A Nature Sanctuary and
Environmental Education Center

Established 1967

We conducted a prescribed burn on part of our tallgrass prairie on Thursday, March 30. Fire is a natural component of the prairie life cycle, and a burn is an effective way to manage some invasive plants and promote regeneration and growth of native prairie plants. As you visit the nature center over the next few months, watch as our native prairie grasses reclaim this part of Earl's Prairie!

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Last summer, two graduate students from Oakland University conducted their graduate-level research at Seven Ponds Nature Center. In the North-80, they investigated how various wavelengths of visible light impacted insects and other arthropods. They hope that their findings help inform decisions about the best lighting to use to have the least impact on these small but critical creatures. Check out the video below to learn more about their research.

Camp Seven Ponds

Most camp sessions have already filled to capacity. A few spots remain in the Pint-sized Explorers week #1 camp. Click the registration box below to learn more.

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

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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.