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Summer 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. Unless otherwise noted, the fee for programs is the regular admission, $3.00 adults, members and children 12 and under free. For the most-up-to date information, visit our website at www.sevenponds.org.


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Photo by Mike Mercier


June


Invasive Plant Workday
Friday, June 6, 2:00–4:00 pm
We will be working to remove invasive plants at the nature center. This is a great opportunity for community service hours and Master Gardener hours. Bring gloves and water.

Curious Canoers
Saturday, June 7, 10:00 am
Join us for a wandering water tour as we travel through the Seven Ponds lake system. We will enjoy looking for wildlife as we pass by beaver lodges, paddle down a winding stream, and visit hidden Mud Pond. Must be at least five years old to ride and ten years to paddle. Use your own canoe or use one of ours. Limited space. Please call to pre-reregister. Fee $5.00 (members $2.00) per person.

Wild Edibles of Early Summer
Sunday, June 8, 2:00 pm
Today we will forage for early greens and berries while learning how the early residents utilized the plants growing around them.

Jumpin’ Frogs
Sunday, June 15, 2:00 pm
The bullfrogs are jumping and singing. Let’s see who we can find and catch.
Summer Bird Walk
Wednesday, June 18, 7:30 am
By this time, the summer nesting birds have settled in and our morning bird walk will reveal what kinds of birds are resident at the center this year. We’ll look for the usual common nesters, such as indigo bunting, rose-breasted grosbeak, eastern kingbird, and Baltimore oriole. We’ll also look for such birds as Acadian flycatcher, mourning warbler, and other species which are occasional nesters here. Bring binoculars, field guide, and come dressed for the weather.

Family Fun: Pond Dipping
Sunday, June 22, 1:00 pm
Using the nature center’s pond nets we will discover the fascinating underwater world of the pond.

What is Popping in the Ponds?
Sunday, June 29, 2:00 pm
Wetland plants will be blooming and birds will be singing on our walk to see what is popping.


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Photo by Mike Mercier



July

Fourth of July Holiday
Friday, July 4, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
The building will be open and a naturalist on duty throughout the day, but there will be no scheduled programs.

Build a Hypertufa Leaf Birdbath
Saturday, July 5, 10:00 am
A hypertufa birdbath nestled into a garden space will attract a myriad of bird species. In this class we will learn the process using a real leaf as a mold. Please bring a blanket to cradle your project on the way home and a bag lunch. Please call to preregister for this adult (12 and up) class. Fee $15.00 (members $12.00).

Butterfly Count
Saturday, July 5, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Join our naturalists for our annual count for the North American Butterfly Association. This year will be the 40th NABA count. We will visit many of the nature center’s habitats in search of the variety of butterflies found at Seven Ponds. Bring your favorite butterfly field guide, your trusty net, binoculars, and a sack lunch if you plan to stay through the afternoon. We have extra nets for those who don’t have their own. Fee: $3.00 for all adults (children 12 and under free).

Early Prairie Walk
Sunday, July 6, 2:00 pm
We will wander the prairie this afternoon to see some of the early flowering plants and learn a bit of history of prairies in general.

Jonathan Woods Wander
Sunday, July 13, 2:00 pm
Experience the magic of the shaded forests of Jonathan Woods as we explore ponds, ferns, and trees.

Nocturnal Performances
Friday, July 18, 7:30 pm
As the sun mellows in the sky a new stage is set and the nocturnal performers head out into the night. Let’s see what we can find as we wander the trails at night. Please pre-register, limited to 20 people.

Invasive Plant Workday
Friday, July 18, 2:00-4:00 pm
We will be working to remove invasive plants at the nature center. This is a great opportunity for community service hours and Master Gardener hours. Bring gloves and water.

Holy Moley…What Lives Under Ground?
Sunday, July 20, 2:00 pm
So many creatures live under our feet. We will explore the hidden world of subterranean creatures on this afternoon’s walk.

Invasive Plant Workday
Sunday, July 27, 1:00 pm
We will be working to remove invasive plants at the nature center. This is a great opportunity for community service hours and Master Gardener hours. Bring gloves and water.



August


Family Fun: Summer Insects
Saturday, August 2, 10:00 am
We will explore the amazing world of insects as we use nets to find these tiny creatures in the prairie and fields.

Invasive Plant Workday
Sunday, August 3, 1:00 pm
We will be working to remove invasive plants at the nature center. This is a great opportunity for community service hours and Master Gardener hours. Bring gloves and water.

Curious Canoers
Saturday, August 9, 10:00 am
The morning is one of the best times to go in search of shoreline wildlife. Join us for a midsummer paddle around our beautiful ponds. Please indicate if you would like to reserve one of the nature center’s canoes. Limited to eight canoes. Pre-registration is required for the limited spaces. Minimum age 5 years to ride, 10 years to paddle. Fee: $5.00 (members $2.00).

Herb & Butterfly Garden Tours
Sunday, August 10, 2:00 pm
We have the loveliest cultivated gardens totally maintained by volunteer gardeners. This is a walk suited for those who cannot venture too far from the center.

Golf Cart Tours
Saturday, August 16 10:00 am & 2:00 pm or
Sunday, August 17, 10:00 am & 2:00 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.

Invasive Plant Workday
Friday, August 22, 2:00–4:00 pm
We will be working to remove invasive plants at the nature center. This is a great opportunity for community service hours and Master Gardener hours. Bring gloves and water.

Prairie Splendor
Sunday, August 24, 2:00 pm
Visit one of the most beautiful places at Seven Ponds in its full splendor.

Adult Canoe Clinic
Saturday, August 30, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
This one day clinic is for those who want to sharpen their canoe skills and learn some techniques for turning, steering, and dealing with headwinds. A short film will be shown before we head down to the lake for some hands-on practicing. Be prepared to leave here knowing the j-stroke, sweeps, and draws. Preregister for this adult class. Fee $15.00 (members $12.00).

Prairie Fire Tales and Walk
Sunday, August 31, 2:00 pm
Fires were commonplace on the prairies. Come hear some tales and learn how fires helped and hindered.