Summer workshops for kids at Howard Christensen Nature Center

The Howard Christensen Nature Center is the site for Wild Wednesdays-three summer workshops for students ages 5 and older. Each workshop has a special theme focusing on a different habitat at the 135-acre nature center in northern Kent County-lakes and wetlands, forests, and fields. There are two dates left-July 15 and August 12-with a cost of $20 per day and a $5 discount for members.

Howard Christensen Nature Center’s trained interpretive instructors will lead groups of 10-15 students, which will be grouped by age. Activities for each day depend on recent plant and animal discoveries, but typically include hiking, make-and-take crafts, games and surprises! Each day also includes a thematic snack, while “campers” bring their own lunch. Each workshop starts at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. with a sharing time to which parents or guardians are invited.

A new addition to the summer program is the Conservation Club, which will be offered to students over age 12 who have previously attended Howard Christensen Nature Center workshops. Interested parents should call the nature center at (616) 675-3158 to sign up, and the program will be developed based on the participants’ interests. Activities may include water monitoring, field inventorying and tree surveying and will take place on the same dates.

Pre-registration is required for each workshop 10 days in advance. Registration forms are available at, in the nature center office, Kent Conservation office at 3260 Eagle Park Dr., Suite 111, Grand Rapids, and the Cedar Springs, Kent City and Sparta libraries.

The Howard Christensen Nature Center is located at 16190 Red Pine Dr., between Cedar Springs and Kent City.

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