Howard Christensen Nature Center

News Bits — May 13, 2010

May 13, 2010 // 0 Comments

Discover cool plants at Howard Christiansen Nature Center Discover the pretty wildflowers and cool plants (55 kinds!) that grow at Howard Christensen Nature Center with interpretive instructor Kare Greenup at the center’s “I Spy Cool Plants” program on May 8, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Learn about what animals and people do with these plants—fun and exercise for the whole family. Cost is $3 per person or $10 per family. To reserve your spot, please contact the Nature Center at (616) 675-3185 or Howard Christensen Nature Center is located at 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City.

HCNC keeps outdoors fun in every season

March 4, 2010 // 0 Comments

Howard Christensen Nature Center continues to offer free or inexpensive ways to enjoy Michigan’s winter weather. A group of local Boy Scouts recently enjoyed their yearly Klondyke derby, the Olympics of Scouting. The boys are tested on Scouting skills such as knot tying, shelter building, cooking outdoors and more. The boys also make a sled to carry their materials from each stations. Troop leaders give the boys scenarios in which to put their skills to test, such as like first aid skills. This year the boys made a splint and  streacher as one of their medical tests. “This is really a great way for the boys to put all their skills together in a competition,” said Scout mom Lisa Budd. Howard Christian Nature Center is located north of Rockford at 16160 Red Pine Drive in Tyrone Township.

Spring seedling sale

April 23, 2009 // 0 Comments

Extras available at 25 percent discount Due to an ordering error the Kent Conservation District has extra seedlings remaining from its sale.  Because these seedlings must be planted or tended to within the next week, we are offering a 25 percent discount on all purchases made this week. If you are interested in making a purchase come to the Howard Christensen Nature Center on Red Pine Drive in Kent City on Wed. from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or Thurs. 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Seedlings will also be available in Cedar Springs Morley Park on Sat. from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. At this point we have most of our fifty species available.

Upcoming Events at Howard Christensen Nature Center

March 19, 2009 // 0 Comments

I spy birds! March 28, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Free, all-ages presentation about birds at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Borrow binoculars and a bird book, or make a pinecone birdfeeder ($1 each). Birdhouse building station ($10 per person), quantity limited. Preparing for a prescribed burn April 4, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Learn about the benefits of prescribed burning along with the legal considerations, contractor information, and if weather permits, a demonstration burn. $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Register at, or call HCNC by March 30. For directions and more information visit Volunteers are needed for the pancake breakfast and to pack seedlings (April 14-16) for the seedling sale. Please call if you can help. We look forward to seeing you this spring!

Nature Center Kicks Off Spring Cleaning Season with E-Waste Day

February 26, 2009 // 0 Comments

The days are getting brighter causing both birds and humans to prepare their nests for spring! The Howard Christensen Nature Center and Comprenew will join forces on March 7 to offer a free, convenient, environmentally safe way to dispose of office and household electronic waste. As you begin your spring-cleaning, remember that most electronic products contain toxic components that cause health concerns when incinerated or placed in a landfill. E-waste Day will be held at the Sparta ChoiceOne Bank parking lot at the corner of Division and Union St. on Saturday, March 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There is no limit on the number of items for disposal, and the only charge is $10 per TV. Almost anything that has a cord or battery will be accepted such as laptops, monitors (any size ? no fee), computer accessories and cables, memory sticks, printers, VCR?s, radios, microwaves, dehumidifiers, and even electric power tools! A basic data wipe of computer hard drives is included. Large appliances such as refrigerators and air conditioners are not accepted. Call Comprenew at (616) 451-4400, option 1, or e-mail with questions about accepted electronic items. Please contact the Howard Christensen Nature Center at (616) 675-3158, or to make arrangements for large quantities, or to inquire about other dates for disposal.

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