 pm
    See the front page of this program sheet for details.

    Winter Bird Walk #2 - Port Huron area
    Wednesday, January 30, 8:00 am
    Today we’ll head to the Port Huron area to look for waterfowl and gulls overwintering at Lighthouse Park, Edison Park, and Desmond Landing. Depending on the ice conditions on the Great Lakes, these areas can be teeming with huge rafts of ducks. We’ll check all the gull flocks we see, searching for something unusual, such as Great Black-backed, Lesser Black-backed, Glaucous, or Iceland gulls. Be sure to dress for the weather conditions, as it is often very cold and windy near the water. We’ll plan on having lunch in Port Huron before returning to the nature center, so pack your own or come prepared to purchase a lunch. This is a car pool trip.
  • February
    Winterfest
    Saturday, February 2, 10:00 am
    See the flyer for details.

    Bats of Michigan
    Sunday, February 3, 2:00 pm
    See the Winter Series for more information.

    Chasing Tracks
    Saturday, February 9, 10:00 am
    Come out for a fun morning of hunting for tracks. After we find some, we’ll identify the animal and try to figure out what it was doing and where it was going. If you bring a light colored pillow case, shirt, blanket, or other such item we’ll print some of our own tracks on them after the walk.

    Identifying Michigan Beach Rocks

    Sunday, February 10, 2:00 pm
    See the Winter Series for more information.

    Instagram Photo Competition!
    Saturday, February 16, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Are you a pro at getting the perfect shot for your Instagram? Come test out your skills with other young adults ages 14-17 in a photo taking competition. The winner will receive a prize and a shout out to their account on our Instagram. Bring your phones, bring your filters, join a naturalist, and find the perfect shot.

    Michigan Road Trip
    Sunday, February 17, 2:00 pm
    See the Winter Series for more information.


    Trivia Night

    Saturday, February 23, 5:00 pm
    See the flyer for details.

    A Year in the Life of a Chickadee
    Sunday, February 24, 2:00 pm
    See the Winter Series for more information.

    Winter Bird Walk #3 – Fish Point
    Wednesday, February 27, 8:00 am
    Our birding today will find us heading north into the Thumb region as we search the open farmland for Snowy Owls. We’ll continue on to Fish Point State Wildlife Area to see if the late winter influx of Tundra Swans, Canada Geese, and (possibly) Snow Geese has begun. We’ll also be looking for any other early arrivals as we anticipate the start of spring a few weeks down the line. Be sure to dress for the weather. We’ll plan on having lunch in the Thumb before returning to the nature center, so pack your own or come prepared to purchase a lunch. This is a car pool trip.