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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. 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.


August


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.

September

Labor Day Holiday
Monday, September 1
Building open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, come on out for a walk.

Fall Bird Walk #1
Wednesday, September 3, 7:30 am
Our regular weekday bird walks continue this fall. During this first session we will travel to Port Huron State Game Area to look for fall warblers passing through on their way south, as well as other migrants, such as vireos, thrushes, sparrows, and shorebirds. Bring binoculars and your field guide. We’ll stay in the area through lunch, so bring your own or come prepared to purchase a lunch.

Heritage Harvest Days
Saturday & Sunday, September 13 & 14, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Look for additional information on this annual festival in this program flyer and in
Heron Tracks.

Invasive Plant Workday #1
Thursday, September 18, 3:00 pm
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.

Invasive Plant Workday #2
Sunday, September 21, 3:00 pm
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.

Fall Bird Walk #2
Wednesday, September 24, 8:00 am
Our second fall bird walk will be in the familiar confines of the nature center, always an excellent place to find a nice variety of birds. The fall migration will be in full swing and we will hope to see white-throated, and white-crowned sparrows, kinglets, warblers, thrushes, and more. Bring binoculars, snacks, and your field guide.

Invasive Plant Workday #3
Sunday, September 24, 3:00 pm
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.

Workshops for the Garden
Saturday, September 27
We are offering two projects to enhance your garden. Sign up for just one or, bring a lunch and join us for both workshops. Must pre-register by September 23. Each workshop is limited to 10 participants.

Introduction to Rain Barrels: A Make It and Take It Workshop
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Learn all about rain barrels and their importance to water conservation with Karen Page, owner and Environmental Educator of Back Track to Nature. Not only will you learn but will also have the opportunity to make your own barrel. All supplies are included. Fee: $70.00.

Build a Backyard Hypertufa Water Feature
1:00 to 3:00 pm
Using 10″ leaves as a mold; we will create a lovely container to hold water for toads, insects and more. This small water bath will provide habitat and beauty to your garden. Fee: $15.00 (members $12.00).

Crisp Air and Changing Times
Sunday, September 28, 2:00 p.m.
We will discuss the many plants and animals that are timed not by the temperature but by day length.


October


Enchanted Woodland

Saturday, October 4, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Look for details about this annual event in the newsletter insert.

Invasive Plant Workday #4
Sunday, October 5, 1:00 pm
We will be working on non-native invasive shrubs invading the nature center. This is a great chance to earn community service or Master Gardener hours. Bring your own work gloves.

Invasive Plant Workday #5
Wednesday, October 8, 3:00 pm
We will be working on non-native invasive shrubs invading the nature center. This is a great chance to earn community service or Master Gardener hours. Bring your own work gloves.

Curious Canoers
Friday, October 10, 6:00 pm
Join us for an evening paddle just as the fall forest comes alive with animal activity. We will watch the sun set over colorful trees, maybe get a glimpse of beaver activity, and listen as owls begin to sing. Please pre-register. Must be at least 5 years old to ride and 10 years old to paddle. Fee: $5.00 (members $3.00).

Mushroom Magic
Sunday, October 12, 2:00 pm
Some are beautiful, some will kill, and some move along on their own…we never know which mushrooms will be out, but we will discover as many as we can as we walk the trails.

Fall Bird Walk #3
Wednesday, October 15, 8:00 am
Our final fall bird walk will take us in search of red-breasted nuthatch, ruby-crowned and golden-crowned kinglets, dark-eyed junco, Lincoln’s sparrow, purple finch, and other species. It is also a good time to see migrating hawks overhead. Bring binoculars, snacks, and your field guide.

Birdseed Saturday
Saturday, October 18, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
See insert for additional information.

Invasive Plant Workday #6
Sunday, October 19, 1:00 pm
We will be working on non-native invasive shrubs invading the nature center. This is a great chance to earn community service or Master Gardener hours. Bring your own work gloves.

Invasive Plant Workday #7
Wednesday, October 22, 1:00 pm
We will be working on non-native invasive shrubs invading the nature center. This is a great chance to earn community service or Master Gardener hours. Bring your own work gloves.

Used Book Sale
Saturday & Sunday, October 25 & 26, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Throughout the year we receive many fine used nature and garden books from members and friends. This is your chance to pick up books you would like to add to your own nature library, helping us recycle these books in the process. For this sale, we will also have many non-nature titles which came in for our recent Rummage Sale. Choose from novels, travel books, cookbooks, and more. Make a donation and take home some nice books.

Jonathan Woods Walk
Sunday, October 26, 2:00 pm
Let’s take a walk to enjoy the beauty our forest has to offer us during this splendid time of year. We will carpool from the center’s building to explore our satellite property.


November

Prairie Seed Collecting
Sunday, November 2, 1:00 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.

Invasive Plant Workday #8
Wednesday, November 5, 3:00 pm
We will be working on non-native invasive shrubs invading the nature center. This is a great chance to earn community service or Master Gardener hours. Bring your own work gloves.

November Winds
Sunday, November 9, 2:00 pm
The brisk winds of November are nature’s way of turning a page of the year. Find out how these winds effect the life around us.

Giving Thanks to Nature
Sunday, November 23, 2:00 pm
Explore the many ways that we can assist nature in our yards and around the homestead.

Morning Walk-Around
Sunday, November 16, 9:00 am
This will be a brisk walk around the perimeter of the N-80 and Earl’s Prairie as we breathe in the fresh morning air.

Thanksgiving Holiday
Thursday, November 27 & Friday, November 28
The nature center will be closed on these two days; members are welcome to walk the trails.

Skeleton Trees
Sunday, November 30, 2:00 pm
Now that most of the trees are bare let’s see if we can figure out which tree is which during this walk.