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        SARETT NATURE CENTER   January-February 2015

 December 31, 2014, Wednesday, 8:00 am
SARETT’S AUDUBON CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
Birders, if you would like to spend a day birding, join us as we census Sarett’s area for the National Audubon Christmas Bird Count. It is a good day to see winter birds, meet other birders and participate in the longest on-going bird census.   Call 269-927-4832 for more information and to register.

 

January 2, Friday, 9:30 am   
KIDS! CELEBRATE WINTER
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.   (The afternoon portion will only happen if there is enough snow.) Bring a lunch if you stay all day.

 

January 3, Saturday, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
CROSS COUNTRY SKI BEGINNER LESSON FOR ADULTS  
Enjoy the winter with cross country
skiing.    Adult fee is $10 for two hour lesson and $5 for rental.    Call to register.   927-4832.

 

January 4, Sunday, 2:00 to 4:00 pm
WOODPECKER PIZZA AND CHICKADEE BELLS
Make a suet pizza for
woodpeckers and treats for your outdoor bird friends.   We’ll supply the materials.   Please call to register.   927-4832.   Activity fee is $5/person, $3/member.   All ages welcome.   Younger kids will need an adult helper.   Come anytime between 2 & 4 to make your bird treats.

 

January 8, Thursday,   10:00 to 11:00 am   
PRESCHOOL NATURE STUDY CLASS
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 January through May on the second Thursday of the month.   Fee $20 and family membership.    Call 269–927-4832 to register.

 

January 10, Saturday, 1 to 3:30 pm
BUILDING FOR WILDLIFE
Make a wooden bird feeder guaranteed to make the birds happy.   Makes a great family team project.   You must call to register   927-4832.   $25/feeder.  Please prepay for the class.

 

January 10, Saturday, 6:00 pm
GOURMET GLIDE
The evening sky and torches will guide us as we glide on our skis (or walk if there is no snow) over Sarett’s trails. Stop to enjoy a fire & appetizers. The trail will end back at the nature center where homemade soups, coffee and tea will be   waiting.   Please bring a dish to pass, your own table service, and favorite beverage. Please join us for this unique ski and dining experience.   Call to register.   927-4832.   Fee $8.00/person.   Kids 12 & under/$3.00.   Members $4/person, $2/kid. Ski & snowshoe rental available.   Bring a head light (if you have one).

 

January 14, Wednesday, 2:30 to 4:00 pm  
NATURE EXPLORERS
Join us for 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.   Please call Sarett at 927-4832   or email Eileenc @sarett.com for more information and fees.   Students must be pre-registered to attend.

 

January 17, 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 and their care, do projects, and have lots of fun as we   learn about nature.   Club size is limited. Club meets today, February 14,  March 14, April 18 & May 23.   Fee $25/student.   Call 269-927-4832 to   register or if you have questions.

 

January 17, Saturday, 10:00 to 11:30 am  
BEGINNING NATURALIST CLUB
We are starting a new one Saturday a month club for kids 5 & 6
years of age who really like nature and being outdoors.   We will meet today, February 14, March 14, April 18 & May 23.   $25/student.  Call 927-4832 to register or if you have questions.

 

January 17, Saturday, 6:00 until 8:00 pm
SKI or SNOWSHOE WHEN THE MOON IS FULL (or close to full)
We’ll take
advantage of the nearly full moon to explore the trails at night.   Bring a head lamp (if you have one) and follow the lighted trail.   Fee $5/  person,   $2/member. Snowshoe and ski rental available.   Trails will be lit  between 6:00 and 8:00 pm.

 

January 18, Sunday, 2:00 pm
WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
Grab your snowshoes and join a naturalist for a walk through the wilds of Sarett.   Fee $3/person, members free. Rentals are available.   Because we plan to travel over the marsh—adults only.

 

January 24, Saturday, 12:30 pm  
SNOWSHOE AT ALLEGAN STATE GAME AREA
Bring your snowshoes and explore off   trails at Allegan State Game area.  Call 927- 4832 to register.   Bring snacks, drink and dress for this totally outdoor adventure.   Fee $10/person, $6/member includes transportation. Rentals available.  

 

January 25, Sunday, 3:00 pm   
SOUTH AFRICA!  
Please join Susan and Michael Wood as they present highlights of their   recent trip to South Africa! They will share with us their insights into South Africa's industry of wine production and take us on a trip along the Cape where fields of Protea can be found along with the African Penguins at BoulderBeach. The second part of the presentation will focus on their safari encounters at Pilanesberg Game Reserve.

 

January 31, Saturday, 2:00 pm
SKI SARETT
Join a naturalist to ski some of Sarett’s lesser known trails.   Members/free, Non-members/$5.00.   Ski rental available for $7/person.  

 

February 1, Sunday, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
CROSS COUNTRY SKI BEGINNER LESSON for adults
Enjoy the winter with cross country
skiing.    Adult fee is $10 for two hour lesson and $5 for rental. Call to register.   927-4832.

 

February 7, Saturday, 10:00 am
WINTER BIRDING
Join us for a winter birding adventure.   We will travel to where the birds are—it could be Allegan State Game for eagle watching or to Muskegon for a variety of birds.   Bring a sack lunch and plan to make a day of it.   Dress for the weather.   Please call to register.   927-4832.   $15/person, $10/members.

 

February 15, Sunday, 3:00 pm  
MICHIGAN FOSSILS
Join naturalist Emily Heenan as she presents a program about Michigan Fossils and a Sarett trip she led to Alpena, MI, a hotbed of Michigan fossils.   Recall the adventure, learn about how fossils are formed and where to look for common Michigan fossils.   Bring fossils to share and identify.

 

February 21, Saturday, 2:00 pm  
HOT CHOCOLATE WALK AND STORY TIME
Explore the trails with a naturalist looking for signs of animals.
Then come inside for hot chocolate and a winter time story. For children  4 and older. $3/student, free for Sarett members.

 

February 22, Sunday, 3:00 pm  
GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
Learn about this fascinating park with Lisa Hudnutt.   Lisa spends her summers driving one of the red buses through the park.   We will be joining Lisa in her red bus on Sarett’s tour to Glacier this August.   Great program to learn about the park and Sarett’s time out there.

 

February 28, Saturday, 1:00 to 3:30 pm  
BUILDING FOR WILDLIFE
Today’s woodshop project is a bluebird, chickadee or wren house.   This is a great introduction to the woodshop and great way to help wildlife at the same time.   Sarett naturalists will help you determine which house   will be right for your habitat.   A good family team or adult project.   $20/house.  Call to register 927-4832.  

 

February 28, Saturday, 7:00 pm  
OWL PROWL
Enjoy a short program on owls inside before heading outside for an owl calling adventure.   Chuck Nelson will be the master owl caller.   Screech, great horned and barred owls are all possible.   Wear warm clothes and bring a small flashlight.   Please call to register.   927-4832.

 

CROSS COUNTRY SKI RENTAL!!! Sarett will be renting skis as soon as there is enough snow.   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.     927-4832

 

SHOWSHOE RENTAL.   We have new rental snowshoes thanks to a grant from Heart of Cook.   Come out and enjoy winter’s fastest growing recreation activity.   Explore Sarett on snowshoes for $5/adult, $3/child for a two hour rental.   Please call ahead for snow conditions.   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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