Posted on 06 January 2011.
January – March, 12:00-3:00 p.m. – Snowshoe Saturdays
The Red Pine Interpretive Center at Howard Christensen Nature Center is open for snowshoe rental on Saturdays, from noon to 3 p.m., when there is at least 6 inches of snow. On Friday night check the answering machine (616) 675-3158 or website at www.kentconservation.org/hcnc to see if the center will be open or closed on Saturday. Rental costs $4 per person for one-size-fits-all snowshoes. Rental is first-come first-served (reservations available for HCNC members). Hot drinks and snacks are available. Cross country skiers and hikers are also welcome to come in to warm up!
The Red Pine Interpretive Center is located at 16190 Red Pine Dr, Kent City, MI 49330.
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Posted on 09 December 2010.
Survive the Christmas vacation blues!
Join us on December 29, from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. for an outdoor survival workshop at Howard Christensen Nature Center. Our instructors have lots of outdoor experience and a knack for making learning fun! Participants go outside to hike and learn about topics such as what it takes to survive outdoors, how to avoid getting lost, shelter options, survival kits and basic first aid. Two groups are planned: Grades 1-5 with Nova Blackburn and Grades 6-12 with Brian Robinson. The cost is $20 per person ($18 for HCNC members) and includes lunch. Class size is limited and advance registration is required. To reserve a spot please contact us by phone (616) 675-3158 or e-mail email@example.com. (Group rates are also available; call or e-mail for details). Teen volunteers also needed.
We will be open on Saturdays for snowshoe rental when there is at least 6 inches of snow. Keep on snowing! See you then!!
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Posted on 03 September 2009.
Fall is one of the best times to visit the Howard Christensen Nature Center
A decrease in biting insects and increase in color make September and October two of the most popular months to visit the Howard Christensen Nature Center (HCNC) in Kent City. This year the nature center, which is about 20 miles north of downtown Grand Rapids, offers both new programs and returning favorites.
A new event will be held at HCNC on September 19, 2009. It is a kick-off celebration from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. for the county-wide “Connecting Families With Nature” Passport Program. Although the focus of the day will be to promote a cross-generational appreciation of nature, guided hikes and refreshments will be available for all visitors.
Family groups, which can include children and parents, grandparents, or any other adult mentor, are invited to pick-up a free “Connecting Families with Nature” Passport at HCNC and get started filling in their passport. Those children who complete the passport can attend a special party at the John Ball Zoo on September 25, 2010. Additional “Connecting Families With Nature” events will be scheduled throughout the year. Learn more about the passport program at the kick-off celebration (on September 19), or visit www.kentconservation.org/families for more information.
Returning events at the Howard Christensen Nature Center include a Home School Student Workshop on October 2, and the Kent Conservation District (KCD) Fall Seedling Sale pick-up on October 10. Registration information for the Home School Workshop can be found on-line, along with the KCD Seedling Catalog (www.kentconservation.org). These events require advance orders or registration.
On October 10 and 17 from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., the nature center’s Red Pine Interpretive Center will be open so that visitors can view the educational displays inside as well as the fall colors on the hiking trails. A drawing for a “Fall Colors Art Raffle,” sponsored by the Rockford Sportsman’s Club to benefit the nature center, will be held on October 17, at 1:00 p.m. Please contact the nature center for details about the raffle by calling (616) 675-3158, or (866) 675-3158, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Proceeds from the raffle will help support programs such as field trips for school groups and Snowshoe Saturdays for the public. Volunteers are also needed to help with the fall open houses, grounds maintenance, and upcoming snowshoe days.
The Howard Christensen Nature Center is managed by the Kent Conservation District and the trails are open for hiking and cross country skiing everyday from dawn until dusk.
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