Nature Education Center offers January programs for families

Ottawa County Parks is offering several programs at its Nature Education Center in January. These programs last about 90 minutes, have no program fees and advance registration is not required.
Dec 29, 2011


Call 616-786-4847 for more information.

A “Winter Ecology Lab” will be set up inside the Nature Education Center on Saturday, Jan. 7. Visit the lab anytime from 1-3 p.m. and explore the wonderful world of winter. The lab will include viewing a variety of objects through stereo microscopes and experiments with snow; and looking at animal fur, skulls and tracks. This program is for adults and older children.

Bring the family and gather round the fireplace inside the Nature Education Center for a “Fireside Story Hour” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15. The story for this program is “Who has a Backbone,” and it will be followed by an activity or a discovery walk focused on the theme of the story. 

A “Close-up Look at Twigs” is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Nature Education Center. During the winter, tree twigs have unique characteristics including buds, bundle scars and leaf scars. These characteristics are useful when identifying these plants in winter. This program is for adults and older children. It will begin indoors with a look at collected twigs, followed by a short outdoor hike to look at common trees. 

The final program for the month is “The Scoop on Skulls” at 2 p.m. in the Nature Education Center on Saturday, Jan. 28. During this indoor program, adults and older children will use a key to identify skulls of common mammals and learn about some of their unique adaptations.

The Nature Education Center is located at Hemlock Crossing County Park in Port Sheldon Township.


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