2017-09-07 / Scene

September offers many opportunities to enjoy outdoors at Seven Ponds

DRYDEN TWP. — Can you feel it? As we move through September toward the autumnal equinox on the 22nd, the days continue to get shorter, the nights are cooler, and we can feel the change in the air.

The plants and animals around us sense this change as well, and many begin making preparations — one way or another — for the onset of winter. Migratory birds begin their long journey south to their wintering grounds. Some resident birds and mammals cache food for the challenging winter ahead. Whitetail deer begin growing their thick winter coats of hollow fur, which helps them stay warm on the coldest winter days.

Plants that have spent the entire summer growing tall and producing seeds begin seed dispersal for next spring’s growing season.

But wait. Winter is not here just yet! Visit Seven Ponds Nature Center in Dryden Township and enjoy the changes taking place during the delightful days of September, which offer crisp mornings, pleasant days and cool evenings.

Programs and activities

The fee for the following programs is the regular admission fee ($3 adults, no charge for children 12 and under, no charge for members), unless otherwise noted. Additional information can be found by calling 810-796-3200 or on the nature center’s website at sevenponds.org.

• Heritage Harvest Days: Saturday- Sunday, Sept. 16-17, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Yoga at the Ponds: Wednesdays, Sept. 20 through Oct. 25 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

The Peaceful Moon series is designed for newcomers and beginning yoga students and/or those who wish to become reacquainted with the practice. Participants will experience the mind-body-spirit connection while learning basic yoga poses in a serene environment.

Drop-in fee is $10; register for the six week series for $50. To register, call the center at 810-796-3200.

• Autumn Equinox Stroll: Sunday, Sept. 24 at 2p.m.

Day and night are equal, visitors will see how many plants and animals are using these photo cues.

• Fall Bird Walk No. 2: Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 a.m.

The center’s second fall bird walk will take visitors to Lake St. Clair Metropark.

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