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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 and Spring 2016 schedule of programs

Click on name of program for full description.



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    




April 2016
Sun. M T W R F Sat.
          1 2
3 Spiders and Their Kin 4 5 6 7 8 9 Night of the Amphibians
CANCELED
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 Life in a Beehive 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 Strange Creatures of the Spring Pond 25 26 27 28 29 30




May 2016
Sun. M T W R F Sat.
1 Michigan Snakes Alive 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 Sketching Nature 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 Rockhound Basics 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31        




June 2016
Sun. M T W R F Sat.
      1 2 3 4
5 Edible, Medicinal or Poisonous? 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 Nature's Tank the Turtle 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30    




Winter 2016 Schedule of Events pdf version (109 KB) click here

Spring 2016 Schedule of Events pdf version (152 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.




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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Spiders and Their Kin 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 3, 2016

Dr. Cara Shillington will introduce you to live spiders, tarantulas, scorpions and other intriguing invertebrates. Learn about poisonous spiders in Michigan, where they hang out and how to avoid them. Advance registration requested at 734-475-3170
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Night of the Amphibians CANCELED - was Saturday, April 9, 2016

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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Life in a beehive 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 17, 2016

Are you curious about the remarkable world of honeybees? Beekeeper and educator Jane Levy will show you how bees work together to make honey and why they do it. Ages 6 and up will enjoy this program and children will have a chance to wear a beekeeper's suit. Afterwards, Jane will be available to discuss setting up your own hive. Advance registration requested at 734-475-3170
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Strange Creatures of the Spring Pond 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 24, 2016

Naturalist Tom Hodgson will introduce you to many fascinating and little-known creatures - from delicate damselflies to ferocious diving beetles. You will also learn how to find these creatures yourself and to "Pour-a-pond" of your own. Advance registration requested at 734-475-3170
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Michigan Snakes Alive 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1, 2016

Fact or fiction? Learn the truth about the misconceptions that surround these intriguing creatures. Nature Discovery will bring a variety of live snakes and discuss their habits and characteristics. At the end of the program you will have a chance to handle these surprisingly gentle reptiles and watch them eat. Advance registration requested at 734-475-3170
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Sketching Nature 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Sunday, May 15, 2016

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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Rockhound Basics 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 22, 2016

Discover what you can learn about ancient Michigan from looking at a rock. Geologist Larry Bean will show you how to ďreadĒ 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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Edible, Medicinal or Poisonous? 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 5, 2016

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. Advance registration required at 734-475-3170. Limited to 30 people.
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Nature's Tank the Turtle 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, June 12, 2016

Tom Hodgson will introduce you to Michiganís 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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Winter 2016 Schedule of Events pdf version (109 KB) click here

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




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