Weekend Programs


        SARETT NATURE CENTER   November-December, 2014



November 1, Saturday, 10:00 am  
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 member.


November 1, Saturday, 10:00 am  


November 5, Wednesday, 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm  
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. Today’s topic is Decomposition. Other topics include Carnivorous Plants, Mudpie Madness, Soil Surprises, Earthworms, A Day on Skis, Cloud Watching, Fun with Snow, Geocaching and much more. Please call Sarett at 269-927-4832   or email Eileenc@sarett.com for more information and fees.   Students must be pre-registered to attend.


November 6, Thursday, 1:00 pm
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 as we will be staying until dark to watch the cranes fly in to spend the night.   Dress warmly.   $10/person. Please call to register.   927-4832.


November 8, 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, do projects, and   have lots of fun as we learn about nature.   We will meet today, December 13, January 17, February 14,   March 14, April 18 & May 23.   Fee $35/student.   Call 269-927-4832 to register or if you have questions.


November 9, Sunday


November 13, Thursday, 10:00 to 11:00 am  
PRESCHOOL for 4 & 5 year olds meets.   Call 927-4832 for more information.


November 20, 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 Wear work clothes & gloves


November 22 & 23, Saturday 10 am –5 pm & Sunday 1-5 pm
Join us for a
nature book and art 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.   Also, many wonderful paintings and prints have been donated over the years and today we’ll have them on display for sale.   After browsing the books and the art, enjoy a delicious piece of homemade pie and ice cream by the fire.   Hot chocolate, coffee and tea will also be available for purchase.   


December 3, Wednesday, 9:00 am
Join us for a day of exploring near Holland, Michigan.   The weather might be brisk so dress accordingly. The planned walks are easy but still wear your hiking boots. We will make a restaurant stop for lunch.   Please call to register 927-4832.   $20/person, $15/member.


December 6, 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.  


December 6, 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 13, Saturday, 1:30 to 3:00 pm  
Santa will be visiting Sarett today at 1:30 pm.   You will have a chance to meet and tell Santa your wishes.   Parents, remember your camera!   Sarett naturalists have holiday nature crafts available from 1:00 to 3:30 pm.   Each craft will cost 50 cents or a dollar.    Don’t miss this special   occasion to meet Santa in a relaxed setting.   Please call   927-4832 to register.
SPECIAL ADDITION to Santa.   MANISTEE MELODY,   The perfect gift for that budding birder child or grandchild, a just released children's bird and list book by Cara Arver, long time fan of Sarett Nature Center.Her book "MANISTEE MELODY" is about a young boy and mentor getting his first bird for his life list as well as extolling the virtues of all our birds.Cara has been a regular at Sarett since she was four years old and now teaches high school English. She will be signing books during Santa's visit. A great way to encourage your child in reading and writing.


December 13, 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 30, Tuesday, 1:00 to 3:00 pm  
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, Wednesday. 8:00 am  
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, Friday, 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



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/(plus $3 admission fee) 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 $5/adult (plus $3 admission fee for adults), $3/kids 12 and under for a two hour rental. Please call ahead for snow conditions.   269-927-4832.



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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