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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.

The Spring 2014 schedule of programs

Click on name of program for full description.



March 2014
Sun. M T W R F Sat.
            1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Maple Sugar Festival
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 Michigan's Rattler! 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 Build Your own Telescope 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 Live From Australia 31          



April 2014
Sun. M T W R F Sat.
    1 2 3 4 5
6 Life in a Beehive 7 8 9 10 11 12 Night of the Amphibians
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 Herps! Michigan's Amphibians and Reptiles 28 29 30      



May 2014
Sun. M T W R F Sat.
        1 2 3 Faerie House Workshop
4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Incredible Edibles
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 Michigan Mammals 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31



June 2014
Sun. M T W R F Sat.
1 Rockhound Basics 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 Nature's Tank: The Turtle 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30          




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.




Maple Sugar Festival 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Saturday, March 8, 2014

It’s time for that traditional rite of spring – tapping maple trees. Observe demonstrations of the whole procedure of making maple syrup from collecting the sap to the evaporation process. Guided walks will show modern-day and old-time methods for making maple syrup at home, and a film will be available for viewing. Maple products will be for sale.
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Michigan's Rattler! 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 16, 2014

Do you know what to do if you encounter a Massasauga rattlesnake in the wild or in your yard? Come and observe a live specimen as DNR wildlife biologist Kristin Bissell discusses Massasauga biology, habitat and behaviors. Advance registration requested at 734-475-3170.
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Build Your Own Telescope 2:00 -3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 23, 2014

The sky’s the limit when you have a telescope to view our Milky Way galaxy and its millions of stars. Be a modern-day Galileo as you make your own working telescope with astronomy buff Meg Gower. Cost: program fee $2/person or $5/family; supplies $8/telescope. Limited to 20 telescopes. Advance registration requested at 734-475-3170.
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Live From Australia 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Creature Conservancy will be bringing live animals from “down under,” including a kangaroo, a wallaby and a kookaburra. Here is an opportunity to view these seldom-seen animals up close and learn about their habits and habitats. Advance registration requested at 734-475-3170.
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Life in a Beehive 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 6, 2014

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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Night of the Amphibians 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014

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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Herps! Michigan's Amphibians and Reptiles 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 27, 2014

Nature Discovery will bring live examples of some of the reptiles and amphibians that live around us. After an informative program about these fascinating creatures, you will have the opportunity to handle some of them and watch them eat. Advance registration requested at 734-475-3170.
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Faerie House Workshop 10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3, 2014

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 is $10 / person. Advance registration required at 734-475-3170.
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Incredible Edibles 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014

Join us for a walk with wild edibles expert Tom Jameson and discover what Mother Nature has to offer. Tom will share some of his recipes and his gourmet cooking after the hike. Limited to 35 people. Advance registration required at 734-475-3170.
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Michigan Mammals 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, May 18, 2014

Meet several of Michigan’s wild animals that now reside at the Howell Nature Center’s Wild Wonders Wildlife Park. Learn how each animal has special characteristics that allow it to survive in its own habitat. Advance registration requested at 734-475-3170.
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Rockhound Basics 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 1, 2014

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 8, 2014

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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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