November December 2013
November 2, Saturday, 10:00 am
BIRD SEED SALE BEGINS
Today begins Sarett’s annual bird seed sale for members. Shop between November 2 & December 31 and you will receive 10% off your seed and feeder purchases. Sarett will have available black oil sunflower, mix seeds, thistle and suet cakes. So enjoy feeding the birds, save some money and help Sarett out at the same time. Thanks for being a member.
November 6, Wednesday, 2:00 pm
JASPER PULASKI WILDLIFE REFUGE TRIP
Join Sarett naturalists for this annual fall excursion to Indiana’s Jasper Pulaski Wildlife Refuge. This refuge is well known for its staging of thousands of sandhill cranes. Bring a sack supper (or use the fast food stop) as we will be staying until dark to watch the cranes fly in to spend the night. Dress warmly. Please call to register. 927-4832. $10/person includes transportation, $5/person if you drive yourself.
November 6, Wednesday, 2:30 to 4:00 pm
Join a series of classes designed to supplement home schooling curriculums. One session will be for kids six to nine years old and one for children 10 and up. There are many exciting topics including Butterflies, Insects, Medicinal Plants, Spiders, Sounds of Nature, Venomous Animals and much more. Please call Sarett at 927-4832 or email Eileenc@sarett.com for more information and fees. Students must be pre-registered to attend.
November 9, Saturday, 10:00 to 11:30 am
JUNIOR NATURALIST CLUB
A special club for kids ages 7-12 who are really interested in nature. Find out what it means to be a Sarett naturalist. We’ll learn about the animals of Sarett, do projects, and have lots of fun as we learn about nature. We will meet today, December 14, January 18, February 15, March 15, April 19 & May 17. Fee $35/student. Call 269-927-4832 to register or if you have questions.
November 13, Wednesday, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Join Sarett naturalists for a day exploring Michigan’s great diversity with a trip to Allegan County. We’ll visit the state game area and the shoreline with many short, easy walks, watch for eagles, cranes and geese. Lunch will be at Crane’s Orchard (on your own) and dress to be outside for easy walks. Cost $25/member, $30/non member. Call to register. 927-4832.
November 16, Saturday
Join us for an evening of “ FUNraising” and test your knowledge on a variety of categories. $200 Prize to 1st place team. Doors open at 6:00 pm—Trivia begins at 7:00 pm. Buy a table for 10 people at $100.00 or join a table for $10/person. Bring snacks to share with your tablemates. Cash bar for pop, water, beer and wine. Door prizes, good fun and lots of laughs. Reservations & prepayment required 927-4832. Tables still available, call for information to reserve your team.
November 23 & 24, Saturday 10 am –5 pm & Sunday 1-5 pm
NATURE BOOK SALE
Join us for a nature book sale this weekend. We are asking members and friends to donate gently used nature books for this event. Books can be field guides, travel guides, informational books, nature adventure books, hard or soft cover or children’s books. Please no magazines. Books can be dropped off at the nature center anytime. Then plan to join us for a great way to stock up on winter reading. Questions? 927-4832
November 23, Saturday, 10:00 am
Make a classy 4 foot bench out of poplar wood. It would look good at the foot of a bed, in an entryway or just about anywhere. Gain woodshop skills using the miter saw, table saw, drill press, router, and band saw. You’ll be proud to use this finished project as a great holiday gift. Plan on five hours to complete the bench. $70/bench. You must register and prepay. 927-4832. Class size: minimum of 4 and maximum of 8.
November 24, Sunday, 3:00 pm
BIRD STUDY TRIP TO CUBA
Join member Teri Williams as she recalls a recent birding trip to Cuba. Cuba is a hotspot for endemic species and a tantalizing birding mecca because of its biogeographic history and limited development over the past 50-60 years. Come see photos and hear about Cuba's birds, wildlife and cultural experience.
December 5, Thursday, 9:30 am
Spend the morning helping naturalists add a sparkle and shine to Sarett Nature Center. We could use some help with cleaning. We’ll provide the cleaning supplies and lunch. Please let us know you are coming so we can plan lunch. 927-4832.
December 7, Saturday, 10:00 am
Want to decorate with natural greens for the holiday season but don’t have time to collect the greens? Today we’ll have several varieties of greens that you can use to make your own wreaths, swags, baskets or centerpieces. Bring your own clippers. $10 fee includes greens, and instructions. Wreath frames, wire and ribbon are extra or bring your own. Please call to register 927-4832.
December 7, Saturday, 3:00 pm
COSTA RICA REVISITED
Join Sarett Naturalist Mike Mahler for a look back at the nature center’s recent birding trip to Costa Rica.Colorful tanagers, parrots, and hummingbirds were some of the highlights of this trip along with poison dart frogs, monkeys, and beautiful scenery.
December 14, Saturday, 10:00 to 5:00 pm
Remember Sarett’sgift shop for those last minute holiday gifts. We have many locally made nature related items like honey, maple syrup, and wooden items. Check them out for a unique gift idea. Nature books, bird feeders, and bird seed make great gifts. Sarett members receive 10% off gift store purchases during the month of December.
December 15, Sunday, 2:00 to 5:00 pm
Open House at Sarett. After 43 years as Director of Sarett Nature Center, Chuck has decided to retire. Join the Board of Directors and Staff as we thank him for 43 years of continuous and relentless enthusiasm to make Sarett a premier nature center. Help us to honor his spirit and passion for educating children (and adults) about the natural world. Please call us at 927-4832 if you plan to attend. If you have a funny story or a happy memory of Chuck at Sarett, please share it with us by emailing it to: email@example.com and we’ll include it in the afternoon’s activity.
December 23, 24, 25.
The building will be closed for the holiday.
December 27, Friday, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
SLEDDING ON PEAR HILL
Kids, bring your favorite sled and join naturalists for a fun afternoon sledding. Call 927-4832 to register. $1/student for 7 years old & up.
December 31, Tuesday. 8:00 am
SARETT’S ANNUALAUDUBON CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
Birders, if you would like to join Sarett naturalists to bird our area for the National Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count, please call 927-4832 to register . It is a fun day for everyone who likes to bird.
January 2, Thursday, 9:30 am
Join Sarett naturalists for a look at winter and snow. Spend the morning learning about animals in winter, snow and winter survival. If there is enough snow we will spend the afternoon on skis and snowshoes. You must call to register 927-4832. For kids 6 years and older. $3/student for 9:30 am to noon, $6/student for 9:30 am to 2:30 pm
REMINDERS ! ! !
CROSS COUNTRY SKI RENTAL !!! Let’s hope for a good year of cross country skiing. Sarett will be renting skis as soon as there is enough snow. We have expanded our equipment so there is a great set of skis for everyone. Sarett’s trails will be groomed for classic skiing. We have skis for children & adults. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $7/adult member, $4/members kids, $10/adult non-members, $5/children for a two hour rental. Please call ahead for snow conditions. 927-4832
SHOWSHOE RENTAL . Snowshoes are a great way to get out in the winter. Explore Sarett on snowshoes for $3/person for a two hour rental. Please call ahead for snow conditions. 269-927-4832.