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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.

Fall 2015 schedule of programs

Click on name of program for full description.



September 2015
Sun. M T W R F Sat.
    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 Sketching Nature 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 Fall Mushroom Search 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 Animals Encountered Live 28 29 30      



October 2015
Sun. M T W R F Sat.
        1 2 3
4 Seven Outdoor Skills Everyone Should Know 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 Self-Guided Fall Color and Sandhill Crane Tour 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 Wild Super Powers - Animal Adaptations 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 Sandhill Crane Tour 26 27 28 29 30 31



November 2015
Sun. M T W R F Sat.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 Alligators and Their Kin 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30          




Fall 2015 Schedule of Events pdf version (148 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.




Sketching Nature: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Sunday, September 13, 2015

Here is an opportunity to begin developing your hidden artistic talent. We will start indoors where scientific illustrator Jen Koppin will teach us drawing techniques and observational skills. Then we will head outside to practice sketching and color exercises. Cost: $2 plus fee for supplies, or you may bring your own. Advance registration required at 734-475-3170. Limited to 15 participants.
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Fall Mushroom Search 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Sunday, September 20, 2015

Come search the woods to find and collect fall mushrooms! Afterwards, mushroom expert Phil Tedeschi will talk about what you have collected and identify those that are edible. Bring a basket or paper bag and waxed paper for collecting. Advance registration required at 734-475-3170. Limited to 30 people.
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Animals Encountered Live 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, September 27, 2015

Enjoy seeing and learning about the many live animals brought by Larry Grudt of Animals Encountered. In this hands-on program, find out about the special senses and characteristics that these animals use for surviving in their different environments from around the world. Advance registration requested at 734-475-3170.
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Seven Outdoor Skills Everyone Should Know 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Sunday, October 4, 2015

Sure, your iPhone has an app for everything, and you won’t get lost using your GPS. But what if your batteries die? In this hands-on workshop, Meg Gower and Carey Jones will show you ways to navigate, as well as basic survival skills. Learn how to make fire without matches, build a shelter, find water, signal, and more. Aimed at ages 10 to adult. Advance registration required at 734-475-3170. Limited to 25 people.
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Self-Guided Fall Color and Sandhill Crane Tour Beginning Sunday, October 11, 2015

Large numbers of Sandhill Cranes can be seen in parts of the Waterloo Recreation Area through late November. Beginning October 11, visitors may pick up free maps to the best fall color routes and crane viewing areas around the Waterloo Recreation Area. A film “The Sandhill Crane Story” will be shown on request. Maps provided by the Waterloo Natural History Association
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Wild Super Powers - Animal Adaptations 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, October 18, 2015

What do Batman, Spiderman, and Cat Woman have in common? Their super powers are based on amazing animal abilities. Howell Nature Center will bring a variety of live animals to demonstrate the “super powers” that enable these creatures to survive in the wild. Advance registration requested at 734-475-3170.
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Sandhill Crane Tour 2:00p.m. Sunday, October 25, 2015

Local expert Bill Wells will show a film about Sandhill Cranes and then lead a driving tour to view them around the Waterloo Recreation Area. Visitors can expect to see large flocks of these magnificent birds at close range. Bring binoculars and cameras. Advance registration requested at 734-475-3170.
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Alligators and Their Kin 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, November 15, 2015

Join us for a lively hands-on presentation by the Critchfield Alligator Sanctuary. Learn about the characteristics, abilities and habitats of alligators and other reptiles and amphibians as you observe live examples up close. Advance registration requested at 734-475-3170.
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Fall 2015 Schedule of Events pdf version (148 KB) click here




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