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

April 2014

Gardening to Attract Butterflies – (A)

Sunday, April 13
2:00 PM
Where have all the butterflies gone? A carefully planned garden can attract all sorts of beautiful butterflies and provide habitat for increasing their numbers. Learn how to select the best nectar producing flowers and also the plants that serve as food sources for caterpillars to develop into adult butterflies. Appropriate gardening techniques, butterfly behavior and development will also be discussed so that you will know how to help increase our faltering butterfly populations. Guest speaker Ellyn Meyers brings years of horticultural training and experience to this very timely topic. Fee: $5/member; $10/non-member. Pre-registration required by 4/11.

Night of the Amphibians – (F)

Thursday, April 24 & Friday, April 25
7:00 – 9:00 PM
As the warm sun of spring makes the plants start to grow, it also brings thoughts of romance to the frogs, who make their way to the nearest pond in search of a mate. The evening air soon becomes deafening as their songs of love throb in the dusk. Join us for a slog through the water and weeds as we search for these springtime singers. A fun event for the whole family! Wear your best wading boots and be prepared to get wet. Fee: $3/member; $5/non-member. Call to reserve your spot: 517-782-3453.

Earth Day – (F)

Saturday, April 26
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Although we like to think of every day as Earth Day, one day is set aside every year to specifically honor Mother Earth and help people learn a few ways to live a little more gently upon her. The Jackson Area Outdoor Coalition, a group of various outdoor organizations in Jackson, hosts an Earth Day Celebration every spring at Cascades Park. Vendors from many outdoor groups, like the Grand River Environmental Action Team, The Dahlem Conservancy, Jackson County Conservation District, Jackson Audubon, will be on hand with fun activities and learning opportunities. There will be food, music, paddling, fishing, and more! Come join us for an afternoon of fun while we pay tribute to this planet we call home. For more information: 517-782-3453.