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  

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

Basic & Beginning Basket Class (Adults)

January 18, 1pm - 4pm

Cost: $25

February 22, 1pm - 4pm

Cost: $30

Work with Sharon and Juanita of the Crossroad Weavers Guild to learn a new skill while staying away from the chill. This 3 hour basket-making class is suitable for complete beginners. During the January class, you will make a basic Napkin Basket from start to finish. The February class will teach you to make a similar style of basket with a handle. You can sign up for just one, or BOTH of these great classes. Basket materials are included in the class fee. All you will need to bring if you have it are scissors (not fabric shears), pencil, 12" ruler or measuring tape, and a hand towel.


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!

**FULL**   1/23        Fri                   6:00 pm-8:00 pm                  $7

**FULL**     2/6        Fri                   6:00 pm–8:00 pm                 $7

2/20                           Fri                   6:00 pm-8:00 pm                  $7

3/6                            Fri                   6:00 pm-8:00 pm                  $7

Spring Break Adventures (Ages 5 and up)

April 6-April 10


Non-Members: $40 per day

Fenner Conservancy Members: $35 per day

 Magnificent Mammals
 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!
 Animal Architects  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!
 Ooey, Gooey, Sticky, & Slimy  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!
 Wilderness Rangers  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.
 The Art of Nature  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.


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 links in the sidebar for more information about program offerings 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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