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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. 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

Going Batty for Michigan Bats!
November 5, 2016 at 10:30 am - 12 pm
Educator: Nancy McIntyre, Naturalist

Echolocation, efficient flyers, and the ability to eat 500 insects in an hour - bats are amazing and beneficial! Play batty games, watch cool videos and take a hike to discover more about these nocturnal creatures. This program is appropriate for families with children aged 3 and older.

First Snow in the Woods
December 3, 2016 at 10:30 am - 12 pm
Educator: Jeanette Henderson, Program Manager

Brrr, it's getting cold outside! Join Miss Jeanette in front of the fireplace as she reads the story First Snow in the Woods, by Carl Sams II. Then head outside for a hike through the preserve to discover how Michigan animals prepare for the winter. A great program for families with children ages 3-12.

Family Weekend Open House

We are hosting an open house during Calvin College's Family Weekend on Saturday, October 22 at 10 am - 4 pm. Everyone is welcome to drop in the Bunker Interpretive Center to create some of our favorite art projects using leaves and seeds, and make a watercolor using natural paints. Then feel free to wander our scenic trails amid the fall foliage. While you are out, make your mark by creating a piece of land art from natural materials you find in the forest - leaving it behind for others to enjoy and add to is part of the fun. Light refreshments will be offered.

doing crafts at open house

group walking on trail

father & son catching insects