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August 2018

Summer Night Sounds

08/24/2018 8:30 pm-10:00 pm
Grand Ravines-North (42nd Ave.)

When darkness falls on the forest, sounds can become creepy and unfamiliar. Join a naturalist to explore some of the sounds of nocturnal critters in the woods! A short presentation will be followed by a walk.


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Pigeon River Kayak Trip

08/25/2018 9:30 am-1:30 pm
Hemlock Crossing Nature Education Center

Enjoy the sights and sounds of of the Pigeon River by kayak as you paddle along the river corridor. Each trip includes a basic kayaking lesson. No experience is needed. A detailed letter will be sent prior to the trip.


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Public Program Focus Group Session

08/25/2018 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Hemlock Crossing Nature Education Center

If you have attended several Ottawa County Parks public programs (ie: Wildlife Encounter programs, bird or wildflower walks, art programs, kayak trips, night programs) or if your children have participated in summer camps, we would LOVE to have you join this special focus group session to provide insight and feedback regarding program experiences with Ottawa County Parks.

A small, selected group of Nature Center Administrators will facilitate this group interview session to gather information about our programs and provide recommendations on how we can design and implement a variety of programs for people of all ages and abilities and learn how to effectively evaluate our programs to ensure that they continue to meet those needs in the future.

We appreciate you taking time to provide some feedback. If you have any questions, please call the Nature Center at 616-786-4847.


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Prairie Wildflower Walk

08/26/2018 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
Hemlock Crossing Nature Education Center

The dazzling colors of the restored native prairie are a delight to experience! Come through the summer to see how it changes and what new flowers are in bloom each time.

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The Pumphouse Museum Summer Event Series - "The Parks of Park Township: Then and Now"

08/30/2018 7:00 pm-8:00 pm
Historic Ottawa Beach Parks-Black Lake Boardwalk-West

Since its establishment in 1915, Park Township has lived up to its name "PARK", a place of scenic beauty developed for people's enjoyment. The parks of Park Township have changed considerably over the last 100+ years. Join Valerie van Heest, exhibit curator, to learn more about the history of our Parks and the plans for the new Park Township Plaza at Ottawa Beach's new marina.

All Summer Series events are open to the public at a cost of $5.00 per person. Members of the Historic Ottawa Beach Society have free admission to the event.

This summer series is hosted by the Historic Ottawa Beach Society. To learn more about this organization please visit

The Pumphouse Museum and Learning Center is affiliated with and operated by the Historic Ottawa Beach Society, a 501(c)(3) organization.

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