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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 2016 schedule of programs

Click on name of program for full description.



September 2016
Sun. M T W R F Sat.
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4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 Going On a Bug Hunt 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 Quest For Survival 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 Fall Mushroom Search 26 27 28 29 30  




October 2016
Sun. M T W R F Sat.
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2 Seven Outdoor Skills Everyone Should Know 3 4 5 6 7 8 Self-Guided Fall Color and Sandhill Crane Tour Begins
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 Discovery Center Open House and Festival 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 Sandhill Crane Tour 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 Spooky Owls 31          




November 2016
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6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 Uncommon Creatures 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30      




December 2016
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4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31




Spring 2016 Schedule of Events pdf version (152 KB) click here

Fall 2016 Schedule of Events pdf version (111 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.




Going On a Bug Hunt 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Sunday, September 11, 2016

Join us for this family program to learn about insects while having fun! Science educator Jennifer Koppin will start with a short indoor program which will include live insects. Afterwards, we will head outside to the prairie for our bug hunt and test our new identification skills. Nets will be provided or bring your own. Limited to 25 people. Advance registration requested at 734-475-3170.
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Quest For Survival 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, September 18, 2016

Nature provides animals with countless ways to defend themselves in the struggle between predators and prey. Science Alive will bring live animals to show you how they use trickery, mimicry, camouflage and more as they strive to survive. All ages will enjoy this fascinating program.
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Fall Mushroom Search 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Sunday, September 25, 2016

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 Limited to 30 people.
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Seven Outdoor Skills Everyone Should Know 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Sunday, October 2, 2016

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 Ryan Dibble 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. Limited to 25 people.
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Self-Guided Color and Sandhill Crane Tour Beginning Saturday, October 8, 2016

Large numbers of Sandhill Cranes can be seen in parts of the Waterloo Recreation Area through late November. Beginning October 8, 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.
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Discovery Center Open House and Festival 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Sunday, October 16, 2016

Join us for an afternoon of fun and games as the Waterloo Natural History Association celebrates 35 years of supporting the Waterloo Recreation Area. We will have family games, scavenger hunts, refreshments, activities for all ages, and live animals with Paul McCormack. Rain or shine. Free.
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Sandhill Crane Tour 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 23, 2016

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.
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Spooky Owls 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, October 30, 2016

Owls have long been associated with Halloween, but do you think they’re spooky? Here is an opportunity for an up-close visit with live Michigan owls brought by Francie Krawcke of Michigan Avian Experience. Listen to the silent flight of a trained Great-horned Owl as it flies over your head, and learn about the nocturnal habits of owls and their camouflage coloring.
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Uncommon Creatures 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, November 13, 2016

It’s not often that you find a live kangaroo, anteater, or Burmese python in Michigan! Join us for an afternoon of hands-on interactions with these and other unusual animals brought by the Creature Conservancy. Learn about where they come from and how they are adapted to their native lands.
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Spring 2016 Schedule of Events pdf version (152 KB) click here

Fall 2016 Schedule of Events pdf version (111 KB) click here




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