2012-11-29 / Living

Winter wonderland

Seven Ponds brings outdoors to children at winter wonderland
BY PHIL FOLEY
810-452-2616 • pfoley@mihomepaper.com

DRYDEN TWP. — Regardless of whether the weather is frightful or delightful over the next few months, the staff at Seven Ponds Nature Center (SPNC) will offer a fun way for your pre-schooler to learn about the natural world.

The center will kick off its winter series of Knee-High Naturalist Classes Dec. 6 with “What Lives in a Tree.”

Each of the monthly classes runs from 10-11:30 a.m. and will be offered on Thursday and Friday. The classes are open to three- and four year olds and cost $20 for children whose parents are SPNC members and $25 for those who are not.

SPNC naturalist Layne Brown said, “This is a special time for parent and child, so we encourage parents to attend with their child.” While the classes are meant for pre-schoolers, Brown said if parents can’t make other arrangements for siblings, they should contact her to make an exception.


Seven Ponds Nature Center can be a scene of winter wonderland as evidence in these photos. SPNC is located at 3854 Crawford Road between Calkins and Lake George roads. It is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday year round. It is affiliated with the Michigan Audubon Society. 
Photos courtesy of Seven Ponds Nature Center Seven Ponds Nature Center can be a scene of winter wonderland as evidence in these photos. SPNC is located at 3854 Crawford Road between Calkins and Lake George roads. It is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday year round. It is affiliated with the Michigan Audubon Society. Photos courtesy of Seven Ponds Nature Center Brown said since each class spends 10 to 45 minutes outdoors, depending on weather conditions the day of the class, children should dress appropriately.

Each of the monthly classes, said Brown, begins with craft time, followed by a story themed to the class and an outdoor activity. The program includes a snack.

For December, SPNC’s Knee-High Naturalists will explore the nooks and crannies in trees along the center’s extensive network of trails lacing its 486 acres to learn about the creatures that live there. The class will be offered Dec. 6 and again Dec. 7.

Jan. 24 and Jan. 25 Brown will be back at the center to introduce youngsters to the world of “Birds of Prey.” “It’s amazing,” said Brown, “how owls, hawks and eagles find and catch their food.”

Brown will introduce preschoolers to these creatures through crafts, a video of nesting owls and an up close look at the center’s many owl and hawk mounts. Youngsters will also get a chance to practice making owl calls and dissect an owl pellet.

“Busy Beavers” will close out SPNC’s winter series with classes Feb. 21 and Feb. 22. Brown plans to take youngsters on a hike to see a real beaver home and look for other signs of beaver in the winter landscape.

Participants will also watch a video on how beavers build their homes and play a beaver dress up game.

For more information about Knee-High Naturalists or other SPNC programs, call 810-796- 3200 or visit www.sevenponds.org.

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