Programs for All Ages

 Programs for All Ages at the Stage Nature Center

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Photo Walks by TNS Photo Club

Select your date of choice to register:

April 6th | May 4th | June 1st

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. 

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


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.

Register by clicking on your preferred day and time below:

Saturday, April 6th | 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm | Owl Pellet Dissection: Meet a Live Owl! 

Saturday, May 11th | 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm | Wildlife Babies 

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.


Woodcock Walk

Friday, April 12th | 7:30pm - 9 pm | Ages: 7-Adult

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

A sure sign of spring is the wonderful and slightly wacky courtship display of the American Woodcock. Join us for a sunset stroll to their display area at the SNC to marvel at the dance and bizarre flights of these amazing birds. Dress in layers for warmth and wear boots for wet trails. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Each participant must enroll and pay the fee.


Amphibian Search

Saturday, April 27th | 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm | Ages: 5-Adult

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

Join us to discover the world of amphibians as we search for frogs, toads, and salamanders on the nature center grounds. Spring is a great time of year to find these sneaky creatures on their breeding grounds while their calls interrupt the quiet of the night. We will also meet some of the resident amphibians of the Stage Nature Center! Be sure to dress for wet and possibly muddy conditions. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.


White-tailed Deer

Tuesday, April 30th | 7 pm-8 pm | Ages:14-Adult

Fee: Free

Join Holly Vaughn, MI DNR Wildlife Communications Coordinator for an informative presentation. Learn about the biology and behavior of white-tailed deer and how the Michigan DNR manages Michigan’s deer herd. We’ll also discuss ways to keep them out of your favorite garden plantings, and the reasons behind the new deer baiting and feeding ban in the Lower Peninsula that went into effect January 31, 2019.

Registration is not required but we like to know who is coming so please hit the registration link below:


Discovering Wildflowers | Saturday, May 4th | 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm | Ages 9-Adult 

TNS Member: $8 | Non-Member: $11

Spring is the season when beautiful wildflowers grow quickly in the forest. Their early growth happens before tree leaves shade the forest floor. We will take a hike to discover the wildflowers along the trails and explore the job of flowers. After the hike, participants will each receive a mini-plant press. They will use the press to learn how to preserve some greenhouse-grown flowers. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.


Stargazing at Stage | Friday, May 10th | 8 pm - 10 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 spring night sky. You will explore 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. Dress for the weather! Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Each person participating must enroll and pay the fee.


Spring Bird Hike | Saturday, May 11th | 8 am - 10 am | Ages 8 - Adult

TNS Member: $4 | Non-Member: $6

Spring migration is in its peak and brings with it a spectacular opportunity to see several amazing birds. Some of the birds will be summer residents; others will be just passing through on their trip north. Join us as we hike the trails and look for our migrating feathered friends. Bring binoculars or borrow ours. All experience levels welcome. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.


Nature Invented it first | Saturday, June 1st | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm | Ages 5-Adult

TNS Member: $4 | Non-Member: $6

Many inventions used by people were first inspired by wild animals and plants. We will look at adaptations that help wildlife survive and ways these adaptations have led to human inventions. We will take a hike to observe some animal and plant survival techniques.


Walk with a Naturalist

Saturday, June 1st | 11 am-12 pm 

Ages 3-Adult | Fee: Free | Donations accepted

Take a relaxing walk on the SNC trails through various natural communities. Get answers to your nature questions. Pre-register online or register at the door. Adults should remain with their children.