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Education Programs: Families

Always free. Always fun.

Foster a natural curiosity in your family for science and the great outdoors with our programs for families with children aged 3-12. Experience the topic of the day through discovery hikes, stories, games, and nature art projects. Programs are led by environmental educators. Registration is not required unless designated otherwise. For groups larger than 10 people, please provide advance notice so we can plan accordingly. Programs take place both in the Bunker Interpretive Center, and out in the Ecosystem Preserve, so please come prepared for walking outside in a variety of weather conditions.

First Saturdays

Hot Chocolate Hike
February 7, 2015 at 10:30 am - 12 pm
Educator: Sheila DeVries, Program Leader
Enjoy the beauty of the preserve during winter as you hike through the woods. Learn to identify winter birds, animal tracks, and trees by their bark. Then warm yourself up by the fire with a free cup of hot chocolate, and create a simple watercolor painting of your adventure. This program is appropriate for families with children aged 4 and older.

Scat, Tracks, and Other Animal Signs Hike
March 7, 2015 at 10:30 am - 12 pm
Educator: Jeanette Henderson, Program Manager

Come learn about scat (animal droppings) and tracks left behind by woodland creatures. Discover what scat can tell us about animals, and learn to identify it as we walk through the preserve to search for the clues animals leave behind. This program is great for families with children ages 4-12.

Spots, Scales, Stripes & Skin
April 4, 2015 at 10:30 am - 12 pm
Educator: Emily Harrell, Program Leader

Discover the different types of body coverings that vertebrates have, and why they are so colorful. Then learn how spots, stripes, and spines protect these animals. Meet our live critters, feel feathers and soft fur, and play some exciting games to test your new knowledge! This program is recommended for families with children ages 4-12.

Spring Break 2015

We offer a variety of activities every day during the Grand Rapids Public School system's spring break. Check back in March for our program schedule.

look at skull

winter trail

making snowflakes