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Grass River Natural Area February 2021 Programs and Partnership with NMC

Join Grass River Natural Area for in person and virtual events this month!

Tuesday, February 9, 2021, The Field Guide to Northwest Michigan, Second Edition
6:30 – 7:30 pm, free online

Join GRNA Education Director James Dake, author of Grass River’s new Second Edition of the Field Guide to Northwest Michigan, for an online presentation via Zoom to learn about the making of this regional best seller. James will share the stories behind the photographs of Michigan plants and animals that make up the field guide and illustrate what makes Northwest Michigan unique. Be inspired to get outdoors and explore and protect our beautiful state. Make a reservation and get more information at grassriver.org.

Saturday, February 13, 2021, Lantern-lit Ski and Snowshoe
6:00 – 9:00 pm, $5 per person

Lantern light reflecting off freshly fallen snow is a great way to enjoy the forest in winter, especially on Valentine’s weekend. Enjoy an evening ski on GRNA’s groomed ski trails or snowshoe the boardwalk to the river. GRNA will have a warm campfire at the Center pavilion and the heated building will be open and staffed, with one group/household allowed indoors at a time. Masks are required inside the Center and at the Pavilion. Come any time during the 3-hour, self-guided, “open-house” style ski or snowshoe. Bring a flashlight or headlamp. Adult snowshoes, and child skis and snowshoes, are available for rent at the Grass River Center for an additional $5 rental fee during the program or bring your own. Make a reservation and get more information at grassriver.org.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021, Animal Communication
12:00 – 1:00 pm, free online

Ever wondered why coyotes howl? Or how pheromones work? Or even what message your dog is trying to get across to other dogs when it pees next to your neighbor’s mailbox? Then this class is for you! Join Emily Burke as we explore the basics behind how animals communicate, as well as what it is that they’re “saying” to each other. We’ll also take a look at some of the amazing ways that our local animals have evolved to ensure their messages are both sent and received. Make a reservation and get more information at grassriver.org.

Saturday, February 20, 2021, Kids Free-Ski Saturday
10 am – 4 pm, free

Bring the kids out for a ski at Grass River. We have 12 pairs of youth skis, designed for ages 6-11. Check them out on Saturday, February 20th, with the rental fee waived. We will have a small loop for kids to practice on. Skis are available on a first-come first-served basis. More information can be found at grassriver.org.

 

Friday, February 26, 2021, Lantern-lit Ski and Snowshoe
6:00 – 9:00 pm, $5 per person

Lantern light reflecting off freshly fallen snow is a great way to enjoy the forest in winter. Enjoy an evening ski on GRNA’s groomed ski trails or snowshoe the boardwalk to the river. GRNA will have a warm campfire at the Center pavilion and the heated building will be open and staffed, with one group/household allowed indoors at a time. Masks are required inside the Center and at the Pavilion. Come any time during the 3-hour, self-guided, “open-house” style ski or snowshoe. Bring a flashlight or headlamp. Adult snowshoes, and child skis and snowshoes, are available for rent at the Grass River Center for an additional $5 rental fee during the program or bring your own. Make a reservation and get more information at grassriver.org.

Grass River Natural Area is also partnering with Northwestern Michigan College’s Extended Education program to present nature programming. Programming is:

  • Wednesday, February 10, 2021, Animal Winter Adaptations from 6:30 – 8:30 pm, livestream
  • Thursday, February 25, 2021 and Thursday, March 4, 2021, The Science of Making Maple Syrup, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, livestream and face-to-face at GRNA
  • Tuesday, March 23, 2021, Signs of River Otters and Other Elusive Animals, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, face-to-face at GRNA
  • Friday, April 23, 2021, NMC Coffee Chats: The Field Guide to Northwest Michigan, 10:00 – 11:00 am, livestream
  • Tuesday, April 27, 2021 and May 4, 2021, Amphibians of Northern Michigan, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, livestream and face-to-face at GRNA

More information at grassriver.org and register through NMC at https://www.nmc.edu/resources/extended-education/find-a-class/adult-classes/index.html