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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.
  • March
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    Nature Walk With Your Dog
    Saturday, March 2, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    Seven Ponds is partnering with the Friends of the Polly Ann Trail to offer this fun afternoon of hiking and learning with your canine friend in tow as we explore the Polly Ann Trail. We will meet at Memorial Park in downtown Dryden to start this adventure. Your dog must be on a 6’ lead, and socialized and comfortable around other people and dogs. Call Seven Ponds to pre-register.

    Coyote Song
    Saturday, March 9, 4:30 pm-6:30 pm
    You might have been fortunate to hear the coyotes singing to one another at the start of the year, this was their serenade to find love. Now they are preparing for the arrival of their pups, and the start of a new generation. Join us for an evening of learning more about these fascinating canines. We will start indoors and end with a sunset hike looking for signs of them. If we are lucky we will hear them sing! Please pre-register by March 8.

    Shamrock Planter Building
    Sunday, March 17, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Erin go Bragh! Come out and create a special planter that you will fill with shamrocks to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Cost is $5 per person. Please pre-register as space is limited.

    Yoga at the Ponds
    Wednesdays, March 20 – April 24, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    The "Peaceful Moon" series is designed for newcomers and beginning yoga students and/or those who wish to become re-acquainted 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.

    Wee-Readers: "What Joe Saw"
    by Anna Grossnickle Hines
    Saturday, March 23, 11:00 am
    Join us for story book time as we discover all the things an inquisitive boy finds on his walk in nature. After the story we will take our own walk and have a fun scavenger hunt along the way. This program is geared towards 3 to 6 year olds, please call the nature center to sign up.
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    Seven Ponds Annual Meeting
    Saturday, March 23, 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.

    Craft Day
    Sunday, March 31, 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm
    Let’s celebrate the coming of spring with a season themed craft or two. Fun for the whole family.

    Self Care in Nature Series
    Saturdays, March 30, April 6, and April 13
    Taking time for yourself in this hectic world is an absolute must and doing so in nature is great for your physical and mental well-being. During this series we will take time for ourselves, and learn how healing the natural world can be. Sign up for one or all three of the classes. Space is limited so please call to pre-register.


    Journaling in Nature
    March 30, 2:00 pm
    Grab your favorite pen and a cup of coffee before we head out to immerse ourselves in nature. We will use this time to rejuvenate our minds and bodies.


    Homemade Body Care
    April 6, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Join Jan Burns, member of Seven Ponds’ The Friends of Herbs, as she teaches us how to use herbs to make our own body care products. Recipes will be provided, along with a handout of the subjects covered in class. Jan will also demonstrate how to make your own lip balm. Fee: $15.00 per person ($13.00 per member) Everyone will take home a tube of lip balm. Class is limited to 20 participants.

    Soap Making for Beginners
    Saturday, April 13, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    In this class, participants will learn how to create homemade natural soaps from scratch, using traditional oil blends and a lye solution. All supplies will be furnished. Participants will leave the class with their very own soap making kit, along with the knowledge of how to make soap easily and safely at home. Fee: $ 55.00 ($50.00 members) Space limited. Pre-register by April 3.











  • April
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    Morning Paddle at the Ponds
    Saturday, April 6, 8:00 am
    Early morning is one of the best times to view wildlife on the lakes. 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. Please call the nature center to sign up.

    Walking in Spring
    Sunday, April 14, 3:00 pm
    What does an awakened Earth hold for us? Join a Naturalist on an interpretive walk around the ponds.

    Herp Day!
    Saturday, April 20
    Please see flyer for details.

    Land-Stewardship Help Days
    Sunday, April 21 at 2:00 pm- 4:00 pm
    Sunday, May 5 at 2:00 pm- 4:00 pm
    Come help us manage Seven Ponds property as we control non-native invasive plants. Every little bit helps to stop the spread of these invaders. This is also a great opportunity for master garden hours or for community service. Please bring gloves and a water bottle. There will be treats when we finish.

    Spring Bird Walk #1 - Flynn Nature Center
    Wednesday, April 24, 7:00 am
    Our spring bird walks resume with a trip to Flynn Nature Center in Sanilac County. This largely unimproved township park offers a wide range of habitat, and provides us with a chance to kick off spring with numerous birds. Here we hope to find lingering waterfowl as well as early spring migrant songbirds. We will also check out the nearby Peck Road sod farms for migrating shorebirds. All bird watching levels are welcome. Bring your binoculars and field guide, and be sure to wear footwear appropriate for spring conditions. We will carpool from Seven Ponds; please plan for a 7:00 departure from the Seven Ponds parking lot.
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    Behind the Scenes
    Sunday, April 28, 2:00 pm
    Ever wonder where we get all our stuff? What goes into creating a scientific collection? Join us as we open the doors to our collections and see things not usually on display.
  • May
    Bird Walk #2 – Flushing Township Nature Park
    Wednesday, May 1, 7:00 am
    May is the month when the spring migration of songbirds really gets underway and birders get so excited. Let’s go see what we can find at this wonderful township park located in
    Genesee County. This park is one of the top birding locations in the county, offering grassy fields, brushy habitat, and riparian woodland along the Flint River. Time permitting we may also stop by Mott Lake on the way back to scope for ducks, loons, and grebes. All bird watching levels are welcome. Bring your binoculars and field guide, and be sure to wear footwear appropriate for spring conditions. We will carpool from Seven Ponds; please plan for a 7:00 departure from the Seven Ponds parking lot.
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    Sensory Bike Hike on the Polly Ann Trail
    Saturday, May 4, 2:00 pm
    Seven Ponds is partnering up again with The Friends of the Polly Ann Trail to offer this unique experience of “seeing” the Polly Ann Trail through our other senses and not just through our eyes while riding our bikes. We will meet at Memorial Park in downtown Dryden. Please bring bikes, helmets, water, and snacks. Call Seven Ponds to pre-register.

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    Adventure Gang
    Saturday, May 4, 6:30 pm
    Are you bored with life? Looking for something exciting to post about? Well, grab a friend or two and come out to Adventure Gang! This group will have the opportunity to do things like canoeing, shelter building, night hikes and more. This month we will get to experience the trails in the evening after everyone has left, and the woods come alive. We’ll spend some time hiking the trails looking for wildlife and have a bonfire to roast hot-dogs and s’mores. This gang is for young adults ages 14 to 17. Please call the nature center to register.

    Evening Paddle at the Ponds
    Friday, May 10, 7:00 pm
    Seven Ponds in the evening is an awesome experience, especially on the water. The nocturnal animals and the setting sun make for a wondrous time. Fee: $5.00 per person ($3.00 for members) Minimum: 5 years old to ride and 10 years old to paddle. Please call the nature center to sign up.

    Golf Cart Tours
    Sunday, May 12 at 10:00, 1:00,
    and 3:00
    Golf cart tours are great for people with mobility issues who wish to see Seven Ponds. Join a Naturalist on an interpretive ride through the trails. Space is limited to 3 people per ride. Please pre-register by calling the nature center.

    EcoDays and Native Plant Sale
    Saturday & Sunday, May 18 and 19
    Please see flyer for details.