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March-April, 2015

       

March 7. Saturday, 7:00 pm
TRIVIA NIGHT
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   269-927-4832 by March 5.   This night is for adults only.

 

March 8, Sunday, 1:00 pm, or 3:00 pm
MAPLE SUGAR MADNESS
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 14, Saturday, 1:00 pm, or 3:00 pm
MAPLE SUGAR MADNESS
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 21, Saturday, 10:00 am  
BASKET MAKING CLASS

Basket maker Jill Woods will show us how to create a Bucket Basket.   This 11 inch tall and 10 inch round basket will have plenty of uses.   You can choose a rope handle or woven handle. Plan on six hours to complete the project— bring a lunch!   $50/basket includes all materials.   Please call 927-4832 to register, prepayment is required.   Space limited.  

 

March 21, Saturday, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
BUILD A BAT HOUSE
Increase your wildlife attracting habitat and build a bat house for your landscape.   Let woodshop guru, Jim Neuman, guide you through this project.   Learn about the proper placement and care for your bat house to be successful.    You will use thepress to drill pilot holes for your fasteners, install some plastic mesh to give the bats something toto, caulk all the seams and assemble all the parts into a nice sized house for bats. bat house design is put forth by the Organization For Bat Conservation.   You must call to register 927-4832.   $40/bat house.   Class size limited to eight. Project suitable for adults or kids 10 & up with an adult helper.

 

March 28, Saturday, 1:00 or 3:00 pm
RAPTOR EXPERIENCE
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 269-927-4832. $6/adult, $2/child & Sarett members $3/adult, kids free.

 

March 28, Saturday, 8:00 am
SARETT’S SPRING BIRDING BUNCH
BEGINS
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 28, April 11, 25, May 2, 30, & June 6 $40 for all or $8/session.   Member $35 for all or $5/session.   Call to register 927-4832.

 

April 4, Saturday, 9:00 am
SPRING STAMPEDE
5K Run/Walk
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 $20 through April 3, $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.   There is also a kids one mile fun run beginning at 8:30 am with a $1 registration fee and everyone receives a ribbon.   Chip timing and ON-LINE ENTRY procedure.   Please call Sarett at 927-4832 for more information.

 

April 12- April 16
SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL
PARK
Enjoy day trips to look at the spring wildflowers, birds and wonderful scenery. Call for a complete itinerary.

 

April 16, Thursday, 1:00 pm  
THIRD THURSDAY RESTORATION
RANGERS
Join a naturalist 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 we have enough snacks and tools ready).   Wear work clothes, bring gloves and prepare to have fun.

 

April 18, Saturday, 1:00 to 3:00 pm  
WOODSHOP PROJECT—
Build a Trellis
This is a useful 5 foot trellis for your garden.   It will make a great addition to a patio garden for flowering vines or helpful growing space for pole beans.   You   must call to register. 927-4832 Class limited to 8.   Project suitable for adults or kids 10 & up with an adult helper.   Fee $35.00

 

April 18, Saturday, 8:30 pm
WOODCOCK WALK

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 19, Sunday, 3:00 pm  
ANNUAL MEETINGOF THE MEMBERSHIP
-TANAZANIA WILDLIFE
Join Sarett Board of Directors and staff for the annual meeting of the membership.   After a short business meeting, travel to Tanzania with Director/naturalist Dianne Braybrook.   This safari was jammed packed with wildlife sightings. Join us for lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras, hyenas and more.

 

April 22, Wednesday, 5-7 pm  
Join us for an Earth Day “Green Drinks” and open house at Sarett with Michigan’s Great Southwest Sustainable Business Forum! Learn about the history of Earth Day, see what new and exciting things Sarett is up to, and socialize with others from around the region for great networking and conversation about all things sustainable!   Admission is free and drinks will be sold for a small fee. Adults only, please.

 

April 24, Friday, 9:30 am  
EXPLORE MICHIGAN

Join Mindy and Dianne to explore some of local natural areas to look for spring wildflowers at Grand Mere and Warren Dunes State Parks and Trillium Preserve. Bring a sack lunch and we’ll stop for snacks.   $25/person, $20/member.

 

April 25, Saturday, 1:00 pm
WILDFLOWERS OF DOWAGIAC WOODS
Join a naturalist for an easy walk through one of our favorite springtime woods.   Dowagaic Woods is known for it abundance and variety of ephemeral spring wildflowers—trillium, Dutchmen’s beeches, spring beauty, and so much more. Please call to register.   $10/person.

 

April 26, Sunday, 3:00 pm
BATS OF THE WORLD

Join Organization for Bat Conservation for a look at bats.   Discover the truth about bats and how they live in this multi-media program.   Learn how bats use echolocation to navigate in the dark, the bat’s role in the food web and learn about Conservation and ecosystems from the Great Lake Region and around the world. This program delivers a positive experience between bats and humans while providing a knowledge base about bats and their habitat in which the participants can share with others to encourage a more peaceful existence between bats and humans.   Live bats include an insect eating bat from North America, a leaf-nosed bat from South American and a flying fox bat from Africa. Please call to Register 927-4832.   $6/adult, $2/child & Sarett members $3/adult,   kids free

 

Upcoming Events

May 6, Wednesday, 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 16 Birdathon

May 23 & 24, Annual Native Plant Sale

 


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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