A Nature Sanctuary and
Environmental Education Center

Established 1967

As a service to our community during this crisis, we are waiving our non-member admission fees and hourly restrictions - trails are open dawn to dusk for all to utilize, members and non-members alike. Online donations of admission fees are greatly welcomed. Please consider becoming a member - the benefits are many, and the support is truly appreciated!

Seven Ponds Nature Center: A Calm in the Storm


Dear Friends, Members, Visitors, & Supporters:

The mission of Seven Ponds Nature Center is to provide environmental education to the community and a peaceful retreat for our visitors. We remain committed to that mission, while being proactive in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The nature center building will be closed until further notice. All programs scheduled through April have been cancelled. We will provide a full refund for those who have registered in advance.

Our trails remain open! We are temporarily waiving our non-member admission fees and hourly restrictions - all trails are open dawn to dusk for all to utilize, members and non-members alike.

Seven Ponds offers seven miles of trails on nearly 500 acres of beautiful woodlands, wetlands, prairie, and fields. During current school and work closures, as always, the nature center is a perfect place for families to explore and discover. We encourage you to visit Seven Ponds, get outdoors, breathe the fresh air, enjoy the trails, listen for newly-arrived birds and emerging frogs, and watch the wonder of spring unfold.

During this unprecedented time, let Seven Ponds be your peaceful retreat.


Your Friends at Seven Ponds Nature Center


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Seven Ponds Nature Center offers a wide range of quality programs, activities, and events intended for children, families, and adults.

Upcoming Events


Seven Ponds Nature Center offers many environmental education opportunities for students and teachers, including school field trips, traveling naturalist programs, and teacher kits available for check-out.

Schools and Teachers

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Seven Ponds Nature Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to environmental education and the preservation of nearly 500 acres of beautiful land and lakes in southeastern Michigan. Your membership brings you many benefits, and helps us continue our important work.

Become a Member

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Seven Ponds offers unique natural history and birding field tours to amazing destinations around North America, led by expert naturalists and guides.

Field Tours


Seven Ponds has nearly seven miles of trails for you to explore. Here are the latest conditions for our trails in Paul’s Woods, Earl’s Prairie, the North-80, and Jonathan Woods, as well as recent wildlife observations.

Trail Reports

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With a small staff, Seven Ponds depends on volunteers! There are many opportunities for you to get involved, including trail maintenance, nest box monitoring, invasive plant control, animal care, garden work, special events, and our Friends of Seven Ponds group.

Volunteer Opportunities

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Check out our clubs! Astronomy Club, Beekeeping Club, Birding Club, Photography Club, Friends of Herbs, Butterfly Gardeners, and Friends of Seven Ponds are all very welcoming.


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Seven Ponds is proud to partner with many environmental and community organizations and enjoys the support of many local businesses.


Our website and CRM software were made possible through generous grants from the Four County Community Foundation and the Lapeer County Community Foundation. We truly appreciate the support of these two local foundations.