Upcoming Programs


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



Nature Story Hour

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

Join Mary, our resident librarian, for a nature story hour in the visitor center. Each month, you’ll learn about a different type of animal that you might find right here in Michigan. After the story, you’ll make an animal of your own with a take-home craft project led by volunteer Madeline.

Cost: FREE, Donations Welcome

Nature’s Trading Post

August 14th, September 11th, October 16th

Calling all backyard naturalists! Have you found something intriguing, unusual, or just plan cool in nature? Bring it in to Nature’s Trading Post! Starting in April, Fenner Naturalists will open up the Trading Post monthly to help you identify and learn more about the amazing things you find in nature. You can even earn points through trading the item you collected, or researching more about your item toward something special from our Trading Post collection. Visit the Nature’s Trading Post page on our website to learn more about earning and spending points.

Come and Play Days at the Playscape

Sunday, August 14th 1-4pm

Join Fenner’s Youth Leaders for a play day in our new playscape! The leaders will teach children about the fundamental needs of life while guiding them in fun activities in the playscape’s food, water, shelter, and space stations.

Community Campfire

Friday, August 12th 

6pm-8pm Free

**July Campfire Notice: Due to current extremely dry conditions, the Lansing Fire Department has enacted a ban on open burning. We will host the event as planned, but leave out the campfire. Instead, we'll have popsicles, short hikes, and lawn games near the front gates of the park. Hope to see you there!

Fenner Nature Center staff are excited to invite you to our first community campfire. On the second Friday of each month of the summer, we will light the fire near the front gates of the park and offer stories, songs, and s’mores. This is an opportunity for friends, families, and Fenner supporters to get together and enjoy a summer’s evening together. Bring a blanket, picnic, or instrument if you’d like; or bring just yourself. All are welcome to this community event.

Twilight Treks

9/9, 9/23, 10/14           7-8:30pm

*Pre-Registration Required.

Interested in exploring Fenner at night? Come join one of our naturalists for a guided hike as the sun is setting. Learn how certain animals are adapted to function during twilight and nighttime and what animals are hunting, walking, or flying around while we are getting ready for bed! This family-friendly program concludes with a bonfire and marshmallow roast.

       $5 non-members; members free

Apple Butter Festival

10/8 & 10/9             Sat – Sun       11 am – 5 pm

Join us as we celebrate the fall harvest with our Annual Apple Butter

Festival. This event gives visitors a chance to reconnect with nature through an exploration of heritage arts, crafts, games and of course, to help cook authentic apple butter over an open fire. This year’s festival promises to be fun for the whole family and includes live music, great food and will feature “celebrity stirrers” on site to help stir the apple butter.    

 Free / Suggested Donation Parking $5

Día de los Muertos Cemetery Stroll

10/28              Fri       6-8pm     

*Pre-Registration Required.

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 campfire and marshmallow roast.

        $5 non-members; members free

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

Most of our programs require advanced registration and payment. We are not able to offer refunds for cancellations made in less than 24 hours.

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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