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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.

Winter 2015 schedule of programs

Click on name of program for full description.



January 2015
Sun. M T W R F Sat.
        1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 Bats of the World 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 Winter Orienteering 26 27 28 29 30 31



February 2015
Sun. M T W R F Sat.
1 Fish, From Head to Tail! 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 Skins, Scat and Skulls 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 Family Ice Fishing and Bonfire 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 Animals Have Class 23 24 25 26 27 28
             



March 2015
Sun. M T W R F Sat.
1 Why does Michigan Look Like a Mitten? 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 What's for Lunch? 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Old-Time Maple Sugar Festival
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 Wildlife From Around the World 30 31        




Winter 2015 Schedule of Events pdf version (156 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.




Bats of the World 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, January 18, 2015

Step into the world of bats with this exciting presentation from the Organization for Bat Conservation. See bats up close from North America, South America and Africa Ė some with nearly a 3-foot wingspan! Find out how they fly in the dark, what they eat, where they live and how we can protect their habitats. Advance registration requested at (734) 475-3170.
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Winter Orienteering 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Sunday, January 25, 2015

Challenge yourself to an afternoon adventure in the forest. Winter is a great time of year for learning how to find your way in the woods. Suitable for all ages and skill levels. Compasses will be provided or bring your own. Advance registration requested at (734) 475-3170. Limited to 35 participants.
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Fish, From Head to Tail! 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, February 1, 2015

Fish biologist Kevin Wehrly will bring live Michigan fish to tell their finny stories. All ages will enjoy learning about fishy adaptations, behaviors and structures that help them survive in Michigan lakes and streams. Advance registration requested at (734) 475-3170.
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Skins, Scat and Skulls 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, February 8, 2015

In this hands-on program, naturalist and educator Dave Szczygiel will bring his large collection of Michigan animal skins and skulls, as well as other animal specimens. Learn how various creatures use their specialized body parts for survival and how you can recognize animal signs in the wild. Following the program there will be an optional outdoor walk to look for evidence of animals living around the Discovery Center. Advance registration requested at (734) 475-3170.
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Family Ice Fishing and Bonfire 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 15, 2015

Make your own fishing pole at the Discovery Center, and then head to the lake to try it out as part of the DNRís Free Fishing Weekend. There will be an ice fishing demonstration as well as an area cleared for skating. Warm up afterwards around a bonfire while you roast marshmallows and drink hot chocolate. Bring your own hotdogs to cook for lunch. Park at the Mill Lake lot on McClure Road or hike/ski over from the Discovery Center. Contact the DNR staff at 734-475-3170 or 734-475-8307 for more information.
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Animals Have Class 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, February 22, 2015

What do mammals have in common with fish, amphibians, reptiles and birds? We all have backbones! Join us for this hands-on interactive program as Science Alive brings live animals from each of these groups. Learn about the characteristics they share and the differences that set them apart. Advance registration requested at (734) 475-3170.
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Why does Michigan Look Like a Mitten? 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1, 2015

Would you like to understand more about how the Great Lakes were formed and why our area has so many hills, lakes and ponds? Geologist Larry Bean will present an informative program on how glaciers moved across Michigan and the enormous impact they had on our landscape. Advance registration requested at (734) 475-3170.
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What's For Lunch? 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 8, 2015

Itís eat or be eaten in the Wild Kingdom! Lansingís Potter Park Zoo will bring live animals to show some of the amazing strategies they have for catching food and how they avoid becoming dinner themselves. Learn about camouflage, stalking techniques, and more! Advance registration requested at (734) 475-3170.
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Old-Time Maple Sugar Festival 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Saturday, March 21, 2015

Itís time for that traditional rite of spring Ė tapping maple trees. Enjoy a pancake breakfast at the Chelsea Alehouse, and then come on over 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. Contact the Center at (734) 475-3170 for more information.
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Wildlife From Around the World 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 29, 2015

Enjoy an 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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Winter 2015 Schedule of Events pdf version (156 KB) click here




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