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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 2016 schedule of programs

Click on name of program for full description.



January 2016
Sun. M T W R F Sat.
          1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 Understanding Owls 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 Winter Orienteering 25 26 27 28 29 30
31            



February 2016
Sun. M T W R F Sat.
  1 2 3 4 5 6
7 Build Your Own Telescope 8 9 10 11 12 13 Family Fishing and Bonfire
&
MDNR Free Fishing Weekend
14 MDNR Free Fishing Weekend 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 Secrets of Survival 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 Living With Coyotes 29          



March 2016
Sun. M T W R F Sat.
    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 Wildlife Safari 14 15 16 17 18 19 Old Time Maple Sugar Festival
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31    




Winter 2016 Schedule of Events pdf version (109 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.




Understanding Owls 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, January 17, 2016

Prepare to be amazed and enthralled by live owls brought to you from the Leslie Science Center. Discover what life is like in the wild for these nighttime predators as you learn about their habitats and survival skills. Advance registration requested at 734-475-3170.
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Winter Orienteering 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Sunday, January 24, 2016

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 people.
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Build Your Own Telescope 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Sunday, February 7, 2016

The skyís the limit when you have a telescope to view our Milky Way galaxy and its millions of stars. Be a modern-day Galileo as you make your own working telescope with astronomy enthusiast Meg Gower. Cost: program fee $2/person or $5/family; supplies $8/telescope. Limited to 20 telescopes. Advance registration required at 734-475-3170.
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Family Ice Fishing and Bonfire 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 13, 2016

Make your own fishing pole at the Discovery Center, and then head to the lake to try it out as part of the MDNR's 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. Free admission.
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Secrets of Survival 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, February 21, 2016

Join in the fun as Paul McCormack brings a variety of live animals for this entertaining, hands-on program. Get a close-up look at these animals while learning about the special adaptations they each have to help them find food, water, and shelter. Advance registration requested at 734-475-3170.
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Living With Coyotes 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, February 28, 2016

Are you concerned or curious about coyotes in our area? Come to this informative presentation by Holly Vaughn from the Michigan DNR to learn all about these resourceful animals and how to co-exist with them. Find out about their behavior and activities as well as how to discourage them from your property. Program aimed at adult audience. Advance registration requested at 734-475-3170.
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Wildlife Safari 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 13, 2016

Venture on an exciting wildlife safari from the comfort of the Discovery Centerís auditorium. This hands-on, interactive presentation by Nelsonís Wildlife Safari will feature an amazing group of exotic animals from around the world. Learn all about these animals and the problems they face in their native habitats. 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 19, 2016

Itís time for that traditional rite of spring Ė tapping maple trees. Watch a short film about how maple syrup is made, and then go on a guided walk to see various methods of collecting sap and how it is boiled down to make syrup. Antique equipment for making syrup will be on display from the Waterloo Farm Museum, and maple products will be available for purchase. Contact the Center at (734) 475-3170 for more information. Free admission.
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Winter 2016 Schedule of Events pdf version (109 KB) click here




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