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Spring Programs at Seven Ponds

Seven Ponds offers something for everyone from preschoolers and families to adult courses. Mark your calendars for some programs and let the spring adventures begin! For the most recent information call 810-796-3200.
  • March
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    Spring Awakenings
    Sunday, March 4, 2:00 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.

    March Morning
    Sunday, March 11, 9:30 am
    Come see what’s springing to life on this March morning. Let’s meander some of our favorite trails.

    Knee High Naturalist Class
    Thursday & Friday March 15 & 16, 10:00–11:30 am
    Explorer Extraordinaire for preschool children around 3 or 4 years old. Enjoy nature with your child. All classes include nature story, animals or animal mount to touch, a hike, (if weather permits) nature activities or games, nature crafts to take home, and a snack. Fee: $7.00 per child ($6.00 for members) Pre-register by calling 810-796-3200.

    Shamrock Planter Building
    Saturday, March 17, 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.
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    The Greening of Seven Ponds
    Sunday, March 18, 2:00 pm
    Spring is here! We will be on the look out for anything green as we walk the trails.

    Land Stewardship Day
    Come help with non-native invasive plant removal here at the nature center. Learn about these plants, and why it’s important to manage them on your own property. These days are great opportunities for community service hours and Master Gardener hours. Bring gloves and water.
    Tuesday, March 20, 2:00 pm
    Sunday, April 8, 1:00 pm
    Sunday, May 6, 1:00 pm
    Sunday, May 20, 1:00 pm

    Equinox Night Hike
    Friday, March 23, 7:30–9:30 pm
    Light has exceeded dark and the wildlife is “rejoicing”. This evening we will explore the vernal pools and forests looking for nocturnal critters as we are serenaded by the frogs. Please call to register.

    Seven Ponds Annual Meeting
    Saturday, March 24, 9:00 am
    All Seven Ponds members are welcome as we review the center’s activities for the past year, honor outgoing board members, and elect new board members and officers.

    Nature Journaling
    Sunday, March 25, 2:00 pm
    Let’s see what’s springing up Seven Ponds! There is so much active in the spring, come be a part of it. We’ll go look at all the new life and try writing some poems about what we see. Come dressed for the weather and please bring a journal and your favorite pen or pencil. You could also bring color pencils. Please pre-register by March 24, by calling the nature center.
  • April
    Demonstration Gardens Workday
    Sunday, April 1, 1:00 pm
    We will spend the afternoon working in the gardens next to the building. Bring any garden tools you like to work with.

    Salamander Foray
    Saturday, April 7, 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 and carpool to the site. Limit 12. Please call to pre-register.

    Spring Bird Walk #1
    Wednesday, April 25, 7:30 am
    Watershed Park
    Our spring bird walks resume with a trip to Watershed Park in northern Oakland County. Here we hope to find lingering waterfowl as well as early spring migrant songbirds. Depending on the bird activity at the park, we may check out other nearby locations as well. All bird watching levels are welcome. Bring your binoculars and field guide, and be sure to wear footwear appropriate spring conditions; please plan for a 7:30 departure from the Seven Ponds parking lot.

    Knee High Naturalist Class
    Thursday & Friday April 26 & 27, 10:00–11:30 am
    Brilliant Rainbows for preschool children around 3 or 4 years old. Enjoy nature with your child. All classes include nature story, animals or animal mount to touch, a hike, (if weather permits) nature activities or games, nature crafts to take home, and a snack. Fee: $7.00 per child ($6.00 for members) Pre-register by calling 810-796-3200.

    Wildflower Walk
    Saturday, April 28, 9:00 am
    The spring ephemerals will have started blooms and we enjoy a morning of exploring Seven Ponds to see what flowers we can find.

    Curious Canoers of Seven Ponds

    Sunday April 29, 10:00 am
    Join us for the first trip of the season out onto the ponds by canoe. We never know what we will find on our explorations, but we always have a great time. Dress warm as it tends to be chillier on the water. Please call to pre-register.
    Fee: $5.00 per person ($3.00 for members) Minimum: 5 years old to ride and 10 years old to paddle.
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  • May
    Spring Bird Walk #2
    Wednesday, May 2, 7:30 am
    Oakwood Lake Township Park
    May is the month when the spring migration of songbirds really gets underway and birders get so excited. Let’s go see what we can find at this wonderful township park located just 15 minutes from Seven Ponds in northern Oakland County. A nice mix of deciduous forest, conifers, wetlands, and brushy areas at this park should provide plenty of quality habitat for the early May migrants. All bird watching levels are welcome. Bring your binoculars and field guide, and be sure to wear footwear appropriate spring conditions; please plan for a 7:30 departure from the Seven Ponds parking lot.

    Fly Tying
    Saturday, May 5, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
    Ever want to try tying flies? Well, come check out a fly tying demonstration. This informal setting is a great opportunity to watch fly tyers, ask questions and maybe even have a try at tying your own.

    Spring Bird Walk #3
    Wednesday, May 9, 7:30 am
    Lapeer State Game Area
    The state game area offers a wide range of habitats-from grass fields and wetlands, to dense brush and mature forests. This diversity of habitat provides refuge and feeding areas for a grate variety of both migrant and resident song birds. We’ll expect to a good number of warblers, vireos, tanagers, orioles, sparrows, and more as we explore the area. All birdwatching levels are welcome. Bring your binoculars and field guide, and be sure to wear footwear appropriate for spring conditions. We will carpool from Seven Ponds; please plan for a 7:30 am departure from Seven Ponds parking lot.

    EcoDays and Native Plant Sale
    Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    All day events! Check out the flyer here.

    Native Plant Sale
    Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    There will be a large selection of woodland and prairie flowers for purchase. There will also be people knowledgeable on native planting to help with any questions. If you are interested in the plant list contact the nature center close to the sale dates.

    Bird-A-Thon
    Saturday, May 12
    Each team of birdwatchers will spend the day in the field trying to see as many bird species as they can. The fundraising part of the event comes from people making pledges to member of the birdathon teams. If for example someone makes a pledge of $.25 per bird, the the pledger would make a contribution of $25.00 to the nature center.
    Its easy to make a birdathon pledge! Simply write your name, address, and the amount of your pledge on a piece of paper, and send it to the nature center or call it in. You may choose to make a per bird pledge or a fixed amount pledge. A birdathon team may see up to 125 species birds on the day of the count. Once the birdathon is over, you will be sent a list of birds seen by the team and a bill for the amount of your pledge. Join us!
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    Spring Bird Walk #4
    Wednesday, May 16, 7:30 am
    Sutherland Nature Sanctuary
    The preserve is a gem of a property located near the southwestern corner of Lapeer County. Ponds, shrubs, both deciduous an coniferous forests, a small creek, and a nearby farm field pack a lot of habitat into a small area. Spring migration should be peaking, so we’ll hope to see a nice variety of all the migration groups: warblers, vireos, tanagers, and orioles as well as resident woodpeckers, nuthatches, chickadees, and titmice. The trails here tend to be a bit soggy in the spring, so be sure to wear your mud boots. All birdwatching levels are welcome. Bring your binoculars and field guide. We will carpool from Seven Ponds; please plan for a 7:30 am departure from Seven Ponds parking lot.

    Painting at the Ponds

    Saturday, May 19, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
    It’s time to celebrate spring with a hand painted work of art. Naturalist Katie will guide you step by step in creating a masterpiece of your very own. Space is limited so call to reserve your place. This is a bring your own wine event and everyone must be 21 and over to participate. $20.00 for members and $25.00 for non-members.

    Evening Paddle
    Friday, May 25, 5:00 pm
    Come out for an evening on the water. Let’s see what excitements take place as the sun is setting. Please call to pre-register. Fee: $5.00 per person ($3.00 for members) Minimum 5 years old, 10 years old to paddle.

    Morning Paddle at the Ponds
    Saturday, May 26, 7:00 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.

    Wildflower Walk
    Saturday, May 26, 2:00 pm
    We will explore the trails and Wildflower Area to see what’s blooming.

    Demonstration Gardens Workday
    Sunday, May 27, 1:00 pm
    We will spend the afternoon working in the gardens next to the building. Bring any garden tools you like to work with.

    Memorial Day
    Monday, May 28, 9:00 am- 5:00 pm
    We will be open on this Holiday for you to come out with your picnic lunch and tour the grounds.

    Spring Bird Walk #5
    Wednesday, May 30, 7:30 a.m.
    Seven Ponds Nature Center
    By the end of May, the summer residents of the nature center will be establishing nesting territories including Indigo Bunting, Baltimore Oriole, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Scarlet Tanager, Yellow warbler, and Mourning Warbler. Additionally, there will still be some late migrants moving through. Time permitting, we may also drive over to the nature center’s Richie Pond Preserve to look for grassland birds such as Bobolink, Vesper Sparrow, and Eastern Meadowlark. Bring your binoculars and field guide, and be sure to wear footwear appropriate for spring conditions.