Weekend Programs


March-April, 2014

March 1, Saturday, 8:00 am
Welcome back the spring migrants with Sarett’s annual Saturday morning birding bunch. These gatherings are designed for birders of all levels.   Each session will start at the nature center and then travel to where the birds are the best. Bring your binoculars and a desire to learn about and see birds.   We will meet March 1, 22, 29, April 12, 26, May 3, 10 & 24. $45 for all or $7/session.   Member $35 for all or $5/session.   Call to register 269-927-4832.


March 1, Saturday, 3:00 pm  
IfIf it’s spring, it must be time to find a mate.   How do animal know when it’s time to reproduce?   How do they find the one?   And how do they convince each other that they are special? Learn about mating behaviors then take a walk to see or hear if Sarett’s animals are feeling romantic.


March 8, Saturday, 11:00 am, or 1:00 pm
Welcome early spring at this “how to” class.   Enjoy a talk and a stroll through the woods to learn how maple syrup is made.   Learn to identify maple trees, how to tap and collect the sap and how to turn that sap into delicious amber syrup.   We’ll taste the sap, syrup and candy!    Great program for the whole family.   Please call to register. 927-4832.   Program fee $5/adult, members and kids free. There will maple treats for sale.


March 8. Saturday, 7:00 pm
Join us for an evening of “FUNdraising” and test your knowledge on a variety of categories (nature included).   $200 prize to 1st place team.   Buy your own 10 person table for $100 or partial tables are available for $10/person. Bring snacks and munchies to share with your tablemates.   Cash bar for pop, beer, water, and wine.   Don’t delay in making your reservation.   Pre-payment will guarantee your spot.   Please call Sarett at 927-4832   by March 5.   This night is for adults only.


March 9, Sunday, 1:00 pm or 3:00 pm

Enjoy early spring at this “how to” class.   Enjoy a talk and a stroll through the woods to learn how maple syrup is made.   See yesterday’s description.


March 15, Saturday, 3:00 pm

The federal Endangered Species Act just turned 40 years old! This program will explore how this landmark legislation works to safeguard species at risk of extinction and will explain how an animal or plant gets put on or taken off the endangered species list. We’ll also learn about Michigan’s federally-protected species, including the Mitchell’s satyr and Karner blue butterflies, as well as some of the Act’s success stories, such as the bald eagle.   Presented by Barbara Hosler, Endangered Species Coordinator of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and past Sarett naturalist.


March 17, Monday,   9:00 am
Get into spring with a bus trip to the 2014 Chicago Flower & Garden Show.   The show features a variety of gardens, ponds, gardening seminars, vendor’s market and cooking demonstrations. Don’t miss this fun filled day!   Cost is $65/person and includes round trip bus transportation, admission, driver tip and breakfast snack.   We will leave from the Stevensville Meijer at 9:00 am and return approximately 6:30 pm.   To register for this day send your name, address, phone, email and your check to Sarett. Call 269-927-4832 for information.


March 22, Saturday, 1:00 to 3:00 pm  
WOODSHOP WORKSHOP – Rubber Band Drag Racer Car

It travels up to 25 feet by rubber band power. For ages 6 and above, but 6-12 needs an adult.   Made using the band saw and drill press.   $20/car.   Please pre-pay to register for this class.


March 22, Saturday, 3:00 pm
The Echoes of their Wings: The Life and Legacy of the Passenger Pigeon
The passenger pigeon was unlike any other bird. It probably numbered in the billions, making it the most abundant bird in North America if not the world. But this huge population was neither evenly distributed across the landscape nor was it any way cryptic: the species often formed aggregations so vast they are difficult for us to imagine. John James Audubon described a flight that darkened the sky for three days, and a nesting in 1871 spread across 850 square miles of central Wisconsin. But despite that abundance, a single flight around 1860 probably exceeded a billion birds and maybe three billion, exploitation for food and recreation destroyed the species in the wild by the first few years of the twentieth century. On September 1, 1914, Martha, the last of the species, died in the Cincinnati Zoo. This talk explores the story of the bird and highlights the important lessons that it presents to those of us in the 21st century. Presented by Joel Greenberg, Author and Research Associate of the Notebaert Nature Museum and Chicago Field Museum.   Co-sponsored by the Berrien Birding Club.   $3.00/person, Sarett and Berrien Birding Club members/free.   Please call to register 269-927-4832.


March 23, Sunday, 3:00 pm
Experience a up-close learning adventure with live raptors from the Lake Milton Raptor Education Center. Aimee Pico will bring with her several live birds to demonstrate raptor characteristics, adaptations, conservation trends, predator-prey relationships, and our local birds of prey.   You won’t want to miss this chance to see these magnificent birds eye to eye.   Great program for the whole family.   Please call to register 927-4832. $5/adult, $2/child and Sarett members $2/adult, kids free.


March 26, Wednesday, 10:00 am  
Today’s adventure is the nature in our backyard.   We will visit Sarett’s sanctuaries—Black Woods near Coloma and the Brown Sanctuary.   We will seek out the earliest signs of spring.   $15/person, $10/member.   Bring a sack lunch and be prepared for gentle walks.


March 29, Saturday, 1:30 to 3:30 pm  

Learn how a trip through the grocery store herb and spice aisles can result in   surprisingly healthy benefits.   Today herbalist Jule Zaroff from Herbal Mamma   will bring awareness of the centuries old knowledge of herbs and their long history of health benefits.   Today’s workshop includes remedies for colds, flu,   inflammation, digestive upset and stress.   Create an infused oil, a cleaning spray, mouth wash and nausea remedy tea.   $20/person for today’s workshop.   You must pre-register 269-927-4832.


April 5, Saturday, 9:00 am
The Spring Stampede is off and running under the leadership of coach Mike Mahler.   Come run or walk for fun and prizes.   This 5K run/walk course takes advantage of Sarett’s diverse nature trails.   Funds raised from this event will   help Sarett’s environmental education programs for area school children.   The entry fee is $15 before March 14, $20 March 14 through April 3 and $25 race day.   Members of the XYZ Trail Series, Calumet Striders, RACERS Community Race Series receive a $2 discount. Race registration and packet pick-up begins at 7:30 am.   Race at 9:00 am.   Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each age group.   Special awards will be given to the overall male and female finishers in the run and walk.   Everyone registered will receive a t-shirt and those present on the day of the race will be eligible for door prizes.   If you are a bird enthusiast consider joining the birding bunch to bird the course starting at 7:30 am.   You will need to register. There is also a kids one mile fun run beginning at 8:30 am with a $1 registration fee and everyone receives a ribbon.   You can register on line at www.sarett.com   Chip timing!   Please call Sarett 927-4832 for more information.


April 12, Saturday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm  
  This project allows   you to leave with a great kid's table measuring about 20 x 20 x20. You will use a router table to soften the edges of all the table parts, a hand drill and a special jig to drill the holes that allow you to fasten all of the parts together. use sandpaper by hand to get a nice smooth surface that you can paint or clear finish at home. We'll teach you a little bit about the different materials you will use and how using those materials makes you a good steward to our earth.   Ages 7 & up, children must be accompanied by an adult helper. $50/table. Class size limited.You must call to register 927-4832.


April 15-17

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April 23, Wednesday, 9:15 am
Today’s destination is Spirit Springs Sanctuary. This 120 acre SW Michigan Land Conservancy Preserve has wonderful trails and an impressive plant list.   We will be joined by Nate Fuller of SWMLC.   A short stop is planned for Lawless County Park as well.   Bring a sack lunch. $25/person, $20/member includes transportation and fees. Please call 927-4832 to register.


April 24, Thursday, 1:00 pm  
Join naturalist Matt for a work day to remove invasive species that threaten the   overall health of our natural area.   Learn to ID invasive plants and how to   eradicate them to make Sarett a better place for natives.    Please call to register (so Matt has enough snacks and tools ready).   Wear work clothes, bring gloves and prepare to have fun.


April 26, Saturday, 8:30 pm

Join Sarett
naturalist for an evening walk looking and listening for the courtship song, dance and aerial display of the American Woodcock. Please call to register.   927-4832.   $3/person, members/free.


April 27, Sunday, 3:00 pm   
Join Sarett Board of Directors and staff for the annual meeting of the membership.   After a short business meeting, travel to Hawaii with naturalist Mindy Walker.   Experience these tropical islands of paradise.   Snorkel among reefs, walk around the volcano, see Pearl Harbor memorial & Mauna Loa, the bird life and more.


Upcoming Events


May 2, Friday, VOLUNTEERS NEEDED.   Join us at 10:00 am for a training day for anyone who would like to help Sarett with the Butterfly House with school groups or this summer.   We’ll learn about the butterflies, the butterfly house and gardens and how you can help with this exciting exhibit for school groups or weekend visitation.   Please let us know if you are planning on coming.   927-4832 or dianneb@sarett.com

May 17 Birdathon

May 17 & 18, Annual Plant Sale

June 19, 20, 21, & 22.   50 Years of Sarett Celebration Kick-Off!   Watch for special announcements soon.    


SARETT HOURS:  Building Open
                                  Tuesday-Friday   9:00 AM-5:00 PM
                                  Saturday   10:00 AM-5:00 PM
                                  Sunday   1:00-5:00 PM
Our trails are open dawn to dusk every day.

Sarett Nature Center
2300 Benton Center Rd.
Benton Harbor, MI 49022                                  

Phone: (269)927-4832

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