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Schedule of Programs, Events and Activities

Looking for things to do in Southeast Michigan? Want to get outdoors and enjoy nature? Visit and browse our calendar of events regularly to view WNHA and/or MDNR sponsored events and programs that are interesting and fun for the whole family. Spend some time on a naturalist guided tour and increase your awareness of the wonders hidden in the forests, prairies and bogs. Join us in a variety of other programs and activities that will intrigue, fascinate and inspire you and your family to discover your natural world!

To reach the Discovery Center take I-94 to exit 157, go north and follow the signs.

Spring 2017 schedule of programs

Click on name of program for full description.



March 2017
Sun. M T W R F Sat.
      1 2 3 4
5 Bee Hotels & Bee Friendly Flowers 6 7 8 9 10 11 Old Time Maple Sugar Festival
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 Wildlife From Near and Far 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31  



April 2017
Sun. M T W R F Sat.
            1
2 Creatures of the Night 3 4 5 6 7 8 Night of the Amphibians
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 Strange Creatures of the Spring Pond 24 25 26 27 28 29
30            



May 2017
Sun. M T W R F Sat.
  1 2 3 4 5 6
7 A World of Animals 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 Edible, Medicinal or Poisonous 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31      



June 2017
Sun. M T W R F Sat.
        1 2 3
4 Rockhound Basics 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 Turtlemania 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30  





Fall 2016 Schedule of Events pdf version (111 KB) click here

Enjoy the Michigan outdoors! Visit the DNR's Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center web page for a list of DNR sponsored nature programs.



Program Descriptions


General Information:

All programs and events are held at the Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd, Chelsea, MI 48118 unless otherwise specified.

The following programs are free to members of the WNHA. Program fees (when applicable) are $2/person or $5/family for non-members of the WNHA. Programs presented by park staff are free to all.

A State of Michigan Recreational Passport is required for entry at this State Recreation Area. Please visit the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment's webpage at www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport for additional information.

Advanced registration is required for all indoor programs due to program size restrictions and in order to contact you if program changes become necessary. To make or cancel reservations please call the Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center at 734-475-3170.




Bee Hotels and Bee Friendly Flowers 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 5, 2017

With many of our honey bees in trouble, it is more important than ever to encourage our native bees as pollinators. Julia Brokaw of MSU will talk about these fascinating insects and demonstrate how you can attract them to your yard with nest boxs and bee-friendly gardening. Instructions for building your own bee "hotel" will be provided. Ages 12 and up will enjoy this program. Advance registration requested at 734-475-3170.
Calendar

Old Time Maple Sugar Festival 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Saturday, March 11, 2017

Enjoy a pancake breakfast at the Chelsea Alehouse and then come on out to the Discovery Center to learn how maple syrup is made. Guided walks will show various methods of collecting sap and how it is boiled down to make syrup. Watch a film about the process and see antique equipment for making syrup on display from the Waterloo Farm Museum. Maple products will be available for purchase. Free admission!

Check out all the activities available with the Big 400 for this regional festival!
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Wildlife From Near and Far 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 19, 2017

Enjoy a fun and informative afternoon with a variety of live animals brought by Randy Baker of Naturalist Endeavors. As you view these animals up close, learn fascinating details about their lives in the wild and the importance of maintaining healthy habitats for them. Advance registration requested at 734-475-3170.
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Creatures of the Night 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 2, 2017

Meet the creatures that only come out at night! The Howell Nature Center will bring a variety of live nocturnal birds and mammals and show you how they are adapted to living in the dark. Advance registration requested at 734-475-3170.
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Night of the Amphibians 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017

Join us this evening for a lively presentation featuring frogs, salamanders and quivering masses of eggs from local ponds. Find out how you can recognize frogs by their calls. The program will conclude with a walk to a nearby pond to see and hear the frogs singing in the night. Bring a flashlight and dress for the weather. Advance registration requested at 734-475-3170.
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Strange Creatures of the Spring Pond 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 23, 2017

Come and meet the many fascinating and little-known creatures that live in our spring ponds – from delicate damselflies to ferocious diving beetles. No boots required, as we will be viewing these in our special “pour-a-ponds” outside on the deck. Advance registration requested at 734-475-3170.
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A World of Animals 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, May 7, 2017

Brendan Finerty of Jackson’s Wild World Zoo will be presenting this exciting, hands-on program. Come and meet a wide variety of animals from around the globe – from the hottest desert to the deepest jungles to the highest mountains. Advance registration requested at 734-475-3170.
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Edible, Medicinal or Poisonous? 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 21, 2017

Take a walk on the Discovery Center trails with Rowena Conahan, founder of the Nature Learning Community, and find out about useful and edible wild plants in our area. Learn how to recognize those that are good for you and those that are not. Limited to 30 people. Advance registration required at 734-475-3170.
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Rockhound Basics 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 4, 2017

Discover what you can learn about ancient Michigan from looking at a rock. Geologist Larry Bean will show you how to “read” the story told by rocks and help you to identify specimens at a local quarry. We will meet at the Discovery Center before driving to the quarry to do some collecting. Advance registration requested at 734-475-3170.
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Turtlemania 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, June 11, 2017

Live turtles large and small, land-dwelling and water-loving, will be featured in this entertaining program by naturalist Paul McCormack. Find out what it’s like to be a turtle as you observe and touch these unique animals from all over the world. Advance registration requested at 734-475-3170.
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Fall 2016 Schedule of Events pdf version (111 KB) click here




Live Animal Educational Program at the the Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center