Schedule

Wildflower Association of Michigan Conference

Sunday, March 4, 2018 8:30 am until Monday, March 5, 2018 4:30 pm
WAM logo The 31st annual Wildflower Association of Michigan Conference will be held at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on the MSU campus in East Lansing. I will be a vendor with photographs, Trillium and Tree Buds in Winter posters and cards for sale. For more information and full schedule of topics and speakers check out WAM's web site.
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Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center
219 S. Harrison Rd.
East Lansing,MI 48824
http://www.wildflowersmich.org

Signs of Spring

Sunday, March 18, 2018 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Harbinger-of-Spring Walk the trails of the Nature Center looking and listening for signs of spring in the woods and fields. Some early spring wildflower plants including Skunk Cabbage may be identifiable this time of year. The walk will begin from the parking area at the end of New Holland Ave., east of 32nd Ave.   Participants should for come prepared for the weather, as walks are held except in the event of threatening or severe weather.
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Hudsonville Nature Center
2700 New Holland Street
Hudsonville,MI 49426
http://www.hudsonville.org/Nature-Center

Early Spring Wildflower and Nature Hike

Sunday, April 22, 2018 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Twinleaf Come out and look for the earliest of spring wildflowers such as Jeffersonia – Twinleaf named for Thomas Jefferson, Bloodroot, Spring Beauty, and other interesting natural features while walking the trails of the Nature Center. The walk will begin from the parking area at the end of New Holland Ave., east of 32nd Ave.   Participants should for come prepared for the weather, as walks are held except in the event of threatening or severe weather.
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Hudsonville Nature Center
2700 New Holland Street
Hudsonville,MI 49426
http://www.hudsonville.org/Nature-Center

Spring Wildflowers and Birds

Thursday, May 3, 2018 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Geranium Spring is one of the two most beautiful times of year in Michigan’s woods as the “Spring Ephemerals” come out in all their glory. Come view and learn about the many glorious spring wildflowers of the woodland. Trillium, Jack-in-the-pulpit, Dutchman’s breeches, Trout Lilies, Violets, Ginger and many more will be in bloom. We will also be on the lookout for migrating warblers and other birds of the spring woodland. The walk will begin from the parking area at the end of New Holland Ave., east of 32nd Ave.   Participants should for come prepared for the weather, as walks are held except in the event of threatening or severe weather.
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Hudsonville Nature Center
2700 New Holland Street
Hudsonville,MI 49426
http://www.hudsonville.org/Nature-Center

Michigan Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Skills Academy - Learn to Identify Spring Wildflowers

Michigan Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Skills Academy - Learn to Identify Spring Wildflowers Saturday, May 5, 2018 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
This class taught by Craig Elston and Park Naturalist, Elizabeth Tillman will cover basic plant identification, particularly as it relates to spring wildflowers. Information on dune systems will also be covered. In the indoor session, participants will learn to identify key plant features using photo examples. We will also take short hikes to visit various park locations to see and identify flowering plants. Participants may arrive at 8:30 to sign-in, receive packets and to enjoy tea, coffee and light breakfast options. Lunch is provided and will be served at noon. All participants will receive a field guide and other identification materials. We have some additional surprises planned too, and all participants will have the chance to win a raffle basket. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, camera and notepad. $40 which includes lunch and all materials. For more information contact the Gillette Visitor Center at 231-798-3573 or email Brockwell-tillmane@michigan.gov. A Recreation Passport is required for entry into P.J. Hoffmaster State Park. Recreation Passports may be purchased at the park gate.
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Gillette Sand Dune Visitor Center, Hoffmaster State Park
6585 Lake Harbor Rd
Muskegon,MI
Phone: (231) 798-3573
Brockwell-tillmane@michigan.gov
http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10369_68658---,00.html

Spring Wildflowers

Sunday, May 6, 2018 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Squirrel Corn Spring is one of the two most beautiful times of year in Michigan’s woods as the “Spring Ephemerals” come out in all their glory. Come view and learn about the many glorious spring wildflowers of the woodland. Trillium, Jack-in-the-pulpit, Dutchman’s breeches, Trout Lilies, Violets, Ginger and many more will be in bloom. The walk will begin from the parking area at the end of New Holland Ave., east of 32nd Ave.   Participants should for come prepared for the weather, as walks are held except in the event of threatening or severe weather.
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Hudsonville Nature Center
2700 New Holland Street
Hudsonville,MI 49426
http://www.hudsonville.org/Nature-Center

Spring Wildflowers

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Yellow Fawn  LilySpring is one of the two most beautiful times of year in Michigan’s woods as the “Spring Ephemerals” come out in all their glory. Come view and learn about the many glorious spring wildflowers of the woodland. Trillium, Jack-in-the-pulpit, Dutchman’s breeches, Trout Lilies, Violets, Ginger and many more will be in bloom. The walk will begin from the parking area at the end of New Holland Ave., east of 32nd Ave.   Participants should for come prepared for the weather, as walks are held except in the event of threatening or severe weather.
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Hudsonville Nature Center
2700 New Holland Street
Hudsonville,MI 49426
http://www.hudsonville.org/Nature-Center

White Pine Chapter of the Michigan Botanical Club

Saturday, June 9, 2018 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Join members of the White Pine Chapter of the Michigan Botanical Club as we wander the trails of the Hudsonville Nature Center viewing the abundant native flora. While the big spring show of wildflowers is over, there are still flowers blooming in the woods and the wetlands, edges and prairie are beginning to show there beauty. We will look at all type so plants growing in the nature center.
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Hudsonville Nature Center
2700 New Holland Street
Hudsonville,MI 49426
cdenature@gmail.com

Early Summer Nature & Woodland Ecology Hike

Sunday, June 10, 2018 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Spiderwort There is much to experience as the wildflower show begins to shift form woods to field and edges. We will look for summer wildflowers and other natural features of interest along the trails. We will also take time to stop and explore the ecology of the forest and see how many organisms work together and depend on one another. The walk will begin from the parking area at the end of New Holland Ave., east of 32nd Ave.   Participants should for come prepared for the weather, as walks are held except in the event of threatening or severe weather. Long pants and shoes or hiking boots are recommended for all walks.
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Hudsonville Nature Center
2700 New Holland Street
Hudsonville,MI 49426
http://www.hudsonville.org/Nature-Center

Prairie Flowers and Butterflies

Sunday, July 15, 2018 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Gray Hairstreak on Butterfly Milkweed July is a great time to look for butterflies and take in the prairie as the warm season flowers and grasses begin their majestic showing. Flowers in bloom could be Leadplant, Gray-headed Coneflowers, Rosin Weed, Culver’s Root, Butterfly Milkweed and more. The walk will begin from the parking area at the end of New Holland Ave., east of 32nd Ave.   Participants should for come prepared for the weather, as walks are held except in the event of threatening or severe weather. Long pants and shoes or hiking boots are recommended for all walks.
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Hudsonville Nature Center

Hudsonville,MI 49426
http://www.hudsonville.org/Nature-Center

Prairie Flowers & Ecology

Prairie Flowers & Ecology Sunday, August 12, 2018 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
August is the peak of many prairie and summer wildflowers with the heat spurring them on. Four different Silphiums, Sunflowers, Coneflowers, Goldenrods and more will be in bloom as well as grasses blooming and easier to identify. This walk will be held on the Prairie Path and a trip into the Prairie itself to experience what it is like walking in tall grasses over your head. We will also view the prairie from the raised observation deck. The walk will begin from the parking area at the end of New Holland Ave., east of 32nd Ave.   Participants should for come prepared for the weather, as walks are held except in the event of threatening or severe weather. Long pants and shoes or hiking boots are recommended for all walks.
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Hudsonville Nature Center
2700 New Holland Street
Hudsonville,MI 49426
http://www.hudsonville.org/Nature-Center/

Morning In The Prairie

Morning In The Prairie Tuesday, August 14, 2018 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
This is a time for kids to come and learn about the prairie and some of the plants that are found there. We will look at some colorful flowers, the tall grasses and hopefully see a few butterflies. This walk will be held on the Prairie Path and a trip into the Prairie itself to experience what it is like walking in tall grasses over your head. Kids should be accompanied by an adult and all participants should wear long pants and shoes. The walk will begin from the parking area at the end of New Holland Ave., east of 32nd Ave.   Participants should for come prepared for the weather, as walks are held except in the event of threatening or severe weather.
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Hudsonville Nature Center
2700 New Holland Street
Hudsonville,MI 49426
http://www.hudsonville.org/Nature-Center/

Early Autumn and Trees

Early Autumn and Trees Sunday, September 16, 2018 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
At this time between the multitude of summer flowers and the colors of fall there is much to see and experience in the Nature Center. Come discover asters, goldenrods, late season prairie and edges flowers as well as look for nuts and berries that are edible and are good food for wildlife. We will also focus on trees and tree identification. The walk will begin from the parking area at the end of New Holland Ave., east of 32nd Ave.   Participants should for come prepared for the weather, as walks are held except in the event of threatening or severe weather. Long pants and shoes or hiking boots are recommended for all walks.
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Hudsonville Nature Center
2700 New Holland Street
Hudsonville,MI 49426
http://www.hudsonville.org/Nature-Center

Fall Nature Hike

Sunday, October 21, 2018 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Participants will walk the trails looking for and learning about, late season wildflowers, trees, berries and nuts, birds and any other natural features of interest as well as fall color found in the woods, openings, wetlands and prairie of the Nature Center. The walk will begin from the parking area at the end of New Holland Ave., east of 32nd Ave.   Participants should for come prepared for the weather, as walks are held except in the event of threatening or severe weather. Long pants and shoes or hiking boots are recommended for all walks.
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Hudsonville Nature Center
2700 New Holland Street
Hudsonville,MI 49426
http://www.hudsonville.org/Nature-Center

Night Hike & Owl Prowl

Saturday, November 3, 2018 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Join in on this night hike as we seek out calling owls in the woods. Great Horned Owls begin calling in early winter and should be able to be heard if they are in the Nature Center woods. But you can also come just to enjoy a quiet walk in the woods. The walk will begin from the parking area at the end of New Holland Ave., east of 32nd Ave.   Participants should for come prepared for the weather, as walks are held except in the event of threatening or severe weather.
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Hudsonville Nature Center
2700 New Holland Street
Hudsonville,MI 49426
http://www.hudsonville.org/Nature-Center/

Nature Hike

Nature Hike Sunday, November 11, 2018 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Early November is a time between fall color and the winter snows beginning. Winter resident birds have arrived and animals have slowed down and moved into their winter modes. With the leaves off of the trees this is a great time to look for bird nests and some signs of insect activity that may have been hidden by the leaves of summer. This is a general nature hike where we will look for birds and other items of interest and talk about what transitions are taking place in the woods and fields as winter approaches. The walk will begin from the parking area at the end of New Holland Ave., east of 32nd Ave.   Participants should for come prepared for the weather, as walks are held except in the event of threatening or severe weather.
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Hudsonville Nature Center
2700 New Holland Street
HUdsonville,MI 49426
http://www.hudsonville.org/Nature-Center/