Self-guided Color and Sandhill Crane Tour
Oct
10
to Nov 25

Self-guided Color and Sandhill Crane Tour

Large numbers of Sandhill Cranes can be seen in parts of the Waterloo Recreation Area through late November.  Beginning October 10, visitors may pick up free maps to the best fall color routes and crane viewing areas around the Waterloo Recreation Area.  A film “The Sandhill Crane Story” will be shown on request.  

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Alligators and Their Reptile Relatives
Nov
11
1:30 PM13:30

Alligators and Their Reptile Relatives

This program will be repeated at 3:00 p.m.   Join us for an exciting, hands-on presentation of live reptiles from the Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary.  You will have the opportunity to see large and small alligators up close along with other intriguing reptiles.  Learn about the fascinating characteristics of these creatures and how they survive in the wild.  Advance registration required at 734-475-3170 with choice of program time.

Cost: $2/person or $5/family with State Recreation Passport.  Waterloo Natural History Association members admitted free.

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Sandhill Crane Tour
Oct
28
2:00 PM14:00

Sandhill Crane Tour

Local expert Bill Wells will show a film about Sandhill Cranes and then lead a driving tour to view them in the fields around the Waterloo Recreation Area.  Visitors can expect to see large flocks of these magnificent birds at close range.  Bring binoculars and cameras.  

Cost: $2/person or $5/family with State Recreation Passport.  Waterloo Natural History Association members admitted free.

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Drawing Class with Live Raptors
Oct
21
2:00 PM14:00

Drawing Class with Live Raptors

Jen Koppin, artist and educator, and Francie Krawcke, raptor educator, team up to offer you an opportunity to develop your drawing skills using live raptors.   Francie will bring an impressive great horned owl and a beautiful kestrel from Michigan Avian Experience during the second portion of the program.  Limited drawing supplies will be available, so bring your own paper and sketching tools.  Due to the nature of the program, advance registration is required.  Limited to 25 people.

Cost: $2/person or $5/family with State Recreation Passport.  Waterloo Natural History Association members admitted free.

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Animal Acoustics
Oct
14
2:00 PM14:00

Animal Acoustics

Nature is full of the sounds of animals – songs, screeches, buzzes, growls, and countless more.  For this interactive program, the Howell Nature Center will bring a variety of noisy animals to the Discovery Center.  While you listen to the sounds these animals can make, you will learn how they help these creatures to survive and what adaptations they have for hearing the sounds of others.   Advance registration strongly encouraged at 734-475-3170.

Cost: $2/person or $5/family with State Recreation Passport.  Waterloo Natural History Association members admitted free.

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Seven Outdoor Skills Everyone Should Know
Oct
7
2:00 PM14:00

Seven Outdoor Skills Everyone Should Know

Sure, your iPhone has an app for everything, and you won’t get lost using your GPS. But what if your batteries die?  In this hands-on workshop, Meg Gower and Ryan Dibble will show you ways to navigate, as well as basic survival skills.   Learn how to make fire without matches, build a shelter, locate water, signal, and more.  Aimed at ages 10 to adult.   Advance registration  required at 734-375-3170, as this program is limited to 25 people.

Cost: $2/person or $5/family with State Recreation Passport.  Waterloo Natural History Association members admitted free.

 

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Sensing Animals
Sep
30
2:00 PM14:00

Sensing Animals

How do wild animals perceive the world?  Many of them can see, hear, or smell things better than humans.  In this hands-on program, Science Alive will bring live animals to demonstrate the amazing ways their senses allow them to learn about and survive in their environments.   Advance registration strongly encouraged at 734-475-3170.

Cost: $2/person or $5/family with State Recreation Passport.  Waterloo Natural History Association members admitted free.

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Fall Mushroom Hunt
Sep
23
2:00 PM14:00

Fall Mushroom Hunt

Come Search the woods to find and collect fall mushrooms!  Afterwards, mushroom expert Phil Tedeschi will talk about what you have collected and identify those that are edible.  Bring a basket or paper bag and waxed paper for collecting.  Due to the nature of the program, advance registration is strongly encouraged at 734-475-3170

Cost: $2/person or $5/family with State Recreation Passport.  Waterloo Natural History Association members admitted free.

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Nature Play Area Grand Opening
Sep
16
2:00 PM14:00

Nature Play Area Grand Opening

Bring your family to celebrate the Discovery Center's new Nature Play Area and a nature trail compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Research shows the value of connecting children with nature, and that playing in natural areas stimulates a passion for conservation natural materials.  The trail is half a mile long and is designed for wheelchair and stroller accessibility.  There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open this area at 2:15.  We will have refreshments in the Discovery Center and guides along the trail.

Admission is free.  State Recreation Passport required for parking.

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