January Programs at Grass River Natural Area

Head to Grass River Natural Area in Bellaire for these special programs throughout the month of January

Purple Finch 2 - DLSaturday, January 4, 2020, Winter Birds at the Feeder, 1:00pm – 2:30pm, $5 per person

Join us as we learn more about the birds that stay up north during the winter and how they survive in northern Michigan’s frosty temperatures. Enjoy winter bird viewing from the window with a naturalist and enjoy some hot cocoa. There will be an optional short walk outdoors to the bird feeding areas. More information at Grass River Natural Area is located at 6500 Alden Highway, Bellaire MI.


Snowshoe with lantern 200Friday, January 17, 2020, Lantern-lit Snowshoe, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, $5 per person

Friday January 17, 2020 – 7:00pm Lantern light reflecting off of freshly fallen snow is a great way to enjoy the forest in January. Join a naturalist on a guided snowshoe through Grass River’s forests at night to look for signs and sounds of nocturnal animals. Snowshoes are available for rent for an additional $5 rental fee during the program, or bring your own. Meet at the Grass River Center. Bring a flashlight or headlamp.


Winter Pastels class 200Saturday, January 18, 2020, ART: Winter Pastels Workshop, 1pm – 3pm, $10 per person

In this interactive art workshop you will learn how to express the subtle colors of snow, shadows and light with pastels. All materials and instruction supplied.  More information at


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The Great Horned and Barred Owls are beginning to nest at Grass River Natural Area. Do you know which owl you’re hearing when they “hoot” at night? Learn about their calls and habits and take an evening hike in the woods. We recommend snowshoes if the snow is deep. Snowshoes may be rented at the Grass River Center for the program for an additional $5. A flashlight will be useful. Meet at the Grass River Center. Please pre-register. More information at

otter print for tracking 1200Saturday, January 25, 2020, Winter Tracking, 10am – 12pm, $5 per person

The natural area is a haven for everything from bobcats to deer to snowshoe hare in the winter months. Join a naturalist as we learn the art of tracking wildlife in winter when snow makes the perfect medium for preserving animal tracks and trails. This workshop will start indoors, where we’ll learn the track shapes and gait patterns of a variety of northern Michigan wildlife species, then we’ll head outside on the trails to search for tracks and practice our new skills. Dress for the weather.  More information at Grass River Natural Area is located at 6500 Alden Highway, Bellaire MI.


Homeschool day 200Friday, January 31, 2020, Winter Homeschool Program, 10am – 12pm, $7 per student/adults are free

Join us for a morning of woodland and wetland curriculum designed for homeschool families. We will have class rotations focusing on winter ecology – looking at how animals survive winter. Students may be divided into groups by age. You must preregister for this program. More information at Grass River Natural Area is located at 6500 Alden Highway, Bellaire MI.