Programs for All Ages

 Family Nature Explorers

Ages: All (best for 5 & up)

TNS Member: $15 for family of up to 4 people, $2 for each additional person

Non-Member: $18 for family of up to 4 people, $3 for each additional person

Enjoy some screen-free quality time for the whole family while exploring the natural world. Families will participate in hands-on, outdoor experiences that will inspire curiosity and a connection to nature. Together we will investigate different nature-related topics each month. Registration is on a month-to-month basis. Adults must remain with their children.


Saturday, June 16th | 1:30 – 3:00 pm | Buggy Adventures

Join us in June as we become entomologists searching for insects and other invertebrates. We will use tools like sweep nets and magnifying "bug" boxes

Saturday, July 28th | 3:30 – 5:00 pm | Peek at the Pond

Join us in July as we explore the nature center's pond. We will use special dip nets to find the small animals living there, like young dragonflies, snails, crayfish and tadpoles

Wednesday, August 15th | 8:00 – 9:30 pm | Bat Walk

Join us in August as we hike into the nature center in search of bats and other nocturnal animals that live on the preserve.

Photo Walks by TNS Photo Club

Saturdays, July 7, August 4 | Ages: All | 8-10 am | TNS Member: Free | Non-Member: $2

Guided hikes through the Stage Nature Center preserve. Meet in the parking lot by 8 am. Bring your camera. Dress for the weather since we will hold this walk rain or shine. 

Women Photographers in the DIA Collection

Thursday, July 12th | 6pm-8 pm | Ages: 12-Adult | Fee: $5 | Hosted by Troy Nature Photo Club

The DIA was one of the first museums to collect photography as an art form. The work of women photographers represented in the collection dates back to the 19th century, when the camera was a new technology. Unlike our other presentations, these works are rarely on view, due to the fragility of the medium. Join DIA docent, Carlene VanVoorhies, as she offers a look at this unique part of the DIA’s collection.

Click on the image above or CLICK HERE to be directed to the SNC Owl page which contains registration links to this exciting event! 

Wild Bees in Your Backyard

Saturday July 14th | 3-4 pm | Ages: 13-Adult | TNS Member Fee: $5 | Non-Member Fee: $7

Did you know that there are over 4,000 species of bees in North America, 465 of which are in Michigan alone? Caleb Wilson, a graduate student at Oakland University, will talk about the fascinating world of wild bees. Common bee myths will be debunked, bee population declines will be explained, and you'll learn how to support wild bees in your own backyard. Caleb will also talk about his research into the wild bees of the metro Detroit area and will have some beautiful specimens available for observation.  

Walk with a Naturalist

Thursday, August 2nd | 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Summer is a wonderful opportunity to explore the grounds of our nature preserve with a naturalist who can answer questions about the plants and wildlife, share fun facts about the natural world and how they relate to the nature around us.  Children 3+ are welcome but must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Stargazing at Stage: Perseid Meteor Shower

Friday, August 10th | 8:30-10:30 pm | Ages: 8-Adult

TNS Member Fee: $5 | Non-Member Fee: $7

Join Warren Astronomical Society member Marty Kuntz to explore the summer night sky. Known as the most popular and brightest meteor shower of the year, we will observe the sky for the Perseid meteor shower. We will also search for summer constellations, deep space objects, and other astronomical phenomena. Telescopes will be provided; however, you are welcome to bring your own. This program will occur regardless of the sky conditions.