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January 2020

Mighty Naturalist Program; Our Feathered Friends

January 24 @ 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Our Feathered Friends Program is for ages 1-5 years old with a caregiver. Program Description: What is unique about birds, and what do their characteristics (feathers, feet, beak, color, etc.) tell us about their life?  We will read a bird-themed story, look at bird feathers, take a short birding hike to observe our local birds in action, then return indoors for hands-on ‘beak’ activities, and make a small bird feeder to take home. Join us, and help feed the birds!…

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Mighty Naturalist Program; Winter Animal Tracks

January 31 @ 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Winter Animal Tracks Program is for ages 1-5 years old with a caregiver. Program Description:  How animals make tracks can tell us what they are, what they’re  doing and where they’re headed.  We’ll read a story go on a hunt to see where animal tracks take us; across a trail and up a tree, along the stream, or maybe to a protected home hidden under trees?   Indoors we will use rubber tracks to create our own tracks and stories.  One…

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February 2020

Chocolate Sensation

February 4 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Ella Sharp Museum, 3225 Fourth St
Jackson, MI 49203 United States
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Chocolate Sensation An evening of decadent indulgence at the Ella Sharp Museum! Guests of the Chocolate Sensation will enjoy desserts provided by local area businesses, as well as appetizers, beer, and wine. Reservation are $35.00 per person if you register online or $40.00 at the door. Reservation includes one glass of wine or bottle of beer, chocolate samples, appetizers, entertainment and a silent auction. Interested in having a reserved corporate table? Contact Lyndsey Adams at ladams@dahlemcenter.org or 782-3453 ext. 104…

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Mighty Naturalist Program; Super Squirrely

February 7 @ 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Super Squirrely Program is for ages 1-5 years old with a caregiver. Program Description: If you followed a squirrel for a day, what would you see?  Climbing branches, storing seeds, making homes in tree holes, and maybe even flying!  Discover different kinds of squirrels as they scamper, eat, and―finally―sleep.  We will go on a squirrely outing to look for clues squirrels are actively busy in winter, head indoors to make ‘n take squirrel craft, and read a cute story about…

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Mighty Naturalist Program; Tree House – Who Lives There?

February 14 @ 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Tree House - Who Lives There? Program is for ages 1-5 years old with a caregiver. Program Description:  Nature is full of hidden clues about the animals that live there. You may not know where to look or what to look for but animal clues are everywhere. You’ll learn how to spot and identify common clues that  animals live in or near forest trees. We'll read a story, go on a short outdoor adventure, then head into the classroom to…

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Maple Sugaring – St. Stephen Lutheran School (grades 2-4)

February 25 @ 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Dahlem, Jackson’s Nature Place, 7117 S. Jackson Rd.
Jackson, MI 49201 United States
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Maple Sugaring School Program Location: Dahlem Date: February 25, 2020 Time: 1:00-2:15 pm School: St. Stephen Lutheran School ~~~~~~ Maple Sugaring school program is designed to allow students a first hand experience in the delicious tradition of maple sugaring. Students will learn basic concepts of maple sugaring, investigate tree characteristics, winter tree ID, how sap flows, taste sap from a maple tree, and see the maple syrup-making process itself at our historic sugar shack. Several outdoor stations and a couple…

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March 2020

Community Garden Sign Up & Mini Expo

March 7 @ 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Dahlem, Jackson’s Nature Place, 7117 S. Jackson Rd.
Jackson, MI 49201 United States

New this year - Before you sign up for your Community Garden plot, peruse a handful of vendors and enjoy 30 minute seminars on topics designed to get you ready for spring and gardening!! $12 Non-Members, $10 Members - this will get you into the expo and an opportunity to hear all four seminars!! 11:00am - Andrea Erickson, President of Havenswood Farm: Mycelium Talks, Plants Listen 11:30am - Vincent Ste. Marie, Plants with a Purpose: How Plants Know Exactly What…

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Maple Madness Interpretive Tours

March 21 @ 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Dahlem, Jackson’s Nature Place, 7117 S. Jackson Rd.
Jackson, MI 49201 United States
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Maple Madness Interpretive Tours -- Dahlem’s maple sugaring operation is small but an ideal site to demonstrate the science of collecting maple tree sap and making our favorite tasty maple syrup topping. Sign up for an interpretive guided 1 1/2 hour tour at 12:00 pm or 2:00 pm to learn about the history of sugaring, and learn through hands-on STEM activities; how to identify the right trees to tap, how tapping is done, how trees ‘work’, and finally, see the…

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April 2020

Mighty Naturalist Program; Life Under a Log

April 3 @ 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Life Under a Log Program is for ages 1-5 years old with a caregiver. Program Description: Some people might see just a mushy, rotten log. We see a fascinating habitat for all kinds of organisms. We see a very important step in the life cycle of nature and a fascinating science lesson. Look for yourself!  Our time will be spent outdoors starting with a story, A Log’s Life followed by a walk  in the forest to investigate life in and…

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Animal Adaptation; How to Build an Animal for East Jackson Elementary, 4th grade classes

April 22 @ 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

East Jackson Elementary 4th grade students are coming out to Dahlem for Animal Adaptation; How to Build an Animal program. Program Description:  How do beavers build their dams?  Are all bird feathers the same?  Do snakes have a tail? Students explore the fascinating array of animal adaptations and how each characteristic helps species survive in the challenging Michigan environment.  Discussions and small teams hands-on activities will keep students engaged learning more than ever. Standards: 1.LSS1.A  1.LS3.1  2.LS4.1  3.LS3.A & B,…

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