Winter Programs for 2020-2021

Exploring the winter world can be a wondrous experience with endless possibilities for adventure. If you are not sure what these adventures may entail, come out to Seven Ponds and we can help you out. Look over this winter's offerings of activities and make plans to join us as we explore winter's nature. Seven Ponds offers something for everyone from preschoolers and families to adults. Mark your calendars for some programs in our Winter Series, winter bird walks, seasonal activities, or WinterFest and let the winter adventures begin! Most activities are $3.00 for adults and free for members and children under 12, unless otherwise noted. For more information call 810-796-3200.


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.


Sunset Winter Walk
Sunday, December 6, 4:00 PM
What could be better than seeing the end of the day at Seven Ponds? Hike with a Naturalist around the ponds, and view the sunset from the A-Frame Bridge. Please register online.


Tree Painting
Saturday, December 12, 2:00 PM
Looking for something to do with the kids? Come on out to Seven Ponds for an afternoon of tree painting! We will be using nature friendly materials to paint some of the trees around the nature center. Please register online.


Let's Walk on the Wild Side
Sunday, December 13, 10:00 AM
Come join a Naturalist for an adventure in the North-80 on some of our less traveled trails. Please register online.


Lapeer County Christmas Bird Count
Sunday, December 19, 8:30 AM
If you would like to help count birds at Seven Ponds and Jonathan Woods for the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count, please contact the nature center to register for the event. Naturalist Katie will be coordinating this year’s effort at Seven Ponds. Join in for a half day or full day of counting. Fee: no charge.


Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Thursday & Friday, December 24 & 25
Nature center building closed, trails open for members. Happy Holidays!


Winter Walk Around
Sunday, December 27, 2:00 PM
Feeling a little tired after all that holiday fun? Recharge with a nature walk around the ponds. Please register online.


New Year's Eve and New Year's Day
Thursday & Friday, December 31 & January 1
Nature center building closed, trails open for members. Happy New Year!


New Years Snowshoe Stroll
Sunday, January 3, 1:00 PM
A new year brings new possibilities. Come take an interpretive stroll around the ponds atop a pair of the nature center's snowshoes and welcome the new year with us. Please register online.


Winter Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, January 9, 11:00 AM
Bring the family and come join a Naturalist for a winter scavenger hunt around Seven Ponds. Please register online.


Animal Track Detectives
Saturday, January 16, 10:00 AM
How do you know an animal has been here if you don't see it? You look for tracks and scat! Walk with a Naturalist to find signs left behind on the trails. Please register online.


Winter Night Hike
Saturday, January 23, 7:00 PM
During this night hike we will walk the snow covered trails and look and listen for signs of wildlife. We will end our walk around a cozy fire. Fee: $3.00 for members and non-members. Space is limited, please register online.


Saturday, January 30, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
See the WinterFest page for complete details.


Jonathan Woods Snowshoe Trek
Saturday, February 6, 1:00 PM
We will be going on a snowshoe trek at our beautiful Jonathan Woods. We will see how winter has changed the landscape in the big woods. Please note: this trek will be physically demanding due to the weather conditions, snowshoes, and terrain of Jonathan Woods. Space is limited, please register online.


Winter Series #1: Michigan's Magnificent Owls!
Sunday, February 7, 2:00 PM
See the Winter Series page for a full description.


Family Pond Dipping
Saturday, February 13, 10:00 AM
What lies under the ice? Lots of insects are still active under water this time of year. Grab your family and take a closer look at what lives in the Seven Ponds. Space is limited. Please register online.


Winter Series #2: Rabbits of the World
Sunday, February 14, 2:00 PM
See the Winter Series page for a full description.


Winter Series #3: Let's Go To The Beach!
Sunday, February 21, 2:00 PM
See the Winter Series page for a full description.


Winter Series #4: How the Americas' Indigenous People Shaped the World
Sunday, February 28, 2:00 PM
See the Winter Series page for a full description.


Full Moon Exploration
Sunday, February 28, 7:00 PM
The forests at night may seem a little spooky but they can be full of wonder. Coyotes will be calling this time of year. Walk with a Naturalist and hopefully hear their songs. Space is limited. Please register online.

Seven Ponds Nature Center Winter Bird Walks
This winter we will offer three bird walks on Wednesday mornings – one each in December, January, and February. We hope to find various winter bird species including songbirds, waterfowl, and gulls depending on the habitat. 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 ten (10) participants. Each winter bird walk will begin promptly at 9:00 AM at the trailhead or starting point of the walk. Most bird walks will conclude by 12:00 noon. Please be on time and ready to go birding!

Winter Bird Walk #1 - Holloway Reservoir
Wednesday, December 2, 9:00 AM
Meet at Columbiaville Community Center ∙ 4620 Water Street, Columbiaville MI
By early-December the waters of Holloway Reservoir should have several waterfowl species as well as a variety of gulls. We’ll check the reservoir from several different locations in Lapeer and Genesee counties, searching for ducks, geese, and possible lingering loons and grebes. Bald Eagles regularly cruise the waters in search of fish, so we’ll be on the lookout for them as well. We will also check the adjacent woods and shrubs for various wintering songbirds.

Winter Bird Walk #2 - Port Huron area
Wednesday, January 6, 9:00 AM
Meet at Lighthouse Park ∙ 2875 Omar Street, Port Huron MI
Mid-winter can be a great time to check the waters at the southern tip of Lake Huron as well as the St. Clair River for large flocks of congregating diving ducks, such as Redhead, Canvasback, Bufflehead, Long-tailed Duck, and Hooded, Common, and Red-breasted merganser. A variety of gulls can sometimes be found here during winter as well, and we’ll be sure to search for the Peregrine Falcons which make the bridge area their home. This bird walk will include several stops and will conclude with an early afternoon lunch at a local restaurant (optional).

Winter Bird Walk #3 - Seven Ponds Nature Center
Wednesday, February 24, 9:00 AM
Let’s enjoy a winter bird walk at the nature center, where we may encounter the hardy birds that make this area their home during the cold months of a Michigan winter. Along with the year-round residents such as chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, and woodpeckers, we hope to find winter visitors such as juncos, tree sparrows, and perhaps a variety of northern finches.