Seven Ponds Nature Center

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Fall Programs at Seven Ponds

Seven Ponds Nature Center offers you and your family many opportunities to discover the wonders of the natural world. To participate in programs that require pre-registration, please call the center at (810) 796-3200. Program fees are included with the admission charge ($3.00 for adults, no charge for members or children 12 and under) unless otherwise noted. For the most recent information, visit our website at www.sevenponds.org.
  • September
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    Invasive Plant Workdays
    We will be working on non-native invasive plants invading the nature center. This is a great chance to earn community service or Master Gardener hours. Bring your own work gloves.

    Wednesday, September 6 from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    Sunday, September 10 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Thursday, September 21 from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    Wednesday, September 27 from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    Thursday, October 5 from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    Sunday, October 8 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Thursday, October 12 from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    Thursday, October 19 from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    Wednesday, October 25, from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    Thursday, November 2 from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    Wednesday, November 9 from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

    Demonstration Gardens Workday
    Sunday, September 3, 3:00 pm
    Join us as we work in our demonstration gardens in front of the nature center building. Bring any garden tools, work gloves, and water.

    Labor Day Holiday
    Monday, September 4
    Building open from 9:00 am 5:00 pm come on out for a walk.

    Fall Bird Walk #1
    Wednesday, September 6, 7:30 am
    Our regular weekday bird walks continue this fall. During this first session, we will travel to the Port Huron area.
    Heritage Harvest Days
    Saturday and Sunday, September 16 and 17, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Look for additional information on this annual festival in this
    program flyer and in Heron Tracks.

    Yoga at the Ponds - Peaceful Moon Yoga
    Wednesdays, September 20 through October 25, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    beginners/basic yoga class.

    Autumn Equinox Stroll
    Sunday, September 24, 2:00 pm
    Day and night are equal, let’s see how plants and animals are using these photo cues.

    Fall Bird Walk #2
    Wednesday, September 27, 7:30 am
    Our second fall bird walk will take us to Lake St. Clair Metropark, always an excellent place to find a nice variety of birds during migration. We will hope to find fall warblers, white-throated and white-crowned sparrows, kinglets, thrushes, and more. We’ll also look for shorebirds along the lakeshore. Bring binoculars, snacks, and your field guide. We’ll plan on having lunch near the park before coming back to the nature center, so bring your own or come prepared to purchase a lunch.

    Curious Canoers
    Saturday, September 30, 10:00 am
    Late summer is a great time to poke around the ponds to see what is hopping. Migratory birds are making their way south as we look for turtles, frogs and other wildlife. Fall blooming flowers dot the edges of the lakes, painting a perfect picture as we float along. Pre-register for this tour by calling 810-796-3200. Fee: $5.00 (members $3.00) Must be 10 years old to paddle and at least 5 years old to ride.

    Jr. Girl Scout Badge Day – Animal Habitats
    Saturday, September 30, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 pm
    Jr. Girl Scout will earn this badge by investigating animals and their habitats found here in Michigan. Fee: $5.00 per scout. Please call to pre-register by September 26.



  • October
    Prairie Walk and Flower Pressing
    Sunday, October 1, 2:00 pm
    Join us for a late fall walk through the prairie and search for some of the last flowers of the year. We’ll pick a few of the late bloomers to take back to the nature center and do a flower pressing.

    Evening Paddle
    Friday, October 6, 5:00 pm
    Fall is a great time to poke around the ponds. All the colors from the changing leaves create such stunning views from the water! We will also look for turtles, frogs and other wildlife. Pre-register for this tour by calling 810-796-3200. Fee: $5.00 (members $3.00) Must be 10 years old to paddle and at least 5 years old to ride.

    Enchanted Woodland
    Saturday, October 7, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    Look for details about this annual event in the
    program flyer. Pre -registration required!

    Color on the Lakes
    Sunday, October 15, 2:00 pm
    Fall colors will be reflecting off the lakes as we walk around the boardwalks and through Paul’s Woods.

    Fall Bird Walk #3
    Wednesday, October 18, 8:00 am
    Our third fall bird walk will be in the familiar confines of the nature center, where we will walk in search of early winter residents such as Purple Finch, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Dark-eyed Junco, and American Tree Sparrow, and late migrating songbirds, such as kinglets, sparrows, thrushes, and others. We’ll finish by lunchtime – feel free to bring your lunch to eat at the nature center. Bring binoculars, snacks, and your favorite field guide.

    Birdseed Saturday
    Saturday, October 21, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Look for details about this annual event in
    the
    program flyer.

    Golf Cart Tours
    Sunday, October 22, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm or 3:00 pm
    Physically impaired nature lovers can join our naturalist for a tour on a golf cart. We will visit several natural communities as we discover the beauty of Seven Ponds. Pre-registration is required. Limit 3 on each tour.

    Webelos Badge Day – Earth Rocks!
    Saturday, October 28, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Scouts will complete this badge through many hands-on activities and investigations. Fee: $5.00 per scout. Please call to pre-register by October 24. Limit 20 Scouts.

    Webelos Badge Day – Into the Woods
    Saturday, October 28, 1:00 pm– 3:00 pm
    Scouts will complete this badge while investigating the forest. Fee: $5.00 per scout. Please call to pre-register by October 24. Limit 20 scouts.
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    Demonstration Gardens Workday
    Sunday, October 29, 3:00 pm
    Join us as we work in our demonstration gardens in front of the nature center building. Bring any garden tools, work gloves, and water.
  • November
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    Teacher Workshop – Project WET
    Saturday, November 4, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
    Come out teachers and other educators for a teacher workshop to become Project Wet certified. Project Wet is a collection of innovative, water-related activities that are hands-on, easy to use and fun! The program focuses on water's physical properties, water quality and what impacts it, and peoples' relationship to water throughout their lives. This workshop will train educators on diverse water topics so that those educators can reach children with objective, experiential, science-based water education. Please pre-register by October 30th by calling the nature center. The Four County Community Foundation has given us a grant that enables us to offer this workshop and lunch for free!

    Leaf Décor
    Saturday, November 4, 2:00 pm
    Come get your craft on as we use fall leaves to make some unique home decorations. Fee: $5.00 (members $3.00). Please pre-register by November 1 by calling the nature center.

    Nature Journaling
    Sunday, November 5, 2:00 pm
    Come join us for a refreshing fall afternoon of nature journaling! We’ll divide our time learning some useful tips for keeping a nature journal inside. Then we’ll head out to practice what we’ve learned. Participants please bring a journal and your favorite pen or pencil. You might want to think about bringing color pencils as well.

    Skeleton Trees in Jonathan Woods
    Sunday, November 12, 2:00 pm
    This will be a fun afternoon of exploring the “skeletons” of dormant trees on our satellite property, Jonathan Woods.

    Fall Bird Walk #4
    Wednesday, November 15, 8:00 am
    Our final fall bird walk will take us to the Port Huron area once again where we’ll visit the Lake Huron shoreline and nearby areas. It’s a great place to be during late fall migration and we hope to see many species of waterfowl, gulls, hawks, falcons, and songbirds. On the right day, the south end of Lake Huron is an excellent place to look for scoters, eiders, and unusual gulls. Bring binoculars, snacks, and your favorite field guide, and we’ll bring the nature center’s spotting scope. We’ll stay in the area for lunch, so bring your own or come prepared to purchase a lunch.
    Painting at The Ponds
    Saturday, November 18, 6:00 pm
    Come learn how to paint an awesome nature scene with friends! Enjoy a lovely view with a glass of wine as we learn how to create a step by step painting with Naturalist Katie. All painting supplies will be provided for you. This is a 21 and up class and is bring your own beverage. Pre-register by Nov. 10th, space is limited. Fee: $25.00 (Members $20.00)

    Prairie Seed Collecting in Earl’s Prairie
    Sunday, November 19, 2:00 pm

    Come out to our tall grass prairie to learn all about the prairie and its plants while collecting seeds for your own yard or garden. Bring some paper bags and a bucket if you plan on collecting seeds.

    Thanksgiving Holiday
    Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24
    The nature center will be closed on these two days; members are welcome to walk the trails.

    Seven Ponds Walk About
    Sunday, November 26, 2:00 pm
    Rejuvenate yourself after the holiday with a brisk walk around the perimeter of Seven Ponds trail system.