Programs

Notice: The City of Troy is in the process of repairing the boardwalk on the Blackbird Loop. Trails will remain open and there will be signs marking the areas closed to walkers during construction.

Click here to view the program calendar

Pre-registration is required for all programs (including free programs).

Photo Walks by TNS Photo Club

Saturdays, Dec 2, Jan 6, Feb 3, Mar 2, 8-10 am

Ages: All

TNS Member: Free, Non-Member: $2

Guided hikes through the SNC. Meet in the parking lot by 8 am. Bring your camera. Dress for the weather.

Click here to register for Dec 2

Click here to register for Jan 6

Click here to register for Feb 3

Click here to register for Mar 2

Winter Toddler Time

Wednesdays, Dec 6 & 13; Jan 3-Feb 21, 10-11:30 am

Fee: $4/child

Registration required

A weekly gathering of parents/caring adults and children for some relaxed winter fun! Each themed session includes indoor activities for toddlers with games, crafts, puzzles, books, and children’s music. Take a self-guided hike on the SNC trails. Tea for parents & hot chocolate for the toddlers. Children must be pre-registered. Only 1 adult per registered child is allowed.

Click here to register for Dec 6 – Turkeys

Click here to register for Dec 13 – Snow & Ice

Click here to register for Jan 3 – Animal Feet

Click here to register for Jan 10 – Dinosaurs

Click here to register for Jan 17 – Animal Eyes

Click here to register for Jan 24 – Owls

Click here to register for Jan 31 – Groundhogs

Click here to register for Feb 7 – Ants

Click here to register for Feb 14 – Wind

Click here to register for Feb 21 – Seeds


Knee-high Naturalists

10-11:30 am

Ages: 2-4

TNS Member: $11.50, Non-Member: $14.50

Children with a free adult partner, can attend one or more of the following programs. Each session includes a nature story, hike, activities, craft, and a snack. 

Fabulous Feet find out who left tracks in the woods in December. 

CANCELLED Click here to register for Fabulous Feet on Thurs, Dec 7

Click here to register for Fabulous Feet on Fri, Dec 8

Stranger in the Woods learn what animals do in winter to survive in January. 

Click here to register for Stranger in the Woods on Thurs, Jan 11

Click here to register for Stranger in the Woods on Fri, Jan 12

Whooo Loves You? discover why owls are hooting in February.

Click here to register for Whooo Loves You? on Thurs, Feb 8

Click here to register for Whooo Loves You? on Fri, Feb 9

Nature Explorers

Ages: All (best for 5 & up)

TNS Member: $5, Non-Member: $7

Enjoy some screen-free time while exploring the natural world! Together we will participate in hands-on, outdoor experiences to investigate different nature-related topics. Adults must register and remain with their children.

CANCELLED Bird Feeders on Sat, Dec 16, 8-9:30 am

Click here to register for Animal Tracks on Sat, Jan 20, 1:30-3 pm

Click here to register for Snow & Ice Exploration on Sat, Feb 17, 1:30-3 pm

Santa Visits the SNC!

Saturday, Dec 9, Scheduled morning & afternoon visits

Ages: 3-8

TNS Member: $10, Non-Member: $12

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the nature center for a scheduled visit with each child. The visits will take place outside, weather permitting. Bring your letter with a return address for Santa to take with him to the North Pole. He will send a letter back to you! At the visit, each child will receive the materials and directions for a special craft to make at home and a special gift bag from Santa.

Click here to register for 10am

Click here to register for 10:30am

Click here to register for 11am

Click here to register for 11:30am

Click here to register for 1pm

Click here to register for 1:30pm

Click here to register for 2pm

Click here to register for 2:30pm

Little Acorns

Ages: 2-4

Tuesday, Jan 9 & Saturday, Feb 3, 11 am – 12 pm

TNS Member: $4, Non-Member: $6

Let your child explore the sights and sounds of nature through outdoor activities. This program will take place outside, except in the event of inclement weather. You may choose to bring children in strollers or sleds that are sturdy enough for a wood chipped trail. The adult partner is free and must accompany the child throughout the program.

Click here to register for Jan 9

Click here to register for Feb 3

Walk with a Naturalist

Saturdays, Jan 20 & Feb 17, 10:30-11:30 am

Ages: 3-Adult

Fee: $3 (No refunds for this program)

Take a relaxing walk on the SNC trails through various natural communities. Get answers to your nature questions. Pre-register online. Adults should remain with their children. Each person participating should enroll and pay the fee.

Click here to register for Jan 20

Click here to register for Feb 17

Scout It Out: Cub Scouts

Fee: $11/scout

Scouts: come and complete your nature-related badge or adventure! All or most requirements are met; however, the badge itself is not included. Register as an individual scout, den, pack, or troop. Please dress for the weather. Leaders or chaperones are free and need to remain with their scouts. No refunds for these programs. Contact us for other scout programs that we can offer for your group. 

CANCELLED Wolf: Digging in the Past on Sat, Dec 16, 9:30 am-12 pm

Click here to register for Tiger Cub: My Tiger Jungle on Sat, Apr 13, 10 am-12 pm

Scout It Out : Girl Scouts

Junior GS: Get Moving Journey

(includes Journey Award, Leaders and chaperones are free)

Sat, Jan 13, 9 am-4 pm

Fee: $35/scout 

Junior Girl Scouts will have the opportunity to complete the Get Moving Journey in a day-long program. They will learn all about energy, how it is used and ways to conserve it. They will participate in investigations, observe animals and brainstorm ways to help their community use energy wisely. Bring a sack lunch; beverages and an afternoon snack will be provided. Each troop should have leaders or chaperones with the group as per GSA policy; an adult is not needed for each scout. A scout attending on her own should have an adult partner.

Click here to register

Daisy GS: Clover Petal

Sat, Apr 27, 10 am-12 pm

Fee: $11/scout 

Click here to register

Brownie: Bugs

Sat, May 11, 9:30 am-12 pm

Fee: $11/scout

Click here to register

Rent-a-Maple – Deadline Extended to Jan 31!

Tap into history and welcome spring with Stage Nature Center’s popular annual Rent-a-Maple event! Help support our sugar bush by “leasing” a maple tree. Your name will hang on a tree during the syrup season to acknowledge your generous support. Holiday gift leases must be purchased by December 13, 2023. 

This year, a limited number of trees will be available for participants to tap themselves or to be tapped by staff members. You have the choice of “leasing” a maple tree that will be tapped by your group of up to 5 participants (at $55 per tree), a maple tree that will be tapped by staff members (at $45 per tree), or a maple tree that will not be tapped (at $40 per tree). All tree leases include a Rent-a-Maple package that will contain the following:

  • A spile for tree tapping at home
  • One pint of pure maple syrup
  • Maple sugar candy
  • Other special surprises
  • A “certificate of appreciation”

Leases must be purchased by January 31, 2024. Our Rent-a-Maple packages will be available for pick-up at the SNC starting on February 24, 2024. Groups that are tapping their own trees will be scheduled to tap on February 24.

Click here to register

Homeschool Nature Classes

Ages: 5-10

10 am-12 pm

TNS Member: $7/child, Non-Member: $9/child

For homeschool children and a free parent partner. Participants should dress for the weather.

Winter Survival – Learn about ways wildlife has adapted to surviving winter’s cold. What is snow and how does it help or harm survival? Outside, we will go on a scavenger hunt to gather and use evidence to unravel the mysteries of winter’s frozen world. Program will take place with or without snow.

Snowflake Science – Explore the mesmerizing world of snowflakes. Through hands-on experiments and engaging activities, students will delve into the science of crystal formation, discover the influence of temperature and humidity, and unlock the secrets of each snowflake’s unique formation.

Forces & Motion – Join us for this interactive class where students will explore the fundamental principles of how objects move, interact, and respond to various forces. Young scientists will gain a better understanding of the role gravity, friction, magnetism and momentum play in our everyday lives and in the natural world through hands-on activities.

CANCELLED Winter Survival on Thurs, Dec 14

Click here to register for Snowflake Science on Thurs, Jan 18

Click here to register for Forces & Motion on Thurs, Feb 15

Owl Prowl – Meet a Live Owl : NEW DATES ADDED!

Fri, Dec 15, 4:30-6:30 pm

Fri, Jan 12, 5-7 pm

Ages: 5-Adult

TNS Member: $10, Non-Member: $12

Have you heard the trill and whinny of the Eastern Screech-Owl or the deep, soft hoot of the Great Horned Owl? On each Prowl, we will immerse ourselves into the nighttime world of the owl and discover what makes them so unique. We will first meet one of our resident owls up close and personal. Then we will brave the cold and prowl the trails to listen and look for these elusive raptors that call the grounds of the Stage Nature Center home. This is a family program; children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Each person participating must enroll and pay the fee. There are two prowl times.

Click here to register for Fri, Dec 15

Click here to register for Fri, Jan 12

Click here to register for Fri, Feb. 2, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Click here to register for Sat, Feb. 10, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Owl Encounters

Ages: 5-Adult

Fee: $5

Join us on one of these tours to visit the rehabilitated owls that call the Stage Nature Center home. This tour gives you a chance to learn more about the different owl species, reasons why they each live in captivity, explore their different personalities, and get your owl questions answered. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Space is limited. Registrations may fill before the day of the program.

Click here to register for Sat, Jan 6, 11 am-12 pm

Click here to register for Sat, Jan 27, 3-4 pm

Click here to register for Sat, Feb 10, 3-4 pm

Click here to register for Fri, Feb 16, 5-6 pm

Stargazing at Stage

Sat, Jan 20, 6:30-8:30 pm

Ages: 8-Adult

TNS Member: $6, Non-Member: $8

Join a member of the Oakland Astronomy Club to explore the winter night sky. We will search for winter constellations, deep space objects and other astronomical phenomena. Telescopes will be provided; however, you are welcome and encouraged to bring your own. This program will occur regardless of the sky conditions. This is a family program; children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Each person participating must enroll and pay the fee.

Click here to register

Citizen Science 101 – CANCELLED

Thurs, Feb 1, 7-8 pm

Ages: 14-Adult

TNS Member: $3, Non-Member: $5

What is a citizen scientist and why are they important? Join us to learn about the wide variety of projects you can participate in at Stage and elsewhere. 

Click here to register

Critter Encounter

Sat, Dec 16, 2-3 pm

Ages: 5 – Adult 

Fee: $5

Join us to meet some of the animal ambassadors that call the Stage Nature Center home. You will learn more about the different species and get your questions answered. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Space is limited. Registrations may fill before the day of the program.

Click here to register

Story Time at Stage

Saturdays, Jan 13 & Feb 10, 10 am

Ages: Recommended for ages 2-6

Fee: $2

Come join a naturalist and enjoy a nature-themed story time and craft. Program will run between 30 to 45 minutes. The adult partner is free and must accompany the child throughout the program.

Click here to register for Jan 13

Click here to register for Feb 10

WATCH THIS SPACE – MORE NATURE EDUCATION PROGRAMS COMING SOON!

Stage Nature Center is operated by the Troy Nature Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Troy, MI. Please consider donating today!