Programs

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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.

Owl Prowl – Meet a Live Owl

Ages: 5-Adult

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

Sat, Dec 3, 4:30-6:30 pm and Fri, Jan 13, 4:30-6:30 pm

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 Sat, Dec 3, 4:30-6:30 pm

Click here to register for Fri, Jan 13, 4:30-6:30 pm

Photo Walks by TNS Photo Club

Saturdays,8-10 am, Dec 3, Jan 7, Feb 4, Mar 4

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 3

Click here to register for Jan 7

Click here to register for Feb 4

Click here to register for Mar 4

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 or pack. Please dress for the weather. Leaders or chaperones are free and need to remain with their scouts. No refunds for these programs.

Click here to register for Wolf: Digging in the Past on Sat, Dec 17, 9:30 am-12 pm

Click here to register for Webelos: Earth Rocks on Sat, Jan 28, 9:30 am-12 pm

Click here to register for Tiger Cub: My Tiger Jungle on Sat, Apr 15, 10 am-12 pm

Scout It Out: Girl 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 or troop. Please dress for the weather. Leaders or chaperones are free and need to remain with their scouts. No refunds for these programs.

Click here to register for Brownie: Home Scientist on Sat, Dec 3, 9:30 am-12 pm

Click here to register for Junior GS: Animal Habitats on Sat, Feb 11, 9:30 am-12 pm

Click here to register for Cadette GS: Night Owl on Fri, Apr 21, 6:30-9 pm

Click here to register for Daisy GS: Clover Petal on Sat, Apr 29, 10 am-12 pm

Click here to register for Junior GS: Flowers on Sat, May 6, 9:30 am-12 pm

Click here to register for Brownie: Bugs on Sat, May 13, 9:30 am-12 pm

Winter Toddler Time

Wednesdays, Dec 7 & 14; Jan 4-Feb 22, 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 Turkeys on Dec 7

Click here to register for Snowflakes on Dec 14

Click here to register for Animal Feet on Jan 4

Click here to register for Dinosaurs on Jan 11

Click here to register for Fish on Jan 18

Click here to register for Owls on Jan 25

Click here to register for Groundhogs on Feb 1

Click here to register for Snakes on Feb 8

Click here to register for Wild Cats on Feb 15

Click here to register for Seeds on Feb 22

Rent-a-Maple

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 14, 2022. 

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 27, 2023. Our Rent-a-Maple packages will be available for pick-up at the SNC starting on February 25, 2023. Groups that are tapping their own trees will be scheduled to tap on February 25. 

Click here to register

Homeschool Nature Classes

Ages: 5-10

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

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

Animal Adaptations – Each animal has unique built-in tools or adaptations to help it survive. These adaptations allow wildlife to thrive in their niche or “get the job done.” Using mounts and some live animals, we will compare their adaptations with tools people have invented to help them survive. On the trail, we will look for animals and plants using their built-in adaptations.

Click here to register for Animal Adaptations on Thurs, Dec 8, 10 am-12 pm

Geology: Can You Dig It? – We will examine rocks, minerals, fossils, sand, and soil to learn how they are formed and what roles they play in our daily lives. The outdoor hike offers an opportunity to see natural forces at work.

Click here to register Geology: Can You Dig It? on Thurs, Jan 26, 10 am-12 pm

States of Matter – During this class, we’ll focus on the three states of matter and their properties. Hands-on experiences both indoors and out on the trails will help children understand the differences between, and transformations of, solids, liquids, and gasses.

Click here to register States of Matter on Tues, Feb 21, 10 am-12 pm

Santa Visits the SNC!

Sat, Dec 10, Scheduled morning & afternoon visits

Ages: 3-8

TNS Member Fee: $10 | Non-Member Fee: $12

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the nature center for a scheduled long-distance chat 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

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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 2:30

Knee-high Naturalists

Ages: 2-4

TNS Member Fee: $11.50 | Non-Member Fee: $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. Find out how nature is getting ready for winter in December. Learn about winter sleepers in January. Discover wildlife at the feeders in February.

Click here to register for Ready for Winter on Thur, Dec 15, 10-11:30 am

Click here to register for Ready for Winter on Fri, Dec 16, 10-11:30 am

Click here to register for Winter Sleepers on Thur, Jan 19, 10-11:30 am

Click here to register for Winter Sleepers on Fri, Jan 20, 10-11:30 am

Click here to register for Wildlife at the Feeders on Thur, Feb 16, 10-11:30 am

Click here to register for Wildlife at the Feeders on Fri, Feb 17, 10-11:30 am

Owl Encounters

Ages: 5-Adult

Fee: $5

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 a registered adult. Space is limited. Registrations may fill before the day of the program.

Click here to register for Sat, Dec 17, 3:30-4:30 pm

Click here to register for Sat, Jan 7, 4-5 pm

Click here to register for Sat, Jan 21, 11 am-12 pm

Click here to register for Sat, Feb 4, 4-5 pm

Click here to register for Fri, Feb 17, 5-6 pm

Walk with a Naturalist

Saturdays, Jan 7 & Feb 18, 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 7

Click here to register for Feb 18

Little Acorns

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. 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 Thur, Jan 12, 11 am-12 pm

Click here to register for Sat, Feb 4, 11 am-12 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. Adults must register and remain with their children.

Click here to register for Michigan’s State Symbols on Sat, Jan 14, 1:30-3 pm

Click here to register for Hibernation on Sat, Feb 4, 1:30-3 pm

Stargazing at Stage

Fri, Jan 27, 6:30-8:30 pm

Ages: 8-Adult

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

Join Warren Astronomical Society member Marty Kunz as he leads you on a journey deep into the winter night sky. You will explore winter constellations, deep space objects and other astronomical phenomena. 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. Be sure to dress for winter weather. This is a family program; children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Each person participating must enroll and pay the fee.

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Wildlife in Your Backyard – Meet Live Animals!

Fri, Feb 3, 7-8 pm

Ages: 5-Adult

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

We share our world with wildlife, even our backyards! Join a guest from the Howell Nature Center to meet some of their Wildlife Ambassadors and learn about the wildlife found around our homes, including their characteristics and behaviors, how they can benefit us, and what we can do to help them survive in the wild world. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Fees apply to all participants.

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