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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.

Spring 2015 schedule of programs

Click on name of program for full description.



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        



April 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 Night of the Amphibians
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 Uncommon Creatures 27 28 29 30    



May 2015
Sun. M T W R F Sat.
          1 2 Faerie House Workshop
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 Make Your Own Bird or Bat House 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31            



June 2015
Sun. M T W R F Sat.
  1 2 3 4 5 6
7 Rockhound Basics 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 Nature's Tank the Turtle 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 Edible, Medicinal or Poisonous? 29 30        




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

Spring 2015 Schedule of Events pdf version (150 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.




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

It’s eat or be eaten in the Wild Kingdom! Lansing’s 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

It’s time for that traditional rite of spring – 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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Night of the Amphibians 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015

Join us this evening for a lively presentation featuring frogs, salamanders and quivering masses of eggs from local ponds. Find out how you can recognize frogs by their calls. The program will conclude with a walk to a nearby pond to see and hear the frogs singing in the night. Bring a flashlight and dress for the weather. Advance registration requested at (734) 475-3170.
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Uncommon Creatures 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 26, 2015

It’s not often that you find a live cougar, a kangaroo, or an armadillo in Michigan! Join us for an afternoon with these and other unusual animals brought by the Creature Conservancy and learn about where and how they live. Advance registration requested at (734) 475-3170.
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Faerie House Workshop 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 2, 2015

Children and the young-at-heart are invited to design and create a faerie or gnome home for those elusive sprites amongst us. A large array of natural materials will be provided for participants to use. Sign up early, as these 90-minute workshops are limited to 18 participants each. Children must be accompanied by a parent. Cost: $10 per person. Advance registration required at (734) 475-3170.
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Make your own Bird or Bat House 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 17, 2015

Do you want to encourage birds to nest in your yard or bats to eat the mosquitoes? In this hands-on session, Capt. Jeff Porter will help you put together a house for either bluebirds, bats, or wrens/chickadees/titmice. Limited to 15 houses, so sign up early and specify the kind of house you want to make. Cost: materials fee to be determined Advance registration required at (734) 475-3170.
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Rockhound Basics 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 7, 2015

Discover what you can learn about ancient Michigan from looking at a rock. Geologist Larry Bean will show you how to “read” the story told by rocks and help you to identify specimens at a local quarry. We will meet at the Discovery Center before driving to the quarry to do some collecting. Advance registration requested at (734) 475-3170.
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Nature's Tank the Turtle 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, June 14, 2015

Naturalist Tom Hodgson will introduce you to Michigan’s turtles with several live specimens for you to observe along with some turtle eggs. Learn about turtle biology and life cycles as well as what to do when turtles are encountered in the wild. Advance registration requested at (734) 475-3170.
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Edible, Medicinal or Poisonous 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 28, 2015

Take a walk on the Discovery Center trails with Rowena Conahan, founder of the Nature Learning Community, and find out about useful and edible wild plants in our area. Learn how to recognize those that are good for you and those that are not Limited to 30 people. Advance registration requested at (734) 475-3170.
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Winter 2015 Schedule of Events pdf version (156 KB) click here

Spring 2015 Schedule of Events pdf version (150 KB) click here




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