Programs for Children
Maple Syrup - Homeschool Nature Class
Thursday, March 9 | 10am - 12pm | Ages: 5-10 | Fee: $7/child | Members: $5/child
For homeschool children and a free parent partner. Follow the path from summer sunshine to sweet syrup and discover how nature's food factories (leaves) produce sugar. Participate in several trail side demonstrations while learning about the basics of sugar bush operations and forest ecology.
Monthly Programs | Thursday and/or Friday Sessions | Ages: 2-4 | 10am - 11:30am | Fee: $12 | Members: $9
This program is designed especially for smaller children (ages 2 to 4) who love exploring nature. There are monthly sessions throughout the year, and each one offers its own seasonal theme.
Each session offers: A nature-related craft and activities followed by an outdoor trail hike. During a trail hike guided by our naturalist instructors, knee-high naturalists will explore nature by looking under logs, searching for animal tracks, exploring our pond and learning all about the animals that frequently visit our 100 acre preserve. Some things children may see along the trails include deer, owls, squirrels, birds and insects.
Each hike will be followed by a nature story and a snack. This program is one of our most popular programs for little nature lovers.
Upcoming Knee-High Naturalist Programs (click links to register):
SPRING BREAK DAYS
Two-Day Mini Camp
TNS Members: $75 | Non-Members: $85
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Children spending Spring Break at the nature center will explore the forests and meadows on the nature preserve. They will be on the lookout for animals, signs of animal activity and identify new plant growth. Each day will include fun interactive games, activities and crafts. Children will use observation tools as they discover what’s happening outdoors. Camp is held rain or shine.
Each child brings a sack lunch daily. Beverages and an afternoon snack will be provided.
Children Must Be Registered by April 1st!!
Junior Naturalist Club
Junior Naturalists meet the second Saturday of each month from September to July | Ages: 4 to 5th grade | Annual Fee: $165 | Members: $150 (pro-rated monthly)
This award-winning program is one of the longest running programs at the Stage Nature Center, and is one that is dedicated to teaching children ages 4 through 5th grade all about nature by participating in “hands-on” indoor and outdoor activities.
What Junior Naturalist Parents say about the program:
Family from Troy, MI: "The interaction with the children is excellent, and our daughter's interest in nature has been sustained over several years of Junior Naturalists. Can't say enough about Debbie & the team."
Family from Rochester, MI: "The Junior Naturalist program provides unique exposure to nature not available elsewhere. Lessons are a great mix of classroom and outdoors and the children really do learn a sensitivity and appreciation for the natural environment."
Each session offers: A unique theme that explores subjects such as the production of maple syrup, animal life cycles, pond life, and so much more. Children are invited to join the club at any time throughout the year.
The annual fee starts at $165 and is pro-rated every month after the September start. The fee includes:
- All “hands-on” activities & crafts
- Patches & naturalist kits
- Week-long July summer camp
- Family BBQ in July to celebrate the end of the “Junior Nat’s” season
Junior Naturalist Club 2016-17 Subjects (click links to register)
All groups with their families are invited to attend a maple syrup program to discover how maple sap is harvested to make delicious Maple Syrup! Visit the Maple Syrup information tab on the website's home page to sign up for a date and time.
April 8th: Spring Comes to the Forest
Discoverers: Looking for Signs of Spring
Adventurers: Early Spring Wildflowers
Explorers: The Squirrels’ Tale
Seekers: Animals on the Move - Migration
May: Animal Life
Discoverers: Baby Animals
Adventurers: How Things Grow – Animal Life Cycles
Explorers: Life Cycles of Frogs & Toads
Seekers: Bird Populations
June: Water Wonderland
Discoverers: Who Lives in the Water?
Adventurers: Habitats of the Pond & Stream
Explorers: Plants That Keep Their Toes Wet
Seekers: Where Does the Water Go?
July SUMMER CAMP: Vertebrate Week
Explore the characteristics of each of the five groups of animals with backbones. Learn more about the adaptations for survival unique to birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish.