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Pop Up Nature ProgramsKNC Pop Up Nature Programs

Special March Maple Pop Up Tours!

Looking to participate in March Maple Madness but you can't make any of our scheduled tours? Are you interested in having a private tour with your own organization, bubble of friends, or your own family? Our KNC educators will take you on a private tour of the KNC Sugar Trail! Gather a group of up to 10 participants of mixed ages or a group of 10 school-aged participants with 2 adult chaperones. Fee is s flat rate of $100.00 for this one hour program. Maple Madness Pop-up Programs are scheduled by appointment and are available on a limited basis in March only. Schedule early by contacting Jen Rice at jrice@naturecenter.org.


Invite KNC to pop-up at your outdoor location! We have taken some of our tried-and-true programs, added a few new ones, and made them portable. We’re taking them on the road, directly to you! KNC will come to schoolyards, parks, green spaces near your apartment, or even a large backyard. Programs include nature activities and a movement element, investigation, or craft. You provide the space, participants and one adult to supervise. We’ll bring the rest! Fee: $100.00 for a one hour program at your location with up to 10 youth participants and one adult. Visit NatureCenter.org/PopUpPrograms for indepth descriptions. Please contact JRice@NatureCenter.org with questions or to register.

Interested in supporting kids getting outdoors in the era of virtual school? Donate to our scholarship fund here. Thanks for helping us bring programs to those with financial barriers.


Programs run as long as weather permits. With the right gear, we could be outdoors all winter! Certain programs may be suspended depending upon the season. Programs are geared for students ages 5-12, some are better suited for older participants. All programs have been adapted to observe COVID-19 safety precautions. Adaptations include a limited number of participants, mandatory mask wearing, hand sanitation, physical distancing and minimal sharing of materials. (Please no neck gaiter masks) More detailed information provided with registration.

Program participant minimums & maximums:
Our pop-up program fee is based on a 10 person minimum, though we welcome groups of 10 or less.

Maximum program participation:
• 10 participants for children only programs 8th grade and younger,
• 15 participants for high school programs,
• 25 participants for programs with children & adults or family groups 

 

Pop Up Program Descriptions

The following is a list of currently offered Pop Up Programs. Check back as we add more topics and seasonal programming!


A Sense of Nature Scavenger Hunt 
Grade: 
All ages, but specifically well suited for PreK-First Grade  
Investigate many of nature’s wonders using your five senses and gain a new perspective. Observe the colors, shapes, patterns and textures of natural objects and get curious about the world around you! 
Topics: Living & non-living, observations, questions & patterns, senses 


Bird Habits and Migration                                                                                                                  
Grade: Kindergarten-3rd grade 
Explore the natural space around you by focusing on birds. Search for signs of birds and all of the things they need to survive, build a bird nest, and play a migration game. Develop a better understanding  of the needs and importance of birds in our world. 
Topics: Animal needs and characteristics, survival challenges, adaptation and diversity  


Who Eats Whom? (Food web) 
Grade:  4th–5th Grade 
Build a food chain from the ground up and follow the flow of energy from producers to consumers and from sunlight into soil. Get active, meet a live animal and discover who eats whom in the forest.  
Topics: Flow of energy, trophic levels, food chain components, habitat characteristics, environmental changes, animal traits & survival 


Super Seeds 
Grade: 1st–3rd Grade 
We are on a search for seed travelers! Discover the secrets of the plant life cycle; how it grows and reproduces and why plants’ flowers and seeds are so different. 
Topics: Animal and plant needs, life cycle, plant characteristics, plant parts and importance of sunlight (photosynthesis) 


Michigan’s Natural Resources 
Grade: 4th-6th grade  
Discover some of our most important natural resources from water and timber to rocks and minerals. Learn where they come from and how we depend on them. Onsite, focus on how our landscape was formed long ago by glaciers, and what clues to our past we can find in the very rocks around us! 
Topics: Local geography, maps, identification of natural resources, human use of natural resources, renewable vs nonrenewable resources, Michigan history 


Incredible Insects 
Grade:  1st-3rd Grade 
Insects may be small, but they can be found thriving in diverse and amazing habitats. Learn what sets insects apart from other bugs by learning about their different characteristics and the life cycle of an insect. Catch your own bug and compare it to what you’ve learned about insects.  Meet a live bug brought by the educator.  
Topics: insects, insect body parts, life cycle, adaptations, metamorphosis  


A Forest’s Family Album (Trees and plant life stages) 
Grade: 1st-3rd 
Learn about parts of a tree and their function.  In the woods, we will examine each stage of a tree’s life.  As we move through the tree’s life cycle, learn how each stage is important in its growth and how each stage contributes to the forest habitat in which it lives.  Discuss why and how we should preserve a healthy and well balanced forest. 
Topics: form and function, energy flow, photosynthesis, ecosystem 


Once Upon A Raptor (additional fee)
Grade: All Ages 
Experience the living stories of Michigan raptors in our Bird of Prey special. Our animal handler/educator will take the audience into the minds and habits of these unique birds, and explore how their stories are not so separate from our own.  
Topics: animal needs, adaptations, habitats, human impact 


Introduction to Mindfulness in Nature and Zentangle 
Grade:  All ages 
Learn how the practice of paying attention to the present moment can train your brain to focus. Learn how nature can help you be mindful.  Practice breathing and noticing outdoors. Practice a mindfulness art technique called Zentangle that helps promote mindfulness, calm and focus.  
Topics:  Mindfulness, brain function/focus, calming techniques, benefits of nature on nervous system, Zentangle introduction