Upcoming Programs


PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL PROGAMS

Please call us at 517-483-4224 to register, or use our online system.

MINIMUM PARTICIPANTS MAY BE REQUIRED FOR A PROGRAM TO RUN.




Nature Story Hour

First Saturday of each month, 1:00pm – 2:00pm  

Our volunteer librarian will be leading a nature story hour in the Visitor Center that is geared towards children between the ages of 4 and 6. After the story, participate in a craft 

Cost: FREE, Donations Welcome




Knee-High Naturalist (Ages 2-5)

Wednesdays, 10am-11am 

Programs are now booked by the session and advanced pre-registration

 is required to attend 

Do you have a "Knee High Naturalist?" If they are between the ages of 2 and 5, come on out and join us for a hike, some fun crafts and other activities, and maybe even a story!  


Cost: $25.00/child for each four-week session


Session 1:  9/3-9/24 Animal Architects                            

Ants, Bees, Beavers, and Birds!   


Session 2: 10/1-10/22 Fall Time Fun                       

Leaves, Apples, Pumpkins, and Bats!         


Session 3: 11/5-11/26 Fall Time Friends            

Deer, Turkey, Squirrels, and Bears!


Note: There is no Knee High Naturalist in December




Dia de los Muertos Cemetery Stroll 

(All Ages)

November 1, 6pm - 8pm 

Fenner Nature Center and the Friends of Lansing's Historic Cemeteries are teaming up for a guided tour through Mount Hope Cemetery to investigate the signs and symbols of nature that surround life and death. We will delve into the folklore of Ravens, owls, and other animals that can be found on the tombstones on our walk before heading back to Fenner for a bonfire and marshmallow roast.

Cost: $5; Fenner Conservancy Members: FREE




Phenology Hike (Adults)

November 1, 1pm - 2pm 

Phenology is the study of plant and animal life cycle events and how these are influenced by the seasons.  Participants in these seasonal hikes will learn to identify plant and animal species while on the trails and become a citizen scientist while helping us collect data about the annual changes at Fenner Nature Center. There is a minimum participant registration of 10 required for this event.

Cost: $10; Fenner Conservancy Members: $5



                            

Winter Seed Sowing Workshop (Adults)

February 7, 1pm - 2:30pm

Learn how you can plant seeds for your garden in the middle of winter!  Make mini-greenhouses that can be kept outdoors even in the coldest of temperatures. Come spring, you will have sturdy seedlings that are ready to be transplanted into your vegetable garden and flower beds.  Supplies to make a greenhouse, as well as seeds from plants native to Michigan will be provided.

            Cost: $20; Fenner Conservancy Members: $15  




Winter Snowshoe Hike (all ages)

Join our naturalists for a lantern-guided walk through the snow. Snowshoes are the perfect way to travel through Fenner’s snow-laden trails while learning about winter ecology. No experience is necessary; program is dependent on snow conditions and has a maximum of 10 participants, so call early to reserve your spot!

1/9                               Fri                   6:00 pm-8:00 pm                  $7; Members FREE

2/6                               Fri                   6:00 pm–8:00 pm                 $7; Members FREE

3/6                               Fri                   6:00 pm–8:00 pm                 $7; Members FREE




Spring Break Adventures (Ages 5 and up)

Magnificent Mammals

March 30, 9am - 4pm

Fluffy, furry, and fuzzy describes this program about our mammal friends. You will venture out for a glimpse into the lives of deer, bears, and beavers! Make way for smelly skunks and come along as we learn all about magnificent mammals!

   Cost: $40; Fenner Conservancy Members: $35




Animal Architects

March 31, 9am - 4pm

The natural world is constantly ‘under construction’. Busy builders like termites, spiders, beavers, and bees are masters when it comes to building homes, catching a meal, or even redesigning the whole neighborhood! Put on your hard hat to see if you can measure up to these incredible, industrious creatures!

Cost: $40; Fenner Conservancy Members: $35




Ooey, Gooey, Sticky, & Slimy

April 1, 9am - 4pm

Being a part of nature is dirty business! These animals might not be the cleanest in the neighborhood, but they are definitely some of the coolest! From fish to frogs and salamanders to snails, follow the slime trail to learn about some of nature’s messiest residents!

Cost: $40; Fenner Conservancy Members: $35



Wilderness Rangers

April 2, 9am - 4pm

It’s a wild world out there, so come along and see if you have what it takes to survive! Learn shelter building techniques, filter your own water, and identify several Michigan wild edibles as you navigate through our fields, forests.

Cost: $40; Fenner Conservancy Members: $35



The Art of Nature

April 3, 9am - 4pm

Nature is full of art! Use your creativity to paint, draw, sculpt, and create using natural materials. Participants are sure to return home with plenty of their own masterpieces inspired by nature.

Cost: $40; Fenner Conservancy Members: $35



Nature Education Tours

Get your students out in nature and fulfill a variety of science, social studies, math and language arts GLCS while you’re at it! We offer programs for students in grades pre-K through 12, and general programs for homeschoolers and community groups, all of which can be viewed on our website: www.mynaturecenter.org. Please call to make a reservation.



Volunteer Opportunities

We have opportunities for both young people and adults to volunteer indoors and outdoors, maintaining our trails, building, creating displays, helping with events, and clearing invasive species from our natural areas. This is a great way to get connected to your community parks, grow closer together through service, and learn about our ecosystem. Please visit our website or email volunteer@mynaturecenter.org for more information.


EVENTS


Maple Syrup Festival

March 21, 11am - 5pm

March means Maple Syrup! As winter comes to a close and the sun's rays warm the earth, the trees begin to awaken for the coming growing season, causing the sap to rise in our sugar maple grove. Come help us celebrate this uniquely North American tradition. We will demonstrate how the sap has been collected and made into delightfully sweet syrup throughout the ages. Warm up in the Visitor Center and sample some maple syrup and maple sugar. Private group tours are available during the 3 weeks prior to the festival for an additional fee. Call us to register your group today!

           Cost: Free, Parking $5


Earth Day Extravaganza

April 18, 9am - 3pm

Earth Day is a day when people across the country show their support for the environment. Here at Fenner, we celebrate this day with our biggest Stewardship Workday of the year and educational programs about the plants and animals that call the nature center home. If you would like to learn more about participating in stewardship activities at the Earth Day Extravaganza,visit our website.

        Cost:  Free



Fenner Nature Center offers a wide variety of programs for the public, school groups, scouts, and other organizations.  Check out the liks inthe sidebar for more information about proram offerins and fees.  Please call us at 517-483-4224 or email info@mynaturecenter.org with any questions.

***Most of our programs require advanced registration and payment.  Please call early as slots fill up quickly!


 

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Fenner Nature Center

2020 East Mount Hope Avenue, Lansing, Michigan, 48910

Phone: 517-483-4224 | Email: info@mynaturecenter.org


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