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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

Winged Dragons: Dragonflies & Damselflies
October 1, 2016 at 10:30 am - 12 pm
Educator: Jeanette Henderson, Program Manager

Join Miss Jeanette as she searches the preserve for winged dragons. Learn about their amazing lifecycle, how they fly, and how to identify them. Try using an aerial net to catch them, and create your own winged dragon to take home with you. This program is best for families with children ages 6 years old and up. Dress for the weather and walking in fields with long grasses. In case of inclement weather, the program will be adapted and offered inside.

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