Programs

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.

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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.

Native Plant Sale

Sat, June 4, 9 am-1 pm

Help support a healthy ecosystem by planting native plants. Brendan Nolan of Plants for Ecology, a producer of locally sourced native plants, will have a wide variety of trees, shrubs, and plants available for purchase ONLINE from May 29th through June 2nd through his website plantsforecology.com. Pick-up is Saturday, June 4th, from 9 am – 12 pm at the Stage Nature Center. 25% of the proceeds will be donated to the Troy Nature Society. Visit plantsforecology.com for more information and instructions on purchasing and pick-up of plants.

2022 Run for Nature Fundraiser – Sun, June 12

Sunday, June 12, 2022, 8:55 am – 11 am

Troy Farm, Beach Rd. & South Blvd.

Entry Fee:

$30 for adults

$15 for youth (ages 11-15)

Registration after June 5th: Additional $5 (adults only)

Little Sprout Sprint: $15 per participant (ages 10 & Under)

Click here to register 

Stage Nature Center 2022 Summer Camps

Summer Ecology Days

Fee: $185 | TNS Member Fee: $170

Tues-Fri, June 21-24, 9 am-4 pm

Give your child a special opportunity to explore the science of ecology – the study of the interrelationships between living things and their environment. Every adventure filled day will include fun interactive games, activities, and crafts. Children will sweep for insects in the meadow, explore the forest, experience the darkness of the underground or the night sky, look for signs of wildlife along the trail and much more! Bring a sack lunch each day. We will provide beverages and an afternoon snack.

Click here to register for ages 6-7

Click here to register for ages 8-10

Nature Adventure Camp

Fee: $95 | TNS Member Fee: $85

Ages: 4-5

Tues-Fri, July 19-22, 9:30-11:30 am

Children will explore animals, including insects, wildflowers, and other wonders of nature. Catching and observing insects, hiking the trails, watching birds and other animals, playing simple nature games, and making crafts with a nature theme are some of the activities that will take place. Each child will take home a “bug” box and an insect net.

Click here to register

Stirring up Science

Fee: $195 | TNS Member Fee: $180

Tues-Fri, Aug 16-19, 9 am-4 pm

Captivate your child’s creativity this summer with our camps full of science surprises! Children will dive-in “hands first” to amazing science projects that incorporate STEM educational practices. They will learn the secret formulas to mixtures like slime, putty, moon sand, and more. Children will explore the sun and the energy it gives to the earth. Do not miss out on the chance to discover simple yet startling science phenomena – sign up now! Bring a sack lunch each day. We will provide beverages and an afternoon snack.

Click here to register for ages 6-8

Click here to register for ages 9-11

Photo Walks by TNS Photo Club

Saturdays, June 4, July 2, Aug 6, 8-10 am

Ages: All

TNS Member: Free | Non-Member: $2 (No refunds for these programs)

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 June 4, 8-10 am 

Click here to register for July 2, 8-10 am

Click here to register for Aug 6, 8-10 am 

Walk with a Naturalist

Sat, Jun 11, 2:30-3:30 pm

Sat, Aug 20, 10:30-11:30 am

Ages: 3-Adult

Fee: $3 (No refunds for these programs)

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

Click here to register for Sat, June 11, 2:30-3:30 pm 

Click here to register for Sat, Aug 20, 10:30-11:30 am 

Owl Encounters

Ages: 5-Adult

Fee: $4

Join us on one of these encounters 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 an adult. Fees apply to all participants.

Click here to register for Fri, June 10, 6-7 pm 

Click here to register for Sat, June 18, 5-6 pm 

Click here to register for Sat, July 9, 5:30-6:30 pm 

Click here to register for Fri, July 22, 6-7 pm 

Click here to register for Fri, Aug 12, 6-7 pm 

Click here to register for Sat, Aug 27, 4-5 pm 

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. 

Fish

Our pond and stream have lots of fish. Learn what makes fish so special and play fish games in June. 

Click here to register for Fish on Thur, Jun 16, 10-11:30 am 

Click here to register for Fish on Fri, Jun 17, 10-11:30 am 

Butterflies

July is the perfect time of year to see and learn about these graceful insects. 

Click here to register for Butterflies on Thur, Jul 14, 10-11:30 am 

Click here to register for Butterflies on Fri, Jul 15, 10-11:30 am 

Animal Homes

Animals live in different places. Find out what kind of animal homes we have at the nature center through a hike on the trails in August.

Click here to register for Animal Homes on Thur, Aug 11, 10-11:30 am 

Click here to register for Animal Homes on Fri, Aug 12, 10-11:30 am 

Bat Walks

Fri, Jun 17, 8:30-10 pm

Sat, Jul 9, 8:30-10 pm

Fri, Aug 26, 7:30-9 pm

Ages: 5-Adult

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

Join us to step into the world of some of Michigan’s bug busters. Discover the importance of bats as we search for them living on the grounds of the Stage Nature Center. Just one bat can consume 2,000 to 5,000 insects in one night! We will watch these acrobatic creatures swoop through the air catching insects and listen to their echolocation with a bat detector. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fees apply to all participants.

Click here to register for Fri, Jun 17, 8:30-10 pm 

Click here to register for Sat, Jul 9, 8:30-10 pm 

Click here to register for Fri, Aug 26, 7:30-9 pm 

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. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Fees apply to all participants.

Click here to register for Daytime Astronomy on Sat, June 18, 10:30 am-12 pm

Click here to register for Fireflies on Fri, July 22, 8:30-10 pm 

Click here to register for Pollinators on Sat, Aug 13, 1:30-3 pm 

Outdoor Yoga at Stage

Wednesdays, Jun 29, Jul 6, 13, 20 & 27, Aug 3, 17 & 24, 6-7 pm 

Ages: 12-Adult

Fee per Session: TNS Member: $4 | Non-member: $6

Join us for some summer 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.

Click here to register for Jun 29, 6-7 pm 

Click here to register for Jul 6, 6-7 pm 

Click here to register for Jul 13, 6-7 pm 

Click here to register for Jul 20, 6-7 pm 

Click here to register for Jul 27, 6-7 pm 

Click here to register for Aug 3, 6-7 pm 

Click here to register for Aug 17, 6-7 pm 

Click here to register for Aug 24, 6-7 pm 

Girl Scout Journeys

Fee: $35/scout (includes Journey Award)

Leaders and chaperones are free

Daisy, Brownie, Junior and Cadette Girl Scouts will have the opportunity to complete one of their Journeys in a day-long program. 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.

Brownies will go on a Wonders of Water Journey. They will learn about the water cycle, where our water comes from and ways to use it wisely, explore the nature center pond—dipping for the small animals that live there and hike to the stream to observe the power of moving water.

Click here to register for Brownies: Wonders of Water on Wed, Jun 29, 9 am-4 pm 

Juniors will go on a Get Moving Journey. 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.

Click here to register for Juniors: Get Moving on Wed, Jul 13, 9 am-4 pm 

Daisies will do the Between Earth & Sky Journey. They will explore the natural world and learn how to keep the earth healthy. They will participate in activities as they learn and do a project to help the nature center.

Click here to register for Daisies: Between Earth & Sky on Wed, Jul 27, 9 am-4 pm 

Cadettes will do most of the Breathe Journey as they explore the air around us. Girls will complete the entire journey minus the take-action project. They will receive ideas on how to complete the project.

Click here to register for Cadettes: Breathe on Wed, Aug 3, 9 am-4 pm 

Little Acorns

Thurs, Jun 30, 11 am-12 pm

Sat, Aug 6, 11 am-12 pm

Ages: 2-4

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.

Click here to register for Thurs, Jun 30, 11 am-12 pm 

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

Stargazing at Stage

Fri, Aug 12, 8:30-10:30 pm

Ages: 8-Adult

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

Join Warren Astronomical Society member Marty Kunz to explore the summer night sky. We will search for summer constellations and deep space objects while keeping a watchful eye out for meteors from the Perseid meteor shower. Telescopes will be provided; however, you are welcome and encouraged to bring your own. Marty will help you learn the ins and outs of your telescope. 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 

Michigan Birds of Prey – Live Raptors

Sat, Jun 25, 2-3 pm

Ages: 5-Adult

TNS Member: $11 | Non-Member: $13

Join Stage Nature Center as we welcome feathered guests from Michigan Avian Experience. Come and learn more about some of Michigan’s many birds of prey, from the smallest to one of the largest. Explore their remarkable survival adaptations and behaviors. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Fees apply to all participants.

Click here to register 

Monarch Butterfly Mosaic Workshop

Thu, Aug 25, 6-9 pm 

Age: Adult

TNS Member: $36 | Non-Member: $41

Using small, colored pieces of glass, stone, tile and more, create your own 6×6 inch mosaic tile masterpiece. All materials are provided. No experience necessary. Instructor: Mary Gilhuly, Art Director/Co-Founder of Song & Spirit Institute for Peace.

Click here to register 

Introduction to Native Plants & Natural Landscaping

Sat, Aug 27, 9-10 am

Ages: 12-Adult

TNS Member: $4 | Non-Member: $5

Angela Nelson, Horticulturist at East Michigan Native Plants, will hold a workshop before the Native Plant Sale to assist you in making your native plant selections! The workshop will provide an introduction to native plants and natural landscaping concepts, discuss environmental and planning considerations, and delve into maintenance techniques, as well as take a look at some of Michigan’s most valuable wildflower and grass species.

Click here to register 

Native Plant Sale

Sat, Aug 27, 10 am-2 pm

Fall is a GREAT time to plant!! Butterflies, bees and birds will flock to your landscape with the addition of some of Michigan’s most-loved native plant species! Angela Nelson from East Michigan Native Plants, LLC, (formerly Designs By Nature East, LLC) will be bringing over 80 species of Michigan native perennial wildflowers and grasses for you to select from. Bring your pictures and plans for personal help and advice with your selections! 

Native Plant species information can be found at: eastmichnatives.com.

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