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November 2019

Wildlife Encounter - The Winsome White-tailed Deer

11/16/2019 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
Hemlock Crossing Nature Education Center

Admired for so many reasons and yet sometimes regarded as a pest, the White-tailed Deer holds an iconic place among Michigan's Wildlife. Deepen your knowledge of the natural history of this common Michigan mammal of which many are only merely acquainted.

The Wildlife Encounters series aim to introduce people to the amazing natural history of the wildlife found in our own yards, parks and region. These 30-45 minute presentations are geared for older children and adults. An optional guided nature hike or local field trip will follow after the program.

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Birding Walk

11/16/2019 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Grand Ravines-North (42nd Ave.)

Whether you are an avid birder or are just desiring to experience birds beyond your backyard, join us as we walk for warblers and search for sparrows on these birding walks highlighting parks all around the county.

Moderate terrain includes paved & dirt and trails and some hills and/or stairs. Waterproof footwear may be helpful on dewy mornings.

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Tot Time

11/21/2019 9:30 am-11:00 am
Hemlock Crossing Nature Education Center

A monthly program designed especially for our littlest visitors! Miss Jessi invites Tots age 0-3 years, along with a caregiver, to explore our natural world with various books, music and movement, age appropriate activities, and of course, a group walk along a stroller and wagon friendly path. Each month will bring new adventures and discoveries as the seasons change!

PROGRAM RUNS FROM 9:45-10:45 am.


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Thru Hike: North Ottawa Dunes

11/30/2019 9:30 am-3:30 pm
North Ottawa Dunes-Coast Guard Park Entrance

Hike the length of this 500+ acre park as you climb through the steep and hilly terrain of the backdune forest on dirt trails. We will eat lunch at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park before making the return hike.

Strenuous hike length of ~8 miles. Sandy and steep terrain. Recommended for adults and children age 12+.

Additional details will be emailed upon registration.


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