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December 2010-February 2011 Issue 01-11

WINTER Program Guide

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Snowshoeing for All Ages Winter Exploration Days Preschool Story Hours Exciting Field Trips … and more!

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Table of Contents Registered Programs (December-February)............5-7 Walk-in Programs .................................................... 9-17

2010 Board of Directors

Directions to Chippewa Nature Center ................... 18

Jenifer Kusch President

Program Registration Form ....................................... 20

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Nature Preschool ........................................................ 24

Bill Lauderbach Treasurer Mark Snyder Secretary Adam Bruski • Judy Firenze Dr. Tracy Galarowicz • Christopher Gaumer Dale Laughner • Janet Martineau Dr. Marianne McKelvy

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Registered Programs If weather conditions are unfavorable, a trip may be canceled (determined at CNC’s discretion) and participants will receive refunds. Back to the Basics - Basket Making Sat, 12/4 • Register by 11/22 • Ages: 18+ No. Time W10-15 9:30 am–1 pm

Fee / CNC Member $35 / $30

People from all cultures have long woven plant materials together to make baskets for gathering and transporting goods. Participants in this workshop will weave their own plaited basket for gathering garden vegetables, storing fruit on your table or to place on a shelf and admire. Join Jenn Kirts for this workshop specifically designed for people who have little or no basket making experience. All tools and materials will be provided. Teen Trex: Snowshoe Scramble Wed, 12/29 • Register by 12/28 • Ages: 14-18 No.

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Grab your friends for a fun adventure through the snow. We will strap on snowshoes and get out on the trails to see what’s been happening. After some fun in the snow, we’ll head back inside to finish up with cookies and hot chocolate. Au Sable River Snowshoeing Sat, 1/22 • Register by 1/17 • Ages: 15+, under 18 w/adult No. F11-01

Time 8 am-6 pm

Fee / CNC Member $35 / $28

Join Tom Lenon and Dennis Pilaske for an exciting one day adventure that is fairly close to home, but spectacular in both natural and cultural history as we snowshoe along the Au Sable River’s high banks in the Huron National Forest. Participants will meet at Chippewa Nature Center’s Visitor Center at 8:00 am. During the day, expect to hike 3-5 miles on snowshoes. We’ll casually hike and take plenty of breaks, while learning about the area we’re traveling through. The time spent hiking will also be split with a warm lunch prepared beforehand. Although the Lumberman’s Monument Visitor Center is closed for the winter, we’ll talk about the historic importance of this area from a lumbering standpoint, as well as visit Largo Springs and spend time on the River Road Scenic Byway. We’ll return to CNC around 6:00 pm. To borrow snowshoes and poles at no extra charge, please indicate at time of registration.

Nordhouse Dunes Snowshoeing Sat, 1/29 • Register by 1/24 • Ages: 15+, under 18 w/adult No. F11-02

Time 8 am-6 pm

Fee / CNC Member $35 / $28

The Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area is one of the last truly wild places in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Explore this 3,400-acres of mature forests, open dunes and Lake Michigan beach on a fresh blanket of snow with experienced trip leader Kyle Bagnall. Participants should bring a sack lunch, water bottles and gear appropriate for the weather, including the windy shores of Lake Michigan. Please bring money to stop for dinner at a restaurant on the way home. To borrow snowshoes and poles at no extra charge, please indicate at time of registration. Introduction to Fly Tying & Aquatic Biology for Fly Fishing Wed, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16 & 2/23 • Register by 1/24 Ages: 15+, under 18 w/adult No. W11-01

TimeFee / CNC Member 7-9 pm $45 / $40

Are you tired of spending high prices for flies? Would you like to know more about what flies to use for steelhead, salmon, trout and bass? Would you like to learn more about the fascinating aquatic animals that inhabit our lakes and rivers? If you answer yes to any of the above, we invite you to attend our four-week Aquatic Biology and Fly Tying Class. All equipment and materials will be supplied as we cover over a dozen different types of flies.You will also receive a copy of instructions for each type of fly made during the course. The instructor, John Johnson, is a veteran trout fisherman and a member of the Leon P. Martuch Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Space is at a premium, so register early. Valentine Snowshoe Hike and Dessert Fri, 2/11 & Sat, 2/12 • Register by 2/4 • Ages: 18+ No. Time Fee / CNC Member F11-03 7-9:30 pm $30 / $25 (per couple) F11-04 7-9:30 pm $30 / $25 (per couple) This popular event is designed for couples who would like to spend an evening together enjoying the outdoors. Cathy Devendorf and Jeanne Henderson will guide you through the woods to explore the sights and sounds of the Nature Center after dark. For those new to snowshoeing, we will begin the evening with a brief lesson on using snowshoes and then head out on the trails for approximately 1 ½ hours. We will end the evening warming up inside and enjoy special refreshments by 5


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Registered Programs (cont’d.) candlelight. If snow conditions are poor, we will enjoy a casual walk instead. Please inform us at registration if you need to borrow snowshoes.This program fills quickly, so register early! Twilight Snowshoe Hike and Supper Thurs, 2/17 • Register by 2/14 • Ages 18+ No. F11-05

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Strap on some snowshoes, enjoy a winter walk and then sit down to a delicious meal with Kyle Bagnall and Dennis Pilaske. Starting at the Visitor Center, we will snowshoe through field and forest as we wind our way back to the Visitor Center for supper. After dessert, you can sit back and enjoy as we share tales and music from Midland’s past.

Which Snowshoes Are for You? Before you buy snowshoes, try out several styles. CNC has about 20 pair of traditional snowshoes in several styles to loan for guided hikes. We also have adjustable poles to try out. Join us for a snowshoe program to discover your own style!

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Join Kyle Bagnall, Manager of Historical Programs, as we strap on our snowshoes and head to Hartwick Pines State Park in Grayling. The 50-acre stand of virgin red and white pines at the park is one of the premiere natural attractions in Michigan. At the park, we’ll visit the Michigan Forest Visitor Center and watch for Evening Grosbeaks at the feeders. As we hike through the pines, you’ll learn about old-growth forests and the lumbering era of Michigan’s past. Participants should bring a sack lunch and water for the hike. We’ll meet at the CNC Visitor Center and ride together in a 15 passenger van. To borrow snowshoes and poles at no extra charge, please indicate at time of registration.

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Preschool Story Hour Ages: 3-5 years In the Snow: Who’s Been Here? Thurs, Jan 6 • 9:30-10:30 am Animals in the Winter Thurs, Jan 20 • 9:30-10:30 am What Makes a Shadow? Thurs, Feb 3 • 9:30-10:30 am Sat, Feb 5 • 9:30-10:30 am Sugaring Time Thurs, Feb 17 • 9:30-10:30 am Come spend an hour learning about nature! The hour will include a story and may include songs, art, rhymes and other age-appropriate activities. 7


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Walk 100 Miles at CNC! Jan. 1–Dec. 31, 2011 Ages: 9 & up Fee: $10 • CNC Member: $7 Register now to walk 100 miles at CNC in 2011 and explore the outdoors all year long! Call 989.631.0830 or visit us online for complete details. Spectacular Alaska and the Yukon Wed, 12/1 • 7-8:30 pm • Ages: 9+, under 18 w/adult Roam Alaska and Yukon Territories with nature photographer and naturalist, Phil Stephens to glimpse their tundra, mountains and coastlines. Phil has visited Alaska twice, most recently when he traveled the Alaska and Dempster Highways (to name a few). This vast land of grizzlies, caribou, sea lions, puffins and jaegers is filled with wildflowers and thousands of glaciers.Whether you have been there yourself, are thinking of going, or just want to experience another part of the world join us for this hour-long slide program. This program will be held at Green Point Environmental Learning Center located at 3010 Maple Street in Saginaw. It is cosponsored by the Friends of Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge and Chippewa Nature Center. Admission is $2 per person, free for members of the Friends of Shiawassee NWR or Chippewa Nature Center (show your membership card). Midland Hiking Club Thurs, 12/2 • 7:00 pm meeting • All ages Join the Midland Hiking Club to hike, meet new friends and learn about great places to go for your next outdoor adventure. For more information, visit Midland Hiking Club online: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ midlandhikingclub/

Valley Herb Society Thurs, 12/2 • Annual Christmas Party Call Cathy at 631-0830 for additional information and details. Mid-Michigan Rock Club (MMRC) Tues, 12/7 • 6 pm • All ages, under 18 w/adult The Mid-Michigan Gemcraft and Mineral Society has changed its name to the Mid-Michigan Rock Club. Join MMRC at their annual Christmas get together to enjoy a potluck meal and hear about the November Rock Show. Visitors are encouraged to bring a dish to pass along with any rock, mineral, gem, fossil, earth science or lapidary arts items which they might like to share with the group. To learn more about this group and their upcoming programs visit their website at: www.midlandrockclub. com. Wildlife Behavior Captured on Scouting Cameras Tues, 12/7 • 7-8 pm • Ages: 12+, under 18 w/adult Join naturalist Tom Lenon to learn about what is happening in the woods when you’re not there, animal behavior in general and the basics of how to setting up a digital scouting camera. Tom will present numerous photos and some videos captured from these cameras, mostly taken at Chippewa Nature Center throughout the last few years. He will explain some of the animal behaviors that have been observed. Animal Tracks and Trails Sat, 12/11 • 1-3 pm, • Ages: 5+, under 18 w/adult Winter often seems like a time when little is alive. However, animals may be more lively than you think... you just don’t see them. But you can see the tracks and other “signs” they leave behind. Senior Naturalist Phil Stephens will give you a quick overview of some of the clues to look for. After an indoor session with illustrations and hands-on items, we will check for clues in the field, so dress warmly. Jolly Hammers and Strings Dulcimer Club Sat. 12/18 • 1-4:30 pm, All ages Come join the Jolly Hammers and Strings Dulcimers for an afternoon of holiday music (and a few traditional tunes as well) during their annual Holiday Sing-A-Long. Drop-in any time that afternoon to enjoy their music in our newly renovation classroom as they return to CNC for their “first jam” back in the Visitor Center. (continued on pg. 11)

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Mon-Fri, 8 am-5 pm • Sat, 9 am-5 pm Sun & Holidays 1 pm-5 pm • All Ages Enjoy your break from school while exploring the wonders of nature in Michigan! This program includes a variety of self-guided, handson exploration stations. Experiments, fun facts, crafts and outdoor scavenger hunts are just a few of the activities you’ll find. Each day is the same, but feel free to come back again and again. Winter Bird Hike Thurs, 12/16 • 8:30-10:30 am • Ages: 9+, under 18 w/adult Join CNC Senior Naturalist Janea Little for part or all of this casual walk on CNC’s trails to look for the birds of winter. If there is a lot of snow, we’ll take the hike on snowshoes. Loaner binoculars are available. Be sure to dress in warm layers.

Snowshoe Hike Thurs, 1/6 • 4--5:30 pm • All ages, under 18 w/adult Whether you are a beginner or have strapped snowshoes on many times before, join us for a walk on our trails.We’ll look for animal tracks, birds and other points of interest and enjoy the snowy scenery. If you need to borrow snowshoes please call 631-0830 to reserve a pair. Meet at the Visitor Center. If snow conditions are unfavorable, the Full Moon Stroll hike will be canceled (based on the discretion of CNC). Mon, 12/20 • 4-6 pm • Ages 9+, under 18 w/adult Please arrive promptly at the start of the program so we can Enjoy a guided walk, with or without snowshoes, with maximize our time outdoors. Senior Naturalist Janea Little. If there are at least four inches of snow on the ground, we’ll use snowshoes (call Animal Trackers Walk ahead to reserve a pair of CNC’s (631-0830) or bring Sat 1/8 • 1:30-3 pm • Ages: 5+, under 18 w/adult your own) and enjoy the snowscape! If there isn’t much Winter often seems like a time when little is alive. snow, we’ll just walk. Either way, be sure to dress for the However, animals may be more lively than you think... you weather, in layers so you can stay warm and yet not get just don’t see them. But you can see the tracks and other overheated if we snowshoe. We’ll look for animal tracks, “signs” they leave behind. Senior Naturalist Phil Stephens listen for owls and check for other sights and sounds of will give you a quick overview of some of the clues to look for. After an indoor session with illustrations and wildlife. hands-on items, we will check for clues in the field, so Adventures for Women: Snowshoe Hike dress warmly. Tues, 12/21 • 5-7 pm • Ages: 14+, under 18 w/adult Whether you are a beginner or have strapped snowshoes on many times before, join CNC Senior Naturalist Janea Little for a walk about our trails. We’ll look for animal tracks, birds and other points of interest and enjoy the snowy scenery. Pre-registration is required to reserve a pair of CNC’s snowshoes. If you have your own snowshoes, pre-registration is not necessary. If there isn’t enough snow for using snowshoes (minimum 4 inches), we’ll turn this into an adventure hike! Mid-Michigan Rock Club (MMRC) Tues, 1/4 • 7 pm • All ages, under 18 w/adult Visitors are welcome to bring along any rock, mineral, gem, fossil, earth science or lapidary arts items which they might like to show to the group. To learn more about this group and their upcoming programs visit their website at: www.midlandrockclub.com.

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Oxbow Archaeologists Excavation Update Sat, 1/22 • 2-3 pm • Ages: 15+, under 18 w/adult Archaeologists are continuing their excavations and are uncovering new and exciting information that helps us understand the human inhabitants of this area. Dr. Scott Beld will be speaking on the Oxbow Archaeologists excavations at the Sias East site in 2010. This program will be held in the Visitor Center. Winter Wonderland Walk Sun,1/23 • 2-4 pm • All ages, under 18 w/adult Discover the beauty of our winter wonderland this afternoon! You may find delicate snow and ice crystal designs, or clues to animals that have been moving about. Every day there is something new to discover about our natural world! We’ll walk slowly about two miles on trails; this is not a snowshoe hike. Meet Educator Jeanne Henderson at the Visitor Center. Snowshoe Hike Mon, 1/24 • 4-5:30 pm • Ages: 9+, under 18 w/adult Native Americans used snowshoes for thousands of years to make winter travel through deep snow possible. We will teach you the basics of snowshoeing and then take you on a short walk on and off the trails to enjoy the winter wonderland. Meet at the Visitor Center. If you need to borrow snowshoes please call 631-0830 to reserve a pair. If snow conditions are unfavorable, the hike will be canceled (based on the discretion of CNC). Please arrive promptly at the start of the program so we can maximize our time outdoors.

Family Snowshoe Hike Thurs, 1/27 • 4-5:30 pm • Ages: 5+, under 18 w/adult Whether you are a beginner or have strapped snowshoes on many times before, join us for a walk on our trails.We’ll look for animal tracks, birds and other points of interest and enjoy the snowy scenery. If you need to borrow snowshoes please call 631-0830 to reserve a pair. Meet at the Visitor Center. If snow conditions are unfavorable, the hike will be canceled (based on the discretion of CNC). Snowshoe Hike Please arrive promptly at the start of the program so we can Thurs, 1/20 • 4-5:30 pm • 9+, under 18 w/adult Whether you are a beginner or have strapped snowshoes maximize our time outdoors. on many times before, join us for a walk on our trails.We’ll Jolly Hammers and Strings Dulcimer Club look for animal tracks, birds and other points of interest Sat, 1/29 • 1-4 pm • All ages, under 18 w/adult and enjoy the snowy scenery. If you need to borrow Stop in to enjoy the toe-tapping music of the Jolly snowshoes please call 631-0830 to reserve a pair. Meet at Hammers & Strings Dulcimer Club. Or, if you play a folk the Visitor Center. If snow conditions are unfavorable, the instrument (guitar, banjo, fiddle, dulcimer, etc.), bring it hike will be canceled (based on the discretion of CNC). along and join in! Please arrive promptly at the start of the program so we can maximize our time outdoors.

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Snowshoe Hike Tues, 2/1 • 4-5:30 pm • Ages: 9+, under 18 w/adult Native Americans used snowshoes for thousands of years to make winter travel through deep snow possible. We will teach you the basics of snowshoeing and then take you on a short walk on and off the trails to enjoy the winter wonderland. Meet at the Visitor Center. If you need to borrow snowshoes please call 631-0830 to reserve a pair. If snow conditions are unfavorable, the hike will be canceled (based on the discretion of CNC). Please arrive promptly at the start of the program so we can maximize our time outdoors. Mid-Michigan Rock Club (MMRC) Tues, 2/1 • 7 pm • All ages, under 18 w/adult Visitors are welcome to bring along any rock, mineral, gem, fossil, earth science or lapidary arts items which they might like to share with the group. Animal Skull Investigator Wed, 2/2 • 7 pm • Ages: 9+, under 18 w/adult You don’t have to be a crime scene investigator to identify a skull you find while out on a walk or digging a hole in your backyard. Each animal species has a unique skull, and using clues from the size, number and type of teeth, eye holes, brain cavity, and other characteristics, you can determine which you have found. This program will be held at Green Point Environmental Learning Center located at 3010 Maple Street in Saginaw. It is co-sponsored by the Friends of Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge and Chippewa Nature Center. Admission is $2 per person, and free for members of the Friends of Shiawassee NWR or Chippewa Nature Center (show your membership card). Family Snowshoe Hike Thurs, 2/3 • 4-5:30 pm • Ages: 5+, under 18 w/adult Whether you are a beginner or have strapped snowshoes on many times before, join us for a walk on our trails.We’ll look for animal tracks, birds and other points of interest and enjoy the snowy scenery. If you need to borrow snowshoes please call 631-0830 to reserve a pair. Meet at the Visitor Center. If snow conditions are unfavorable, the hike will be canceled (based on the discretion of CNC). Please arrive promptly at the start of the program so we can maximize our time outdoors.

adventure. For more information, visit MHC online at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/midlandhikingclub/ Valley Herb Society Thurs, 2/3 • 7 pm Call Cathy at 631-0830 for additional information and details. Nature for Youth: Groundhogs & Other Michigan Mammals Sat, 2/5 • 1-2:30 pm • Ages: 5-9, under 18 w/adult This program is designed to help kids develop a connection to the natural world through fun, hands-on activities including experiment stations, games, crafts and more. Snowshoeing the Wetlands Area Sat, 2/5 • 1-3 pm • Ages: 9+, under 18 w/adult Whether you are a beginner or have strapped snowshoes on many times before, join us for a walk on our trails.We’ll look for animal tracks, birds and other points of interest and enjoy the snowy scenery. If you need to borrow snowshoes please call 631-0830 to reserve a pair. Meet at the Visitor Center. If snow conditions are unfavorable, the hike will be canceled (based on the discretion of CNC). Please arrive promptly at the start of the program so we can maximize our time outdoors. Snowshoe Hike Mon, 2/7 • 4--5:30 pm • Ages: 9+, under 18 w/adult Whether you are a beginner or have strapped snowshoes on many times before, join us for a walk on our trails.We’ll look for animal tracks, birds and other points of interest and enjoy the snowy scenery. If you need to borrow snowshoes please call 631-0830 to reserve a pair. Meet at the Visitor Center. If snow conditions are unfavorable, the hike will be canceled (based on the discretion of CNC). Please arrive promptly at the start of the program so we can maximize our time outdoors.

What Was It Like? Tues, 2/8 • 7-8 pm • Ages: 12+, under 18 w/adult Oozing lava, grinding ice, crashing waves and raging fires are part of the fascinating history of the landscape we call Chippewa Nature Center.With the help of geological profiles, old photos, a radiocarbon dated wetland, surveyor and trade post records and hands-on items, Senior Naturalist Phil Stephens will help you envision what the land you walk and bike upon here used to Midland Hiking Club look like. You will be able to better picture the changing Thurs, 2/3 • 7:00 pm meeting • All Ages environments in which Native Americans camped and Interested in hiking and other outdoors adventures Europeans settled, as well as mark shifts which have such as backpacking, canoeing or kayaking? Join the occurred over the past century. Bring your questions! Midland Hiking Club to hike, meet new friends and learn about great places to go for your next outdoor

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Winter Bird Hike Thurs, 2/10 • 8-10 am • Ages: 12+, under 18 w/adult Join CNC Senior Naturalist Janea Little for part or all of this casual walk on CNC’s trails to look for the birds of winter. If the weather is too severe to be out for long, we’ll finish up in the Visitor Center, enjoying a cup of hot chocolate or coffee, and waiting for a Snowy Owl to fly by the River Overlook! If there is a lot of snow, we’ll take the hike on snowshoes. Loaner binoculars are available. Be sure to dress in layers.

Whether you are a beginner or have strapped snowshoes on many times before, join us for a walk on our trails.We’ll look for animal tracks, birds and other points of interest and enjoy the snowy scenery. If you need to borrow snowshoes please call 631-0830 to reserve a pair. Meet at the Visitor Center. If snow conditions are unfavorable, the hike will be canceled (based on the discretion of CNC). Please arrive promptly at the start of the program so we can maximize our time outdoors.

CNC Annual Meeting: Spring on the Yukon Delta: Waterbird Paradise Wee Stroll Mon, 2/21 • 7-9 pm • All Ages Fri, 2/11 • 9:30-10:30 am • Ages: 6 mos.-2 yrs. w/adult This program is designed for parents to take a guided Join birder and photographer David Stimac as he recounts walk with their child, learn about the outdoors and learn the two months he spent with researchers at a remote ways to introduce children to the natural world around camp on a Black Brant colony at the edge of the Bering Sea. From Willow Ptarmigan on a wintery landscape to them. a green tundra landscape filled with nesting waterbirds, Snowshoe Hike Dave will share his experiences through his images made Tues, 2/15 • 4--5:30 pm • Ages: 9+, under 18 w/adult during the short subarctic spring. Whether you are a beginner or have strapped snowshoes Each spring, millions of waterfowl and shorebirds return on many times before, join us for a walk on our trails.We’ll to Alaska’s Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge to nest look for animal tracks, birds and other points of interest and raise their young. The refuge encompasses over 20 and enjoy the snowy scenery. If you need to borrow million acres in southwestern Alaska and is one of the snowshoes please call 631-0830 to reserve a pair. Meet at densest breeding areas for waterfowl and shorebirds in the Visitor Center. If snow conditions are unfavorable, the the world. Emperor Geese and Spectacled Eiders return hike will be canceled (based on the discretion of CNC). from the Aleutians and nearby offshore waters. Black Please arrive promptly at the start of the program so we can Brant arrive from Baja, Mexico. Longer distance migrants maximize our time outdoors. like Bar-tailed Godwits come back from wintering areas CNC Land Management Overview in the southern hemisphere. Funding for this special Wed, 2/16 • 7-8 pm • Ages: 12+, under 18 w/adult program is made possible by the Dale Dean Natural Managing CNC land is dear to many of our hearts, since it History Speaker Series. is the beauty of the land that often draws us out to hike the Snowshoe Hike trails, attend a program or look for birds, animals and plants Thurs, 2/24 • 4-5:30 pm • Ages: 9+, under 18 w/adult that use and live on these lands. During this program, Tom Native Americans used snowshoes for thousands of Lenon, Director of Land & Facilities will give an overview of years to make winter travel through deep snow possible. what CNC’s plans are for managing CNC’s land and what We will teach you the basics of snowshoeing and then exciting projects are taking place. take you on a short walk on and off the trails to enjoy Full Moon Snowshoe/Hike the winter wonderland. Meet at the Visitor Center. If Fri, 2/18 • 6:30-8:30 pm • Ages: 9+, under 18 w/adult you need to borrow snowshoes please call 631-0830 to Join Janea Little for a nighttime hike on snowshoes under reserve a pair. If snow conditions are unfavorable, the the light of the full moon. With good snow cover, the hike will be canceled (based on the discretion of CNC). bright reflection of the full moon will give us plenty of Please arrive promptly at the start of the program so we can light to see by as we explore the Nature Center at night. maximize our time outdoors. With some luck, we’ll see a fox or raccoon or hear Jolly Hammers and Strings Dulcimer Club coyotes howling at the moon! Call 631-0830 if you Sat, 2/26 • 1-4 pm • All ages, under 18 w/adult need to reserve snowshoes. Meet at the Visitor Center. This group provides an opportunity for dulcimer, autoharp, Please arrive promptly at the start of the program so we can fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, bass and other acoustic maximize our time outdoors. instrument players of all skill levels to get together. Bring Family Snowshoe Hike an instrument and play along or come enjoy the music! Sun, 2/20 • 2-3:30 pm • Ages: 5+, under 18 w/adult 17


Directions to Chippewa Nature Center Chippewa Nature Center is just three short miles from downtown Midland.This haven of fields, woodlands, wetlands and rivers is easy to get to and well worth the trip. See you soon!

From Mt. Pleasant: Take M-20 east.Turn right on Homer Road, left on Prairie Road and left into CNC entrance at Badour Road. From Bay City: Take US-10 to Business 10 exit. Follow Business 10 to Cronkright. Turn left on Cronkright and go over bridge (road becomes Poseyville). Continue with directions From Midland. From Clare: Take US-10 to Eastman Ave. exit. Travel south on Eastman (becomes Buttles St.).Turn right on Cronkright. Go over bridge (road becomes Poseyville). Continue with directions From Midland.

Chippewa Nature Center Visitor Center Hours: 8am–5pm, Monday through Friday 9am–5pm Saturday • 1–5pm Sunday & holidays Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day Trail Hours: Open year-round, dawn-to-dark every day! 400. S. Badour Rd., Midland, MI 48640 PH: 989.631.0830 • FAX: 989.631.7070 18

From Midland: Take Poseyville Road south.Turn right on St. Charles.Take an immediate left onto Whitman, following sign for CNC. Turn right into the CNC entrance at Badour Road. From Saginaw: Take M-47 through Freeland to Midland Road (follow sign for Tittabawassee Township Park).Turn left at stoplight at Gordonville Road, right on Poseyville Road, left at stoplight on Ashby Road (at Ted’s Lawn Equipment), right on Badour Road and follow to the CNC entrance straight ahead.


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