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FALL Winter Spring 2015-2016 Family Fun Guide For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Were Going Green But dont forget you can print the pages you want to remember. Genesee County Board of Commissioners Bryant Nolden District 1 Brenda Clack District 2 Chairperson Jamie W. Curtis District 3 John Northrup District 4 Mark Young District 5 Tony Brown District 6 Michael Lynch District 7 Ted Henry District 8 Pegge Adams District 9 Michael Lynch County Commissioner Bryant Nolden County Commissioner Michael J. Keeler Citizen Representative Joe Krapohl President-Citizen Representative William C. Lucas Citizen Representative Joe Madore Citizen Representative James Washington Citizen Representative Cloyce Dickerson Road Commission Designee Ex-Officio Gloria Nealy Planning Commission Designee Ex-Officio Jeffrey Wright Drain Commissioner Ex-Officio Genesee County Parks Recreation Commissioners Genesee County Parks Family Fun Guide is your most complete look into year-round fun in the parks Mott Lake geneseecountyparks.org 810.736.7100 800.648.PARK As fall slides into the holidays we have great times in store for you in the Parksbeginningwith our annual Ladies Night Out at Crossroads Village on November 16. Then youre invited back to the Village on November 27 to celebrate the opening of five weeks of festivities during Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic We will welcome 2016 with plenty of cold- weather activities in the Parks to keep you on the go all season. Feeling brave Take a sled down Toboggan Hill where the screams of excitement and laughter can be yours Want something a little milder Take in the peaceful solitude of cross-country skiing through the Parks on new-fallen snow or trek silently on snow shoes. Mother Nature reminds us each spring of the beauty around us. Come to the Parks and discover flowers beginning to bloom trees budding and wildlife on the move. Taste the sweet goodness of maple syrup during Sugar Bush at For-Mar. Rest against a tree and read a book in the warming sunshine. Whatever the season Genesee County Parks has something for everyone every day of the year. So get up get out and get away right away Fall in love all over again with your Genesee County Parks. Visit geneseecountyparks.org for a complete schedule of park activities. Joe Krapohl President Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission PAGE 2 The Mounds is open 365 days a year however from March 15 through May 15 all trail areas of The Mounds are closed except for the eight-acre scramble area which is located to the northwest of the ticket booth.Trucks are not permitted. ATVs UTVs and dirt bikes are allowed. The Mounds ORV Park Daily Resident 10 Daily Non-Resident 15 Seasonal Pass Resident 40 Seasonal Pass Non-Resident 70 All vehicles must have a State of Michigan ORV permit. Its a Thanksgiving Tradition On Thanksgiving morning as early as 6 am hundreds of off-road vehicles line up to be part of the early morning Thanksgiving tradition at The Mounds. The Mounds opens at 8 am and closes at sunset. To enter use your Mounds seasonal pass or purchase a daily pass. A state ORV permit is also required for entry. PAGE 3 geneseecountyparks.org 800.648.PARK This ladies only extravaganza has quickly become an annual favorite Vendors will offer everything from homemade soaps candy and fresh wreaths to folk art and hand-crafted jewelry and our village shops will be stocked to their ceilings. Its a one-night once-a-year evening of shopping laughing food and fun Tickets to Ladies Night Out are 5 or free with a current Village Annual Pass if you reserve your tickets in advance. Come out and get a preview of Holiday Magic at Crossroads Village start or continue your holiday shopping with unique gifts and spend some time with your girlfriends at make-it- and-take-it craft areas food sampling demonstrations carousel rides and more 22 23 24 25 Key X Buell Lake Carpenter Bray Roads Branch Road Genesee Stanley Roads Stanley Road Irish Road Flint River Below Holloway Reservoir Dam Stanley Road Tubes Mt. Morris Road Bridge Bicycle Path Area Canoe Launch Area Snowmobile Areas County Park Areas Expressway Exits Genesee County Parks at a Glance PAGE 4 1 LINDEN COUNTY PARK CLOVER BEACH ON BYRAM LAKE 15349 S. Linden Road Linden 8am to sunset daily - 135 acres PMV WRB 2 FLUSHING COUNTY PARK 4417 N. McKinley Road Flushing 8am to sunset daily - 105 acres PV WRB 3 BLUEBELL BEACH FLINT RIVER BIKE PATH 5500 Bray Road Flint The Flint River Bike Path is .8 miles of paved trail linking Carpenter Road Bluebell Beach. Splash Pad - Zero Depth M WRB 4 CROSSROADS VILLAGE HUCKLEBERRY RAILROAD 6140 Bray Road .5 miles south of Stanley Road. Historical 1860s village with 34 structures steam railroad and paddlewheel riverboat. M 5 STEPPING STONE FALLS PICNIC AREA 5161 Branch Rd. .3 miles north of Carpenter Rd. Open daily May-Sept. 8am-11pm Sun.-Thurs. 8am-12 midnight Fri. Sat. Open daily Sept.-Dec. 8am - 930pm. Genesee Belle Departure Site. M WRB 6 BLUEGILL BOAT LAUNCH 4045 Coldwater Rd. Flint Entrances on Coldwater Rd. at Center Rd. and Genesee Road south of Stanley Road 24-hours daily year round M WRB 7 ADMINISTRATIVE HEADQUARTERS 5045 Stanley Road Flint 810.736.7100 8am - 5pm Mon.-Fri. Houses the administrative offices of parks staff park rangers and the reservation ticket office staff. M 8 BUELL LAKE COUNTY PARK 14098 Genesee Road Clio 8am to sunset daily - 213 acres PV WRB 9 FOR-MAR NATURE PRESERVE ARBORETUM AND FORBES MARTHA MERKLEY VISITOR CENTER 2142 N. Genesee Rd. Burton. PM WH 10 DAVISON ROADSIDE COUNTY PARK 6160 Davison Road Burton 8am to sunset daily - 4 acres PV 11 EVERETT A. CUMMINGS EVENT CENTER 6130 E. Mt. Morris Road 2 miles east of Genesee Road. Open as scheduled for special events available for rental 810.736.7100 ext. 6. MP WRHE 12 THE MOUNDS OFF ROAD VEHICLE AREA 6145 E. Mt. Morris Rd. 1.5 miles east of Genesee Rd. 8am to sunset except Sunday noon to sunset. For motorcycles mini-bikes dune buggies four-wheel drive vehicles all-terrain vehicles etc. ORV ATV V 13 GOLDENROD DISC GOLF COURSE 6405 Irish Road Davison 8am to sunset daily. P WRH 14 RICHFIELD COUNTY PARK BMX TRACK 6322 N. Irish Road Davison .5 miles north of Coldwater Road 8am to sunset daily 345 acres located within Genesee Recreation Area. VP WRHE 15 HOLLOWAY DAM PUBLIC ACCESS FISHING SITE CANOE LAUNCH 24-hour access on Carr Rd. between Henderson and Oak Rds. V 16 WALLEYE PIKE BOAT LAUNCH 7240 Henderson Road north of Stanley Road Davison Open 24-hours daily year round Mp 17 WOLVERINE CAMPGROUND AND BUTTERCUP BEACH 7698 N. Baxter Road Columbiaville MVP WRBH 18 TOBOGGAN HILL Located .5 miles north of Carpenter Road on Washburn Road Oregon Township Lapeer County. P E 19 ELBA EQUESTRIAN COMPLEX Located .75 miles south of Coldwater Road on Elba Road Oregon Township Lapeer County. P WRHE 20 HOGBACKS AREA At the Genesee and Lapeer County line bordered by Elba Washburn McDowell and Stanley Roads. WRH BE 21 ZEMMER PARK Marathon Road to Zemmer Road 8am to sunset 22 Flint Park Lake PARK Stewart Avenue just west of Dupont Street Flint 8am to sunset P WRB 23 Max Brandon PARK 3606 Dupont Street Flint 8am to sunset P WRB 24 McKINLEY PARK 3102 Collingwood Parkway Flint 8am to sunset P WR 25 Thread Lake PARK Lakeside Ave. between Howard Ave. and Crocker Ave. 8am to sunset P BallDiamonds Beach BMX BoatLaunch Camping Community Gardens Cross-Country Skiing DiscGolf Wildlife Areas Fishing Pavilions PicnicAreas Playground Restrooms Sledding Snowmobile Areas SplashPad TennisCourts Trails Trails HHiking RRunning WWalking BBiking EEquestrian Restrooms MModern VVault PPortable AlcoholisnotpermittedinanyGeneseeCountyParksFacility.FormoreinformationonWildlifeAreasgotogeneseecountyparks.org PAGE 5 NovemberFamily Fun for Everyone PAGE 6 Mott Lake Wednesday November 4 Knee-High Naturalist Winters Coming For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Learn how bears bees and bobcats prepare for winter. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 11215. Wednesday November 4 Wild Adventurers Dont Mess With Us For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Many animals have defenses to help protect them from predators. Come learn all about these animals and meet some critters with astonishing defenses. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 11215. Thursday November 5 Knee-High Naturalist Winters Coming For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Learn how bears bees and bobcats prepare for winter. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 11315. Thursday November 5 Wild Adventurers Dont Mess With Us For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Many animals have defenses to help protect them from predators. Come learn all about these animals and meet some critters with astonishing defenses. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 11315. Thursday November 5 12 19 26 Green Book Club For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Join fellow nature enthusiasts as we read and discuss Henry David Thoreaus Walden-Life in the Woods. Participants will receive their own copy of the book with paid registration. For ages 13 and up all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 15 per person includes book. Pre-registration required by 102915. Saturday November 7 Run Like a Deer 5K Cross Country RunWalk Join us for the inaugural Run Like a Deer 5K Run and WalkThis off-road race takes you through the beautifully wooded Linden County Park on paved and unpaved trails perfect for every runner and walker. The Run Like a Deer is perfect for a pre-Turkey Trot tuneup race so come enjoy the pleasant fall weather and run like a deer Time 10am. Pre-registration required by November 5 at httpcrim.orgraces-eventsrun- like-a-deer Saturday November 7 Nature Discovery Mammals For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum What makes a mammal Were going to have fun learning about and dressing up like many of the mammals we love. For individuals with cognitive disabilities. Time 1030am-12pm. Cost 2 per person. Pre-registration required by 11515. Saturday November 7 Growing Gardeners When the Garden Goes to Sleep For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum After a summer full of fun and hard work its time to prepare our garden for winter. Youll even learn some techniques to help make starting your garden in the spring easier. For children ages 4-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 11515. Saturday November 7 How Does Your Garden Grow For-Mar DeWaters Building off Potter Rd. Learn what you can be doing in your garden this month for year-round success. For ages 13 and up all abilities. Time 1-2pm. Cost 3 per person. Pre-registration required by 11515. Saturday November 7 Kids Nature Photography Club For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Come join the club the Kids Nature Photography Club.Join us monthly and learn basic photography skills and get outdoors to take amazing pictures of your favorite For-Mar outdoor areas. Bring your own digital camera and dress for the weather. Suggested for ages 6 and older all abilities. Time 130-230pm. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration not required. Tuesday November 10 Knee-High Nature Discovery Feet are Neat For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Meet animals with special feet. Can you imitate their moves For children ages 4-10 with cognitive disabilities. Time 10-11am. Cost 2 per child. Pre-registration required by 11815. Wednesday November 11 Knee-High Naturalist Fins Feet and Flippers For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Feet are neat Learn about animal movement and make a foot counting book. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 11915. Wednesday November 11 Wild Adventurers Made from the Earth For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Many of our fabrics and materials come from the earth. Lets learn all about the natural fibers that help us create many of the products we use today. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 11915. For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Eat Smart Live Strong for Seniors Tuesdays November 10 17 24 December 1 8 15 6-week program For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Eat Smart Live Strong includes fun social and interactive sessions designed to improve fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity among 60-74 year olds. Throughout the sessions participants will gain the skills needed to promote healthy behavior changes to improve overall health and wellbeing. Topics Include Reach Your Goals Step by Step Challenges and Solutions Colorful and Classic Favorites and Eat Smart Spend Less. Participants receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program. Come join the fun For seniors all abilities. Time 3-4pm. Cost FREE Pre-registration required by 11615. Call or email Betsy Schumacher 810 244-8517 or Schuma66anr.msu.edu. MSU is an affirmative-action equal- opportunity employer. Michigan State University Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race color national origin gender gender identity religion age height weight disability political beliefs sexual orientation marital status family status or veteran status. L I N D E N M I C H I G A N Thursday November 12 Knee-High Naturalist Fins Feet and Flippers For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Feet are neat Learn about animal movement and make a foot counting book. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 111015. Thursday November 12 Wild Adventurers Made from the Earth For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Many of our fabrics and materials come from the earth. Lets learn all about the natural fibers that help us create many of the products we use today. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 111015. Saturday November 14 Nature Photography Club For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Calling all photographers Join us for our photography club designed for both professional and amateur photographers. A different photography technique will be highlighted each month. Then well hit the trails to search for and take photos of all Genesee County Parks secret gems. For ages 16 and older all abilities. Time 9-1030am. Cost 3 per person. Pre-registration not required. Saturday November 14 Scouting Outing Giving Back For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum For-Mar makes volunteering fun Join us as we practice the skill of giving back to our community through several service learning projects. Dress for getting dirty and being outdoors. Suggested for scouts ages 5 and older all abilities. Time 10am-12pm. Cost FREE Pre-registration not required. Saturday November 14 DIY Holiday Centerpiece For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Thanksgiving is almost here and its time to think about the center of your holiday table. Join us as we create unique centerpieces that will wow your guests Suggested for ages 14 and older all abilities. Time 1-230pm. Cost 8 per participant. Pre-registration is required by 111215. Monday November 16 9th Annual Ladies Night Out Crossroads Village Huckleberry Railroad This ladies-only extravaganza has quickly become an annual favorite Its a one-night once-a-year evening of shopping laughing food and fun. Time 4-9pm. Cost 5 per person or FREE with a current village Annual Pass. Wednesday November 18 Knee-High Naturalist Thanksgiving Celebration For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Join the Thanksgiving celebration and learn why animals are thankful. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 111615. Wednesday November 18 Wild Adventurers Super Savers For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum There are many vulnerable animals under threat and on the endangered species list. Come learn how we can help protect them and help them thrive. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 111615. Thursday November 19 Knee-High Naturalist Thanksgiving Celebration For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Join the Thanksgiving celebration and learn why animals are thankful. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 111715. Thursday November 19 Wild Adventurers Super Savers For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum There are many vulnerable animals under threat and on the endangered species list. Come learn how we can help protect them and help them thrive. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 111715. Friday November 20 For-Mar Night Hike For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Experience For-Mar at night. Test your night vision skills and learn about nocturnal animals as you travel the trails on this naturalist led hike. For families all ages and abilities. Time 6-7pm. Cost 1.50 per person. Pre-registration not required. Saturday November 21 Growing Gardeners Pilgrims Feast For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Learn about the garden goodies the Pilgrims had at the first Thanksgiving and about some traditions that have been created through the years. For children ages 4-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 111915. Saturday November 21 Conifer ID For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Learn the tips and tricks to successfully identifying your conifer trees. This hike through the pines will enlighten your senses and stimulate your brain. Bring your walking shoes and dress for the weather. For adults ages 16 and older all abilities. Time 10am-12pm. Cost 5 per person. Pre-registration required by 111915. Saturday November 21 Nature Discovery in the Garden When the Garden Goes to Sleep For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum After a summer full of fun and hard work its time to prepare our garden for winter. Come help us put the garden to sleep and learn some techniques to help make starting your garden in the spring easier. For individuals with cognitive disabilities. Time 1-230pm. Cost 2 per person. Pre-registration required by 111915. Saturday November 21 Volunteer Hoop House Work and Learn For-Mar DeWaters Building off Potter Rd. Are you curious about hoop house management Learn while caring for a variety of crops. Staff will be available to answer questions. For ages 12 and older all abilities. Time 1-3pm. Cost FREE Pre-registration required by 111915. Thursday November 26 Thanksgiving Tradition at The Mounds The Mounds ORV Park Starting as early as 6am on Thanksgiving morning hundreds of off-road vehicles line up to be a part of the early morning tradition at The Mounds. Time 8am Sunset. Cost Normal pass fees apply and state ORV permit is required for entry. Friday November 27 Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic Opening Night Crossroads Village Huckleberry Railroad Make happy memories when the magical feeling of this festive holiday season fills the streets shops and homes of Crossroads Village and thousands of tiny lights sparkle in the trees. This joyful five- week celebration opens with fireworks and free admission opening night only into the village for all Genesee County residents ID is required. Time 4-9pm. Saturday November 28 Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic Crossroads Village Huckleberry Railroad Make happy memories when the magical feeling of this festive holiday season fills the streets shops and homes of Crossroads Village and thousands of tiny lights sparkle in the trees. Gather your friends and family for a toasty night-time ride through the snowy countryside on our beloved Huckleberry Railroad and Santa will be there in person to greet you. Time 4-9pm. Standard Village rates apply. Sunday November 29 Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic Crossroads Village Huckleberry Railroad Make happy memories when the magical feeling of this festive holiday season fills the streets shops and homes of Crossroads Village and thousands of tiny lights sparkle in the trees. Gather your friends and family for a toasty night-time ride through the snowy countryside on our beloved Huckleberry Railroad and Santa will be there in person to greet you. Time 4-9pm. Standard Village rates apply. Richfield County Park 4th Annual Wild Turkey Run Saturday November 28 For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Eat too much turkey We did too The feast is over and its time to come out to For-Mar to run or walk it off. Kids Turkey Activity Area Join us for kids turkey active outdoor activities live turkeys and more. A Naturalist will be available to watch children for parents who are running or walking in the race. For families all ages and abilities. Time 10am-1pm. Cost FREE Pre-registration not required. Kids Turkey Trot Can you trot like a turkey Join the Kids Turkey Trot. Kids get a For-Mar race medallion after the race. For kids up to age 18 all abilities. Time 1030-11am. Cost 5 per person includes race t-shirt. Pre-Registration is required by 5pm on 112315 to receive a race shirt. Race begins at 1030am sharp. Walk-ins for the race must be registered by 10am in order to race. Wild Turkey RunWalk Dress up in your Wild Turkey Best and join us for a friendly relatively flat 5K trail race through For-Mar. Strut your turkey self around the course dressed like a turkey or in some other equally goofy costume to win prizes for the best costume. Prizes will be awarded to both kids and adults for the best costume. Awards will be given to the top three runners who cross the finish line. This years race will be timed by Race Timing Services. For ages 8 and older all abilities. Time 1100am-12pm. Cost 17 per person until 5pm 112315. After 112315 the cost is 20 per person. Pre-registration is required by 5pm 112315 5pm to receive a race shirt. Race begins at 11am sharp. Walk-ins for the race must be registered by 1030am to race. PAGE 7 November 27-29 December 4-6 11-13 18-20 22 23 26 27 29 30 4-9pm each night Make happy memories when the magical feeling of this festive holiday season fills the streets shops and homes at Crossroads Village and thousands of tiny lights sparkle in the trees. Gather your friends and family for a toasty night-time ride through the snowy countryside on the Huckleberry Railroad and watch villagers making vintage crafts.Youll find great gifts for everyone on your list and Santa will be there in person to greet you.Youll love this joyful five-week celebration that opens November 27 with a glorious fireworks show and continues through December 30. Its been a family tradition for over 30 years now and we hope you will be a part of it Age Village Only Village Train Adult 13-59 10.00 13.00 Senior 60 9.00 12.00 Child 25 month 12 years 8.00 10.00 Child 24 months under Free Free RatherviewtheVillagefromyourwarmcar Visit on special Drive Through Only nights. December 7 14 21 24 28 5-9pm just 5.00 per carload No buses please. CrossroadsVillage is a facility of the Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission and is located just north of FlintMichigan.Take I-475 to Saginaw Street Exit 13.Take Saginaw Street north to Stanley Roadthen east on Stanley Road to Bray Road.Turn south on Bray Road and follow it until you come to theVillage entrance.Use of cigarettes and other tobacco products is restricted to designated areas. After Christmas at Crossroads Village December 26 27 29 and 30. After Christmas the Stanley schoolmarm will be at the schoolhouse to help boys and girls write their thank you notes to Santa. Letters can then be deposited at the General Store to be sent to the North Pole. Come visit the Village when its decorated with thousands of tiny sparkling lights and take a festive ride through the wintry countryside on our beloved Huckleberry Railroad Theres a show in the Opera House.Admission to the show is included with your ticket to the Village. Please take Note The Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission has taken great care to enhance the accessibility of CrossroadsVillage Huckleberry Railroad with its dirt roads and uneven boardwalks by offering free of charge on a first-comefirst-served basisa limited supply of conventional non-electric wheelchairs.If a wheelchair is neededit is recommended that you bring your own especially on busy weekends. Due to the popularity of our holiday programs at Crossroads many train times often sell out. We recommend booking your train ride in advance to ensure a spot during your visit. Reservations are made easily by visiting our website at geneseecountyparks.orgpagesReservations or by calling 800.648.PARK ext. 6. This year we want to invite all Genesee County residents to enjoy opening night in the village for FREE. Just bring your ID as proof of residency. November 27 only. PAGE 10 Wednesday December 2 Knee-High Naturalist Snakes For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Learn about snakes as we go on a scavenger hunt to make a snake craft. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 113015. Wednesday December 2 Wild Adventurers Teeny Tiny and Terrifying For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum These little microbes dont seem like much but they sure do pack a punch. Thats right were talking about GERMS. Find out why it is so important to keep clean. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 113015. Thursday December 3 Knee-High Naturalist Snakes For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Learn about snakes as we go on a scavenger hunt to make a snake craft. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 12115. Thursday December 3 Wild Adventurers Teeny Tiny and Terrifying For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum These little microbes dont seem like much but they sure do pack a punch. Thats rightwere talking about GERMS. Find out why it is so important to keep clean. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 12115. Thursday December 3 10 17 Green Book Club For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Join fellow nature enthusiasts as we read and discuss Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold. Participants will receive their own copy of the book with paid registration. For ages 13 and older all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 15 per person includes book. Pre-registration required by 112615. Friday December 4 Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic Crossroads Village Huckleberry Railroad Make happy memories when the magical feeling of this festive holiday season fills the streets shops and homes of Crossroads Village and thousands of tiny lights sparkle in the trees. Gather your friends and family for a toasty night-time ride through the snowy countryside on our beloved Huckleberry Railroad and Santa will be there in person to greet you. Time 4-9pm. Cost Standard Village rates apply. Train reservations are highly suggested. Saturday December 5 Growing Gardeners Gardens Can Get Cold Too For-Mar Hoop House near the DeWaters building off Potter Rd. Cold Put on your winter coat. Is your garden cold Put on its winter coat. Explore our hoop house as we learn about cold frames and greenhouses. Build and take home your very own mini-greenhouse. For children ages 4-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 12315. Saturday December 5 Nature Discovery Ice Ice Baby For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Its going to be a cold one Lets learn all about ice and snow. For individuals with cognitive disabilities. Time 1030am-12pm. Cost 2 per person. Pre-registration required by 12315. Saturday December 5 How Does Your Garden Grow For-Mar DeWaters Building off Potter Rd. Learn what you can do in your garden this month for year-round success. For ages 13 and older all abilities. Time 1-2pm. Cost 3 per person. Pre-registration required by 12315. Saturday December 5 Kids Nature Photography Club For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Come join the club the Kids Nature Photography Club. Join us monthly to learn basic photography skills and get outdoors to take amazing pictures of your favorite For-Mar outdoor areas. Bring your digital camera and dress for the weather. Suggested for ages 6 and older all abilities. Time 130-230pm. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration not required. Saturday December 5 Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic Crossroads Village Huckleberry Railroad Make happy memories when the magical feeling of this festive holiday season fills the streets shops and homes of Crossroads Village and thousands of tiny lights sparkle in the trees. Gather your friends and family for a toasty night-time ride through the snowy countryside on our beloved Huckleberry Railroad and Santa will be there in person to greet you. Time 4-9pm. Cost Standard Village rates apply. Train reservations are highly suggested. DecemberFamily Fun for Everyone Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Toboggan Hill PAGE 11 Sunday December 6 Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic Crossroads Village Huckleberry Railroad Make happy memories when the magical feeling of this festive holiday season fills the streets shops and homes of Crossroads Village and thousands of tiny lights sparkle in the trees. Gather your friends and family for a toasty night time ride through the snowy countryside on our beloved Huckleberry Railroad and Santa will be there in person to greet you. Time 4-9pm. Cost Standard Village rates apply. Train reservations are highly suggested. Monday December 7 Drive Through Only Night - Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic Crossroads Village Huckleberry Railroad Rather view the Village from your warm car Visit us on special drive through only nights. Time 5-9pm. Cost 5 per carload. The Village streets can not accommodate buses. Tuesday December 8 Knee-High Nature Discovery Wildlife Feeding For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Help feed the wildlife at For-Mar and make a wildlife feeder to take home. For children ages 4-10 with cognitive disabilities. Time 10-11am. Cost 2 per child. Pre-registration required by 12615. Wednesday December 9 Knee-High Naturalist Winter Feeding For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Guess whos coming to your wildlife feeder Make a feeder to take home. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 12715. Wednesday December 9 Wild Adventurers Be a Miner For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Bring the natural side of a popular video game to life. Build explore and learn while building and mining natural resources. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 12715. Thursday December 10 Knee-High Naturalist Winter Feeding For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Guess whos coming to your wildlife feeder Make a feeder to take home. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 12815. Thursday December 10 Wild Adventurers Be a Miner For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Bring the natural side of a popular video game to life. Build explore and learn while building and mining natural resources. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 12815. Thursday December 10 Holiday Walk For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum The holiday season is in full swing the weather is getting cooler and our hearts are growing warmer. Enjoy a light-filled winter walk in the woods with your family at For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum. The cost is free and the building and grounds will be open for an evening filled with activities and entertainment that the whole family will love. For families all ages and abilities. Time 6-9pm. Cost FREE Pre-registration suggested but not required large groups are asked to call ahead. Thursday December 10 Immunization Clinic For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Are you and your children up-to-date on your immunizations If not heres an easy way to get it done The Genesee County Health Department is coming to For-Mar to help make sure that youre healthy. For families all ages and abilities. Time 6-730pm. Cost Many insurance plans are accepted. For more information and to register please call 810-237-4588. Friday December 11 Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic Crossroads Village Huckleberry Railroad Make happy memories when the magical feeling of this festive holiday season fills the streets shops and homes of Crossroads Village and thousands of tiny lights sparkle in the trees. Gather your friends and family for a toasty night-time ride through the snowy countryside on our beloved Huckleberry Railroad and Santa will be there in person to greet you. Time 4-9pm. Cost Standard Village rates apply. Train reservations are highly suggested. Friday December 11 Holiday Walk For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum The holiday season is in full swing the weather is getting cooler and our hearts are growing warmer. Enjoy a light-filled winter walk in the woods with your family at For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum. The cost is free and the building and grounds will be open for an evening filled with activities and entertainment that the whole family will love. For families all ages and abilities. Time 6-9pm. Cost FREE Pre-registration suggested but not required large groups are asked to call ahead. Friday December 11 Immunization Clinic For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Are you and your children up-to-date on your immunizations If not heres an easy way to get it done The Genesee County Health Department is coming to For-Mar to help make sure that youre healthy. For families all ages and abilities. Time 6-730pm. Cost Many insurance plans are accepted. For more information and to register please call 810-237-4588. Saturday December 12 Nature Photography Club For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Calling all photographers Join us for our photography club designed for both professional and amateur photographers. A different photography technique will be highlighted each month. Then well hit the trails to search for and take photos of all Genesee County Parks secret gems. For ages 16 and older all abilities. Time 9-1030am. Cost 3 per person. Pre-registration not required. Saturday December 12 Scouting Outing Gifts from Nature For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Create a holiday gift from nature for your family friends neighbors or troop leader. For scouts all ages and abilities. Time 1030am-12pm. Cost 5 per person. Pre-registration required by 121015. Saturday December 12 Upcycle Transformed Terrariums For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Learn to transform your old light fixtures blocks bulbs and more into amazing terrariums. Take home your own terrarium that will make wonderful presents for your friends and family or even centerpieces for your holiday party. Suggested for ages 10 and older all abilities. Time 1-3pm. Cost 10 per person. Pre-registration required by 121015. Saturday December 12 Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic Crossroads Village Huckleberry Railroad Make happy memories when the magical feeling of this festive holiday season fills the streets shops and homes of Crossroads Village and thousands of tiny lights sparkle in the trees. Gather your friends and family for a toasty night-time ride through the snowy countryside on our beloved Huckleberry Railroad and Santa will be there in person to greet you. Time 4-9pm. Cost Standard Village rates apply. Train reservations are highly suggested. Sunday December 13 Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic Crossroads Village Huckleberry Railroad Make happy memories when the magical feeling of this festive holiday season fills the streets shops and homes of Crossroads Village and thousands of tiny lights sparkle in the trees. Gather your friends and family for a toasty night-time ride through the snowy countryside on our beloved Huckleberry Railroad and Santa will be there in person to greet you. Time 4-9pm. Cost Standard Village rates apply. Train reservations are highly suggested. For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Crossroads Village Huckleberry Railroad DecemberFamily Fun for Everyone Monday December 14 Drive Through Only Night Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic Crossroads Village Huckleberry Railroad Rather view the Village from your warm car Visit us on special drive through only nights. Time 5-9pm. Cost 5 per carload. The Village streets can not accommodate buses. Wednesday December 16 Knee-High Naturalist Reindeer For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Hear a story and do activities to learn how reindeer survive in the frozen north. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 121415. Wednesday December 16 Wild Adventurers Reading with Reptiles For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum With our scaly friends we will read stories about reptiles and learn to classify them. Meet some amazing reptiles. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 121415. Thursday December 17 Knee-High Naturalist Reindeer For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Hear a story and do activities to learn how reindeer survive in the frozen north. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 121515. Thursday December 17 Wild Adventurers Reading with Reptiles For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum With our scaly friends we will read stories about reptiles and learn to classify them. Meet some amazing reptiles. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 121515. Friday December 18 Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic Crossroads Village Huckleberry Railroad Make happy memories when the magical feeling of this festive holiday season fills the streets shops and homes of Crossroads Village and thousands of tiny lights sparkle in the trees. Gather your friends and family for a toasty night-time ride through the snowy countryside on our beloved Huckleberry Railroad and Santa will be there in person to greet you. Time 4-9pm. Cost Standard Village rates apply. Train reservations are highly suggested. Saturday December 19 Growing Gardeners Evergreen Arrangements For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Did you know that historically people would bring in evergreen arrangements to encourage the seasons to change sooner Bring a little fresh evergreen into your home this holiday season and make your own wreath to take home. For children ages 4-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 121715. Saturday December 19 Nature Discovery in the Garden Evergreen Arrangements For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Did you know that historically people would bring in evergreen arrangements to encourage the seasons to change sooner Bring a little fresh evergreen into your home this holiday season and make your own wreath to take home. For individuals with cognitive disabilities. Time 1-230pm. Cost 2 per person. Pre-registration required by 121715. Saturday December 19 Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic Crossroads Village Huckleberry Railroad Make happy memories when the magical feeling of this festive holiday season fills the streets shops and homes of Crossroads Village and thousands of tiny lights sparkle in the trees. Gather your friends and family for a toasty night-time ride through the snowy countryside on our beloved Huckleberry Railroad and Santa will be there in person to greet you. Time 4-9pm. Cost Standard Village rates apply. Train reservations are highly suggested. Sunday December 20 Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic Crossroads Village Huckleberry Railroad Make happy memories when the magical feeling of this festive holiday season fills the streets shops and homes of Crossroads Village and thousands of tiny lights sparkle in the trees. Gather your friends and family for a toasty night-time ride through the snowy countryside on our beloved Huckleberry Railroad and Santa will be there in person to greet you. Time 4-9pm. Cost Standard Village rates apply. Train reservations are highly suggested. Monday December 21 Drive Through Only Night Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic Crossroads Village Huckleberry Railroad Rather view the Village from your warm car Visit us on special drive through only nights. Time 5-9pm. Cost 5 per carload. The Village streets can not accommodate buses. Tuesday December 22 Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic Crossroads Village Huckleberry Railroad Make happy memories when the magical feeling of this festive holiday season fills the streets shops and homes of Crossroads Village and thousands of tiny lights sparkle in the trees. Gather your friends and family for a toasty night-time ride through the snowy countryside on our beloved Huckleberry Railroad and Santa will be there in person to greet you. Time 4-9pm. Cost Standard Village rates apply. Train reservations are highly suggested. PAGE 12 E.A. Cummings Event Center Crossroads Carousel Richfield County Park PAGE 13 Wednesday December 23 Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic Crossroads Village Huckleberry Railroad Make happy memories when the magical feeling of this festive holiday season fills the streets shops and homes of Crossroads Village and thousands of tiny lights sparkle in the trees. Gather your friends and family for a toasty night-time ride through the snowy countryside on our beloved Huckleberry Railroad and Santa will be there in person to greet you. Time 4-9pm. Cost Standard Village rates apply. Train reservations are highly suggested. Thursday December 24 Drive Through Only Night - Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic Crossroads Village Huckleberry Railroad Rather view the Village from your warm car Visit us on special drive through only nights. Time 5-9pm. Cost 5 per carload. The Village streets can not accommodate buses. Saturday December 26 Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic Crossroads Village Huckleberry Railroad Make happy memories when the magical feeling of this festive holiday season fills the streets shops and homes of Crossroads Village and thousands of tiny lights sparkle in the trees. Gather your friends and family for a toasty night- time ride through the snowy countryside on our beloved Huckleberry Railroad. Time 4-9pm. Cost Standard Village rates apply. Train reservations are highly suggested. Sunday December 27 Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic Crossroads Village Huckleberry Railroad Make happy memories when the magical feeling of this festive holiday season fills the streets shops and homes of Crossroads Village and thousands of tiny lights sparkle in the trees. Gather your friends and family for a toasty night- time ride through the snowy countryside on our beloved Huckleberry Railroad. Time 4-9pm. Cost Standard Village rates apply. Train reservations are highly suggested. Monday December 28 Drive Through Only Night - Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic Crossroads Village Huckleberry Railroad Rather view the Village from your warm car Visit us on special drive through only nights. Time 5-9pm. Cost 5 per carload. The Village streets can not accommodate buses. Tuesday December 29 Winter Break Camp Winter Detective For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Learn how being a wildlife detective in the winter can be easy and fun. Hike the trails and learn all about the animals that stay active during the winter. Dress to be outdoors. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Adult must accompany children. Time 10am-12pm. Cost 5 per child. Pre-registration required by 122715. Limited to 20 participants. Tuesday December 29 Winter Break Camp Winter Detective For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Search the trails for clues so you can solve the winter wildlife mystery Learn how being a wildlife detective in the winter can be easy and fun. Dress to be outdoors. Please bring a sack lunch water bottle and a snack. For children ages 7-12 all abilities. Children can be dropped off if registration form is completed. Time 10am-230pm. Cost 10 per student. Pre-registration required by 122715. Limited to 20 participants. Tuesday December 29 Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic Crossroads Village Huckleberry Railroad Make happy memories when the magical feeling of this festive holiday season fills the streets shops and homes of Crossroads Village and thousands of tiny lights sparkle in the trees. Gather your friends and family for a toasty night- time ride through the snowy countryside on our beloved Huckleberry Railroad. Time 4-9pm. Cost Standard Village rates apply. Train reservations are highly suggested. Tuesday December 29 Immunization Clinic For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Are your children up-to-date on immunizations If not heres an easy way to get it done The Genesee County Health Department is coming to For-Mar to help make sure that your kids are healthy. For children ages 3-12 all abilities. Time 12-330pm. Cost Many insurance plans are accepted. For more information and to register please call 810-237-4588. Wednesday December 30 Winter Break Camp Snow Scientist For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Learn and play as we study the science of snow. Dress to be outdoors. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Adult must accompany children. Time 10am-12pm. Cost 5 per child. Pre-registration required by 122815. Limited to 20 participants. Wednesday December 30 Winter Break Camp Snow Scientist For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum From meteorology to biology learn how to be a snow scientist while performing experiments using snow and ice. Dress to be outdoors. Please bring a sack lunch water bottle and a snack. For children ages 7-12 all abilities. Children can be dropped off if registration form is completed. Time 10am-230pm. Cost 10 per student. Pre-registration required by 122815. Limited to 20 participants. Wednesday December 30 Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic Crossroads Village Huckleberry Railroad Make happy memories when the magical feeling of this festive holiday season fills the streets shops and homes of Crossroads Village and thousands of tiny lights sparkle in the trees. Gather your friends and family for a toasty night- time ride through the snowy countryside on our beloved Huckleberry Railroad. Time 4-9pm. Cost Standard Village rates apply. Train reservations are highly suggested. Wednesday December 30 Immunization Clinic For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Are your children up-to-date on immunizations If not heres an easy way to get it done The Genesee County Health Department is coming to For-Mar to help make sure that your kids are healthy. For children ages 3-12 all abilities. Time 12-330pm. Cost Many insurance plans are accepted. For more information and to register please call 810-237-4588. Thursday December 31 Winter Break Camp No Play Like Snow Play For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Learn and play in the snow. Dress to be outdoors. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Adult must accompany children. Time 10am-12pm. Cost 5 per child. Pre-registration required by 122915. Limited to 20 participants. Thursday December 31 Winter Break Camp Winter Survival Skills For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Learn the basic needs of surviving outdoors during the winter. Dress warmly and prepare to get dirty because we will be traveling the For-Mar trails and trying our hand at different survival techniques including shelter making and fire starting. Please bring a sack lunch water bottle and a snack. For children ages 7-12 all abilities. Children can be dropped off if registration form is completed. Time 10am-230pm. Cost 10 per student. Pre-registration required by 122915. Limited to 20 participants. Crossroads Village Elba Equestrian Center PAGE 14 JanuaryFamily Fun for Everyone For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Saturday January 2 Nature Discovery Food Chains For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Energy passes from one living thing to another. We are all connected through the food chain. For individuals with cognitive disabilities. Time 1030am-12pm. Cost 2 per person. Pre-registration required by 123115. Saturday January 2 Kids Nature Photography Club For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Come join the club the Kids Nature Photography Club Join us monthly and learn basic photography skills and get outdoors to take amazing pictures of your favorite For-Mar outdoor areas. Bring your digital camera and dress for the weather. Suggested for ages 6 and older all abilities. Time 130-230pm. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration not required. Saturday January 2 4th Annual Shoe Years Day Event For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Walk Ski or Shoe No matter your choice you can start the New Year out actively at For-Mar during our Shoe Years Day event. This statewide partnership between the Michigan Recreation and Park Association MParks the Michigan DNR and local parks and recreation agencies includes a one-mile hike snowshoe or ski. Well even have presentations on how to set and keep your New Years resolutions. Come dressed for the weather. Please bring your own cross county skis and snowshoes if you have them. Some snowshoes will be available to check out on a first-come first-served basis. For families suggested for ages 5 and older all abilities. Time 1-3pm. Cost FREE Pre-registration not required. Sunday January 3 Birding Hike Christmas Bird Count For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Each year the National Audubon Society enlists countless birders and outdoor enthusiasts all over the United States to help with the annual Christmas Bird Count an opportunity to help monitor winter bird populations. Help contribute to a 115-year-old tradition of community conservation projects when you join a For-Mar naturalist in identifying and counting the birds that call For-Mar home. For more information check the National Audubon Society webpage www. audubon.orgconservationscience christmas-bird-count. For families all ages and abilities. Time 9-1030am. Cost FREE Pre-registration suggested but not required. Wednesday January 6 Knee-High Naturalist Whos Been Here in the Snow For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Wear warm clothes because this program will include a short hike to look for animal tracks in the snow. Bring an old or new t-shirt to make an animal tracks shirt. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 1416. Wednesday January 6 Wild Adventurers Out of this World For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Its full of planets moons asteroids comets and many other exciting things. Lets explore our solar system while having a blast For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 1416. Thursday January 7 Knee-High Naturalist Whos Been Here in the Snow For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Wear warm clothes because this program will include a short hike to look for animal tracks in the snow. Bring an old or new t-shirt to make an animal tracks shirt. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 1516. Thursday January 7 Wild Adventurers Out of this World For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Its full of planets moons asteroids comets and many other exciting things. Lets explore our solar system while having a blast For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 1516. Thursday January 7 14 21 28 Green Book Club For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Join fellow nature enthusiasts as we read and discuss Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. Participants will receive their own copy with paid registration. For ages 13 and older all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 15 per person includes book. Pre-registration required by 123115. Saturday January 9 Nature Photography Club For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Calling all photographers Join us for our photography club designed for both professional and amateur photographers. A different photography technique will be highlighted each month. Then well hit the trails to search for and take photos of all Genesee County Parks secret gems. For ages 16 and older all abilities. Time 9-1030am. Cost 3 per person. Pre-registration not required. Saturday January 9 Growing Gardeners Let it Snow For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Its winter and even though the garden is asleep there are still plenty of living plants to be found. Dress for the cold because were going on a nature hike to learn how plants deal with the cold. For children ages 4-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 1716. Saturday January 9 Scouting Outing Snowshoeing 101 For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Calling all scouts Join us on this winter adventure. Learn the history of snowshoeing and how to use them. Then hit the trail to try snowshoeing first hand. For-Mar has a limited number of snowshoes available bring your own pair if you have them. For scouts suggested for ages 5 and older all abilities. Time 1-3pm. Cost 5 per scout. Pre-registration required by 1716. Tuesday January 12 Knee-High Nature Discovery Fur Feathers and Scales For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Touch and feel as we learn about animals with different coverings. For children ages 4-8 with cognitive disabilities. Time 10-11am. Cost 2 per child. Pre-registration required by 11016. Wednesday January 13 Knee-High Naturalist A Bear is not Bare For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Make a book as one of the activities to learn about animal coverings. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 11116. Flushing County Park PAGE 15 Wednesday January 13 Wild Adventurers Forces and Motion For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Motion plays a role in many of the everyday things we do. Lets learn about force and motion and the effects of these physical laws in our world. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 11116. Thursday January 14 Knee-High Naturalist A Bear is not Bare For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Make a book as one of the activities to learn about animal coverings. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 11216. Thursday January 14 Wild Adventurers Forces and Motion For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Motion plays a role in many of the everyday things we do. Lets learn about force and motion and the effects of these physical laws in our world. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 11216. Friday January 15 Adults Only Owl Prowl For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Join For-Mar Naturalists as we learn about local owls and the unique sounds they make. Then travel the trails to practice your owl-calling skills. Bring your own flashlights we will provide night vision protection. For adults ages 16 and older all abilities. Time 6-730pm.Cost 3 per person. Pre-registration not required. Saturday January 16 Snowshoeing 101 For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Winter hiking can be hard but with a pair of snowshoes it becomes an easier adventure. Come learn the history of snowshoeing and how to use them. Then hit the trail to try snowshoeing first-hand. For- Mar has a limited number of snowshoes available on a first-come first-served basis bring your own pair if you have them. For families suggested for ages 5 and older all abilities. Time 10am-12pm. Cost 3 per person. Pre-registration required by 11416. Saturday January 16 Volunteer Hoop House Work and Learn For-Mar Hoop House near the DeWaters Building off Potter Rd. Are you curious about hoop house management Learn while caring for a variety of crops. Staff will be available to answer questions. For ages 12 and older all abilities. Time 1-3pm. Cost FREE Pre-registration required by 11416. Saturday January 16 Nature Discovery in the Garden Let it Snow For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Its winter and even though the garden is asleep there are still plenty of living plants to be found. Dress for the cold because were going on a nature hike to learn how plants deal with the cold. For individuals with cognitive disabilities. Time 1-230pm. Cost 2 per person. Pre-registration required by 11416. Wednesday January 20 Knee-High Naturalist Famous Wildlife For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Children are asked to bring their favorite famous wildlife i.e. Mickey Mouse Barney to learn about the differences between real and pretend animals. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 11816. Wednesday January 20 Wild Adventurers Soar Like an Eagle For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum These amazing birds were dangerously close to extinction. Learn all about these large powerful birds of prey. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 11816. Thursday January 21 Knee-High Naturalist Famous Wildlife For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Children are asked to bring their favorite famous wildlife i.e. Mickey Mouse Barney to learn about the differences between real and pretend animals. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 11916. Thursday January 21 Wild Adventurers Soar Like an Eagle For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum These amazing birds were dangerously close to extinction. Learn all about these large powerful birds of prey. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 11916. Saturday January 23 Growing Gardeners Out of this World Gardening For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Space the final frontier Plants dont just grow on earth they also grow in space Learn about experiments and research being done in space dealing with plant science. Youll even get to plant an experimental plant so you can make your own observations and discoveries. For children ages 4-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 12116. Saturday January 23 Beekeeping 101 with Jim Withers For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Join For-Mar and Withers Mountain Honey Farm head beekeeper Jim Withers for this beginner beekeeping class. Youll leave prepared with what you need to know about equipment and what to do to start your own hive in the upcoming season. For ages 14 and older all abilities. Time 1-4pm. Cost 5 per person. Pre-registration required by 12116. Tuesday January 26 Knee-High Nature Discovery Reptiles For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Learn about the special adaptations that reptiles have when you get close to these amazing creatures. For children ages 4-8 with cognitive disabilities. Time 10-11am. Cost 2 per child. Pre-registration required by 12416. Wednesday January 27 Knee-High Naturalist Leaping Lizards For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Learn about the special adaptations of reptiles and why most lizards cant leap. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 12516. Wednesday January 27 Wild Adventurers For-Mar Forensics For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum We all love a good detective story. Can you use science to solve a crime Lets collect the evidence to see how a forensic scientist investigates. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 12516. Thursday January 28 Knee-High Naturalist Leaping Lizards For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Learn about the special adaptations of reptiles and why most lizards cant leap. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 12616. Thursday January 28 Wild Adventurers For-Mar Forensics For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum We all love a good detective story. Can you use science to solve a crime Lets collect the evidence to see how a forensic scientist investigates. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 12616. Friday January 29 Owl Prowl For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Join For-Mar Naturalists as we learn about local owls and the unique sounds they make. Then travel the trails to practice your owl-calling skills. Bring your own flashlights we will provide night vision protection. For families suggested for ages 5 and older all abilities. Time 6-730pm. Cost 3 per person. Pre-registration not required. Saturday January 30 Groundhog Day Fun For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Were celebrating Groundhog Day Stop in any time from 1-3pm to find out if Punxsutawney For-Mar saw his shadow. Well have crafts and activities. For families all ages and abilities. Time 1-3pm. Cost FREE Pre-registration not required. Eat Smart Live Strong for Seniors Cooking Matters for Adults Mondays January 11 18 25 and February 1 8 15 6-week program For-Mar Mature Preserve Arboretum Eat Smart Live Strong includes fun social and interactive sessions designed to improve fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity among 60-74 year olds. Throughout the sessions participants will gain the skills needed to promote healthy behavior changes to improve overall health and wellbeing. Topics Include Reach Your Goals Step by Step Challenges and Solutions Colorful and Classic Favorites and Eat Smart Spend Less. Participants receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program. Come join the fun For seniors all abilities. Time 11am-12pm. Cost FREE Pre-registration required by 1816. Call or email Betsy Schumacher 810 244-8517 or Schuma66anr.msu.edu. MSU is an affirmative-action equal-opportunity employer. Michigan State University Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race color national origin gender gender identity religion age height weight disability political beliefs sexual orientation marital status family status or veteran status. Tuesdays January 12 19 26 and February 2 9 16 6 week program For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Cooking and nutrition taught by a chef and nutritionist Well cover topics that include Healthy Snacks Shopping Smart Food Safety at Home Cooking Tips from the Chef Planning Balanced Meals and Tips for Eating Out and youll get FREE groceries and a FREE cookbook so you can make the recipes at home. Time 1-3pm. Cost FREE Pre-registration required by 1815. Call or email Betsy Schumacher 810 244-8517 or Schuma66anr.msu.edu. MSU is an affirmative-action equal-opportunity employer. Michigan State University Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race color national origin gender gender identity religion age height weight disability political beliefs sexual orientation marital status family status or veteran status. PAGE 16 FebruaryFamily Fun for Everyone Davison Roadside Park Wednesday February 3 Knee-High Naturalist Fairytale Science Fair For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Dress as your favorite fairytale character as we estimate experiment and explore the science of fairytales. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 2116. Wednesday February 3 Wild Adventurers Blow Your Top For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Volcanos have helped form the earths surface for millions of years. What exactly happens during this uproar Learn about the different types of volcanos and have fun experimenting with models. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 2116. Thursday February 4 11 18 25 Green Book Club For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Join fellow nature enthusiasts as we read and discuss Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Participants will receive free tickets to the Flint Youth Theaters production Huck Finn and their own copy of the book with paid registration. For ages 13 and older all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 15 per person includes book and theater ticket. Pre-registration required by 13116. Thursday February 4 Knee-High Naturalist Fairytale Science Fair For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Dress as your favorite fairytale character as we estimate experiment and explore the science of fairytales. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 2216. Thursday February 4 Wild Adventurers Blow Your Top For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Volcanos have helped form the earths surface for millions of years. What exactly happens during this uproar Learn about the different types of volcanos and have fun experimenting with models. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 2216. Saturday February 6 Do It Yourself Landscape Design Workshop For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Design your own landscape under the guidance of our local expert who has more than 40 years of experience. Learn the five basic steps to an eye appealing landscape. Bring an architect scale and pictures of your house with dimensions. All other supplies will be provided. For ages 16 and older all abilities Time 9am-12pm. Cost 25 per person. Pre-registration required by 2116. Minimum 5 participants Maximum 15 participants. Saturday February 6 Walk in the Woods Winter Wildlife For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Join For-Mar Naturalists on a hike through the nature preserve and investigate the signs of winter wildlife along the way. For ages 10 and older all abilities. Time 10-11am. Cost 1.50 per person. Pre-registration not required. Saturday February 6 Nature Discovery Plants We Eat For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum What parts of a plant do we eat Learn all about the variety that nature gives us. For individuals with cognitive disabilities. Time 1030am-12pm. Cost 2 per person. Pre-registration required by 2416. Saturday February 6 Gardening in February For-Mar DeWaters Building off Potter Rd. Learn what you can do in your garden this month for year-round success. For ages 13 and older all abilities. Time 1-2pm. Cost 3 per person Pre-registration required by 2416. Saturday February 6 Kids Nature Photography Club For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Come join the club the Kids Nature Photography Club Join us monthly to learn basic photography skills and get outdoors to take amazing pictures of your favorite For-Mar outdoor areas. Bring your digital camera and dress for the weather. Suggested for ages 6 and older all abilities. Time 130-230pm. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration not required. Saturday February 6 Build-A-Rod for Ice Fishing For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Gear up for Free Fishing Weekend on February 13-14 by making your own ice fishing rod Rod and simple tackle making techniques will be discussed. Supplies are provided. For families recommended for children age 7 and older all abilities. Time 2-4pm. Cost 5 per pole. Pre-registration required by 2416. Tuesday February 9 Knee-High Nature Discovery Raccoon Rascals For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Make a valentine raccoon and use active play to imitate their nocturnal adventures. For children ages 4-8 with cognitive disabilities. Time 10-11am. Cost 2 per child. Pre-registration required by 2716. Wednesday February 10 Knee-High Naturalist Raccoon Race For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Learn how raccoons cleverly use special adaptations. Run the raccoon obstacle course. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 2816. Wednesday February 10 Wild Adventurers I Heart For-Mar For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum We all love For-Mar and For-Mar loves your heart. Your heart is a remarkable organ that keeps your blood pumping. Learn all about your heart and how it works. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 2816. Thursday February 11 Knee-High Naturalist Raccoon Race For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Learn how raccoons cleverly use special adaptations. Run the raccoon obstacle course. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 2916. Thursday February 11 Wild Adventurers I Heart For-Mar For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum We all love For-Mar and For-Mar loves your heart. Your heart is a remarkable organ that keeps your blood pumping. Learn all about your heart and how it works. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 2916. Buell Lake County Park PAGE 17 Saturday February 13 Nature Photography Club For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Calling all photographers Join us for our photography club designed for both professional and amateur photographers. A different photography technique will be highlighted each month. Then well hit the trails to search for and take photos of all Genesee County Parks secret gems. For ages 16 and older all abilities. Time 9-1030am. Cost 3 per person. Pre-registration not required. Saturday February 13 Growing Gardeners Nutrient Knowledge For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Without vital nutrients in the soil plants wouldnt be able to grow. See how they are part of a cycle that is constantly moving. Learn how you can do your part to help those nutrients along and create healthy plants. For children ages 4-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 21116. Saturday February 13 Nature Discovery in the Garden Nutrient Knowledge For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Without vital nutrients in the soil plants wouldnt be able to grow. See how they are part of a cycle that is constantly moving. Learn how you can do your part to help those nutrients along and create healthy plants. For individuals with cognitive disabilities. Time 1-230pm. Cost 2 per person. Pre-registration required by 21116. Saturday February 13 Learning to Ice Fish Buell Lake County Park Pavilion 1 Its Free Fishing Weekend in Michigan Grab your favorite rod and tackle and join us for an afternoon fishing expedition on the ice. Learn about the fish found in Buell Lake while practicing some techniques to catch them. Dress warmly. There is a limited supply of equipment available on a first-come first-served basis and bait will be provided. Remember this program is weather permitting we must have at least 4 of ice to drill For families all ages and abilities. Time 1-3pm. Cost 3 per person. Pre-registration required by 21116. Saturday February 13 Whooooos in Love For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Looking for the perfect outdoor romantic Valentines Day adventure for you and your sweetie Well look no further. For the third year For-Mar is hosting a FREE romantic night outside just for you and your sweetheart. Youll take a moonlit stroll through For-Mar sip hot cocoa call owls and have your photo taken together. Create memories youll always remember. For you and your significant other ages 16 and older all abilities. Time 7-9pm. Cost FREE Pre-registration not required. Sunday February 14 Birding Hike Great Backyard Bird Count For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Join a flock of birders to learn the birding basics from feeders to water features to attracting birds to your yard. Then participate in the 18th annual Great Backyard Bird Count a four-day February 12-15 2016 event sponsored by the National Audubon Society Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Bird enthusiasts of all ages count birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird sightings across the continent. This is a great opportunity to learn about birds help your community and have some fun. For families all ages and abilities. Time 1-230pm. Cost FREE Pre-registration not required. Wednesday February 17 Knee-High Naturalist Defense Defense For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Test the fascinating ways animals defend themselves. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 21516. Wednesday February 17 Wild Adventurers SUGAR Science For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Candy and science yes please We will use candy to explore scientific principles. The most delicious experiments you will ever conduct. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 21516. Thursday February 18 Knee-High Naturalist Defense Defense For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Test the fascinating ways animals defend themselves. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 21616. Thursday February 18 Wild Adventurers SUGAR Science For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Candy and science yes please We will use candy to explore scientific principles. The most delicious experiments you will ever conduct. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 21616. Saturday February 20 Volunteer Hoop House Work and Learn For-Mar Hoop House near the DeWaters Building off Potter Rd. Are you curious about hoop house management Learn while caring for a variety of crops. Staff will be available to answer questions. For ages 12 and older all abilities. Time 1-3pm. Cost FREE Pre-registration required by 21816. Saturday February 20 Beekeeping 102 with Jim Withers For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Our favorite beekeeper is back for the second installment of our beekeeping series. Join For-Mar and Withers Mountain Honey Farm head beekeeper Jim Withers as he teaches you the honeybee how-tos and helps you prepare for the upcoming honeybee season. For ages 14 and older all abilities. Time 1-4pm. Cost 5 per person. Pre-registration required by 21816. Tuesday February 23 Knee-High Nature Discovery Give a Hoot For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Use movement and music to explore owl behavior. For children ages 4-8 with cognitive disabilities. Time 10-11am. Cost 2 per child. Pre-registration required by 22116. Wednesday February 24 Knee-High Naturalist Who-o-o-o-os In the Night For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Discover the unique characteristics of owls and their lives. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 22216. Wednesday February 24 Wild Adventurers Under the Sea For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum What lies beneath the water Explore the layers of the ocean and learn about the creatures that live there. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 22216. Thursday February 25 Knee-High Naturalist Who-o-o-o-os In the Night For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Discover the unique characteristics of owls and their lives. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 22316. Thursday February 25 Wild Adventurers Under the Sea For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum What lies beneath the water Explore the layers of the ocean and learn about the creatures that live there. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 22316. Friday February 26 Owl Prowl For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Join For-Mar Naturalists to learn about local owls and the unique sounds they make. Then travel the trails to practice your owl-calling skills. Bring your own flashlights we will provide night vision protection. For families suggested for ages 5 and older all abilities. Time 6-730pm. Cost 3 per person. Pre-registration not required. Saturday February 27 Winter Bird Walk For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Take a walk around For-Mar looking for birds that stick around through the winter. Well especially be looking for screech owls nesting in the wood duck boxes. Suggested for ages 8 and older all abilities. Time 9-11am. Cost 1.50 per person. Pre-registration not required. Saturday February 27 Growing Gardeners Stepping Stones For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Garden mosaic stepping stones are a colorful way to spruce up your garden all summer long. Your garden needs one. Join us and build your very own garden stones. For children ages 4-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 22516. Saturday February 27 Snow Beast Safari For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Learn winter detective skills and become a Cryptozoologist. Then head out on the trails in search of our For-Mar Yeti. Dress to be outdoors. Suggested for children ages 5 and older all abilities. Time 1-3pm. Cost 5 per student. Pre-registration required by 22516. For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum PAGE 18 MarchFamily Fun for Everyone For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Wednesday March 2 Knee-High Naturalist How Animals Sleep For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Explore the many ways animals sleep with a story games and a craft. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 22916. Wednesday March 2 Wild Adventurers Glow Away For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Bioluminescence Photoluminescence and Chemiluminescence or more simply said GLOW Turn out the lights and lets learn about these luminous effects. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 22916. Wednesday March 2 Lets Take a Hike For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Get outside get fit and explore. Meet at the Visitors Center for stretching before hitting the trails. Bring water bottles and wear hiking shoes. For ages 13 and older all abilities. Time 1030-1130am. Cost 2 per person. Pre-registration required by 22816. Thursday March 3 Knee-High Naturalist How Animals Sleep For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Explore the many ways animals sleep with a story games and a craft. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 3116. Thursday March 3 Wild Adventurers Glow Away For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Bioluminescence Photoluminescence and Chemiluminescence or more simply said GLOW Turn out the lights and lets learn about these luminous effects. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 3116. Thursday March 3 10 17 25 31 Green Book Club For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Join fellow nature enthusiasts as we read and discuss Michael Pollans book The Omnivores Dilemma A Natural History of Four Meals.Participants will receive their own copy with paid registration. For ages 13 and older all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 15 per person includes book. Pre-registration required by 22515. Saturday March 5 Nature Discovery Gooey Science For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Its slick slimy sticky science For individuals with cognitive disabilities Time 1030am-12pm. Cost 2 per person. Pre-registration required by 3316. Hogbacks Area Eat Smart Live Strong for Seniors Fridays March 4 11 18 25 and April 1 8 6-week program For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Eat Smart Live Strong includes fun social and interactive sessions designed to improve fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity among 60-74 year olds. Throughout the sessions participants will gain the skills needed to promote healthy behavior changes to improve overall health and wellbeing. Topics Include Reach Your Goals Step by Step Challenges and Solutions Colorful and Classic Favorites and Eat Smart Spend Less. Participants receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program. Come join the fun For seniors all abilities. Time 330-430pm. Cost FREE Pre-registration required by 22616. Call or email Betsy Schumacher 810 244-8517 or Schuma66anr.msu.edu. MSU is an affirmative-action equal-opportunity employer. Michigan State University Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race color national origin gender gender identity religion age height weight disability political beliefs sexual orientation marital status family status or veteran status. March is Maple Syrup Month Saturday March 5 Maple Syrup 101 For-Mar DeWaters Building off Potter Rd. From tree ID to tapping basics you will learn how to make the most of your maples this season in this hands-on how-to maple syrup program. Suggested for ages 16 and older all abilities. Time 1-3pm. Cost 5 per person. Pre-registration required by 3316. Saturday March 12 Growing Gardeners Sap to Syrup For-Mar DeWaters building off Potter Rd. The sap has started to flow and its time to turn it into syrup for our pancakes. Learn some of the history behind For-Mars Sugar Bush Trail what it takes to make syrup and try a few tasty treats in the process. For children ages 4-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 31016. Saturday March 12 Scouting Outing Sap to Syrup For-Mar DeWaters Building off Potter Rd. Calling all Scouts The sap has started to flow and its time to turn it into syrup for our pancakes. Learn some of the history behind For-Mars Sugar Bush Trail what it takes to make syrup and try a few tasty treats in the process. For scouts suggested for ages 4 and up all abilities. Time 1-230pm. Cost 3 per Scout. Pre-registration required by 31016. Saturday March 19 Nature Discovery in the Garden Sap to Syrup For-Mar DeWaters Building off Potter Rd. The sap has started to flow and its time to turn it into syrup for our pancakes. Learn some of the history behind For-Mars Sugar Bush Trail what it takes to make syrup and try a few tasty treats in the process. For individuals with cognitive disabilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost FREE Pre-registration required by 31716. Saturday March 19 Maple Syrup Festival For-Mar Dewaters Building off Potter Rd. Join us at the Dewaters Building near our Sugar Shack for a firsthand look at how one of Michigans most historically significant natural resources maple syrup is made. From tapping to pancake topping see it all. Trained For-Mar staff will be on hand to share information about winter tree ID. Come anytime between 12pm and 3pm. Hot cocoa will be served. For families all ages and abilities. Time 12-3pm. Cost FREE Pre-registration not required. Saturday March 26 Pancake Taste and Trek For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Join the For-Mar staff for a hike back to the Sugar Bush where you will get the chance to see how syrup is made. Then travel back to the For-Mar Visitors Center for our annual Pancake Cook-Off. Taste test fresh For-Mar syrup and make your own pancakes to go with it. For all ages and abilities. Time 12-3pm. Cost 5 per person. Pre-registration required by 32416. For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum PAGE 19 Saturday March 5 Gardening in March For-Mar DeWaters Building off Potter Rd. Learn what you can be doing in your garden this month for year-round success. For ages 13 and older all abilities. Time 1-2pm. Cost 3 per person. Pre-registration required by 3316. Saturday March 5 Kids Nature Photography Club For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Come join the club the Kids Nature Photography Club Join us monthly and learn basic photography skills and get outdoors to take amazing pictures of your favorite For-Mar outdoor areas. Bring your digital camera and dress for the weather. Suggested for ages 6 and older all abilities. Time 130-230pm. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration not required. Pre-registration required by 3316 Tuesday March 8 Knee-High Nature Discovery Animal Helpers For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Come and meet some animal helpers. For children ages 4-8 with cognitive disabilities. Time 10-11am. Cost 2 per child. Pre-registration required by 3616. Wednesday March 9 Knee-High Naturalist Animals Helping People For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Discover the many ways animals help people. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 3716. Wednesday March 9 Wild Adventurers Turkey Vulture For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Why are they bald How do they keep cool What is their method of keeping away predatorsGet all of these questions and more answered during this weeks Turkey Vulture exploration. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 3716. Wednesday March 9 Lets Take a Hike For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Get outside get fit and explore Meet at the Visitors Center for stretching before hitting the trails. Bring water bottles and wear hiking shoes. For ages 13 and older all abilities. Time 1030-1130am. Cost 2 per person. Pre-registration required by 3716. Thursday March 10 Knee-High Naturalist Animals Helping People For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Discoverthemanywaysanimalshelppeople. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 3816. Thursday March 10 Wild Adventurers Turkey Vulture For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Why are they bald How do they keep cool What is their method of keeping away predators Get all of these questions and more answered during this weeks Turkey Vulture exploration. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 3816. Friday March 11 For-Mar Night Hike For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Its time to experience For-Mar at night. Test your night vision skills and learn about nocturnal animals as you travel the trails on this naturalist led hike. For families all ages and abilities. Time 630-730pm. Cost 1.50 per person. Pre-registration not required. Saturday March 12 Nature Photography Club For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Calling all photographers Join us for our photography club designed for both professional and amateur photographers. A different photography technique will be highlighted each month. Then well hit the trails to search for and take photos of all Genesee County Parks secret gems. For ages 16 and older all abilities. Time 9-1030am. Cost 3 per person. Pre-registration not required. Wednesday March 16 Knee-High Naturalist Native American Folklore For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Learn about early Native American traditions and animal folklore. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 31416. Wednesday March 16 Wild Adventurers Sensing Sound For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum What is sound How does it travel to our ears and how do we hear the world around us Lets experiment with sound vibration and waves. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 31416. Wednesday March 16 Lets Take a Hike For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Get outside get fit and explore Meet at the Visitors Center for stretching before hitting the trails. Bring water bottles and wear hiking shoes. For ages 13 and older all abilities. Time 1030-1130am. Cost 2 per person. Pre-registration required by 31416. Thursday March 17 Knee-High Naturalist Native American Folklore For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Learn about early Native American traditions and animal folklore. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 31516. Thursday March 17 Wild Adventurers Sensing Sound For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum What is sound How does it travel to our ears and how do we hear the world around us Lets experiment with sound vibration and waves. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 31516. Saturday March 19 Birding Hike Migrating Water Fowl E.A. Cummings Event Center Walking along the north shore of the Flint River and Mott Lake should yield many species of ducks. Well meet at the west end of the Event Center. Just look for For-Mars Turtle Van. For families suggested for ages 8 and older all abilities. Time 9-11am. Cost FREE Pre-registration not required. Saturday March 19 Volunteer Hoop House Work and Learn For-Mar Hoop House DeWaters Building off Potter Rd. Are you curious about hoop house management Learn while caring for a variety of crops. Staff will be available to answer questions. For ages 12 and older all abilities. Time 1-3pm. Cost FREE Pre-registration required by 31816. For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Cooking Matters for Adults Mondays March 7 14 21 28 and April 4 11 6-week program For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Cooking and nutrition taught by a chef and nutritionist Well cover topics that include Healthy Snacks Shopping Smart Food Safety at Home Cooking Tips from the Chef Planning Balanced Meals and Tips for Eating Out and youll get FREE groceries and a FREE cookbook so you can make the recipes at home. Time 1-3pm. Cost FREE Pre-registration required by 3416. Call or email Betsy Schumacher 810244-8517 or Schuma66anr.msu. edu. MSU is an affirmative-action equal-opportunity employer. Michigan State University Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race color national origin gender gender identity religion age height weight disability political beliefs sexual orientation marital status family status or veteran status. For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum For-Mar on the Road Truck Farm PAGE 20 MarchFamily Fun for Everyone Flushing County Park Saturday March 19 Immunization Clinic For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Are you and your children up-to-date on your immunizations If not heres an easy way to get it done The Genesee County Health Department is coming to For-Mar to help make sure that youre healthy. For families all ages and abilities. Time 12-3pm. Cost Many insurance plans are accepted. For more information and to register please call 810-237-4588. Tuesday March 22 Knee-High Nature Discovery Desert Animals For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Learn about special adaptations of desert animals through active play. For children ages 4-8 with cognitive disabilities. Time 10-11am. Cost 2 per child. Pre-registration required by 32016. Wednesday March 23 Knee-High Naturalist Some Like It Hot and Dry For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Design a mini desert habitat and explore animals that live there. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 32116. Wednesday March 23 Wild Adventurers The Ants Go Marching For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Are ants pests or fascinating little creatures You decide. Come observe and learn all about these social insects. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 32116. Wednesday March 23 Lets Take a Hike For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Get outside get fit and explore Meet at the Visitors Center for stretching before hitting the trails. Bring water bottles and wear hiking shoes. For ages 13 and older all abilities. Time 1030-1130am. Cost 2 per person. Pre-registration required by 32116. Thursday March 24 Knee-High Naturalist Some Like It Hot and Dry For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Design a mini desert habitat and explore animals that live there. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 32216. Thursday March 24 Wild Adventurers The Ants Go Marching For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Are ants pests or fascinating little creatures You decide Come observe and learn all about these social insects. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 32216. Saturday March 26 Growing Gardeners Egg- cellent Gardening For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Easter is just around the corner and some pesky rabbit has left eggs all around our garden Come catch that rabbit and find the eggs it left behind. Then start your first plants of the year in an old eggshell a natural and eggcellent way to start seeds. For children ages 4-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 32416. Wednesday March 30 Knee-High Naturalist Tales from Michigan For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Stories and other activities will teach about Babe the Blue Ox the Petoskey Stone and other tales. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 32816. Wednesday March 30 Wild Adventurers Phased by the Moon For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum The lunar eclipse is Monday. Come learn all about the phases of the moon and what exactly an eclipse is before you experience one. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 32816. Wednesday March 30 Lets Take a Hike For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Get outside get fit and explore Meet at the Visitors Center for stretching before hitting the trails. Bring water bottles and wear hiking shoes. For ages 13 and older all abilities. Time 1030-1130am. Cost 2 per person. Pre-registration required by 32816. Thursday March 31 Knee-High Naturalist Tales from Michigan For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Stories and other activities will teach about Babe the Blue Ox the Petoskey Stone and other tales. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 32916. Thursday March 31 Wild Adventurers Phased by the Moon For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum The lunar eclipse is Monday. Come learn all about the phases of the moon and what exactly an eclipse is before you experience one. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 32916. For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum For-Mar on the Road Truck Farm PAGE 21 April Mott Lake Saturdays April 2 April 16 Junior Master Gardener Certification Class For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Its time to explore the garden and experience how to go from planting to the dinner table. This class a partnership between the Master Gardener Association of Genesee County and ForMar Nature Preserve and Arboretum will cultivate young minds as we explore what gardens need to be healthy and happy. For children ages 6-12 all abilities. Time 10am-230pm. Cost 25 per student covers lunch a t-shirt and materials. Pre-registration required by 32416. Saturday April 2 Nature Discovery Amphibians For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum What makes an amphibian Come learn all about these slimy creatures we know and love. For individuals with cognitive disabilities Time 1030am-12pm. Cost 2 per person. Pre-registration required by 33116. Saturday April 2 Kids Nature Photography Club For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Come join the club the Kids Nature Photography Club Join us monthly and learn basic photography skills and get outdoors to take amazing pictures of your favorite ForMar outdoor areas. Bring your digital camera and dress for the weather. Suggested for ages 6 and older all abilities. Time 130-230pm. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration not required. Saturday April 2 Gardening in April For-Mar DeWaters Building off Potter Rd. Learn what you can be doing in your garden this month for year-round success. For ages 13 and older all abilities. Time 1-2pm. Cost 3 per person. Pre-registration required by 33116. Tuesday April 5 Spring Break Camp Bug Crazy For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Big Bugs Little Bugs we love BUGS Join us at ForMar as we learn all about our creepy crawly friends and meet ForMars bug family. Then create your own bug catcher to take home. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10am-12pm. Cost 5 per student. Pre-registration required by 4316. Tuesday April 5 Spring Break Camp Animal Team Builders For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Work as a team to learn how animals can make the best team around. Dress to be outside and bring a change of clothes. Please bring a sack lunch water bottle and a snack. Foryouthages7-12allabilities.Studentscan bedroppedoffifawaiverformissigned. Time 10am-230pm. Cost 10 per student. Pre-registration required by 4316. Wednesday April 6 Spring Break Camp ARRRRR You Ready to Become a Pirate For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Follow the treasure map to nature challenges that will lead you to where X marks the spot and the hidden treasure lies. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10am-12pm. Cost 5 per student. Pre-registration required by 4416. Wednesday April 6 Spring Break Camp Pirates of For-Mar For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Learn map reading and geocaching skills while traveling the ForMar trails on an adventure to find the hidden treasure. Dress to be outside and bring a change of clothes. Please bring a sack lunch water bottle and a snack. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Students can be dropped off if a waiver form is signed. Time 10am-230pm. Cost 10 per student. Pre-registration required by 4416. Wednesday April 6 Lets Take a Hike For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Get outside get fit and explore Meet at the Visitors Center for stretching before hitting the trails. Bring water bottles and wear hiking shoes. For ages 13 and older all abilities. Time 1030am-1130am. Cost 2 per person. Pre-registration required by 4316. Thursday April 7 Spring Break Camp Fairy Tale Science Fair For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Dress as your favorite fairytale character and estimate experiment and explore the science of fairytales. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10am-12pm. Cost 5 per student. Pre-registration required by 4516. Thursday April 7 Spring Break Camp Wilderness Survival For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum Investigate with ForMar Naturalists as you travel the trails study the live animals and create your own outdoor survival shelters. Dress in outdoor gear that can get messy and wear hiking shoes. Well picnic outdoors so students should bring a sack lunch that does not need to be refrigerated a water bottle and a snack. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Students can be dropped off if a waiver form is signed. Time 10am-230pm. Cost 10 per student. Pre-registration required by 4516. Thursday April 7 14 21 28 Green Book Club For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Join fellow nature enthusiasts as we read and discuss The Forest Unseen A Years Watch in Nature by David George Haskell. Participants will receive their own copy with paid registration. For ages 13 and older all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 15 per person includes book. Pre-registration required by 33115. Saturday April 9 Nature Photography Club For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Calling all photographers Join us for our photography club designed for both professional and amateur photographers. A different photography technique will be highlighted each month. Then well hit the trails to search for and take photos of all Genesee County Parks secret gems. For ages 16 and older all abilities. Time 9-1030am. Cost 3 per person. Pre-registration not required. Saturday April 9 Growing Gardeners Lettuce Begin For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Spring has sprung After a long cold winter its time to start planting in the garden. Come explore the garden and learn about plants that dont mind a little cold weather from time to time. For children ages 4-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 4716. Saturday April 9 Junior Scientist Camp For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Join the ForMar crew as we perform mini experiments that will get your kids excited about science. From elephant toothpaste to soda pop explosions this program is sure to be messy and FUN. For ages 5 and older all abilities. Time 1-4pm. Cost 5 per student. Pre-registration required by 4716. Tuesday April 12 Knee-High Nature Discovery Spring Time Babies For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Come and learn about animals that are born in the spring. For children ages 4-8 with cognitive disabilities. Time 10-11am. Cost 2 per child. Pre-registration required by 41016. Wednesday April 13 Knee-High Naturalist Animal Babies For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Discover tricks animal babies use to survive. Learn what to do if you are lost. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 41116. Wednesday April 13 Wild Adventurers Cloudy with a Chance of _______ For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum What can clouds tell us about the weather Lets identify different types of clouds how they form and what they mean. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 41116. Wednesday April 13 Lets Take a Hike For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Get outside get fit and explore Meet at the Visitors Center for stretching before hitting the trails. Bring water bottles and wear hiking shoes. For ages 13 and older all abilities. Time 1030am-1130am. Cost 2 per person. Pre-registration required by 41116. Thursday April 14 Knee-High Naturalist Animal Babies For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Discover tricks animal babies use to survive. Learn what to do if you are lost. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 41216. Thursday April 14 Wild Adventurers Cloudy with a Chance of _______ For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum What can clouds tell us about the weather Lets identify different types of clouds how they form and what they mean. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 41216. Family Fun for Everyone PAGE 22 AprilFamily Fun for Everyone Saturday April 16 Birding Hike Eagle Expedition Zemmer Park Take a stroll in Zemmer Park and youre likely to find eagles fishing in the Flint River. Join us as we look for eagles and the many other species of waterfowl that call the Genesee County Parks home. Meet at Zemmer Park off Marathon Rd. Drive straight into the parking area by the Flint River. For families suggested for ages 8 and older all abilities. Time 9-11am. Cost FREE Pre-registration not required. Saturday April 16 Nature Discovery in the Garden ABCs of Bees For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum A-B-C its simple as buzz buzz bee The garden isnt the only thing that wakes up in spring so do our pollinators. Explore our bee hives taste a sample of our very own honey and learn why the pollinators are so important. For individuals with cognitive disabilities. Time 1-230pm. Cost 2 per person. Pre-registration required by 41416. Saturday April 16 Scouting Outing Love the Earth For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Learn all about ways you can love and protect the earth during this Earth Day inspired program. Scouts will learn about the 3Rs caring for wildlife and how they can become junior naturalists. For scouts suggested for ages 5 and older all abilities. Time 10am-12pm. Cost 5 per scout. Pre-registration required by 41416. Saturday April 16 Earth Day Service Day For-Mar DeWaters Building off Potter Rd. Its time to give back and you can help. Volunteer at ForMar doing garden prep trail and litter clean up planting and more. Dress for getting dirty outdoors. Bring your own gloves and rake if you have them some will be available. For ages 6 and older all abilities. Great for scout groups Time 1-3pm. Cost FREE Pre-registration not required large groups are asked to call ahead. Saturday April 16 Volunteer Hoop House Work and Learn For-Mar Hoop House DeWaters Building off Potter Rd. Are you curious about hoop house management Learn while caring for a variety of crops. Staff will be available to answer questions. For ages 12 and older all abilities. Time 1-3pm. Cost FREE Pre-registration required by 41416. Wednesday April 20 Knee-High Naturalist Skunks and Other Insect Eaters For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Learn about these fascinating animals. Go on an insect hunt For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 41816. Wednesday April 20 Wild Adventurers Monarchs For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum These migrating butterflies are not only beautiful but also fascinating. Come learn about their migration and the roles they play in our environment. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 41816. Wednesday April 20 Lets Take a Hike For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Get outside get fit and explore Meet at the Visitors Center for stretching before hitting the trails. Bring water bottles and wear hiking shoes. For ages 13 and older all abilities. Time 1030-1130am. Cost 2 per person. Pre-registration required by 41816. Thursday April 21 Knee-High Naturalist Skunks and Other Insect Eaters For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Learn about these fascinating animals. Go on an insect hunt For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 41916. Thursday April 21 Wild Adventurers Monarchs For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum These migrating butterflies are not only beautiful but also fascinating. Come learn about their migration and the roles they play in our environment. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 41916. Saturday April 23 Growing Gardeners ABCs of Bees For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum A-B-C its simple as buzz buzz bee The garden isnt the only thing that wakes up in spring so do our pollinators. Explore our bee hives taste a sample of our very own honey and learn why the pollinators are so important. For children ages 4-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 42116. Saturday April 23 Arbor Day Festival For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Join ForMar staff as we celebrate the wonder of trees. Learn how trees serve an important role in our ecosystem when they are alive and dead. Come anytime between 12pm and 3pm to celebrate Arbor Day with For-Mar For families all ages and abilities. Time 12-3pm. Cost FREE Pre-registration not required. Saturday April 23 Immunization Clinic For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Are you and your children up-to-date on your immunizations If not heres an easy way to get it done The Genesee County Health Department is coming to ForMar to help make sure that youre healthy. For families all ages and abilities. Time 12-3pm. Cost Many insurance plans are accepted. For more information and to register please call 810-237-4588. Tuesday April 26 Knee-High Nature Discovery A Home is A Nest For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Help the nesting animals build their homes. For children ages 4-8 with cognitive disabilities. Time 10-11am. Cost 2 per child. Pre-registration required by 42416. Wednesday April 27 Knee-High Naturalist Nests Not Just for the Birds For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Learn about the kinds of animals that build nests. Play the nesting game. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 42516. Wednesday April 27 Wild Adventurers This Drags For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Air resistance that is What is air resistance and how do we use it to our advantage Come learn all about air resistance and how it is used in many inventions. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 42516. Wednesday April 27 Lets Take a Hike For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Get outside get fit and explore Meet at the Visitors Center for stretching before hitting the trails. Bring water bottles and wear hiking shoes. For ages 13 and older all abilities. Time 1030-1130am. Cost 2 per person. Pre-registration required by 42516. Thursday April 28 Knee-High Naturalist Nests Not Just for the Birds For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Learn about the kinds of animals that build nests. Play the nesting game. For children ages 3-6 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per child. Pre-registration required by 42616. Thursday April 28 Wild Adventurers This Drags For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Air resistance that is What is air resistance and how do we use it to our advantage Come learn all about air resistance and how it is used in many inventions. For youth ages 7-12 all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 3 per student. Pre-registration required by 42616. Saturday April 30 Birding Hike Song Birds Richfield County Park Pavilion 1 Take a walk through Richfield County Park with your ForMar Naturalist to find migrating birds and songbirds that make this Genesee County Park home. For families suggested for ages 8 and older all abilities. Time 9-11am. Cost FREE Pre-registration not required. Saturday April 30 Gardening for Pollinators For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Learn basic gardening designs and plant choices to create your very own garden for pollinators in your backyard. Then learn how your backyard can be part of the Monarch Waystation movement to support our pollinator friends. Dress to be outdoors. Suggested for ages 14 and older all abilities. Time 10-1130am. Cost 5 per person. Pre-registration is required by 42815. For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Online Reservations Purchasing tickets and making reservations could not be easier when its done on-line at Genesee County Parks website. All it takes is a couple of minutes to register your lifetime password. If you have questions about on-line reservations or creating your password please call Genesee County Parks reservation department at 810.736.7100 ext. 6 or 800.648.PARK ext. 6. Reservation office hours are Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm. Be sure to follow Genesee County Parks on YouTube Facebook Twitter Instagram Google and Pinterest as we post information and send out special deals. Make reservations online for Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad Wolverine Campground Pavilion Rental For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum programs Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic 9th Annual Ladies Night Out at Crossroads Village Elba Equestrian Complex Camping. Field Trips in the Parks Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commissionhas wonderful opportunities for your students to learn and interact with nature and history. History Comes to Life Crossroads Village Huckleberry Railroad offers a one-of-a-kind educational experience for your students. The Special Christmas School Day December 11 1000am 300pm is offered to private charter public and home schools. History comes alive when you roll up your sleeves and take part in the everyday activities of a 19th century community. Our School Days field trips are also offered on multiple days in the spring starting mid-May through the end of the school year. Visit our website or contact our reservations desk for the School Days Curriculum Guide as well as pricing information. Interact with Nature For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretumoffers a wide variety of field trip options for all grade levels that will connect your students classroom learning to the natural world in a hands-on and meaningful way. For-Mar offers Naturalist-led guided hikes through the For- Mar property as well as half-day and full-day educational programs that incorporate live animal time nature hikes and topic based activities.We also offer programming for high school students that connects to their Educational Development Plans EDP from field trips that discuss and explore career pathways in the naturalist sciences to job shadowing to career fairs at your local schools For-Mar is here to assist. These educational options are available to both day school and after school classrooms. All programs are designed and connected to Michigans Grade Level Educational Standards including the Common Core State Standards and the STEM initiatives and use certified and award winning environmental education curriculums. Let us help you give your students a deeper understanding and appreciation for nature and history with fun and educational programs through the Genesee County Parks. Volunteer Opportunities Are you looking for some unique volunteer opportunities The Genesee County Parks have a variety of volunteer opportunities awaiting you. Crossroads Village hosts special programs and events throughout the year that require a tremendous amount of manpower. Programs like Day Out With ThomasTM Huckleberry Hustle and Little Berry Dash Halloween Ghosts and Goodies at Crossroads Village and Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic Ladies Night Out If your green thumb is longing to be outdoors then ForMar Nature Preserve and Arboretum is the place for you Volunteer opportunities vary depending on the time of year and current needs. You can make a difference by Assisting with gardens Counting bluebirds Removing invasive plants Hiking the trails and picking up litter Help a child learn to fish or sing around a campfire with first-time camping families the possibilities are endless To learn more about the volunteer opportunities at the Genesee County Parks please contact Genesee County Parks Volunteer Coordinator Cindy Kimber at ckimbergcparks.org or 810.249.3858. Winter Activities in the Parks For those of us who like a little adventure in every season Genesee County Parks offer great opportunities to get out and active even in the winter. Ice fishing on Mott Lake sledding at Toboggan Hill or riding your snowmobile around Richfield County Park are always good ways to spend the day. Winter hiking snowshoeing and cross country skiing arealso great ways to clear your mind or spend some quality time with family and get a healthy dose of fresh air during the winter months. Take advantage of the beautiful trails throughout the Parks and get away right away to the natural winter wonderlandthat is Genesee County Parks. Needs some winter ideas Have you tried Snowshoeing snow shoes can be checked out at the For-Mar welcome center Cross country skiing Sledding Snowmobiling Winter equestrian riding Winter hiking Ice skating Ice fishing Build a snowman Make a snow angel Wildlifebird watchingCrossroads Village Coldwater Road Chapel For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Birthday Packages In this fast-paced world of extravagant birthday parties consider a natural alternative. Consider a ForMar naturethemed birthday party. Choose from six party packages butterflies turtles snakes Bigfoot Birthday Breakfast Birthday All About Maple Syrup or Nature Princess Birthday. Your birthday party is set in a private room and your party theme is brought to life by a ForMar naturalist. Of course no birthday party is complete without the birthday crown a present from For-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum and cupcakes the best part Additional charges apply for additional children additional cupcakes and additional themed party package. Genesee County Parks helps make birthdays a little easier and naturally fun. To reserve your birthday party please call Nicole Ferguson Naturalist 810.789.8567. PAGE 23 Get away. Right away. Any day. With 21 Genesee County Parks so close to home you dont have to wait until your vacation rolls around to enjoy a little sunshine fresh air and fun. Inside the Family Fun Guide youll find everything you need to make the most of your playtime a full calendar of events maps directions and reservation information. With so much to do and so many memories just waiting to be made Genesee County Parks offers the best value around. A full year of family time and fun is here whenever you need it. And its just around the corner. At your Genesee County Parks. The best place to get away right away. Stepping Stone Falls Mott LakeFor-Mar Nature Preserve Arboretum Crossroads Village Huckleberry RailroadToboggan Hill The Mounds Off Road Vehicle Area