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Boardman River Nature Center

Taryn Carew 2016-06-03 00:20:31

THE BOARDMAN RIVER NATURE CENTER CALLS This summer, the Grand Traverse Conservation District (GTCD) is celebrating 75 years of operation. In honor of our anniversary, the Boardman River Nature Center (operated by GTCD) will be open every Saturday, June–September, from 10:00am– 4:00pm in addition to our normal business hours Tuesday–Friday, 10:00am–4:00pm. Built in 2008 on the banks of the Boardman River on the Grand Traverse Natural Education Reserve, the Boardman River Nature Center is your gateway to the natural world. Located on the 505 acre Natural Education Reserve, explore the Michigan Native Plant demonstration gardens, including a Monarch butterfly garden that is a Certified Monarch Waystation. Educational Signage allows you to learn more about the plants and why each is so important to our ecosystem. Enjoy a picnic under the pavilion and play on the natural boulder playscape. Before you hit the seven miles of trails available, stop inside the nature center to check out an exploration backpack full of activities to do on the trail. Head inside to experience an extensive collection of Michigan flora and fauna. Visit the welcome desk for scavenger hunts and activities to complete while touring the center. The nature center exhibits offer a hands-on experience with Native Michigan animals. Visit the nature center gift shop on the way out for unique educational items. It is through the ongoing generosity and support of our many friends and partners that we are able to offer the Boardman River Nature Center as an admission-free destination for nature-learning and discovery. The Boardman River Nature Center delivers education programs all summer long right at the source, on the doorstep to a 505- acre living laboratory. Programming includes licensed State of Michigan Nature Day Camp, conservation-focused presentations, and family- friendly nature adventures, as well as independent hiking and fishing. The Boardman River Nature Center is located at 1450 Cass Rd. Traverse City, MI 49685. Check out www.natureiscalling.org for additional information and specific program times, or call the Grand Traverse Conservation District at 231-941-0960. PROGRAM SCHEDULE: June 4: 10:00-11:00 Hike it baby 11:30-12:30 Birding hike 1:00-2:00 Petoskey polishing June 11: 11:00-12:00 Animal survival hike (learn how animals survive using their adaptations, plus a couple human survival tricks like telling time and direction by the sun, and getting fresh water using a plastic bag and a tree) 1:00-2:00 Geocaching with local geocacher Basswood Bend (bring your own GPS or smartphone, or borrow a GPS from the Nature Center) June 18: 10:30-12:00 Fishing on Fox Den trail (Kids’ poles and bait provided) 1:30-2:30 Going on a snake hunt (hike to look for Michigan snakes, learn how to ID them, learn about MI’s only venomous snake the Massassauga rattlesnake) July 2: Nature Center Closed July 5-July 29: Nature Day Camps July 9: Animal Investigation - Join the nature center staff to practice animal track identification and participate in a habitat hunt. Check out natureiscalling.Org for specific program times. July 16: North Woods Exploration - Visitors can participate in a guided hike identifying and exploring the wonderful Natural Education Reserve along with exploring tree cookies. July 23: Reptile Discovery - Explore the different reptiles that call the Natural Education Reserve home and create a turtle shell using items found in nature.

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