2020 Winter Series - completed

Each winter, Seven Ponds sponsors the Winter Series, a series of programs highlighted by noted naturalists and photographers, live animals, fascinating natural history, and enjoyment for all ages. The series is open to everyone, with an admission fee of $3.00 for adults (free for our members and children under 12 years of age). Please register for each series event by clicking the title.

Potter Park Zoo

What's for Lunch?

Potter Park Zoo

Sunday, January 26, 2:00 PM

It's eat or be eaten in the Wild Kingdom! Learn how animals develop amazing strategies for catching food, and how they avoid becoming dinner themselves. Through this live animal presentation, we will learn basic concepts about camouflage, stalking techniques, and much more.


Astronomy 101

Ron Kyle and Mark Sortzi

Seven Ponds Astronomy Club

Sunday, February 2, 2:00 PM

If you are interested in the night sky, or you have ever even considered it, this program is for you. Ron and Mark will explore astronomy through a Power Point based presentation and will fill us in on what astronomy is and isn't, what types of instruments can be used to view the night sky, and what size the universe, along with the objects found in it, are. 


Beekeeping 101

Mark Spencer

Seven Ponds Bee Keeping Club

Sunday, February 9, 2:00 PM

The tradition of keeping bees and enjoying their golden honey is something that most people can do in their backyards. Mark will teach you the ins and outs of beekeeping, including supplies and equipment, where to get honey bees, and harvesting honey. Would you like to raise honeybees in your backyard? This program is for you.

Heidi Trudell

Window Pain: Helping Birds Survive in a Human World

Heidi Trudell

Just Save Birds and Dead Birds 4 Science!

Sunday, February 16, 2:00 PM

Hundreds of millions of healthy birds are killed each year in the U.S. alone when they collide with the glass of residences and office buildings. With native bird populations experiencing steep declines, it is critical to take immediate action to reduce the human threats to their survival. Join Heidi for an involved disucussion on the threats facing, and solutions saving, our birds - starting right at home.

Mount Rainier NP

Mount Rainier National Park

Gordon Lonie

Former Director of Sterling Heights Nature Center

Sunday, February 23, 2:00 PM

Mt. Rainier is the fourth highest peak in the lower 48 states. It is covered with 35 square miles of glaciers and is renowned for its snowfall in winter and wildflower displays in summer. Located close to Seattle, the park has over 260 miles of hiking trails through old-growth forests, subalpine meadows, and snowfields. Join Gordon for an unforgettable visit to Mt. Rainier National Park. 

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Programs will be held rain or shine. In the event of severe or dangerous weather, SPNC staff may deem the conditions unsafe and may cancel or reschedule an event or program. On occasion, we may also cancel public programs due to low enrollment. We will attempt to contact all registrants as soon as the decision to cancel or reschedule is made. In these circumstances, a full refund will be provided.

Request for cancellations must be made during normal business hours, and may be made by phone or in person. For cancellations on the part of the registrant, program fees will be refunded on the following terms:


10+ days prior to the start of the program 90% refund
1-9 days prior to the start of the program 50% refund
Day of program No refund


Applicable refunds may take two to four weeks to process.

NOTE: Seven Ponds Field Tour cancellation and refund policy differs from the above, and is stated on the field tour registration form.