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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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    Seven Ponds’ Wine Tasting Fundraiser
    Friday, June 2, 6:00 pm

    Hiking Around the Ponds
    Saturday, June 3, 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
    Tuesday, June 6, 4:00 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 $15.00 for non-members, $10.00 for members. Registration is limited; please call to pre-register. We will carpool and caravan to the site. Departure will be 4:00 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.

    Family Fun Day: Bug Catching
    Sunday, June 11, 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 Shiawasee NWR
    Wednesday, June 14, 7:00 am TO 2:00 pm (estimated 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 a.m. and carpool/caravan to Shiawassee. Cost of this trip is $15.00 for non-members, $10.00 for members. Dress for the weather, bring your binoculars, spotting scope, field guide, and pack a sack lunch and beverage.

    Golf Cart Tours
    Saturday, June 17, 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.

    Yoga at the Ponds: Peaceful Moon Yoga
    Wednesdays, June 21 through July 26, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
    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. To register call Seven Ponds. 

    Summer Solstice Hike
    Friday, June 23, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    We will go on a nocturnal adventure as we take in the night sounds, and the twinkling lights of the stars and fire flies. Please pre-register by June 22.

    Curious Canoers
    Saturday, June 24, 10:00 am
    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.

    Garden Workday: Demonstration Gardens
    Sunday, June 25, 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.
  • July
    Butterfly Count
    Saturday, July 1, 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.

    Fourth of July Holiday
    Tuesday, July 4, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
    The building will be open and a naturalist on duty throughout the day.

    Early Prairie Walkabout
    Saturday, July 8, 3:00 pm
    Some of the early flowering plants will be blooming throughout the prairie. Let’s see how many we can find.

    Garden Workday: Demonstration Gardens
    Sunday, July 9, 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.

    Golf Cart Tours
    Saturday, July 15, 10:00 am, 12:00 pm or 3:00pm
    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.

    Adult Learners: Insect Signs
    Saturday, July 22, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
    Through outdoor exploration, a PowerPoint presentation, and microscope work; we will discover the fascinating world of insects from the “clues” they leave behind. This class is intended for ages 18 years and up. Please call to pre-register.

    Nature Detectives at Jonathan Woods
    Sunday, July 23, 2:00 pm
    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.
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  • August
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    Fairy Garden Workshop for Adults
    Sunday, August 6, 1:00 pm
    This will be a fun afternoon of creating our own little gardens for our woodland nymphs. Limit 10 people ages 16 and up. Fee: $20.00 members and $25.00 for non-members. Please pre-register by July 31.

    Seven Ponds’ Trail Rally
    Friday, August 11, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Visit this page for more information.

    Canoe Clinic for Adults
    Saturday, August 12, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Does your J-stroke need tweaking? Does the wind throw your canoe for a loop? This one day flat water canoe workshop will sharpen your paddling skills. To learn yours strokes we will watch videos and practice on the water. The bow and stern strokes will keep you on the straight and narrow and you be able to turn and tack with ease. Bring a lunch, beverage, hat and sunglasses to participate. We will be learning a bit from an excellent video and on-the-water practice. Fee: $15.00 ($12.00 members) Pre-registration is required for this limited participant workshop.

    Evening Paddle on the Ponds
    Saturday, August 19, 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.

    Garden Workday: Wildflower Area
    Sunday, August 20, 3:00 pm
    Come help us as we work in our Wildflower Area as we remove any non-native invasive plants. Bring any garden tools for woody plant removal, gloves, and water.
    Party at the Ponds!
    Friday, August 25, 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Seven Ponds is 50 this year! Come help us celebrate our half century of service with staff (old and new), Seven Ponds’ Clubs, members, volunteers, and all those who helped make Seven Ponds the success it is today! Be on the lookout for more information.


    Golf Cart Tours
    Saturday, August 26, 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.

    Invasive Plant Workdays Summer 2017
    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.

    Thursday, June 1, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
    Wednesday, June 7, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
    Thursday, June 15, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
    Sunday, June 18, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
    Thursday, June 29, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
    Sunday, July 2, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
    Thursday, July 13, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
    Sunday, July 16, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
    Sunday, July 30, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
    Tuesday, August 8, 10:00 am-noon
    Sunday, August 13, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
    Wednesday, August 23, 10:00am-noon
    Sunday, August 27, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
    Thursday, August 31, 2:30 - 4:30 pm