Seven Ponds Nature Center

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Summer Programs at Seven Ponds

Enjoy summer mini-vacations close to home. Seven Ponds Nature Center offers you and your family many opportunities to discover the wonders of the natural world. 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. For the most recent information, visit our website at www.sevenponds.org.
  • June
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    Egret Photo Courtesy of Dave Stimic

    Seven Ponds’ Wine Tasting Fundraiser
    Friday, June 1, 6:00 pm

    Hiking Around the Ponds
    Saturday, June 2, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
    This is National Trail Day, so come out for some gentle hiking around the ponds. In the morning will be walking the trails on the south side of Crawford road and over the A-frame bridge. Bring a lunch and picnic before we continue in the afternoon, where we will be across the road in our North-80. So, you can come in the morning or join us in the afternoon or come all day and hike all 7 miles of trails.

    An Evening at Nayanquing Point
    Wednesday, June 6, 3:00 pm – 11:00 pm
    Nayanquing Point is located on the Saginaw Bay, three miles north of Linwood. This state wildlife area consists of 1500 acres of freshwater marsh habitat, and is well-known to birders for its outstanding variety of wetland species, including a breeding colony of Yellow-headed Blackbirds. Other birds commonly found here include Black-crowned Night-Heron, Great Egret, American and Least Bittern, American Coot, Common Gallinule, Eastern Kingbird, Swamp Sparrow, numerous waterfowl species, and many others. We will explore some of the trails, then enjoy sunset from the observation tower, watching and listening as the marsh comes alive with evening bird song. Cost of this trip is $10.00 for non-members, $5.00 for members. Registration is limited; please call to pre-register. We will carpool and caravan to the site. Departure will be 3:00 pm from Seven Ponds, with approximate return time of 11:00 pm. Dress for the weather, and bring your binoculars, spotting scope, field guide, snacks, and a beverage.

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    Nature Study Series for Homeschoolers

    Thursday, June 7, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
    Spring Bird Walk #2
    Ages 10 years and up
    At this time of the year, birds have set up territories and are nesting. We will look for birds called warblers, and other insect eaters that have come back to town. We will practice our birding skills using our binoculars and spotting scopes. Please bring your own binoculars or you can burrow a pair from us.

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    Wetland Walk
    Saturday, June 9, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
    Seven Ponds is blessed with many different types of wetlands. On this walk we will explore them all.

    Family Fun Day: Bug Catching
    Sunday, June 10, 1:00 pm
    This will be an exciting afternoon of catching “bugs” in the forest, fields, and water. Be prepared to get wet and dirty.

    A Bird Drive On The Wild Side at Shiawassee NWR
    Wednesday, June 13, 7:00 am to 2:00 pm (est.return time)
    Join us as we venture out on the 6.5 mile Wildlife Drive at Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge in Saginaw County. Shiawassee NWR is designated as a United States Important Bird Area for its global significance to migratory waterfowl. We will see many wading birds such as herons and egrets, as well as lingering waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, and songbirds. Indigo Buntings tend to be numerous along the drive, Dickcissels have been seen in the grassy field near the parking lot, and the refuge is a known nesting location of the Prothonotary Warbler. Rarities often show up here – and even without them the Wildlife Drive almost always delivers a great birding experience. Although this is “birding by car” we will stop often and walk a few trails as well. We will meet at the nature center at 7:00 am and carpool/caravan to Shiawassee. Cost of this trip is $10.00 for non-members, $5.00 for members. Dress for the weather, bring your binoculars, spotting scope, field guide, and pack a sack lunch and beverage.

    Garden Workday: Demonstration Gardens
    Sunday, June 17, 3:00 pm
    Join us as we work in our demonstration gardens in front of the nature center building. Bring any garden tools, work gloves, and water.

    Yoga at the Ponds: Peaceful Moon Yoga
    Wednesdays, June 20 through August 1, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    (omit July, 4) Unwind, rejuvenate and relax with Catherine ‘Cat’ Minolli and the ‘Peaceful Moon’ series. These classes are designed for newcomers and beginning yoga students and/or those who wish to become re-acquainted with the practice. Participants will experience the mind, body, spirit connection while learning basic yoga poses in a serene environment. You don’t have to be able to touch your toes or twist into a pretzel to participate, however many postures are done from a seated or prone position on the floor.

    This gentle practice incorporates some aromatherapy and focuses on slowing down, reconnecting with the breath and body. Sessions will help participants release tension, improve flexibility, balance, and range of motion, and center and regroup for another week. Introduction to Sun Salutations will be included in the class. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or a blanket. Pillows, additional blankets and any other “creature comforts” are also welcome. Drop in fee is $10; register for the six-week series for $50. Call Seven Ponds to register. 

    Seven Ponds’ Trail Rally
    Saturday, June 23, 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    Join us for a fun, nature inspired puzzles, and riddles as you test your deceptive skills for this exciting scavenger hunt. You must be 21 years or older.

    Golf Cart Tours
    Saturday, June 30, 10:00 am 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.
  • July
    Fourth of July Holiday
    Wednesday, July 4, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    The building will be open and a naturalist on duty throughout the day.

    Butterfly Count
    Saturday, July 7, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Join our naturalists for our annual count for the North American Butterfly Association. We will visit many of the center’s habitats in search of the variety of butterflies found at Seven Ponds. Bring your favorite butterfly field guide, your trusty net, binoculars, and a sack lunch if you plan to stay through the afternoon. We have extra nets for those who don’t have their own. This program is for adults and older children who have an interest in butterflies. Fee: $3.00.

    Curious Canoers
    Sunday, July 8, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Join us for a lovely morning on the ponds by canoe. We never know what we will find on our explorations, but we always have a great time. Dress warm as it tends to be chillier on the water. Please call to pre-register. Fee: $5.00 per person ($3.00 for members) Minimum 5 years old, 10 years old to paddle.

    Family Field Netting
    Saturday, July 14, 11 am
    We live in a big world; it’s even bigger to an insect. Let’s take a closer look at these tiny creatures out in the fields around Seven Ponds. We can even bring some back to the Center to get an up-close look at them under the microscope. Fielding netting is fun for all ages. Fee $3.00 per-person (free for members). Please call to pre-register.

    Seasonal Walk
    Saturday, July 14, 2:00 – 3:30 pm
    Come explore Seven Ponds with one of our Naturalists as we look at our different ecosystems this time of year.

    Stand Up Paddleboard - SUP Education
    Saturday, July 21,
    9:00 am –11:00 am or 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm or 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    Come 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 learning the proper stroke before we even get on the board. We will also cover all equipment and safety.

    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)
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    Golf Cart Tours
    Saturday, July 21, 10:00 am, 12:00 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.

    Garden Workday: Wildflower Area
    Sunday, July 22, 3:00 pm
    Come help us as we work in our Wildflower Area are we remove any non-native invasive plants. Bring any garden tools for woody plant removal, gloves, and water.

    Summer Beauty at Jonathan Woods
    Saturday, July 28, 10:00 am
    Families join us as we test our sleuthing skills at Jonathan Woods. What clues will we find, and who has been living in the Woods? We will meet at the nature center and carpool to Jonathan Woods.

    Nature Journaling from the Canoes
    Saturday, July 29, 1:00 pm
    Come enjoy Seven Ponds from our canoes as we get our creative juices flowing. We’ll spend part of our time paddling the lakes stopping every now and again to jot down our observations. Please bring a notebook, pencil or pen and some color pencils. Fee $5.00 per person ($3.00 for members). Must be 10 years or older. Please pre-register by July 28.
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    Adult Learners – Summer Wildflowers
    Sunday, August 5, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Through flower dissection, PowerPoint presentation and microscope work; along with study in the field we will learn about the prairie, forest, and wetland summer wildflowers. This class is intended for ages 18 years and up. Please call to pre-register.

    Party at the Ponds!
    Saturday, August 11, 12:00 – 9:00 pm
    Admission and all activities are FREE for the entire family.
    A Celebration of Prairie, Woods, and Waters

    Seasonal Walk
    Saturday, August 18, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    Come explore Seven Ponds with one of our Naturalists as we look at our different ecosystems this time of year.

    Garden Workday: Demonstration Gardens
    Sunday, August 19, 3:00 pm
    Join us as we work in our demonstration gardens in front of the nature center building. Bring any garden tools, work gloves, and water.

    Evening Paddle on the Ponds
    Saturday, August 25, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Come out for an evening on the water. Let’s see what excitements take place as the sun is setting. Please call to pre-register. Fee: $5.00 per person ($3.00 for members) Minimum 5 years old, 10 years old to paddle.

    Seasonal Walk
    Saturday, August 25, 9:00 am – 10:30 am
    Come explore Seven Ponds with one of our Naturalists as we look at our different ecosystems this time of year.

    Land Stewardship Workdays
    We will spend our time working on non-native invasive plants. These days are great opportunities for community service hours and master gardener hours. Bring gloves and water.
    Sunday, June 24, 11 am
    Sunday, July 15, 11 am
    Sunday, August 12, 11 am
    Sunday, August 26, 11 am