The rhythmic rising and setting of sun and moon and stars throughout the season draws forth an abundant harvest from the Earth, and a desire to dance in the rest of us!
Family fun at Sturgeon River Preserve
3749 Whitmarsh Rd, Vanderbilt MI
Nature Scavenger Hunt
Nature Coloring Books
Learn how to Geocache! No experience necessary. GPS units provided by HeadWaters Land Conservancy
For more information contact Libby Benjamin, 989-731-0573, LBenjamin@headwatersconservancy.org
Location: Dark Sky Viewing Area at Headlands Dark Sky Park
Though the Perseids are diminished by nearly Full moonlight this year, we can think of no better way to spend an evening in Northern Michigan than beside the shores of the Great Lake, with moonlight on high and the chance of shooting stars overhead. Bring your favorite picnic items and partners, and join us for a dazzling and romantic evening under the starry skies of the Headlands.
Three Pines Studio
Looking for a way to relax and enjoy nature?
Experience the outdoors through writing
and drawing. Absorb the summer season
and learn simple sketching and writing
techniques inspired by professional author
and nature journalist, Claire Walker Leslie.
Local naturalist, Alison Berry, will cover
the fundamentals of basic journaling skills.
An ideal class for beginners. Please bring
your unlined spiral notebook (5×7 or 8×11
suggested) and at least two pencils (no colored
pencils), sun protection, water and portable
chairs (optional). A walk down to the Cross
Village Beach if time and weather permit.
Meet on the porch at Three Pines.
Ages: 8+ w/adult. Workshop Fee: $15
Artist /Instructor: Alison Berry
The Headlands property boasts miles of trails, an inland lake, and acres of untouched old-growth forest that make it as rich a resource by day as its skies are overhead at night. For this daytime event, you are invited to join naturologist Maureen Stine for a fun, hands-on, multi-sensory program called, “Nature-Soup” which covers some water and land ecology studies and includes a nice easy nature walk. Well-suited for families with children ages 5-13.
* Thorne Swift Children in Nature Program
* Thursdays, July 10 – August 14
* 10:30 to noon
* Exciting thematic children’s program entails a captivating story session at the fire circle, an outdoor nature activity, and fun crafts.
* Dress for the weather!
* Only cost is a $5 parking fee (waived for members of Little Traverse Conservancy and West Traverse Township residents).
* Please register within one week of the event by calling 231-526-6401.
Petoskey Regional Audubon Society (PRAS), Little Traverse Conservancy and Bearcub Outfitters Kids Hiking Club are hosting a Bird
Walk on July 5. The walk begins at 9 a.m. at Spring Lake Park, and will be led by PRAS member, Mary Trout.
This free, easy-going walk, will be along the boardwalk and bike path and will last about two hours. It is open to anyone who would like to see birds and learn about birds. Turtles,
beavers, frogs and other animals might also be seen during the walk.
Families are welcome. Loaner binoculars and field guides will be available. No smoking or pets on this walk.
No skills or prior experience necessary. If you have any questions please call Mary Trout at 231-535-2632 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ages 9-12. Registration begins June 9th, 2014 and is required. Call Sarah at 231-344-1018.
Prorams offered Thursdays 10 am – 12pm.
Adventures in the Sky – June 26
Skyline Trail, Petoskey
More than 800 acres of land and an elevation of more than 1,200 feet create dramatic views of the northern Michigan skyline. This section of North Country Trail winds up in a switchback pattern, just like climbing a mountain! A variety of wildlife calls this area home. Let’s discover just who lives here as we make our way to the scenic overlook with must-see views!
Nature Photography – July 3
Spring Lake Township Park, Petoskey
Interested in photography and love being outdoors? Grab your camera for some photo fun at beautiful Spring Lake Park! Our focus is to improve your nature photography skills and expand your creativity while providing opportunities to photograph unique and exciting subjects in nature. All abilities and cameras welcome.
Mountain Biking – July 10
Offield Family Nature Preserve, Harbor Springs
Join former professional mountain biker, Chad Wells, for this fun biking adventure through the Offield Family Nature Preserve! Chad Wells is the manager of North Country Cycle Sports in Petoskey and brings with him a wealth of mountain biking knowledge. The trail is not extreme and hill climbing is minimal. A mountain style bike is recommended for this program. Extra water, appropriate footwear, and helmets are required. Designed for children with an intermediate biking ability.
Orienteering – July 17
Ransom Nature Preserve, Charlevoix
Knowing how to use a compass is an important skill to have if you enjoy exploring in nature. Learn basic orienteering as we navigate this beautiful nature preserve. Parents are encouraged to participate, as one adult will be needed to accompany each group. Bring a sack lunch and enjoy the view from atop the hill overlooking Lake Michigan. Long pants and sturdy shoes are recommended.
Survival Skills – July 24
McCune Nature Preserve, Petoskey
This course is an introduction to the skills and mindset needed in survival situations. We’ll cover the importance of being prepared and informed before venturing out into the woods, as well as strategies for addressing a survival situation. Skills include shelter building, fire building and identifying the 10 essentials. The McCune Preserve offers a variety of maintained trails through a beautiful Michigan hardwood forest. A short hike will also accompany this program.
Adventures on the Pigeon – July 31
Andreae/Banwell Preserves, Cheboygan County
The beautiful Pigeon River meanders its way through the adjoining Andreae and Banwell Preserves in Cheboygan County. Let’s explore it! If tromping through the woods and playing in the river sounds like fun to you, than this is the program for you! Be sure to dress for possibly getting dirty or wet.