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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 2017 schedule of programs

Click on name of program for full description.



January 2017
Sun. M T W R F Sat.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14 MDNR sponsored Lantern Light Ski & Snowshoe
15 16 17 18 19 20 21 MDNR sponsored Lantern Light Ski & Snowshoe
22 Creature Feature 23 24 25 26 27 28 MDNR sponsored Lantern Light Ski & Snowshoe
29 Winter Orienteering 30 31        




February 2017
Sun. M T W R F Sat.
      1 2 3 4
5 Skins, Scat & Skulls 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 Bats of the World 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 Michigan Bears 27 28        




March 2017
Sun. M T W R F Sat.
      1 2 3 4
5 Bee Hotels & Bee Friendly Flowers 6 7 8 9 10 11 Old Time Maple Sugar Festival
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 Wildlife From Near and Far 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.




MDNR sponsored Lantern Light Ski and Snowshoe 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Saturday Evenings, January 14 ,21 & 28, 2017

Embrace your Pure Michigan Winter with a healthy, lantern lit activity. One half mile loop lit for skiers (unless snow levels prevent skiing) and one half mile loop lit for walking and snowshoeing. There will also be a fire ring for warm ups. A few pairs of snowshoes are available to borrow. Cost is free. Sponsored by the MDNR. Calendar

Creature Feature 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, January 22, 2017

Get acquainted with an exciting variety of live exotic animals brought by wildlife educator Dan Briere of The Little Creaturs Co. In this engaging hands-on program you will find out about the lives and characteristics of these fascinating animals. Advance registration requested at 734-475-3170.
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Winter Orienteering 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Sunday, January 29, 2017

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. Limited to 35 participants. You must register in advance at 734-475-3170.
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Skin, Scat and Skulls 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, February 5, 2017

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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Bats of the World 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, February 12, 2017

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 - 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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Michigan Bears 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, February 26, 2017

Black bears are primarily creatures of Michigan's north woods. We will discuss the biology, habits and distribution of one of Michigan's largest mammals and talk about how to live in harmony with these sometimes pesky creatures! We will also learn how the DNR maintains a healthy black bear population. Program aimed at adult audience.
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Bee Hotels and Bee Friendly Flowers 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 5, 2017

With many of our honey bees in trouble, it is more important than ever to encourage our native bees as pollinators. Julia Brokaw of MSU will talk about these fascinating insects and demonstrate how you can attract them to your yard with nest boxs and bee-friendly gardening. Instructions for building your own bee "hotel" will be provided. Ages 12 and up will enjoy this program. 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 11, 2017

Enjoy a pancake breakfast at the Chelsea Alehouse and then come on out 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. Free admission!

Check out all the activities available with the Big 400 for this regional festival!
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Wildlife From Near and Far 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 19, 2017

Enjoy a fun and informative 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.
Calendar


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