Important Notice: For the safety of all, face coverings are suggested upon entering the exhibit hall. Our exhibit hall is open during building hours with implementation of health and safety guidelines. Click here for details.
Pre-registration is required for all programs (including free programs). For safety during this time, please have your face covering and consider bringing hand sanitizer when you attend the program.
Photo Walks by TNS Photo Club
Saturdays, Sept 3, Oct 1 & Nov 5, 8-10 am
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.
Outdoor Yoga at Stage
Thursdays, Sept 8, 15 & 22, 6-7 pm
Fee per Session: TNS Member: $4 | Non-member: $6
Join us for some early fall outdoor yoga at the Stage Nature Center. Whether you are an experienced yogi wanting a change of scenery or a first timer testing the yoga waters, all skill levels are welcome. Classes will be approximately one-hour slow flow with an occasional touch of Yin. Indoor space will be available in the case of inclement weather. Please bring a towel, water, yoga mat, and insect repellent. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Fees apply to all participants.
Thur, Sept 8, 11 am-12 pm & Sat, Nov 5, 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. Bring children in strollers that are sturdy enough for a wood chipped trail. The adult partner is free and must accompany the child throughout the program.
Join us on one of these tours to visit the 5 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 an adult. Fees apply to all participants.
Sat, Sept 10, 10-11 am or 11:30 am-12:30 pm
TNS Member: $5.50 | Non-Member: $7.50
The monarch butterflies of North America travel up to 3,000 miles during their unique two-way migration every year. September is when many of Michigan’s monarchs are beginning their journey to Mexico. Participants will assist staff in the tagging and release of live monarchs to further research about this fascinating butterfly. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Fees apply to all participants.
Homeschool Nature Classes
TNS Member: $7/child | Non-Member: $9/child
For homeschool children and a free parent partner.
Incredible Insects on Wed, Sept 14, 10 am-12 pm
Learn how to distinguish them from other invertebrates and the many roles they play in their natural communities. Children will participate in field observation, sweep net sampling and data analysis.
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Fall Colors on Tues, Oct 18, 10 am-12 pm
Why do leaves change color in the fall? Come and explore the reason for the beautiful fall colors. We will hike the trails, enjoy the changing leaves, discuss how plants are preparing for winter, and make a simple craft.
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Paleontology on Wed, Nov 16, 10 am-12 pm
Discover plants and animals of the past by investigating fossils formed by living things of the past. Explore ways that scientists use fossils to piece together information about Earth’s history.
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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.
Under a Log: Let’s hike through the woods and find out what lives under a log in September.
Squirrels: Learn what squirrels are doing to get ready for winter in October.
Turkeys: They are not only good to eat, but also fun to learn about. Find out how terrific turkeys are in November.
Honey & Apples
Sat, Sept 17, 1-3 pm
TNS Member: $7 | Non-Member: $9
Nothing says autumn like the taste of honey and apples! Discover some facts about our native Michigan bees, honey bees, and other local insect pollinators. Find out what exactly insects are and how bees make honey. Learn how beekeepers care for bees and extract honey from their hives. Use our antique cider press to make some apple cider and enjoy some cider and donuts while we make a beeswax candle. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Fees apply to all participants.
Fall Clean Up Day
Sat, Sept 24, 9 am-12 pm
We are seeking volunteers to help us preserve our native flora by eradicating invasive non-native plants. We will also work to improve the nature trails and clean up the grounds. Work gloves, old clothes, and “old fashioned elbow grease” are recommended. Bring a kneeling pad, if desired. Check the website, www.stagenaturecenter.org, or call 248.688.9703 for more information.
Ages: All (best for 5 & up)
TNS Member: $4.50 | Non-Member: $6.50
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. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Fees apply to all participants.
Walk with a Naturalist
Sat, Oct 8 & Sat, Nov 12, 10:30- 11:30 am
Fee: $3 (No refunds)
Take a relaxing walk on the SNC trails through various natural communities. Get answers to your nature questions. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Fees apply to all participants.
Scout It Out: Cub Scouts
Scouts: come and complete your nature-related badge or achievement! All or most requirements are met; however, the badge itself is not included. Register as an individual scout, den or pack. Please dress for the weather. Leaders or chaperones are free and need to remain with their scouts. No refunds for these programs.
Trick or Treat Among the Trees – A Parent and Child Autumn Adventure
Sunday, Oct 16, 1:30 pm, 2:00 pm, 2:30 pm & 3:00 pm
TNS Member: $11.50/child | Non-Member: $14.50/child
Halloween doesn’t have to be ghastly and frightening; it can be a fun and friendly outdoor celebration! Put on your costume and come out to hike the self-guided woodland pumpkin trail. Children will learn some secrets of the forest, receive treats, meet costumed characters and much more. Dress for the weather! For children with an adult. The free adult partner must accompany children throughout the program. To maintain social distancing, families will hike the trail on their own and not with a guided group. Please attend at your assigned start time.
“Bone” to be Wild
Sat, Oct. 22, 1:30-3 pm
TNS Member: $4.50 | Non-Member: $6.50
Have a “skele-ton” of fun as you learn all about the variety of animals that have bones. From frogs, snakes, and fish to birds and mammals, discover how their skeletons are adapted to their lifestyles. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Fees apply to all participants.
Owl Prowl – Meet a Live Owl
Sat, Nov 19, 4:30-6:30 pm
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 prowl the trails to listen and look for these elusive raptors that call the grounds of the Stage Nature Center home. Be sure to dress for the weather. This is a family program; children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Each person participating must enroll and pay the fee.
Student Nature Art Competition
To help celebrate the DIA Inside/Out artwork throughout the city, students can turn in nature themed art to the SNC which will be displayed for public viewing. One student from each age group will be awarded the opportunity to schedule a private “Owl Encounter” with the SNC’s live owls for his/her friends and family (Maximum of 15 people).
- Art can be turned in September 13 through October 15
- Art will be returned to students, if requested
- Three age group categories: Elementary (Grades K-5), Middle School (Grades 6-8), and High School (Grades 9-12)
- Artwork should be two-dimensional: no sculptures
- Size should not exceed 12” x 18”
- Media allowed includes: pen, pencil, markers, crayons, paints, oils, charcoal, pastels, watercolors, canvas, paper, film or digital (black/white or color)
- Artwork must be an original piece, completed solely by the participant. One submission per participant please.
- Winners announced by October 25
- Student’s name, grade in school, and contact information should be included with the art
Contact the SNC at 248.688.9703 with questions
Scout It Out: Girl Scouts
Scouts: come and complete your nature-related badge or achievement! All or most requirements are met; however, the badge itself is not included. Register as an individual scout or troop. Please dress for the weather. Leaders or chaperones are free and need to remain with their scouts. No refunds for these programs.
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