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
Staying Found (C 11-14 yrs)
Saturday, October 11
10:30 AM – Noon
Learning how to use a compass is key to many outdoor situations. GPS units can have battery failure, and what
if you can’t get a signal? If you can read a map and use a compass, however, you will never get lost! This fun program introduces children to the compass – they learn its parts, how it works, and how to use it correctly. Lots of fun games and activities. Fee: $10/member; $15/non-member. Minimum registration: 5.
Benefit Breakfast (A)
Wednesday, October 15
Dahlem’s annual fundraiser, our Benefit Breakfast, takes place this Wednesday at the Gene Davis Convention Center on Francis Avenue. If you’d like to join us, give us a call! We’d love to have you spend an hour with us to learn about the exciting things Dahlem did this year and what we have planned for the future…with your help. Table Captains are also needed – contact Brenda at 517-782-3453 if you’d like to help by filling a table with your friends and colleagues.
Cranes, Colors & Cabernet
Saturday, October 18
Sandhill Crane Vineyards, Jackson Audubon Society, Michigan Audubon Society, Legacy Land Conservancy, MDNR and Dahlem’s own Gary Siegrist are joining forces for this annual celebration of the greater sandhill crane, autumn in Michigan, and the production of the vineyard’s newest vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon. There will be wine-tasting all day and a guided crane watch at Haehnle Sanctuary at 4:00 PM. For more information: www.thebig400.com/events/cranes-colors-cabernet.
Goblin Walks (F) (C) (A)
Friday and Saturday, October 24 and 25
6:30 – 9:30 PM
Halloween is here! The pumpkins have been gathered, carved and lit, and we await your visit to our ever popular not-so-scarey Goblin Walks! Walk the pumpkin-lit trail to watch several skits, new and returning favorites, about some of nature’s most misunderstood critters. Treats and songs wrap up the walk at the Pavilion. Great Halloween fun for visitors of all ages. Spaces fill very quickly, so call early to reserve your spot(s). Fee: $5/member; $8/nonmember.
Tuesday Morning Nature Group
Every Tuesday morning we set out for a new nature adventure. Some trips are here at Dahlem, while others go off-site to explore new places. Birds, flowers, geology, trees, wetlands, forests, grasslands…we never know just what might be awaiting us around the next bend. Come join us! The group often goes out to lunch together afterwards. Free (the program, not the lunch).