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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

Seeds on the Move
November 1, 2014 at 10:30 am - 12 pm
Educator: Emily Harrell, Program Leader
Join Miss Emily on a search for seeds around the preserve! Marvel at the diversity of seeds created by plants, and play a game to discover the many ways seeds travel. Additionally, create your own art project using a variety of seeds. This program is great for families with children ages 4-12.

Mink vs. Rabbit!
December 6, 2014 at 10:30 am - 12 pm
Educator: Nancy McIntyre, Naturalist

Come learn about the predator/prey relationship between Michigan's elusive American mink and the frequently spotted eastern cottontail rabbits. Play a predator and prey game, and learn about the unique characteristics and adaptions of these animals as you take a hike in the woods. This program is recommended for families with children ages 4-12.

Family Weekend Open House

The preserve is hosting an open house during Calvin College's Family Weekend on Saturday, October 18 at 10 am - 4 pm. Everyone is welcome to stop in the Bunker Interpretive Center to create some of our favorite nature art projects. You can even make a lovely marbleized leaf! Then go on a hike in the preserve, and take in some of our beautiful fall colors. Light refreshments will be offered.

families doing crafts

mom & son walking trail

dad & son catching insects