Community Events

Sign Up to Become a Master Naturalist

6 Sessions : May 30 – October 17, 2020, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Attend all 6 sessions on Saturdays at Pigeon River Discovery Center. This includes indoor and outdoor training!

Who should attend?
This program is open to adults interested in gaining a greater understanding of Michigan’s Northern Lower Peninsula’s natural environment and conservation techniques, including native flora and fauna.

What will you learn?
Through this program you will learn about the interconnectedness of Michigan’s natural ecosystems and how everyone can contribute to wildlife conservation on their own land. You will also learn about the importance of sharing what you have learned with others in meaningful ways so that they can make changes, too. Sign up today for this exciting course and start your journey to become a Michigan Master Naturalist!

May 30 – Geology, Weather and Climate

June 27 – Michigan Wetland Habitats, Frogs and Toads

July 18 – River and Lake Ecology and Habitats

August 29 (runs until 2:30 pm) – Turtles, Snakes and Upland Habitats

September 26 – Beneficial Insects, Butterflies and Dragonflies and their Habitats

October 17 – Ecology of Trees and Shrubs

Register here:
https://events.anr.msu.edu/MMN_North_Country_2020/

Have Questions?
Please contact:
Julie Crick at Crickjul@msu.edu 989-275-7179 or
Beth Clawson at clawson@msu.edu


Learn How to Take Better Photos Outdoors

June 13, 2020, 9:00 – 11:00 am

Jan Kellogg will teach this class. She is a professional outdoor photographer, specializing in nature, animals and plants.

More details to come.

Space is limited to 20. Please RSVP to Samantha Peterson at: (989) 983-4101 or PetersonS1@Michigan.gov.


Animal Tracks : Learn Identification Techniques

June 20, 2020, 2:00 – 5:00 pm

More details to come.

Space is limited to 30. Please RSVP to Samantha Peterson at: (989) 983-4101 or PetersonS1@Michigan.gov.


The World of Macroinvertebrates

June 30, 2020, time TBD

More details to come.

Space is limited to 30. Please RSVP to Samantha Peterson at: (989) 983-4101 or PetersonS1@Michigan.gov.


Ernest Hemingway’s Long History with the PRC

August 2020, date & time TBD

More details to come.

Space is limited to 30. Please RSVP to Samantha Peterson at: (989) 983-4101 or PetersonS1@Michigan.gov.


Animal Homes : How to Recognize Them

August 2nd or 8th, 2020, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

More details to come.

Space is limited to 30. Please RSVP to Samantha Peterson at: (989) 983-4101 or PetersonS1@Michigan.gov.


Natural History and Biology of Cervus canadensis (Elk)

September 2020, time & date TBD

More details to come.

Space is limited to 30. Please RSVP to Samantha Peterson at: (989) 983-4101 or PetersonS1@Michigan.gov.


Mycology : Learn about the Fungus Among Us

September 13th or 20th, 2020, time TBD

This class will be taught by Diane Farner. More details to come.

Space is limited to 30. Please RSVP to Samantha Peterson at: (989) 983-4101 or PetersonS1@Michigan.gov.


Previous 2019 Educational Events

  • March 16 Two Owl Prowl sessions (adult and youth class)
  • March 25 Forest Ecology and forest firefighting techniques (youth)
  • May 11  Astronomy: An Evening Under the Stars (adult and youth)
  • May 31 Water Ecology for Girl Scout Troops (youth)
  • July 8 Water Ecology (youth)
  • July 9 “Reading” the river or lake to locate fish (youth)
  • July 10 Understanding fishing equipment; practice casting (youth)
  • July 11 Fishing at Pickerel Lake (youth)
  • July 27 Sink hole lakes program (adult)
  • August 8 Invasive species program (adult)
  • August 22 Art and Science of Forestry (adult)
  • August 28 Astronomy – Recent discoveries in the cosmos (adult)
  • October 8 Nature’s Detective (youth)
  • October 13 Changing of the Seasons (adult and youth)

 

In addition, the Steering Committee is seeking input from PRC visitors about developing additional class offerings. Please contact the Steering Committee below if you have suggestions and remember to include contact information of potential qualified presenters. Lastly, please check our website regularly for confirmed dates and times of scheduled classes.