February Programs at Grass River Natural Area

The Grass River Natural Area presents a number of fun programs and events for February 2020. Grass River Natural Area is located at 6500 Alden Highway, Bellaire MI.

Saturday February 1, 2020, Soup Cook-off at Townline Ciderworks, 4:00 – 7:00 pm

Join Grass River on the Saturday before Groundhog Day & the Super Bowl for a celebration benefiting Grass River Natural Area! There will be a snowshoe/hike/walk in the orchard from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, with snowshoes available from Grass River. The Soup Cook-off begins at 5:00 pm. Bring a crockpot of soup to enter and get a free pint of cider. Soup sampling will be by donation with proceeds going to GRNA. Winner of the soup cook-off will receive a Grass River care package and some goodies from Townline. Live music by GRNA’s education director, James Dake, from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm.

Friday, February 7, 2020, Moonlit Snowshoe, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, $5 per person

Moonlight reflecting off freshly fallen snow is a great way to enjoy the forest in February. 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 in case it is cloudy.

Saturday February 8, 2020, Skulls and Scat, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, $5 per person

Winter is a great time to looks for signs of mammals in the snow. This class will first look at mammal skulls and teeth indoors to understand the natural history of some Grass River mammals. Then we will head out on a hike to search for these animals’ scat and learn basic ID techniques. You are welcome to bring snowshoes if the snow is deep. Grass River also has snowshoes to rent during the program for an additional $5.

Friday, February 14, 2020, Valentine’s Night Ski, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, come any time, $5 per person

Bring your valentine for an evening ski lit by luminarias on GRNA’s groomed ski trails. We will have a warm campfire at the Center pavilion and the heated Grass River Center will be open. Inside we will have hot cocoa, tea, and chocolates. During the ski there will be a bonfire out along the trail. Ski with your valentine out to the bonfire and then loop back to the Center to warm up with some cocoa. Bring a headlamp and skis. Come any time during the 2-hour ski.

Saturday February 22, 2020, Signs of River Otter, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, $5 per person

Do you know what to look for when trying to spot signs of river otter? Learn some sure signs that otter have been nearby and take a walk on our beautiful trails to see if you can spot signs for yourself. Along the way we will look for signs of other elusive mammals like bobcat, coyote, or mink.

Friday, February 28, 2020, Winter Homeschool Program, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, $7 per student/adults are free

Join us for a morning of our 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.

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