A Nature Sanctuary and
Environmental Education Center

Established 1967

Check out this great article in our local newspaper highlighting some of the wonders to be found at Seven Ponds!


In order to help ensure the health and safety of all our visitors and staff, we have put into place the following provisions:

  • Please check in at the front desk (ring bell if nobody is present).
  • A limited number of people (25) will be permitted in the building at one time for restroom use, shopping in our Rookery Gift Shop, or enjoying the Discovery Room (limit 10 at one time).
  • Masks or face coverings are required for entry into the building.
  • The Miller Pond Boardwalk is open for one-way traffic only (clockwise) and signed accordingly. 
  • Trails and visitor center open to the public Tuesday through Sunday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. $3 per adult and child 12 and over. Closed Mondays. 
  • Trails are open to our members dawn to dusk, every day of the week, no additional charge. 
  • As always, no dogs and no bikes on the trails, as Seven Ponds is a nature sanctuary for native wildlife.

WINTER WARNING: Thin ice! Please stay off the ice at the nature center. Our glacial lakes are deep, with water moving through the channels that connect the lakes, resulting in dangerously thin ice in some places. During our WinterFest we only permit visitors on the ice when and where we are absolutely certain it is safe. On the various small ponds throughout our grounds, getting onto the ice means venturing off the trail - which is not permitted. We want everybody to have a fun and safe visit to the nature center. Thank you!

Spring programs are posted, including naturalist-led walks, bird walks, workshops, classes, family programs, senior programs, Knee-High Naturalists, Nature Study Series for Homeschoolers, EcoDay & Native Plant Sale, Camp Seven Ponds (June & July).

Most programs have size limits. Online registration will begin Monday, March 1, 2021.

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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.