A Nature Sanctuary and
Environmental Education Center

Established 1967

This week our staff will be busy transforming the nature center into an auction house and party place as we prepare for Saturday's annual Holiday Auction & Christmas Party. Therefore, the Discovery Room will not be open to visitors. The Rookery Gift Shop will be OPEN for your holiday shopping, and of course our trails are ready for you as well. No admission fee for visitors this week.

Holiday Auction


It's time for our year-end Special Gifts Campaign, when members and supporters can help ensure a bright new year for Seven Ponds Nature Center. Your gift allows us to continue offering high quality educational programming and provides for continued maintenance of our buildings and equipment and stewardship of our land and waters. Please consider giving generously this season.

HEY SEVEN PONDS MEMBERS! It's almost time for our annual Holiday Auction & Christmas Party! This important fundraiser and celebration is open to members and their guests. Come out on Saturday, December 2nd at 6:30 for food, beverages, and fun as we celebrate another successful year and look forward to 2024. This is an important fundraising event which helps the nature center kick start the coming year with critical funding. The evening features our ever-popular silent auction, a live auction with professional auctioneer Brian Rowley, plus fun raffles and other opportunities to contribute. In order to help us be fully prepared, we ask that you pre-register on our Holiday Auction & Christmas Party page. If you are unable to attend but would still like to donate, there is a link for that as well. THANK YOU!

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BREAKING NEWS! Phase 2 of our new boardwalk is finished! Kyle Builders completed the project last week, and we could not be happier with the results. We will be adding curbs along the boardwalk and a chain at the end of the teaching platform (Phase 3), but the boardwalk is now open for foot traffic. Enjoy!

Aerial photos provided courtesy of Kyle Builders

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north completed
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Board member Charlie Turner with longtime supporter Phyllis Schroeder, whose generosity made the entire project possible
Board member Charlie Turner with longtime supporter Phyllis Schroeder, whose generosity made the entire project possible
spur completed
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teaching platform completed
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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


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


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.