Programs for All Ages

 Programs for All Ages at the Stage Nature Center

Family Nature Explorers

Ages: All (best for 5 & up)

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

Non-Member: $18 for a 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.

In October we will take an evening hike to discover the creatures of the night that frequently visit the nature center preserve.  We will also get an up-close look at the five owls who live at the nature center. 

In November we will learn what makes turkeys so terrific while trying to get a look at the wild turkeys who live on the nature center grounds!


Saturday, October 6th | 6:30 pm – 8 pm | Creatures of the Night – Meet live owls!

Saturday, November 10th | 1:30 pm – 3 pm | Terrific Turkeys

Photo Walks by TNS Photo Club

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. 

Monthly Saturday Dates:

October 6th | November 3rd | December 1st

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

Herb Walk

Friday, September 21st | 1-3 pm | Ages: All

TNS Member: $5 | Non-Member: $7 | < 4 yrs: Free

Herbalist Lea Pfeifer will take you on a walk through the SNC grounds to explore edible and medicinal plants found here. She will give tips on how to identify the plants and ways they can be useful to people. All ages are welcome.

Coyotes in our Neighborhoods

Wednesday, September 26th | 7pm - 8pm | Ages: 14-Adult

Fee: Free

Coyotes are becoming more common in urban landscapes due to their adaptive behavior. Tonight’s discussion will focus on coyote facts and how to reduce coyote-human conflicts. Presenter Holly Vaughn Joswick is the DNR Wildlife Communications Coordinator for Southeast Michigan and her role is to help people understand and appreciate the wildlife around them. Holly holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University and a Master’s Degree in Parks and Recreation with a focus in Outreach and Education also from MSU.

RiverSafe LakeSafe

Saturday, October 13th | 1 pm – 2 pm | Age: Adult | Fee: Free

Join the Clinton River Watershed Council (CRWC) to learn about ways of performing common household tasks to help protect water quality around your home and within the Clinton River watershed. The RiverSafe LakeSafe program aims to raise awareness and recognize those who incorporate practices which help to keep our freshwater resources clean and healthy. The program consists of a survey which will help to identify areas of everyday life that impact our local water quality. If you qualify, you can become self-certified and recognized by the CRWC with a complimentary plaque as RiverSafe LakeSafe!