Seven Ponds Nature Center

A Nature Sanctuary and Environmental Education Center


Spring Programs at Seven Ponds

Seven Ponds offers something for everyone from preschoolers and families to adult courses. Mark your calendars for some programs and let the spring adventures begin! For the most recent information call 810-796-3200.
  • February/March
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    The Milkweed Community:
    More than Monarchs (but Monarchs are cool!)

    Don Drife – Independent Naturalist and Blogger
    Sunday, February 19, 2:00 pm
    Everyone knows about the Monarch Butterfly and its need for milkweed plants in order to survive. But many other insects and some non-insects also make their home in the milkweed community. Join naturalist and photographer Don Drife as he presents a program on the many organisms which feed on and among the different species of milkweeds, and those that make passing visits. This is a young adult to adult program.

    The Art of Tracking
    Carrie Spencer – Seven Ponds Nature Center
    Sunday, February 26, 2:00 pm
    This afternoon will be full of nature mysteries. We will learn all about tracking from; scat, tracks, and other clues. We will also make tracks to take home. This will be fun for all ages. Call to pre-register by February 24.
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    Memories from the Ponds
    Saturday, March 4, 2:00 pm
    Join us for an afternoon of reminiscing by the nature center’s three retiring staff members; Office Manager Dan Hayes, Naturalist Lois Rheaume, and Executive Director Mike Champagne. The three will share stories about their backgrounds, how they came to work at Seven Ponds, the people who have shaped the nature center, the changes that have occurred during their years here, and more. There will also be time for questions. Following the program, there will be light refreshments and a chance to visit with Dan, Lois, and Mike.

    Spring Awakenings
    Sunday, March 5, 2:00 pm
    The days are getting longer and warmer, and the animals are “waking up.” Let’s see what signs we can find of their activities on this walk.

    Windy Wanderings
    Sunday, March 12, 2:00 pm
    Why is it so windy in March? Let’s stroll along and find out why while looking and listening to spring sights and sounds.

    Arnold’s Sugar Bush Tour
    Saturday, March 18, 1:00–4:00 pm
    Come and spend the afternoon with us as we see how maple syrup is made. We will tour Arnold’s Sugar Bush of Attica, starting at the tree and working our way to the canning process; tasting as we go. Each person will go home with a small bottle of maple syrup to take home. We will meet at the nature center and carpool to the Arnold Farm. Dress for the weather and boots are a must. Space is limited. Call to preregister. Fee: $7.00 per person

    Invasive Plant Workdays
    Come help with non-native invasive plant removal, and learn about these plants so you can manage them on your own property. These days are great opportunities for community service hours and Master Gardener hours. Bring gloves and water.
    Sunday, March 19, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
    Thursday, March 23, 2:30 – 4:30 pm
    Wednesday, March 29, 2:30 – 4:30 pm
    Tuesday, April 11, 2:30 – 4:30 pm
    Sunday, April 16, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
    Wednesday, April 26, 2:30 – 4:30 pm
    Sunday, April 30, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
    Thursday, May 4, 2:30 – 4:30 pm
    Wednesday, May 10, 2:30 – 4:30 pm
    Saturday May 13, 10:00 am – Noon,
    Eco Days’ Competition
    Thursday, May 18, 2:30 – 4:30 pm
    Thursday, May 25, 2:30 – 4:30 pm
    Sunday, May 28, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
    Wednesday, May 31, 2:30 – 4:30 pm

    Seven Ponds Annual Meeting
    Saturday, March 25, 9:00 am
    All Seven Ponds members are welcome as we review the center’s activities for the past year, honor outgoing board members, and elect new board members and officers. Come out and meet the nature center’s new Executive Director, Daryl Bernard.

    First Walk of Spring
    Sunday, March 26, 2:00 pm
    We may find some elusive spring wildflowers this afternoon. We will search high and low for these beauties.
  • April
    Salamander Foray
    Saturday, April 1, 10:00 am or Sunday, April 2, 2:00 pm
    Join us for a salamander day of discovery at Jonathan Woods. We will be looking for many examples of the six species that reside in the rich woods while learning about their natural history and conservation. Meet at Seven Ponds and carpool to the site. Limit 12 at each session. Please call to preregister.

    Curious Canoers of Seven Ponds
    Saturday April 8, 10:00 am
    Join us for the first trip of the season out onto 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 preregister. Fee: $5.00 per person ($3.00 for members) Minimum 5 years old to ride and 10 years old to paddle.

    Botanical Easter Eggs
    Saturday, April 8, 2:00 pm
    This adult workshop will use natural dyes, while imprinting real leaves and flowers on eggs. Each egg is in itself a work of art. Bring 6 white, unboiled eggs and a container to carry home your treasures. Please call to preregister. This workshop is for ages 12 and up. Fee: $5.00 (members free).

    Bird Song Serenade
    Sunday, April 9, 2:00 pm
    Birds have begun to fill our trees with sweet spring songs. Let’s grab some binoculars and see how many we can spy.

    Woodland Wildflower Workday
    Friday, April 21, 1:00 pm
    Come help us ready the Woodland Wildflower Area for the beautiful array of blossoms that will be coming our way soon. Fulfill Master Gardener Hours.
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    Spring Bird Walk #1
    Wednesday, April 26, 8:00 am
    This first spring bird walk will take us along the center’s own trails in search of year-around resident birds and those which have already come back from the south, including sandhill cranes, ducks, swallows, eastern towhees, blackbirds, and others. All bird watching levels are welcome. Bring binoculars, field guide, and dress for the weather. Fee: $3.00 (no charge for members).

    Brownie Legacy Badge - Bugs
    Saturday, April 29, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Brownies will learn all about bugs through crafts, investigations, and discovery. Limit 25 scouts. Call to preregister. Fee: $5.00 per scout

    Jr. Girl Scouts Legacy Badge – Flowers
    Saturday, April 29, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
    Jr. Girl Scouts will learn all about flowers while earning this badge through hiking and hands-on discovery. Girls should bring flowers to make an arrangement. Limit 25 scouts. Call to preregister. $5.00 per scout
  • May
    Spring Bird Walk #2
    Wednesday, May 3, 7:30 am
    For our second spring bird walk we’ll travel by car to the two satellite properties of the nature center; Jonathan Woods and Richie Pond Preserve. Target birds for Jonathan Woods will include pileated woodpecker, scarlet tanager, ovenbird, and both waterthrushes. At Richie Pond Preserve we’ll look for bobolink, eastern meadowlark, savannah sparrow, and other birds of open habitats. All birdwatching levels are welcome. Bring binoculars, field guide, spotting scope, and dress for the weather. Fee: $3.00 (no charge for members).

    Singing Frogs
    Sunday, May 7, 2:00 pm
    The boy frogs are singing to the girls. Let’s see if we can find the peepers, chorus, and wood frogs on this walk.

    EcoDays and Native Plant Sale
    Saturday and Sunday, May 13 and 14
    See Insert Flyer

    Spring Bird Walk #3
    Wednesday, May 17, 7:30 am
    By now, most of the summer residents of the nature center will have returned from the south, including indigo bunting, rose-breasted grosbeak, scarlet tanager, yellow warbler, and blue-winged warbler. In addition, many species of warblers should still be passing through. We’ll visit many of the center’s habitats to find a variety of birds. All birdwatching levels are welcome. Bring binoculars, field guide, and dress for the weather. Fee: $3.00 (no charge for members).
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    Wildflower Walk
    Sunday, May 21, 2:00 pm
    We will explore the trails and Wildflower Area to see what’s blooming.

    Night Time Adventures
    Friday, May 26, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
    This is a wonderful time to wander the trails when the forest is green and lush and the animals are busy courting and raising young. We will explore the night as the frogs and toads serenade us with their songs.

    Curious Canoers of Seven Ponds
    Saturday, May 27, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    This will be a wonderful morning spent on the water. We will see animals and flowers from our canoe vantage point. Dress for the weather. Fee: $5.00 per person ($3.00 for members) Minimum 5 years old to ride and 10 years old to paddle.

    Memorial Day
    Monday, May 29, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
    We will be open on this Holiday for you to come out with your picnic lunch and tour the grounds.