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


Winter Snowshoe Hike (All Ages)

Fridays, 1/15, 1/29, 2/12, 2/26, 3/11

6:00 pm-8:00 pm

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; Maximum of 10 participants, so call to reserve your spot! If there is not enough snow, we will still head out for a winter night hike.

Cost:  $8 Non-Member; $3 Member

Winter Seed Sowing Workshop (Adults)

Saturday  2/13 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Learn how you can plant seeds for your garden in the middle of winter! Make mini-greenhouses that can keep plants warm 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 Non-Member; $15 Member

First Annual Snowsnake 'Tournament'

Saturday February 20th*

As a part of the Odamino Indigenous Play Series, the American Indian Studies Program (AISP) at Michigan State is putting on the first annual Snowsnake 'Tournament.' On February 17 from 3-6pm and February 18 from 6-9pm join them in the RCAH Art Studio, in the basement of Snyder Hall on MSU's campus, to make your own snowsnakes. On February 20th* bring your snowsnakes to Fenner Nature Center and play shushumeg (snowsnakes). This activity is open to the public. Visit AISP's Facebook page for more information: www.facebook.com/msu.aisp

Cost: Free

*Time TBD & if there is snow

First Annual Urban Sugar Bush

Entire Month of March

Wednesdays 3-4:30 • Fridays 9-5pm • Saturdays 9-5pm

As a part of the Indigenous Ecological Knowledge Series, the American Indian Studies Program (AISP) and Fenner Nature Center have joined together to expand our community's knowledge on harvesting sap and making maple syrup. Join us in the iskigamizigan (sugar bush) every Wednesday to pull sap from the trees, every Friday to begin to boil and evaporate the sap, and every Saturday to finish the boiling process. Since maple sugaring is based on seasonal weather patterns the starting and ending dates may change. Please visit AISP's Facebook page for updated information: www.facebook.com/msu.aisp

Spring Break Adventures (Ages 5 and up)

April 4-8


Spring Break Adventures are a great way to shake off that cabin fever! Sign up for one or more of our hands-on, full-day camps in the great outdoors. Participants will need to bring their own lunch and snacks.

Monday, 4/4: Up in the Clouds: Allow your imagination to soar to new heights in this expedition into the realm of birds, bats, and bugs! Find out how these animals fly, and how they have fascinated and inspired engineers and scientists to take to the skies. 

Tuesday, 4/5: 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.

Wednesday, 4/6: Down by the Pond: Make a splash with our aquatic friends! You will spend your time by the water, searching for critters that live in the water, and getting up close and personal with the turtles, frogs, and fish that call Fenner home.

Thursday, 4/7: Nature Detectives: Have you ever wondered why the sky is blue, or where frogs go during the winter? Come and find out through exploration of our trails and hands-on experiments that will help you solve some of nature's amazing mysteries.

Friday, 4/8: Wilderness Rangers: There is a wild world out there, so come along to 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 per day: $40 Non-Member; $35 Member

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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