Seven Ponds Nature Center

A Nature Sanctuary and Environmental Education Center



Assistant Naturalists

These adult classes are held on Saturdays and usually start at 12:00 PM and run to 3:00 p.m. Classes are open to Assistant Naturalists only. If you would like to become a part of this rewarding program, contact us at 810-796-3200 or Katie McKiernan at

Amphibians of the Pond
Saturday, March 24
Let’s learn all about amphibians. Those amazing animals that can breath through their skin, while living in and out of the water. In this class you will learn facts about our close neighbors that will enthrall any audience.

Wildflowers of Michigan
Saturday, April 28
ThinBig or small, wildflowers are an important part of our ecosystem. We will utilize the surrounding habitats, and our special wildflower garden, to teach you about our local flora.

Pond Dipping
Saturday, May 19
A staple activity for an interpreter. We will teach you how to identify plants and animals found in Seven Pond’s lakes. Sort out some pond life and learn how to use a dichotomous key.


The Women's Auxiliary of Seven Ponds, or Stingers, perform much rewarding work for the nature center and have a lot of fun. They meet on the first Monday of each month, April through October. Meetings begin at 11:30 a.m. and bring a brown bag lunch (coffee and tea are provided).
Volunteer Interest Form
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Nest Box Monitors

We are again looking for dedicated volunteers to monitor our bluebird nest boxes this year. This very important opportunity helps us to keep track of not only bluebirds, but also wrens, swallows, chickadees and other small birds that use these boxes. Please contact Naturalist Cathy Wesley at

Garden Volunteers

Volunteers are needed for the various gardens at Seven Ponds. These gardens are a beautiful focal point during the summer months for teaching and reflection. If you are interested in doing general garden maintenance for the Butterfly Garden, the Herb Garden or the Woodland Wildflower Area, contact the nature center.