Weekend Programs


        SARETT NATURE CENTER   September-October, 2014


September 7, Sunday, 4:00 pm  
Please plan to attend this important fund raiser for Sarett.   We will have great food, a silent auction, and a lot of fun.   Several members and local businesses are supporting Sarett by making donations to the auction.   The evening starts at 4:00 pm with the silent auction, homemade appetizers, and drinks.   At 5:00 pm   we will have a home-style meal by the Outdoor Kitchen and delicious desserts made by Sarett members.   $50/person, call 269-927-4832 to reserve a place.


September 9, Tuesday, 10:00 am  

Join a naturalist for a walk in the wetland looking and admiring the wildflowers.


September 11, Thursday, 10:00 to 11:00 am   
This class is designed for kids 4 & 5 years old who like nature.   There will be games, crafts, activities and fun adventures like snowshoeing, pond scooping and nature explores.   This class meets each month September through May on the second Thursday of the month.   Fee $25 and family membership.    Call 269-927-4832 to register.  


September 12, Friday, 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.   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.


September 14-20
Lake Michigan Circle Tour


September 17, Wednesday, 2:30 to 4:00 pm  
Today starts 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   Carnivorous   Plants, Mudpie Madness, Soil Surprises, Earthworms, A Day on Skis, Cloud   Watching, Fun with Snow, Geocaching and much more.  Click HERE for more information. Please call Sarett at 269-927-4832 or email Eileenc@sarett.com if you have more questions, or to register.   Students must be pre-registered to attend.


September 18, Thursday, 1:00 pm  
Join naturalist Carolyn for an adult 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 enough snacks and tools are ready).   Wear work clothes, bring gloves and prepare to have fun.


September 27, Saturday, 10:00 to 11:30 am  
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 and their care, do projects, and have lots of fun as we learn about nature.   Club size is limited. We will meet September 27, October 18,   November 8,   December 13, January 17, February 14, March 14, April 18 & May 23.   Fee $45/student. Payment is required in advance. Call 269-927-4832 to register or if you have questions.


September 28, Sunday, 3:00 pm  


September 28, Sunday, 11:00 am  
Join us for a paddle from M140 to Dodd Park.   Sarett will provide kayaks, paddles, life vests and transportation.   $20/person, $15/member.   You must call to register. 269-927-4832.  


October 1-5
Fall in the Adirondacks Tour


October 11, Saturday, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm  
Join us for an afternoon of fun activities for the kids, pony rides, wagon rides,   Grandma’s Country Kitchen, fresh garden produce sale, collectibles sale and a huge rummage sale will all be part of this event.   Remember, Grandma’s Country Kitchen serves brats, sloppy joes, and hot dogs for lunch.   There are always plenty of homemade desserts!   Members and friends, please make donations of jams, jellies, preserves and garden produce.   We are also asking for clean saleable rummage.   Rummage items can be dropped off any time at Sarett starting September 11.   Also, don’t forget to donate homemade baked goods for the ever popular Country Kitchen.   All proceeds benefit Sarett’s environmental education programs. Call Kathy at 269-927-4832 with questions.


October 18, 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.   Adults only. Tables are available, call for   information to reserve your team.


October 19, Sunday, 1:00 pm  

Join a naturalist and visit one of Michigan’s best dune systems at this state park.  Please call to register 927-4832.   $5/person, $4/member.


October 21, Tuesday, 9:00 am  
Plan to spend the day exploring the back roads of beautiful western Michigan to peek at the fall color.   Short walks are planned at local natural areas.   We will let the color be our guide to determine our route.   $15/member, $20/non-member.   You must call to register 927-4832.   We will make a lunch stop.


October 25, Saturday, 6:00 to 8:00 pm  
Start your journey along the trails anytime between 6:00 and 7:30 pm.    Volunteers and staff will be on hand to help you discover wild creatures, fun activities and treats along the lighted trail.   For the older, more adventurous kids try the dark trail. $3/person and bring a flashlight.   Call to register.   927-4832.   All children must be accompanied by an adult.  


October 26, Sunday, 3:00 pm  
Are you curious about geocaching but don’t want to buy a GPS receiver?   Learn how to use a free app for smartphones to play the popular treasure hunt game.   Great outdoor activity for the whole family.   $3/adult, members and kids free.


Upcoming Events


November 1, Saturday, 10:00 am  
Today begins Sarett’s annual bird seed sale for members. Shop between   November 1 & 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 Sarett member.


November 1, Saturday, 10:00 am
Make your own Ojibwa Style Wooden Snowshoes. In this 4 week class, you will bend, rivet and lace the shoes $75/member, $85/non-member. Call Mindy at 269-927-4832 with questions. You must pre-register and pre-pay for this class.   


November 9-22
Tanzania Safari Trip
You might still have time to join us.  Give Dianne a call at 269-927-4832


November 22 & 23
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   



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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