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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 2014 schedule of programs

Click on name of program for full description.



October 2014
Sun. M T W R F Sat.
      1 2 3 4 Survival Skills You Can Use
5 Self-Guided Color and Crane Tour Maps Available 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 Spiders and Their Kin 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 Sandhill Crane Tour 27 28 29 30 31  



November 2014
Sun. M T W R F Sat.
            1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 The Night Crew 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30            



December 2014
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 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31      




Winter 2014 Schedule of Events pdf version (157 KB) click here

Spring 2014 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.




Survival Skills You Can Use 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct 4, 2014

Artemis Ester will teach you how to make a shelter and a bed, build a fire, find water, make your own string, and most importantly, avoid getting lost. This hands-on program for ages 10 and up will teach your skills you can use for a lifetime.
Calendar

Self-Guided Color and Crane Tour Maps Available Beginning October 4, 2014

Large numbers of Sandhill Cranes can be seen in the area in the fall. Visitors may pick up free maps to the best color routes and crane viewing areas. A film, "The Sandhill Crane Story" will be shown on request.
Calendar

Spiders and Their Kin 2:00 -3:00 p.m. Sunday, October 19, 2014

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. Cost: program fee $2/person or $5/family; Advance registration requested at 734-475-3170.
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Sandhill Crane Tour 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 26, 2014

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 magnificant birds at close range. Bring binoculars.
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The Night Crew 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, November 9, 2014

Live raptors will be featured in this entertaining program by the Leslie Science Center. Learn about the amazing eyesight of hawks and the remarkable hearing of owls as you view these hunters of the sky up close. Cost: program fee $2/person or $5/family; Advance registration requested at 734-475-3170.
Calendar



Winter 2014 Schedule of Events pdf version (157 KB) click here

Spring 2014 Schedule of Events pdf version (152 KB) click here




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