SEVEN PONDS NATURE CENTER
SPRING PROGRAMS for 2021
**REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN**
Ahh, Spring! As the ponds thaw and the woods awakens from its winter slumber, it's a great time to get outdoors and explore! Seven Ponds offers something for everyone, from preschoolers and families to adults and seniors. Mark your calendar for some programs, walks, and classes. Unless indicated, program fees are $3.00 for adults, no charge for members and children 12 & under. Please register online.
All programs require pre-registration. Space is limted.
Click the program title for the registration link.
In order to keep all participants and staff safe, programs will generally be open-air and small in size. All participants will be required to wear a mask when six-foot distances cannot be maintained.
Sunday, March 7, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The days are getting longer and warmer, and the animals are “waking up." Let’s see what signs we can find of their activities on this walk. Please pre-register online.
Shamrock Planter Building
Sunday, March 14, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Erin go Bragh! Come out and create a special planter that you will fill with shamrocks to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Cost is $5 per person. Please pre-register online; space is limited.
Beginners/Basic Yoga Class
Thursdays, March 18 through April 22, 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Unwind, rejuvenate and relax with Cat Minolli and the ‘Peaceful Moon’ series. These classes are designed for newcomers and beginning yoga students and/or those who wish to become re-acquainted with the practice. Participants will experience the mind, body, spirit connection while learning basic yoga poses in a serene environment. You don't have to be able to touch your toes or twist into a pretzel to participate, however many postures are done from a seated or prone position on the floor. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or a blanket. Pillows, additional blankets and any other "creature comforts" are also welcome. Fee is $10.00. Classes will be held inside the building and COVID-19 protocol will be in place. Please register online for each date by clicking below:
Invasive Plant Work Day
Sunday, March 21, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Looking for a volunteer opportunity? Come help with non-native invasive plant removal here at the nature center. This invasive plant work day will be focusing on garlic mustard and dame’s rocket. Tools will be provided, however if you are more comfortable using your own tools you are more than welcome to bring them. You will also want to bring water and gloves. Please pre-register online.
Sunday, March 28, 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Spring has sprung and it makes for perfect weather for a stroll around the trails. Let’s see what nature has in store for us as it wakes up from a long winters nap. Please pre-register online.
Saturday, April 3, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Join us for a salamander day of discovery at Jonathan Woods. We will be looking for many examples of the six species that reside in the rich woods while learning about their natural history and conservation. Meet at Seven Ponds, but we will be driving separate due to COVID-19 precautions. Space will be limited. Please pre-register online.
Sunday, April 4, 9:30 - 11:30 AM
Hike with a naturalist on some of our less used trails in the North-80. We will be looking for emerging plants, signs of animals and just enjoying the view! Please pre-register online.
Morning Paddle at the Pond
Sunday, April 11, 9:00 AM
Early morning is one of the best times to view wildlife on the lakes. Dress for the weather. Fee: $5.00 per person ($3.00 for members) Minimum: 5 years old to ride and 10 years old to paddle. Please pre-register online by April 9th.
Jonathan Woods Hike
Saturday, April 17, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Come explore the beautiful world of our Jonathan Woods property! Jonathan Woods is a diverse and healthy ecosystem, so let’s see what wonderful things we can find. We will meet at the nature center and then drive over separately due to COVID-19 precautions. Space will be limited. Please pre-register online.
Demonstration Garden Work Day
Sunday, April 18, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Want to help keep the nature center looking its best? Join our land steward in learning about the plants we have in our demonstration garden, the good and the bad. We will then remove the ones that are not supposed to be there. Tools will be provided. Bring gloves and water. Please pre-register.
Dog Walk on the Polly Ann Trail
Saturday, April 24, 11:00 AM
Seven Ponds Nature Center is partnering with the Polly Ann Trail to host an interpretive dog walk. Join a naturalist to explore the trail with your best friend. Dogs must be well behaved, socialized, and kept on a 6 ft. leash at all times. Meet at Memorial Park in downtown Dryden. Please pre-register.
Frog and Toad Survey
Saturday, May 1, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Frog-tacular! Toadally Awesome! Come out for a night of surveying the Seven Ponds frog and toad species throughout different parts of the property. This survey will begin an hour before sunset and will end an hour after sunset. Please pre-register.
Morning Paddle on the Ponds
Sunday, May 2, 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Early morning is one of the best times to view wildlife on the lakes. Dress for the weather. Fee: $5.00 per person ($3.00 for members) Minimum: 5 years old to ride and 10 years old to paddle. Please pre-register online by Friday, April 30th.
Saturday, May 8, 11:00 AM
This program is designed to get our young and budding birders to practice using binoculars and spot those birds as they flit from tree to tree. Space is limited so please pre-register. Ages 10 and up. Binoculars will be provided but feel free to bring your own if you have them.
EcoDay and Native Plant Sale
Saturday, May 15 ~ Please see flyer for details.
Garlic Mustard Work Day
Sunday, May 16, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Have you ever wondered if you can cook with all of that garlic mustard you just pulled out of the ground? You can! Garlic mustard makes for a great pesto. Join our land steward for an afternoon of pulling garlic mustard and you will get to go home with a sample of some pesto and the recipe to try for yourself! Bring gloves and water. Please pre-register.
Evening Paddle on the Ponds
Friday, May 21, 7:00 PM
Evening and the twilight hours are some of the best times at Seven Ponds, and even better on the water. Many animals are active at these hours, and the sunsets can be spectacular, so be prepared for anything! Dress for the weather. Fee: $5.00 per person ($3.00 for members) Minimum: 5 years old to ride and 10 years old to paddle. Please register online by May 19th.
A Brush with Baby Wildlife
Saturday, May 22, 2:00 PM
Presented by Erica Zuhlke
Encountering infant animals in the wild is a common occurrence in the Spring. From walks in the park to right in your own backyard, this presentation addresses the many myths about baby animals and provides insight on what to do when stumbling upon our wild neighbors—including how to determine if an animal truly needs human intervention and what steps should be taken thereafter. Please register online.
Erica Zuhlke is a licensed veterinary nurse and is currently an Animal Control Officer in Lapeer County. She is a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator and licensed as such in the State of Michigan. In 2018 Erica founded Critter Crossing Rehabilitation, a local nonprofit organization focused on the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of native wildlife. Learn more at crittercrossingrehab.com.
Sunday, May 23, 11:00 AM
Explore the world of a fawn through the story Lost in the Woods by, Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick. As we read the story we will meet some of the friends that help the little fawn find its way home. Please pre-register online as space is limited.
Friday, May 28, 6:30 PM
Join us as we explore the world of botany and booze… as we’ll learn every great drink starts with a great plant. We will spend the evening exploring the woods of Seven Ponds discussing the plants’ botanical, medicinal, and culinary histories. We will use our new knowledge to make and sample botanical cocktails. All participants must be at least 21 years of age. Fee: $22.00 ($19.00 for members) includes drink samples, snacks, recipes, and a “Tipsy Naturalist” glass. Please sign up online by May 14.
JUNE PROGRAM PREVIEW!
Saturday, June 5, 9:00 PM
These beauties of the night are diverse in so many ways. On this walk we will talk about moths of all different kinds and set up “traps” to attract moths in for viewing. Cecropia moths will be emerging around this time of year. Maybe we will get the chance to see one or two. Space is limited; please pre-register online.
Seven Ponds Nature Center Spring 2021 Bird Walks
Spring is a great time of year to get out and enjoy the birds! Resident birds are establishing territories and migratory birds from the south are moving through our area on the way to their northern breeding grounds. This spring we will offer bird walks on ten Wednesday mornings from late-March through May. 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. Our bird walks are open to birders of all skill and experience levels, and beginners are always welcome. Bring your binoculars, your enthusiasm, and if you have a favorite field guide, bring that along as well. Be sure to dress for the weather and wear boots or shoes appropriate for wet, muddy conditions.
These bird walks are free for Seven Ponds members and $5 for non-members. Online pre-registration is required, and bird walks are limited to ten (10) participants. Each spring bird walk will begin promptly at 8:00 AM at the trailhead of the destination park or preserve (adresses will be emailed two days prior to the bird walk). Please arrive on time and ready to go birding!
Wednesday, March 24
Holloway Reservoir & Columbiaville Area
Wednesday, March 31
Metamora-Hadley RA & Nepessing Lake
Wednesday, April 7
Sutherland Nature Sanctuary
Wednesday, April 14
General Squier Memorial Park
Wednesday, April 21
Seven Ponds Nature Center
Wednesday, April 28
Bear Creek Nature Park
Wednesday, May 5
Cranberry Lake Park & Lost Lake Nature Preserve
Wednesday, May 12
Draper Twin Lake Park & Lakeville Swamp Sanctuary
Wednesday, May 19
Charles Ilsley Park
Wednesday, May 26
Lapeer SGA--Snow Den Trail & Northwest Unit
Seven Ponds Nature Center
Adult Learner Classes
These classes are intended for our older, more mature nature lovers. If you are 55 years or older, join us for these fun and informative classes.
Fee: $3.00 per person (Seven Ponds Members FREE)
Please register by clicking the program title. Space is limited.
Seven Ponds Then and Now
Tuesday, May 4
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Do you ever wonder what the history of Seven Ponds Nature Center is? This is the class for you! We will walk through the nature center’s history and learn about how we started, what we looked like and where we are today.
Tuesday, May 11
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Have you ever wanted to see a diverse wildflower population but didn’t know where to look? Look no further than Seven Ponds. Walk with a naturalist through the different habitats of Seven Ponds in the search for spring’s beauties and learn some lore along the way.
Tuesday, May 18
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Another name for “naturalist” should be “nature detective.” More often than not, we don’t see the animals, but the clues they have left behind with a mystery for us to solve. We will spend our time looking for those clues, adding tools to our tool belt to problem solve those clues, and making peace with the idea that some mysteries will remain a mystery.
Seven Ponds Nature Center
ASSISTANT NATURALIST CLASSES - Spring 2021
These classes are open to Assistant Naturalists only. We will start each class at 12:00 PM by having lunch (please bring your own) and then proceed to the day’s lesson. If you would like to become a part of this fine program, contact naturalist Katie McKiernan at 810-796-3200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Landscaping for Nature
Saturday, March 20, 12:00 PM
Have you ever wanted to learn how to landscape for nature? Are you interested in attracting pollinators to your yard? This will be the class for you! Learn what to plant and what not to plant to gain biodiversity right at home.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade Programs
Saturday, April 10, 12:00 PM
We are redoing our programs to fit in with Next Generation Science Standards. Learn how to teach our new programs and draw new connections with participants in the youngest age groups.
Second Grade Programs
Saturday, May 1, 12:00 PM
Second grade is the next group of programs we will teach you about. You will learn what has changed and what has stayed the same. How can you inspire a love of nature in 2nd graders? Come find out!