A Nature Sanctuary and
Environmental Education Center

Established 1967


Please consider donating to our 2021 Special Gifts Campaign. Special Gifts provide critical funds for the operation of the nature center and help close the budget gap between what we collect in admission fees, program fees, and membership dues and the real cost of maintaining Seven Ponds as a quality nature sanctuary and environmental education center. We hope members and friends will help us by being as generous as they have been in the past. Thank you for thinking about the nature center during this season of giving.

We regretfully announce that our annual members-only Holiday Auction and Christmas Party, originally scheduled for December 4, 2021, will not take place this year. This difficult decision was made in deference to the health and safety of our members and volunteers.

In accordance with current recommendations from the Lapeer County Health Department and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Seven Ponds Nature Center is asking everyone to wear a face mask inside the nature center building. 

We appreciate your cooperation and kindness.

**NEW** Canoe & Kayak Launch

We are excited to announce that our new canoe and kayak launch is installed and ready to use. Located along the dock on Treetop Pond, the launch provides a convenient access point to Treetop Pond and all the connecting ponds - Miller Pond, Little Pond, Long Pond, Big Pond, Richie Pond, and Mud Pond. 

Launching a craft from the nature center is a privilege reserved for Seven Pond members - another perk of membership and a great reason to join if you haven't already done so. 

Reminder that fishing is prohibited from the shores of the nature center and from any craft launched from the nature center. 

Please check in at the front desk prior to launching. School groups, scout groups, and others may be involved in pond dipping from the dock, which will require you to wait until the program is finished before launching.

Canoe & kayak launch

The Lapeer County Community Foundation supports so many worthwhile projects and organizations around our county and has been a long-time supporter of Seven Ponds Nature Center. Did you know that LCCF manages an Endowment Fund on behalf of Seven Ponds Nature Center?  This fund provides a permanent source of funding for the Center for generations to come.

To donate, visit: www.lapeercountycf.org.


Click here to see a short video from LCCF which features Seven Ponds

Tallgrass Priairie

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

Staff pic - summer 2020

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

Seven Ponds Nature Center

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.