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3854 Crawford Road ● Dryden, MI 48428-9776 ● (810) 796-3200

Schools and Youth

Seven Ponds offers a wide range of opportunities for schools and youth, including school field trips, traveling naturalist, knee high naturalists home-school nature study, scout programs, and summer day camps.

Programs for School Children


School Field Trips

Explorer Programs, for grades K through 6, use exciting natural history topics to teach important ecological concepts. These interesting programs promote greater awareness and appreciation of our surroundings, often using hands-on-activities, specimens, slide shows, and nature walks.

Scout Programs

Seven Ponds offers a variety of badge work, from Brownies through Seniors, from Cub Scouts through Boy Scouts. The children will not only learn the requirements for the badges, but will also gain insight and respect for our natural world. By learning responsibility for nature, the children will gain an appreciation that will enable them to become stewards of the land.

Leaders are sent a confirmation letter, and a map when they reserve a date for a program. Due to time and effort we can only cover one badge achievement per session. For more information and for scheduling programs, call the nature center at (810) 796-3200.

Seasonal Walks
Seasonal Walks are informal and open-ended, emphasizing the changes in nature throughout the year. Each season, indeed each day, has its own fascinating mysteries for eager scouts to discover along our trails. Much of the walk is spontaneous with topics chosen from interesting events encountered on the trail. How plants and animals live and interact, the natural laws they follow, and our ancestors close relationship with nature are some of the many themes that may be covered. Seasonal walks are for any organized group from preschool to adult.
Time: 1 1/2 hours Fee: $3.00 per person.


Traveling Naturalist Programs

Traveling Naturalist Programs are designed to liven up the science curriculum without having to leave the classroom! The programs are presented in a way which is appropriate for each grade level and includes important concepts relative to the state’s science expectations.

Important Information

All groups must make prior arrangements with the nature center before coming. Early scheduling is recommended due to the great demand for programs and may be done up to a year in advance.

  • Dress for the weather and natural setting. The desire to learn rapidly fades when children are cold or wet.
  • Sack lunches may be eaten in the picnic area. We have no indoor eating facilities.
  • Groups have access to the trails only under the supervision of a naturalist.
  • Seven Ponds is a nature sanctuary-collecting plants and animals is not permitted.
  • When scheduling a program let us know about children with special needs-physical, emotional or learning. This allows us to make the appropriate arrangements prior to your arrival.
  • The bookstore also carries a wide selection of nature oriented materials appropriate for students to buy as gifts and souvenirs.

Borrow a Teacher Kit

Teacher kits are multi-media packages (including specimens) which help present interesting lessons to get students thinking about the natural world they depend on. Three kits are currently available: Winter Birds, Bird Nests, and Raptors. They can be borrowed for two weeks. Fee: $10.00 per kit.