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Calendar Of Events



1991 Master Plan

Lady's Slipper Festival

A Guide For Educators To The Nature Center

Educational Lesson Plans now available as a download.
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In the Woods

Plants of the Nature Center

The Bird Watcher

Walking with Nature

Education in the Nature Center

Other Huron County Nature Trails

In the Gift Shop

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Contact your senators

Not Just for the Kids

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A Day With Hawks And Owls

Linnks to our Friends

A Photographic Tour Of Huron County
By Bill Diller

Other Nature Centers In Michigan




Events for 2012

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May 26 & 27, 2012 - Memorial Weekend

Lady’s Slipper Festival

Join us to see the rare Lady's Slipper Orchid and for music, food, local vendors with nature-related art, and specials in the Nature Center Gift Shop.  We'll be holding a birdhouse building workshop for the kids on Saturday, free with the donation of a food item for the local food pantry.

Saturday, 5/26/2012, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Sunday, 5/27/2012, Noon to 5:00 PM

2012 Saturday Programs
 (Unless otherwise noted, there is no charge for these programs. However, donations are encouraged.)


Nature Photography

NOTE: The date for this workshop has changed to June 23, 2012

2:00 PM to Sunset , with a break at 4:00 PM, Dale Vranch, a well-respected photographer and teacher from Lapeer, will present an intermediate level photography workshop.  Space is limited to 10 people, with a $35 fee per person.  Contact the Nature Center at (989) 551-8400.


Birds of Prey

July 7, 2012 - 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM, Birds of Prey with Joe Rogers.  See live hawks, owls, and other birds of prey.  Joe is a fascinating wildlife rescuer and presents a very popular program.


All About Bats

July 14, 2012 - 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM, The Organzation for Bat Conservation will have live bats on hand to teach all about bats - you will learn why these little mammals are so important.


Michigan Snakes

July 28, 2012 - 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM, Nature Discoveries with Jim and Carol McGrath present Michigan Snakes Alive.  The kids will love this program and so will you! A great family program by these talented Michigan Naturalists.


Michigan Amphibians & Reptiles

August 11, 2012 - 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM,  Nature Discoveries with Jim and Carol McGrath present Michigan Amphibians and Reptiles.  Another 'Hands On' program - great for families!


Mushroom Identification

September 8, 2012 - 10:30 AM to ?, Mushroom Identification with Dr. Ralph Czerepinski.  A guided tour of the art of mushroom identification, with an emphasis on safety.  A turly entertaining and educational excursion in the Nature Center.


Annual Fall Dinner

September 15, 2012 - Annual Fall Fundraising Dinner at the Nature Center.  Dinner is at 6:00 PM, with a very special program (to be announced) at 7:00 PM.  The Gift Shop will be open from 1:00 to 6:00 PM with end-of-season specials.  There is a small charge for dinner and the program. 



Jim McGrath of Nature Discoveries
Salamanders of Michigan

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Jim presented a great program for over 30 people. With live Michigan Salamanders we learned their life cycle, where we will find them and why they are often hard to find. Every program Jim and Carol present is always enjoyed by both kids and adults. Don't miss their next program!





Jim McGrath of Nature Discoveries Returns
with more “Creatures” for the kids to see
and touch.

The Michigan Wildlife Sampler format calls on Nature Discovery to choose which wildlife species to feature. 
   Since they are especially renowned for their live reptiles and amphibians, some of these are always incorporated into the presentation.  
   They also commonly choose an insect or other invertebrate, a bird, a mammal or a fish, and possibly a wild plant to highlight.

You never know what you will encounter when Jim and Carol McGraff present their Nature Discoveries program. But what you will do is enjoy one of our most popular programs ever, Have Fun and Learn!






"Bats of the World"
From Cranbrook science Center


Learn about and SEE bats. A popular program for kids and parents alike!
Step into the world of bats with a cultural and geographic perspective. Led by a bat researcher from the Organization for Bat Conservation, this exciting multimedia program features live insectivorous bats, vampire bats, and fruit bats with 4-foot wingspans. Topics address sound waves, ecosystems, food webs and conservation.



Most programs at the Huron County Nature Center
are free of charge. However, donations are welcome!

Stop in to the Nature Center and see our new building!
We will have some great refreshments for you along with infomation on our site and plans for the future.
The gift shop will be open weekends throughout the summer.




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Because we want The Huron County Nature Center to be available to ALL of the Citizens of Huron County and Michigan we have established a handicapped accessible trail. This paved trail through the beautiful wooded acres is dotted by bridges and observation decks. No matter what your physical condition, this trail is an enjoyable adventure in nature.


Now online:
The Huron County Nature Center lesson plans are now available as a download. These are great for classes wanting to use the center for learning.

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The Nature Center needs YOU!

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The Huron County Nature Center Wilderness Arboretum is a non-profit organization run and staffed by volunteers who love nature and Huron County. If you would like to participate as a volunteer, we welcome you. To become a volunteer please print out the Volunteer Form and Mail to: Duane Wurst
7234 Berne Rd., Pigeon, MI 48755



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 Ed Raby, our President

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