Programs for All Ages at the Stage Nature Center
Family Nature Explorers | Ages: All (best for 5 & up)
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.
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.
Stargazing at Stage
Friday, January 11th | 6:30-8:30 pm | Ages: 8-Adult
TNS Member: $6 | Non-Member: $8
Join Warren Astronomical Society member Marty Kuntz 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! Coffee and hot chocolate will be supplied. This is a family program; children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Each person participating must enroll and pay the fee.
Bat Biology - Meet live bats! SOLD OUT
Saturday, January 26th | 2–3 pm | Ages: 5–Adult
TNS Member: $10 | Non-Member: $12
Meet live bats from around the world in a program presented by staff from the Leslie Science and Nature Center. As the only flying mammal, bats have amazed and inspired people for a long time. Learn about the diversity of bats, how they survive and their many roles on our planet. This is a family program; children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Each person participating must enroll and pay the fee.
Great Backyard Bird Count
Sat, Feb 16 | 10 am-12 pm | Ages 12-Adult
TNS Member Fee: $4 | Non-member Fee: $6
Each year, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology collects bird data from all over the world. Help a naturalist identify and count the birds visiting the SNC feeders. Learn how you can do the same in your own backyard. Binoculars and field guides will be available for use during the program or bring your own. Children should be accompanied by a registered adult.
Owl Prowl – Meet a Live Owl
Sat, Feb 16 | 6:30-8:30 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? Join us as we 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. Afterward, we will warm up inside with coffee and hot chocolate. 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.
Welcome Back, American Beaver!
Tues, Feb 19 | 7-8 pm | Ages: 5-Adult
TNS Member: $5 | Non-Member: $6
Join guest naturalist, Gordon Lonie, as he explores the life of the American Beaver which had been missing from this part of Michigan for many years. Recently, it has made a remarkable comeback and is being sighted locally. Watch Gordon’s video footage of the family life of the beaver both on its nighttime explorations and inside the den during daytime hours. The filming was done in Oakland County.
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:
Guided hikes through the SNC. Meet in the parking lot by 8 am. Bring your camera. Dress for the weather!