SEVEN PONDS NATURE CENTER

FALL PROGRAMS for 2020

The crisp, cool air and glorious colors of autumn make this time of year one of the most beautiful and enjoyable seasons to visit Seven Ponds. The cost for most of the programs listed below is included in the admission fee, (admission is free to members) unless otherwise specifed.

All programs require pre-registration.

Click the program title for the registration link.

In order to keep all participants and staff safe, programs will be open-air and small in size. All participants will be required to wear a mask when six-foot distances cannot be maintained.

SEPTEMBER

Land Stewardship Workday #1
Saturday, September 5, 2:00 PM

We will be working on non-native invasive plants invading the nature center. This is a great chance to earn community service or Master Gardener hours. Bring your own work gloves, water, and tools will be provided. If you wish to bring your own tools, you may.

Earl’s Prairie Walk
Sunday, September 6, 10:00 AM
Autumn is on its way! Let us take a walk-about the prairie and see what changes the end of summer has in store for us. Please pre-register online for this family program.

Labor Day Holiday
Monday, September 7
Building open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Pack a lunch and spend the day hiking the trails, climbing the A-Frame bridge for a sunset view, visit the North-80 or enjoy a late afernoon stroll along the paths of Earl's Prairie.

Yoga at the Ponds – Basic-Plus
Wednesday, September 9, 6:00 to 7:00 PM
Experience the joy of mindful movement aimed at stretching and toning the entire body with Peaceful Moon Yoga's 'BasicPlus' practice. Participants will experience the mind-body-spirit connection while improving strength, balance and mental and emotional clarity in the serene garden area at Seven Ponds Nature Center. The practice includes seated, standing, and prone postures for a full body yoga workout. Beginner to intermediate level participants welcome. Cost is $10; pre-registration required.

Yoga at the Ponds – Basic Yoga
Thursday, September 10, 10:00 to 11:00 AM
Experience the mind-body-spirit connection in a serene
environment with Peaceful Moon Yoga's Basic Yoga class. Participants will discover the benefts of mindful movement, linking breath with movement, while moving the body and calming the mind. You don't have to be able to twist up into a pretzel to participate, however the practice includes moving from prone and seated positions to standing postures. Newcomers, beginners, or those who wish to become reacquainted with the practice are welcome! Cost is $10; pre-registration required.

Family Field Netting
Saturday, September 12, 2:00 PM
What insects are waiting in the plants around Seven Ponds? With your family you will seek them out! Join a naturalist, grab a net, and let’s see what we can find. Pre-registration is required. Limit 12 people.

Yoga at the Ponds – Basic-Plus
Wednesday, September 16, 6:00 to 7:00 PM
See Basic-Plus yoga description for September 9. Cost is $10; pre-registration required.

Yoga at the Ponds – Basic Yoga
Thursday, September 17, 10:00 to 11:00 AM
See Basic Yoga description for September 10. Cost is $10; pre-registration required.

Seven Ponds Nature Center 2020 Michigan BioBlitz Weekend!
Saturday, September 19 & Sunday, September 20
Using iNaturalist, submit your animal, plant, and fungi
observations made in Michigan this weekend for our
BioBlitz. How many organisms can we document in
Michigan over the course of the weekend? All you need is an iNaturalist account – which is free and easy to
set up – and a smart phone with a camera. Fun for the
entire family. See our special events page for more information. Ready, set, GO BIOBLITZ!

Jonathan Woods Walk
Sunday, September 20, 1:00 PM
Let’s take a walk in the woods and enjoy the beauty of change during this wonderful time of year! We will be meeting at the Nature Center but driving separately to Jonathan Woods so that we may be physically distant. Please pre-register online for this family program.

Yoga at the Ponds – Basic-Plus
Wednesday, September 23, 6:00 to 7:00 PM
See Basic-Plus yoga description for September 9. Cost is $10; pre-registration required.

Yoga at the Ponds – Basic Yoga
Thursday, September 24, 10:00 to 11:00 AM
See Basic Yoga description for September 10. Cost is $10; pre-registration required.

Family Pond Dipping
Saturday, September 26, 1:00 PM
Bring your curiosity and take a closer look at what lives in the ponds. Families will use a net to capture aquatic insects that call Seven Ponds home and learn how to identify what you have found. Please pre-register. Limit of 12 people.

Yoga at the Ponds – Basic-Plus
Wednesday, September 30, 6:00 to 7:00 PM
See Basic-Plus yoga description for September 9. Cost is $10; pre-registration required.

OCTOBER

Yoga at the Ponds – Basic Yoga
Thursday, October 1, 10:00 to 11:00 AM
See Basic Yoga description for September 10. Cost is $10; pre-registration required.

Enchanted Movie Night at Seven Ponds
Saturday, October 3, 7:30 PM
We are not able to offer our Enchanted Woodland this year, so we have decided to have an outdoor movie night at Seven Ponds instead. Bring your blanket or lawn chairs, your own popcorn and non-alcoholic beverage, and enjoy a movie under the stars in the cool October air. We will be showing the animated film Over the Hedge, and our naturalists will provide a fun nature-themed activity to accompany the movie for every family. There is no cost for this event, but pre-registration online is required.

Nature Journaling
Sunday, October 4, 2:00 PM
Come join us for an afernoon of nature journaling! We will divide our time learning some useful tips for keeping a nature journal outside on the lawn. Then we will practice what we’ve learned. Please bring a journal and your favorite pen or pencil. You may want to bring color pencils as well. Please pre-register online for this teen through adult program.

Yoga at the Ponds – Basic-Plus
Wednesday, October 7, 6:00 to 7:00 PM
See Basic-Plus yoga description for September 9. Cost is $10; pre-registration required.

Yoga at the Ponds – Basic Yoga
Thursday, October 8, 10:00 to 11:00 AM
See Basic Yoga description for September 10. Cost is $10; pre-registration required.

Painting at the Ponds
Sunday, October 10, 4:00 PM
Let's learn how to paint an awesome nature scene with friends! Enjoy a lovely view with a non-alcoholic beverage as we learn how to create a step-by-step painting with Naturalist Katie. All painting supplies will be provided for you. You bring your beverage. This class will be socially distanced outside so please dress appropriately. Pre-register by October 8th, space is limited to 10 people. Ages 18 and up. Fee: $25.00 (members $20.00)

Yoga at the Ponds – Basic-Plus
Wednesday, October 14, 6:00 TO 7:00 PM
See Basic-Plus yoga description for September 9. Cost is $10; pre-registration required.

Yoga at the Ponds – Basic Yoga
Thursday, October 15, 10:00 to 11:00 AM
See Basic Yoga description for September 10. Cost is $10; pre-registration required.

Land Stewardship Workday #2
Sunday, October 18, 2:00 PM

See program description for September 5 workday. 

Prairie Seed Collecting
Sunday, October 25, 2:00 PM
Together we will enjoy the changing seasons in the prairie as we see how nature is geting ready for winter. We will also venture out to the prairie and collect seeds for you to take home and plant your own tall grass prairie. This family program requires pre-registration.

 

NOVEMBER

Walk Around the Ponds
Sunday, November 1, 3:00 PM
Join us for a beautiful walk around the ponds. This will be a wonderful opportunity to get out and enjoy an afernoon walk with a Naturalist. Please pre-register online for this family program.

Nature Walk with Your Dog on the Polly Ann
Saturday, November 7, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Seven Ponds is partnering with the Friends of the Polly Ann Trail to offer this fun morning of hiking and learning with your canine friend as we explore the Polly Ann Trail. We will meet at Memorial Park in downtown Dryden to start this adventure. Your dog must be on a 6’ lead and socialized and comfortable around other people and dogs. Social distancing will be required. Please register online for this family program.

Land Stewardship Workday #3
Sunday, October 18, 2:00 PM

See program description for September 5 workday.

Nature’s Symphony
Sunday, November 15, 3:30 PM
This will be a lovely afernoon of Nature’s Symphony! We will start the afternoon off by going for a walk around the ponds listening for the music of autumn. Once we arrive back at the building, we will discuss what the different seasons might sound like, and to finish off the afternoon we will listen to how a composer has turned the sounds of nature into music! Please pre-register online for this teen to adult program.

Sunday Naturalist Walk
Sunday, November 22, 2:00 PM
Today we will enjoy a nice walk around the ponds as nature gets ready for winter. Bring your curiosity as we look for end of the year life. Please pre-register online for this family program.

Thanksgiving Holiday
Thursday, November 26 & Friday, November 27
The nature center will be closed on these two days; members are welcome to walk the trails.

Land Stewardship Workday #4
Sunday, November 29, 2:00 PM

See program description for September 5 workday.

Seven Ponds Nature Center Fall 2020 Bird Walks
This fall we will offer a baker’s dozen bird walks on Wednesday mornings, weekly from September through November. Highlighting numerous local natural areas, all walks take place at nearby parks and preserves, generally under 30 minutes driving time from Seven Ponds Nature Center. Seven Ponds bird walks are open to birders of all skill and experience levels, and beginners are always welcome. Bring your binoculars, your enthusiasm, and be sure to dress for the weather.

These bird walks are free for Seven Ponds members, and $5 for non-members. Pre-registration is required, and bird walks are limited to eight (8) participants. Each fall bird walk will begin promptly at 8:00 AM at the trailhead of the destination park or preserve (see address below). Please arrive on time and ready to bird!

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FALL BIRD WALK #1

Wednesday, September 2
Seven Ponds Nature Center
3854 Crawford Road, Dryden MI (Lapeer County)
0 miles, 0 minutes from SPNC

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FALL BIRD WALK #2

Wednesday, September 9
Ortonville State Recreation Area
5779 Hadley Road, Ortonville MI (Lapeer County)
15.8 miles, 25 minutes from SPNC
(main driveway, first parking area on the right)

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FALL BIRD WALK #3

Wednesday, September 16
Oakwood Lake Township Park
550 E. Oakwood Road, Oxford MI (Oakland County)
9.0 miles, 17 minutes from SPNC

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FALL BIRD WALK #4

Wednesday, September 23
Bear Creek Nature Park
740 West Snell Road, Rochester MI (Oakland County)
18.1 miles, 28 minutes from SPNC

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FALL BIRD WALK #5

Wednesday, September 30
General Squier Memorial Park
4725 S. Mill Road, Dryden MI (Lapeer County)
3.6 miles, 7 minutes from SPNC

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FALL BIRD WALK #6

Wednesday, October 7
Charles Ilsley Park
1475 E. Predmore, Oakland MI (Oakland County)
14.9 miles, 24 minutes from SPNC

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FALL BIRD WALK #7

Wednesday, October 14
Jonathan Woods Nature Preserve
3499 Jonathan Road, Oxford MI (Lapeer County)
4.6 miles, 10 minutes from SPNC

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FALL BIRD WALK #8

Wednesday, October 21
For-Mar Nature Preserve
2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton MI (Genesee County)
29.6 miles, 34 minutes from SPNC

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FALL BIRD WALK #9

Wednesday, October 28
Cranberry Lake Park
384 West Predmore Road, Oakland Charter Twp MI
(Oakland County)
14.2 miles, 23 minutes from SPNC

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FALL BIRD WALK #10

Wednesday, November 4
Sutherland Nature Sanctuary
3998 Diehl Road, Metamora MI (Lapeer County)
12.2 miles, 19 minutes from SPNC

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FALL BIRD WALK #11

Wednesday, November 11
Watershed Preserve
6000 Rochester Road, Leonard MI (Oakland County)
5.6 miles, 9 minutes from SPNC

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FALL BIRD WALK #12

Wednesday, November 18
Draper Twin Lake Park
1015 Inwood Road, Rochester MI (Oakland County)
17.1 miles, 27 minutes from SPNC

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FALL BIRD WALK #13

Wednesday, November 25
Seven Ponds Nature Center
3854 Crawford Road, Dryden MI (Lapeer County)
0 miles, 0 minutes from SPNC