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Wild Wednesdays at Howard Christensen Nature Center

Rain or shine!


Come and enjoy these Wild Wednesdays events at Howard Christensen Nature Center, located at 16190 Red Pine Drive, Kent City, Michigan, 49330. Wild Wednesdays are best suited for Children 6-13 years old. Please bring a lunch and drink each day for child. Scholarship programs available to those in need, please inquire. Free for members of HCNC. Events are $8 per child, per day for non-members, or $20.00 for all four classes prepaid. (Parents always welcomed and encouraged to come along free of charge.)

For more info or to register, please call (616) 675-3158 or visit lilysfrogpad.com for more info.

July 31: Creepy-Crawly Insects 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages 6-13 years old

Children, come touch, examine, find, and learn of our insect world, learn why insects are important to our ecology and insect habitats. Children will be going outside and collecting their own insects, examining under microscopes and learning fascinating facts of the insect world. Please bring a lunch and drink each day for child. Please dress children in play clothing—long sleeves (sleeves they can roll-up) and pants/jeans. Bring child’s backpack for carrying things through woods. Pre-registration no less than 3 days prior.

August 7: Reptiles & Amphibians 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages 6-13 years old

Hunt down a frog or two, possibly a snake—this class you can get dirty and touch the outside world. Our Naturalist will lead children on an outdoor excursion in finding where amphibians and reptiles live, what they eat and their worlds.  Children will use nets to capture living creatures and discover greater knowledge with hands on teaching.

August 15: Trees & Plants 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages 6-13 years old

Discover what it takes to make an organic garden. What you can grow in Michigan and what is good eating in nature. Children will find native plants that are edible and part of the animals buffet dinner daily/nightly. Children will make their own garden pots and take home to watch their plants grow with instructions from one of our Naturalists. Children will also learn to identify poisonous plants.

August 21: Nature Art/Crafts 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages 6-13 years old

Calling all children artists and nature lovers. Nature has inspired many famous artists—is your child next? Spend the day creating art pieces and crafts and finding great art in the outdoors. Create works of art that reflect what each child has seen, with paint, leaves, and more!


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