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

November 2014

Bear Snores On – StoryWalk (F)

Throughout the month of November
Don’t let the November blues keep you and your family indoors! Come on out to Dahlem for a StoryWalk. Along one of our trails we have posted Karma Wilson’s wonderful children’s book Bear Snores On. Your family can walk and read, getting exercise, enjoying the fresh air, and delighting in this terrific story. Free.

December 2014

Wreath-making (A)

Tuesday, December 2
5:00 – 8:00 PM
Looking for something creative to do to get you in the mood for the holidays? What says “‘tis the season” more than fresh-cut evergreen boughs? Join us for an evening of fun creating wreaths for Dahlem to sell at its Holiday Bazaar. FREE. RSVP to Carrie 782-3453

Holiday Bazaar (A) (F) (C)

Friday, December 5
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday, December 6
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Original art and crafts, and homemade baked goods, await you at Dahlem’s annual Holiday Bazaar. Support Dahlem while also finding one-of-a-kind gifts for your friends and family. Stock up on great cookies, cakes, soup mixes, and candies, too!

Owl Prowl (A) (F)

Friday, December 12
5:30 PM
Winter is rapidly approaching, and soon the owls will start their courtship. Join us for a program about these nocturnal predators. We’ll begin indoors with an overview about owls, then hit the trails to see if we can call in any of our local birds. Fee: $3/member; $5/non-member. Dress for the weather!


Moonlight X-Country Skiing (A) (F)

Saturday, January 3
7:00 – 9:00 PM
Join skiing enthusiast Jim Seitz for a moonlit ski around Dahlem’s trails. Afterwards, enjoy a warm dessert at our campfire – a Dutch oven treat made by Jim just for you! Fee: $5/member; $10/non-member. Pre-registration required by 1/2.

The Wildlife of East Africa

Sunday, January 4
2:00 PM
Dick and Abby Mortenson share their experiences from a two-week safari they took to Tanzania and Kenya in September 2013. Traveling with only two other people and superb guides, they encountered a dazzling array of animals and birds, witnessed the migration of wildebeests and zebras across the Mara River in the Serengeti, and visited the villages of the Maasi and Samburu people.

Introduction to Keeping Bees (A)

Saturday, January 10
10:00 AM
Dahlem’s bee keepers, Ben Schlenker and Konnie Hanson, are leading this introductory class about bee keeping. Designed for novices, this class covers equipment needed, hive placement, checking with local codes, various types of hives and expectations of the beekeeper. FREE.

Winter Exploration (C 8-11 yrs)

Saturday, January 11
1:00 PM
Children ages 8 to 11 years are invited to join us for an afternoon of wintery adventure as we explore Dahlem’s trails. Fee: $3/member; $5/non-member.

Alaska Revisited

Sunday, January 11
2:00 PM
Myrna Berlet-Dietrich shares her adventures in Alaska with us through stunning photography and stories. Not to be missed!

Seasons Across North America (C 8-11 Years)

Saturday, January 17
2:00 PM
Children ages 8 to 11 years are invited to join us for an afternoon of wintery adventure as we explore Dahlem’s trails. Fee: $3/member; $5/non-member. Pre-register by 1/16.

Winter Exploration

Sunday, January 18
2:00 PM
Enjoy three 20-minute movies about the seasons of three different habitats: the desert, the prairie and the mountains.

Adirondack Adventures

Thursday, January 22
2:00 PM
In 2014 Dahlem led an eco-tour to the mountains of northern New York, where participants visited rare ecosystems, sought rare birds, and took in some of the history of the region. Education Director Ellen Rathbone shares the adventure during this photographic presentation.

The Wonderful World of Bats (F) (A) (C)

Saturday, January 24
2:00 PM
Winter is a great time to learn about bats! The Organization for Bat Conservation will be here at Dahlem with live bats! Come learn about what makes these mammals so special, and why each of us should do our best to help protect Michigan’s bats. Fee: $3/member; $5/non-member.

Drum-making Workshop (A)

Saturday, January 31
10:00 AM
Drum-making is an ancient art that honors the animals whose hides are used for the drum head and the trees whose wood is used to make the frame. Today drumming has become very popular in helping people reconnect with nature and spirit. In this workshop you will make your own 15” drum and drumstick to take home. No previous skills are required. Registration is due by January 3 so we can place the order for materials. When you register, indicate your preference for elk or horse. Fee: $100/member; $130/non-member for elk; $90/member, $120/non-member for horse. Payment is due upon registration. Class is limited to 8 participants.


Wild Animals of Michigan

Sunday, February 1
2:00 PM
Three 20-minute movies feature some of the charismatic animals that call Michigan home: black bears, sandhill cranes, and owls.

Moonlight X-Country Skiing (A) (F)

Saturday, February 7
7:00 – 9:00 PM
Join skiing enthusiast Jim Seitz for a moonlit ski around Dahlem’s trails. Afterwards, enjoy a warm dessert at our campfire – a Dutch oven treat made by Jim just for you! Fee: $5/member; $10/non-member. Pre-registration
required by 2/6.

Life Lessons Taught by Bees (A)

Saturday, February 7
2:00 PM
Gold can be found even on the darkest of days, sometimes in the form of honey. Against the backdrop of an entertaining story, bee enthusiast Charlotte Hubbard shares how she fell head-over-hive tool in love with bees, and offers helpful insights and lessons on handling bees, and life’s challenges. Fee: $3/member; $5/non-member.

Natural Michigan

Sunday, February 8
2:00 PM
Join nature photographer Robert Domm on a photographic tour of the natural wonders of the Mitten State. Copies of his stunning books will be available for purchase and signing.

Bird Banding

Saturday, February 14
9:00 AM
Can you think of a more perfect way to spend a wintery morning than coming out to Dahlem for bird banding? Join Allen Chartier and Dahlem’s staff as we mist-net birds at our bird feeding station, bring them indoors for banding (and real up-close looks), and release them back outside. This is your chance to have the proverbial bird in your hand! Program begins with a PowerPoint presentation. Fee: $3/member; $5/non-member. Rain date: February 28.

Ornithology 101 (A)

Saturdays, Feb. 14, 21, 28
10:00 AM – Noon
Saturdays, Mar. 7, 14, 21
10:00 AM – Noon
Are you looking for something a little more in-depth to help you with your study of birds? Gary Siegrist leads this six-week course in bird biology and ID. Fee: $100/member; $150/non-member.

Wetland Birds

Sunday, February 15
2:00 PM
We’ve selected three 20-minute movies to showcase some of the fascinating birds that call our local wetlands home.

The Coyotes of Southeastern Michigan (A) (F)

Saturday, February 21
2:00 PM
Join Bill Dodge, Wayne State University PhD candidate and head researcher with the Southeastern Michigan Coyote Research Project (SEMCRP), for an afternoon to learn about the coyotes that live in our area. Coyotes are important predators that are often misunderstood and as a result come into conflict with people. The program includes hands-on artifacts from Bill’s research Fee: $5/member; $8/non-member. Not for young children.

Natural Jackson

Sunday, February 22
2:00 PM
Over the years Andy has photographed various parks and natural areas in Jackson County. This program will show the natural beauty of these areas at times and in ways that most Jacksonians probably have not seen them.