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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

Discover the Wild Turkeys!
November 7, 2015 at 10:30 am - 12 pm
Educator: Nancy McIntyre, Naturalist

Wild turkeys abound in our preserve and neighborhoods in Grand Rapids. Learn more about this nature neighbor just in time for the Thanksgiving season, by playing turkey games and practicing turkey calls. One lucky volunteer will even be transformed into a Wild Turkey as we work together to learn more about this unique creature! Please dress appropriately for the weather and playing games outside. This program is perfect for adults and families with children ages 3 and up.

Woodpeckers: Peckin' Out a Living
December 5, 2015 at 10:30 am - 12 pm
Educator: Neil Gilbert, Birder & Naturalist

When you think about it, woodpeckers are truly odd birds to incessantly whack their beaks against trees all day. So why do they do it? And how do their bodies withstand such a steady stream of torture? Birder Neil Gilbert will answer these questions and introduce you to the woodpeckers found in Michigan, as we hike through the preserve in search of these birds. At the end of the program, participants can make a pinecone feeder to take home with them. This program is appropriate for adults and families with children ages 5 and up.

Family Weekend Open House

Please join us for a 30th anniversary celebration during our Family Weekend Open House on Saturday, October 24 at 10 am - 4 pm. Drop in to create some of our favorite art projects using leaves and seeds. Enjoy the fall foliage while you hike our scenic trails. Express yourself by making a piece of land art of natural materials you find in the forest, and leave it for others to discover. Light refreshments will be offered.

Stay tuned to our Facebook page for special anniversary posts, and more anniversary events in the works!

family crafts

walking the trail

boy making seed art

catching insects