2011-07-14 / News

Seven Ponds offers summer programs

BY JACOB HUNSANGER
810-452-2609 

DRYDEN TWP. — Seven Ponds Nature Center in Dryden Township is keeping children and adults busy learning, hiking and all-around enjoying the summer months with a variety of programs and opportunities. The 469-acre nature sanctuary is open throughout the week for visitors to walk or canoe, along with guided tours with naturalists.

A Field School program for children completing grades 5 and 6 will be held July 19-22. Students can sign up for the field school program from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a fee of $46 per student. Students will take a tour around the trails and learn about different ecosystems throughout the center and look at the plants, animals, water and rocks found in each one.

The Junior Naturalists program will run July 26-29 for students in grades 7-9. The program will focus on water, teaching students what is in the water, what surrounds it, and what plants and animals make a home out of the local waters. The students will explore the seven ponds and also take a field trip to other wetlands. Cost for the Junior Naturalists program is $46 per student.

On Saturday, July 23 a morning canoe tour will be held for anyone above the age of five. The Curios Canoers program will use the nature center’s own canoes. Pre-registration is required due to the limited number of canoes. Cost is $2 for members and $5 for non-members.

Golf cart tours will be given on Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24 at 2 p.m. for physically impaired nature lovers. The tours will be conducted with naturalists from the center and will visit several areas at Seven Ponds. Because of limited space, pre-registration is required.

Finally, on Sunday, July 31 Seven Ponds Nature Center will host The Prairie Life, a special presentation about the people who lived on the prairies and the plants and animals that also called the prairies their home. The presentation will begin at 2 p.m. inside the main building.

Seven Ponds Nature Center, located at 3854 Crawford Road, Dryden Township, is open to visitors every week Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The trails are open to members from dawn until dusk every day.

For more information about the nature center or to register for a summer program, call 810-796-3200 or go online to www.sevenponds.org.

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