Dahlem holds special events throughout the year. These events revolve around what is happening in the natural world, and celebrate our connection with plants and animals. They are designed with something to suit all tastes and are a fun and interesting way to learn about nature and the great outdoors. For more information on any of our events, call (517) 782-3453 or contact us. Also, be sure to check out our Partner Organizations page.
Program Codes – (A) Adult | (F) Family | (C) Child
Dahlem/GREAT Lunch-n-Paddle – (A) (F)
Sunday, July 20
Every year Dahlem and GREAT (The Grand River Environmental Action Team) partner to provide lunch and a paddle on the Grand River. Meet for lunch at 11:30 at the Consumers Band Shell area (off Cooper St. downtown), then paddle down the Grand River to R. A. Greene Park (Lansing Ave.). A perfect way to spend a day on the water. Call 517-416-4234 to reserve a boat, or bring your own.
Meat Rabbit Workshop – (A)
Sunday, July 27
Looking for healthy meat that you can grow in your own back yard…even in the city? Consider rabbits – the meat is lean and very healthy, and the animals are easy to keep and raise. Join Dona Barski of Caprice Acres as she shares her knowledge of raising and harvesting meat rabbits at home. Fee: $10/member; $15/non-member. Pre-registration required by Friday, July 25. Minimum registration for program to run is three participants.
Hunger Games – Dahlem-style – (C 11-17 yrs)
Friday & Saturday, Aug. 8-9
10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Children ages 11 to 17 are invited to join us for two days of Hunger Games adventure! This is our third Hunger Games (Dahlem-style) and it promises to be as exciting as the last two. On day one participants receive training in a variety of outdoor skills. On day two, the Games commence at a new
arena out on our property. Participants demonstrate skills learned the day before in order to get food, water and insect repellent, while at the same time trying to avoid being “killed” (losing their bandanas) by other players. Fee: $45 – members only. BYO lunch for day one. Dahlem members only.
Birds, Blooms & Butterflies Festival – (A) (F)
Saturday, August 16
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
It’s time for our annual BBB Festival! Great fun for whole family. Meet live birds of prey; see hummingbirds banded; learn about native bees; purchase native wildflowers, trees and shrubs; discover what you can do to help our native wildlife. Artists and environmental groups will also be on hand to sell their wares and share some handy tips. FREE.
Young Families Scavenger Hunt – (F)
Saturdays, August 23 and 30
10:00 – 11:30 AM
Young families with children ages 3-5 years old are invited to join us for a child-centered scavenger hunt and exploration. On the 23rd we are leading a traditional scavenger hunt, while the program on the 30th is insect-themed. Each family will get a scavenger hunt sheet, clipboard and pencil when Becky Schweizer, our preschool teacher, explains the hunt. Fee: Each session is $5/member family; $10/non-member family. Older and younger siblings are welcome.