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Hunters Chili Dinner & “Stuck in a Rut” Presentation

Hunters Chili Dinner & “Stuck in a Rut” Presentation

Register soon to enjoy the some comforting Chili & the chance to learn basic biology details of Michigan’s favorite mammal, the white tailed deer from presenter, David Kieft.

This presentation & Chili Dinner takes place on Thursday, November 5, 6-8pm at Howard Christian Nature Center located at 16190 Red Pine Dr. NW in Kent City. Chili is served at 6pm and the presentation follows at 7pm.

A $5.00 donation is encouraged for the Chili dinner & $5.00 donation for the presentation, or $8.00 for both.

Register at www.lilysfrogpad.com.

Pumpkin Carving & Lit Trail Walk

Pumpkin Carving & Lit Trail Walk

Family fun is happening at Howard Christian Nature Center located at 16190 Red Pine Drive in Kent City on Saturday, October 25!

All ages are welcome from 5:00pm to 8:30pm, where guest have the opportunity to begin with carving one pumpkin at the Red Pine Center. 1st, 2nd & 3rd place PRIZES will be awarded and from there, all pumpkins will be lit and laid along the trail for all to enjoy. Dressing up in a favorite Nature Character is encouraged.

The trail will cover the spooky Enchanted forest, where a “flying Monkey” could possibly be seen, along with other interesting creatures to observe.

Cost: $8.00 donation per person or $30 donation per family of 4 or more.

Visit www.lilysfrogpad.com for more information.

Howard Christensen Nature Center offers Senior Stroll on Fridays

Howard Christensen Nature Center offers Senior Stroll on Fridays

Starting Friday, August 2, seniors are welcome to visit the Howard Christian Nature Center (HCNC) to reap the health benefits of walking while enjoying nature. 

The HCNC's Senior Stoll is about a mile long and slow-paced so participants can stop and enjoy the sights and sounds along the trail.  Senior Stroll runs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Friday through fall.  No pre-registration is required but a donation of $4.50 is encouraged.

The HCNC is located at 16190 Red Pine Drive NE in Kent City.  For more information, call  (616) 675-3158 or visit www.lilysfrogpad.com.

New features planned for Howard Christensen Nature Center

New features planned for Howard Christensen Nature Center

The Howard Christensen Nature Center is looking for volunteers to help with new additions to its facilities.

The Nature Center is planning to add a Linkin' Log playground, an obstacle course, a second "Stewardship Garden", and a goat house.  

The Linkin' Log playground will be built from logs harvested on the Nature Center's property, and cater to children. The obstacle course will be for teenagers and adults.  The new Stewardship Garden is meant to enhance visitors' understanding of sustainability.  The goat house will give visitors a close encounter with live animals.

The Boy Scouts will be building the goat house, but help is still needed on other projects.  For more information on volunteering, visit the Nature Center's website.

Great American Backyard Campout

Great American Backyard Campout

Families are brought together to enjoy nature, as part of this National Wildlife Federations nationwide event at Howard Christian Nature Center in Kent City. From 4pm on Saturday, June 16 to 10am on Sunday, June 17, families of all ages (with a minimum of 1 adult per family, required) can discover the fun of pitching a tent and camping in the Howard Christian Nature Center area. 

This is a great chance for families to experience nature-based programs, campfires, dinner, breakfast & more!. At night, there will be the chance for hotdog & marshmallow roasting over an open fire and a morning pancake breakfast in the Camp Lily’s building at 520 – 20 Mile Road in Kent City (1/4 mile from the Interpretive Center).

Donations of $30 per family! No family will be turned down if donation cannot be afforded – please call for details. Pre-registration is required.

The Art of Nature at Howard Christensen Nature Center

The Art of Nature at Howard Christensen Nature Center

Do you see beauty in a snow-covered landscape, or does it simply make you want to head to a warmer climate? Many people, even the “snowbirds,” see beauty in nature. During November and December, the Howard Christensen Nature Center (HCNC) is hosting several workshops and a quilt raffle that are inspired by nature’s beauty.

The Rockford Sportsman’s Club is again showing their support for the educational programs at the nature center by sponsoring the third annual quilt raffle. The prizes for the raffle include a wildlife-themed quilted wall hanging by Sandy Afton, a framed “sand dune” print by Jeanne Rockett, and a 60” wreath created by Kare Greenup. A raffle ticket costs $5 with all proceeds going to the nature center, which is located on 135 acres in the Rogue River State Game Area.

We trade our Urban Wildlife for a rare sighting -- The elusive badger

We trade our Urban Wildlife for a rare sighting -- The elusive badger

Meet Bella, Bucky and Barry:

We leave the urban wildlife in Forest Hills and head to our cabin in Wisconsin.  In Michigan, you would call our cabin a cottage.  In Wisconsin, they are known as cabins.  Anyway I digress - our cabin is on 10 hilly acres of grassland in the bluff country of southern Wisconsin. 

Wisconsin is known as the dairy state, but the “state animal” is not a cow.  It’s the badger.  Yes, Wisconsinites have seen Bucky the Badger, the University of Wisconsin’s mascot.  But very few of them have ever seen a real badger.  Our property in Wisconsin was invaded by three badgers last year!!!!

The first sign of a badger invasion:

The first sign of the badger invasion was the yard, which was dug up.  Badgers prefer to live in open grasslands, fields and pastures.  My husband mows about four acres of our property and lets the rest of the grasses grow wild.