About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
To contribute, email me at bloubird@gmail.com.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Family Fun at the Harris Nature Center!

The Harris Nature Center, 3998 Van Atta Road in Meridian Township, announces the following upcoming events and programs. They offer a wide range of programs for all ages and interests. Contact them at 517-349-3866 or harriscenter@sbcglobal.net for more information.

Click HERE for Walking Club 2009 - 10 Schedule

Migration: What a Trip!
Navigating great distances in the dark, birds of all sizes, including the tiny hummingbird, brave the dangers of migration each fall. Enjoy a campfire and a program, followed by a short guided walk through the evening woods with a naturalist.
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009 ~7:00– 8:30 pm $2.00/ person or $5.00/ family
Register by calling 517-349-3866

Weekday Science Programs
Child’s science education with programs designed to introduce science. These programs are open to children of all ages.
Fall Season (10-11:30 am or 1-2:30 pm)
September 11 ~Key it Out
October 2 ~Forest Ecology
November 6 ~Wonderful Waterfowl
$3/ child/ class or $7/ child/ season

Live Bats of the World
Silently hunting insects at night, bats are frequently seen and just as often, their intent is misunderstood. The Organization for Bat Conservation will bring live bats to the Harris Nature Center on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 2 and 4 p.m. The programs will include a variety of live bats from around the world, including the "Flying Fox."
This is an opportunity to get up close to these fascinating animals. The fee for the program is $6 per person. Seating will be limited, so register ahead by calling or e-mailing.

Nature for Toddlers
Children 3 years and under, accompanied by an adult can toddle into their first nature experience at the Harris Nature Center. There are three sessions of "My Cub and I," which meets for six weeks, beginning Monday, Sept. 21 from 9 to 10 a.m., 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The evening session has been added to accommodate families working during the day.
In this program, the naturalist will facilitate activities while the child and adult companion participate as a team. Participants will enjoy nature activities, games, walks, crafts, stories and songs.

Enrollment is limited, so parents should request a registration form by calling the nature center or online at http://www.meridian.twp.mi.us/. There is a $31 fee for this six-week program.

Chipmunk Story Time
Join Chicory Chipmunk at the Harris Nature Center once a month for nature stories followed by games or a walk. The programs are open to preschool and elementary children.The next story time, "Gotta Go, Gotta Go," is Thursday, Sept. 17 at 10 a.m., followed by story times on Oct. 15, Nov. 19, and Dec. 17.

The fee is $3 per child per session and is due at the time of the program. For more information, contact (517) 349-3866 or harriscenter@sbcglobal.net.

For general information about this and other programs offered at the Harris Nature Center, call (517) 349-3866.

Harris Nature Center Mission
The mission of the Harris Nature Center is to protect, promote and interpret the Red Cedar River and its surrounding ecosystems. Through creative exhibits, programs and exploration of the native environment of the Harris Nature Center, visitors are encouraged to observe, experience and appreciate this representative slice of mid-Michigan riverine habitat.

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