A Nature Sanctuary and
Environmental Education Center

Established 1967

Fall in the Little Smokies ~ Southern Ohio

October 16-21, 2022

Join Seven Ponds naturalists on an autumn field tour to the scenic "Little Smokies" of southern Ohio. Explore the edge of the Appalachian foothills; immerse yourself in the ancient history of this area through geology and culture; soak up the gorgeous fall leaf color and crisp, cool air; hike streamside forests and rocky gorges featuring old-growth white cedars and stunning rock formations.

Space remains for this tour. Check the full itinerary below, and register before the tour fills.

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Two Oakland University graduate students have selected Seven Ponds Nature Center as the site of their graduate-level research. Their projects will study the effects of artificial light on aquatic and littoral invertebrates. They will be utilizing Waterfowl Pond and the adjacent shoreline and field in the North-80 for their research, which will take place over the course of this summer. We're excited that they will be utilizing the natural areas at Seven Ponds, and we are happy to support ecological research and the advance of environmental science. You can read an interesting article published online in the Oakland University News HERE and check out there research plan outline HERE.

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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.

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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.