Seven Ponds Nature Center

A Nature Sanctuary and Environmental Education Center

Nature Study Series for Homeschoolers
Seven Ponds Nature Center is an ideal outdoor classroom where children can experience nature first hand. In this series of programs, our experienced staff and well trained volunteer naturalists guide children toward an awareness and appreciation of our natural world, using hands-on activities, specimens, slide shows, and nature walks. These programs complement state science objectives and focus on specific ecological concepts. To encourage individual participation on the trail, children will be divided into groups of about 15 students. Fee: $4.00 per person (Any adults who plan on participating in the program also pay this fee.) For more information or to pre-register your child, please call (810) 796-3200.

Wednesday, December 12 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Amazing Nature Adventure
Concept: Needs of Living Things and Senses
Let students discover nature with this sensory program. They will get to see and touch some of the living and once living creatures that can be found in their backyards. Through hands-on activities, the students will also learn about the special senses these animals have and what they need to survive. Grades K-2

The World of Dirt
Concept: Earth Science and Animal Adaptations
Students will investigate soil and its characteristics with hands-on activities. They will also have an opportunity to meet some of the underground animals that rely on soil for their homes! Grades 3-4

Our Disappearing Wildlife
Concept: Human Influence on Animal Populations
Students explore the issue of endangered plants and animals. Using specimens from Michigan and around the world, students will work in small groups to discover the reasons species become endangered and the ways that we can help protect our natural heritage.Grades 5-6

Wednesday, January 16 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Winter Survival
Students will learn all about winter and what survival skills we would need to live in a wintery world. Through hands-on activities and snow shelter making we will learn just how tough you need to be to survive in the cold. Grades K - 6

Wednesday, February 20 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Though hands-on activities and owl pellet dissection, students will learn all about the amazing world of owls. Younger learners will focus on the owl’s needs and lifecycle. Older learners will focus on the owl’s adaptations and their relationships in their communities.
Grades K - 2 and 3-6.

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Photo Courtesey of Mike Mercier