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Astronomy Program

Astronomy Program - AstronomyProgram

Observe the night sky with the Shoreline Amateur Astronomical Association. They will have the observatory open and telescopes available to view from (weather/cloud cover permitting). When viewing conditions call for overcast skies, chance of rain or snow, the viewing session will be canceled. Please check holland-saaa.org for updated information.

Registration is encouraged and closes 24 hours prior to the activity.

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Add To Selection List Astronomy Public Observing at Hemlock Crossing Observatory 07/13/2024 -07/13/2024 9:00 pm -11:00 pm Sa Hemlock Crossing Park 12+ $0.00/$0.00 Available
Add To Selection List Astronomy Public Observing at Hemlock Crossing Observatory 08/10/2024 -08/10/2024 9:00 pm -11:00 pm Sa Hemlock Crossing Park 12+ $0.00/$0.00 Available
Add To Selection List Astronomy in Art 09/14/2024 -09/14/2024 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Sa Hemlock Crossing Park All $0.00/$0.00 Available
Awareness Art & Action

Awareness Art & Action - AwarenessArtAction

Explore the wonderful world of butterflies! We’ll learn about their habitats, adaptations and interactions, and what they need to thrive all while creating nature journal entries based on what we see. Then, find out what you can do to aid and protect these delightful creatures.

Registration is required and closes 24 hours prior to the activity.

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Add To Selection List Butterflies 08/17/2024 -08/17/2024 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Sa Hemlock Crossing Park 12+ $10.00/$15.00 Available
Birding Field Trips

Birding Field Trips - BirdingFieldTrip

Shorebirds are on their way south for the winter. Intercept and identify a variety of them on these half day field trip options.
Part 1 will start at Holland State Park and then visit the AAA Sod Farm in Hudsonville. Details will be emailed to participants after registration.

Registration is required and closes 24 hours prior to the activity.

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Add To Selection List Shorebirds Field Trip Part 1: Shoreline and Sod Farm 09/07/2024 -09/07/2024 7:30 am -11:30 am Sa Off Site Location 12+ $10.00/$15.00 Available
Add To Selection List Shorebirds Field Trip Part 2: Muskegon Wastewater 09/07/2024 -09/07/2024 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sa Off Site Location 12+ $10.00/$15.00 Available
Bird Walk

Bird Walk - BirdWalk

Whether you are an avid birder or just desiring to experience birds beyond your backyard, join us as we search for warblers, sparrows and more on these birding walks that highlight parks all around the county. Trail conditions vary depending on the park. Be prepared for muddy and wet trails.

Registration is encouraged and closes 24 hours prior to the activity.

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Add To Selection List Bird Walk 09/04/2024 -09/04/2024 8:00 am -10:00 am W Ottawa Sands 12+ $0.00/$0.00 Available
Add To Selection List Bird Walk 09/08/2024 -09/08/2024 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Su Hemlock Crossing Park 12+ $0.00/$0.00 Available
Add To Selection List Bird Walk 09/18/2024 -09/18/2024 8:00 am -10:00 am W Paw Paw Park - West 12+ $0.00/$0.00 Available
Butterfly Walk

Butterfly Walk - ButterflyWalk

Explore a meadow habitat and the butterflies and wildflowers that grow there. We will attempt to ID them through various means and discuss host plants for different butterfly species.

Registration is encouraged and closes 24 hours prior to the activity.

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Add To Selection List Summer Butterflies 07/09/2024 -07/09/2024 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Tu Hemlock Crossing Park 12+ $0.00/$0.00 Available
Add To Selection List Summer Butterflies 07/30/2024 -07/30/2024 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Tu Paw Paw Park - East 12+ $0.00/$0.00 Available
Add To Selection List Monarch Butterfly Tagging 09/14/2024 -09/14/2024 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Sa Paw Paw Park - East 12+ $0.00/$0.00 Available
Dune Discovery Hike

Dune Discovery Hike - DuneDiscovery

Unique to our region, the Great Lakes Dunes are a sight to behold. Aside from their sheer beauty, these dunes hold a story hidden in time, that continues on to this day. Discover the geologic and ecological secrets behind these amazing formations. You'll never look at them the same again!
*Meet at the parking area. Parking permit required.

Registration is encouraged and closes 24 hours prior to the activity.

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Add To Selection List Dune Discovery Hike 07/23/2024 -07/23/2024 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Tu Rosy Mound Natural Area 12+ $0.00/$0.00 Available
Add To Selection List Dune Discovery Hike 08/20/2024 -08/20/2024 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Tu Rosy Mound Natural Area 12+ $0.00/$0.00 Available
Early Sprouts

Early Sprouts - EarlySprouts

Each week, we will explore a different natural theme through music, games, books, outdoor exploration and crafts. A caregiver must remain with the child.

Flying Dragons - June 26 (Hemlock Crossing Park) They can fly in any direction, including sideways and backwards. They’re fast, as well, with some reaching the top speed of 18 mph! Join us to discover what else can be learned about the dragonflies that zip around the meadow and wetland habitats.

Registration is required and closes 3 days prior to the activity.

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Add To Selection List Flying Dragons 06/26/2024 -06/26/2024 9:30 am -11:00 am W Hemlock Crossing Park 4-5 years $10.00/$15.00 Available
Add To Selection List Nature Takes Shape 07/10/2024 -07/10/2024 9:30 am -11:00 am W Hemlock Crossing Park 4-5 years $10.00/$15.00 Available
Add To Selection List Beetle Safari 07/17/2024 -07/17/2024 9:30 am -11:00 am W Hemlock Crossing Park 4-5 years $10.00/$15.00 Available
Add To Selection List Pass the Energy, Please 07/24/2024 -07/24/2024 9:30 am -11:00 am W Hager Park 4-5 years $10.00/$15.00 Available
Add To Selection List Eye See It 07/31/2024 -07/31/2024 9:30 am -11:00 am W Hager Park 4-5 years $10.00/$15.00 Available
Add To Selection List Pollinator Palooza 08/07/2024 -08/07/2024 9:30 am -11:00 am W Hager Park 4-5 years $10.00/$15.00 Available
Earth Encounters

Earth Encounters - EarthEncounters

Petoskey stones are a familiar rock to most of us. Come and learn the natural and cultural history of our State Stone. Bring your own stone to polish or we'll have some for you to try.

The Earth Encounters series aims to introduce people to the amazing geologic features of, and stories behind, the landscapes of our region. Whether you’re learning about a specific mineral or the formation of an entire landscape, this program is bound to be engaging for all! This program can take the form of either an indoor presentation, outdoor hike, or combination of both.

Registration is required and closes 24 hours prior to the activity.

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Add To Selection List The Tale of the Petoskey Stone 08/24/2024 -08/24/2024 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Sa Hemlock Crossing Park 8+ $5.00/$6.00 Available
Family Campfire

Family Campfire - FamilyCampfire

As evening fall upon the woods, gather around the campfire to make S'mores and engage in various campfire games & activities.
MEET AT THE GROUP CAMP AREA. If weather is poor, we will move event to the Pigeon Creek Lodge.

Registration is required and closes 24 hours prior to the activity.

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Add To Selection List Family Campfire 06/21/2024 -06/21/2024 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm F Pigeon Creek Park - South All $5.00/$6.00 Available
Add To Selection List Family Campfire 07/26/2024 -07/26/2024 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm F Pigeon Creek Park - South All $5.00/$6.00 Available
Add To Selection List Family Campfire 08/30/2024 -08/30/2024 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm F Pigeon Creek Park - South All $5.00/$6.00 Available
Add To Selection List Family Campfire 09/27/2024 -09/27/2024 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm F Pigeon Creek Park - South All $5.00/$6.00 Available
Family Nature Day

Family Nature Day - FamilyNatureDay

Bring the whole family and explore nature with activities, crafts and more. There’s a different theme and location for each date so attend them all!
Wild Prairies! - The prairie grassland at Hemlock Crossing is a buzz with activity in the summer months. Your family will explore the beautiful diversity of prairie flowers, the many pollinators that they depend on and more.

Registration is encouraged and closes 24 hours prior to the activity.

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Add To Selection List Wild Prairies! 07/20/2024 -07/20/2024 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Sa Hemlock Crossing Park All $0.00/$0.00 Available
Add To Selection List Explore the Grand River! 08/10/2024 -08/10/2024 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Sa Grand River Park All $0.00/$0.00 Available
Add To Selection List Rendezvous! Fur Trade on the Grand 09/21/2024 -09/21/2024 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Sa Connor Bayou All $0.00/$0.00 Available
Kayak Trip

Kayak Trip - KayakTrip

Join us on a leisurely guided kayak trip down the Pigeon River, enjoying the sights and sounds as you paddle through the Hemlock Crossing and Pine Bend Parks. Kayak included in fee.

Registration is required and closes 24 hours prior to the activity.

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Unavailable Paddle the Pigeon 06/29/2024 -06/29/2024 9:30 am - 1:30 pm Sa Hemlock Crossing Park 12+ $25.00/$30.00 Full
Add To Selection List Paddle the Pigeon 07/14/2024 -07/14/2024 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Su Hemlock Crossing Park 12+ $25.00/$30.00 Available
Add To Selection List Paddle the Pigeon 07/27/2024 -07/27/2024 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sa Hemlock Crossing Park 12+ $25.00/$30.00 Available
Add To Selection List Paddle the Pigeon 08/03/2024 -08/03/2024 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Sa Hemlock Crossing Park 12+ $25.00/$30.00 Available
Add To Selection List Moonlight Kayak Trip 08/16/2024 -08/16/2024 8:30 pm -10:30 pm F Hemlock Crossing Park 12+ $25.00/$30.00 Available
Add To Selection List Paddle the Pigeon 08/25/2024 -08/25/2024 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Su Hemlock Crossing Park 12+ $25.00/$30.00 Available
Naturally Speaking

Naturally Speaking - NaturallySpeaking

Naturally Speaking is a speaker series designed to address a variety of topics related to natural, cultural and historical features of Ottawa County Parks, as well as updates on current & future parks projects.
IN TUNE WITH HUMMINGBIRDS
Unique to the Western Hemisphere, Hummingbirds are tiny flying jewels to behold!  Beyond just their brilliant colors, the amazing things they do just to stay alive will leave you in awe of this pugnacious creature weighing less than a nickel.  Come find out more, including how to attract and feed them in your own backyard.

Registration is encouraged and closes 24 hours prior to the activity.

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Add To Selection List In Tune with Hummingbirds 07/11/2024 -07/11/2024 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Th Hemlock Crossing Park 12+ $0.00/$0.00 Available
Add To Selection List In Tune with Hummingbirds 08/15/2024 -08/15/2024 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Th Grand Ravines - North 12+ $0.00/$0.00 Available
Add To Selection List Ottawa County Parks UPDATE 09/12/2024 -09/12/2024 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Th Hemlock Crossing Park 12+ $0.00/$0.00 Available
Nature Buds

Nature Buds - NatureBuds

Nature Buds will explore and engage with nature through activities that may include using dip nets in the wetland, catching insects, and searching for salamanders!

Flying Dragons: They can fly in any direction, including sideways and backwards. They’re fast, as well, with some reaching the top speed of 18 mph! Join us to discover what else can be learned about the dragonflies that zip around the meadow and wetland habitats.

Registration is required and closes 3 days prior to the activity.

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Add To Selection List Flying Dragons 06/26/2024 -06/26/2024 9:30 am -11:30 am W Hemlock Crossing Park 6-8 years $10.00/$15.00 Available
Add To Selection List Nature Takes Shape 07/10/2024 -07/10/2024 9:30 am -11:30 am W Hemlock Crossing Park 6-8 years $10.00/$15.00 Available
Add To Selection List Beetle Safari 07/17/2024 -07/17/2024 9:30 am -11:30 am W Hemlock Crossing Park 6-8 years $10.00/$15.00 Available
Add To Selection List Pass the Energy, Please 07/24/2024 -07/24/2024 9:30 am -11:30 am W Hager Park 6-8 years $10.00/$15.00 Available
Add To Selection List Eye See It 07/31/2024 -07/31/2024 9:30 am -11:30 am W Hager Park 6-8 years $10.00/$15.00 Available
Add To Selection List Pollinator Palooza 08/07/2024 -08/07/2024 9:30 am -11:30 am W Hager Park 6-8 years $10.00/$15.00 Available
Nature Journal

Nature Journal - NatureJournal

Calling all nature lovers! Gather each month to learn new drawing and writing techniques specific to the theme and enjoy community connection with fellow journalers. The Nature Journal Club compliments an Introduction to Nature Journaling, however taking the class prior is not required. *Journals are not provided.

Registration is required and closes 24 hours prior to the activity.

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Add To Selection List Nature Journal Club 06/22/2024 -06/22/2024 10:00 am -11:30 am Sa Stearns Creek Park 18+ $5.00/$6.00 Available
Add To Selection List Introduction to Nature Journaling 07/06/2024 -07/06/2024 10:00 am -11:30 am Sa Hemlock Crossing Park 18+ $5.00/$6.00 Available
Add To Selection List Nature Journal Club 07/27/2024 -07/27/2024 10:00 am -11:30 am Sa Hemlock Crossing Park 18+ $5.00/$6.00 Available
Add To Selection List Nature Journal Club 08/17/2024 -08/17/2024 10:00 am -11:30 am Sa Paw Paw Park - East 18+ $5.00/$6.00 Available
Add To Selection List Nature Journal Club 09/14/2024 -09/14/2024 10:00 am -11:30 am Sa Ottawa Sands 18+ $5.00/$6.00 Available
Paddleboard

Paddleboard - Paddleboard

Join us on a leisurely guided standup paddleboard trip on the Macatawa River.  We will launch at Paw Paw park West and travel to windmill island and back.  As we travel, we will look for the flora and fauna along the river.

Registration is required and closes 24 hours prior to the activity.

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Add To Selection List Paddleboard the Macatawa River 07/20/2024 -07/20/2024 9:30 am - 1:00 pm Sa Paw Paw Park - West 12+ $50.00/$60.00 Available
Add To Selection List Paddleboard the Macatawa River 08/18/2024 -08/18/2024 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm Su Paw Paw Park - West 12+ $50.00/$60.00 Available
Ride Through History

Ride Through History - RideThroughHistory

Come pedal through history with us on the Idema Explorers and Spoonville trails. This slow roll bike ride of approximately twelve miles will take you from Riverside Park over the Grand River on the the Sgt. Henry E. Plant Memorial Grand River Bridge Non-motorized Trail to Spoonville, then on to Connor Bayou Park, before returning to Riverside Park. Along the way, we will stop to learn about interesting events and places from the past including the Chicago & Michigan Lake Shore Railroad, Jac Jungle, Bass River, Construction Aggregates, Spoonville, and more.

Registration is required and closes 24 hours prior to the activity.

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Add To Selection List Ride Through Robinson Twp. History 09/21/2024 -09/21/2024 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Sa Riverside Park 18+ $10.00/$15.00 Available
Storytime

Storytime - Storytime

Come spend an hour outside along the trail, reading and learning about nature with your child or grandchild. The hour will include a nature-themed story, and an outdoor walk geared for children 3-9 years old. Meet in the day-use area, near trail marker 6.

Registration is encouraged and closes 24 hours prior to the activity.

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Add To Selection List Trailside Storytime 06/30/2024 -06/30/2024 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Su Connor Bayou 3-9 $0.00/$0.00 Available
Tick Talk

Tick Talk - TickTalk

Join Dr. Will Miller, a wildlife biologist from Calvin University, to learn about the spread of ticks in west Michigan and how we are tracking them. Dr. Miller has been tracking blacklegged tick populations over the past five years in Ottawa County and beyond! He will discuss the ecology of blacklegged ticks in west Michigan, and will be sharing how his team, and others across the state, track tick populations through environmental and wildlife samples. He will also discuss what you can do to minimize exposure to ticks when out on the trails!

Registration is encouraged and closes 24 hours prior to the activity.

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Add To Selection List Tick Talk 06/29/2024 -06/29/2024 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Sa Hemlock Crossing Park All $0.00/$0.00 Available
Tuned into Nature

Tuned into Nature - TunedintoNature

Kids ages 2-4 can bring their favorite grown up to sing songs, dance, and learn about nature together. We'll spend time making and moving to music based on a nature theme and go outside for a walk to explore it outdoors.

Registration is required and closes 24 hours prior to the activity.

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Add To Selection List Tuned into Nature 09/18/2024 -09/18/2024 9:30 am -10:30 am W Hemlock Crossing Park 2-4 $5.00/$6.00 Available
Wildflower Identification Workshop

Wildflower Identification Workshop - WildflowerIDWorkshop

Learn to identify native flowering plants using Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide. We’ll learn different leaf and flower types, how to count floral parts and more. Using the guide in both the lab and field will help you gain added expertise and knowledge in plant identification.

Registration is required and closes 24 hours prior to the activity.

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Add To Selection List Wildflower Identification Workshop 07/06/2024 -07/06/2024 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Sa Hemlock Crossing Park 12+ $5.00/$6.00 Available
Wildflower Photography

Wildflower Photography - WildflowerPhotography

Summer is the season of meadow flowers! Grab your favorite camera and come along for a walk through a meadow in search of summer wildflowers. You’ll learn tips for photographing flowers with an emphasis on caring for nature and an eye for art.

Registration is required and closes 24 hours prior to the activity.

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Add To Selection List Summer Wildflower Photography 07/10/2024 -07/10/2024 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm W, Sa Paw Paw Park - East 18+ $5.00/$6.00 Available
Add To Selection List Summer Wildflower Photography 08/12/2024 -08/12/2024 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm M, Sa Grand Ravines - North 18+ $5.00/$6.00 Available
Wildflower Walks

Wildflower Walks - WildflowerWalk

On this casual hike, you'll experience the variety of prairie wildflowers blooming in our parks through the summer.

Registration is encouraged and closes 24 hours prior to the activity.

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Add To Selection List Summer Wildflower Walk 06/23/2024 -06/23/2024 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Su Hemlock Crossing Park 12+ $0.00/$0.00 Available
Add To Selection List Summer Wildflower Walk 07/28/2024 -07/28/2024 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Su Grand Ravines - North 12+ $0.00/$0.00 Available
Add To Selection List Summer Wildflower Walk 08/31/2024 -08/31/2024 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Sa Upper Macatawa Natural Area - West 12+ $0.00/$0.00 Available
Add To Selection List Summer Wildflower Walk 09/15/2024 -09/15/2024 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Su Hemlock Crossing Park 12+ $0.00/$0.00 Available
Yoga

Yoga - Yoga

Come practice yoga at the Nature Center! A certified yoga instructor will lead this session in the beautiful Great Room, with views of the forest outside. All levels of experience are welcome. *Yoga mats not provided.

Registration is required and closes 24 hours prior to the activity.

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Add To Selection List Yoga at the Nature Center 06/23/2024 -06/23/2024 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Su Hemlock Crossing Park 18+ $10.00/$15.00 Available
Add To Selection List Yoga at the Nature Center 07/07/2024 -07/07/2024 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Su Hemlock Crossing Park 18+ $10.00/$15.00 Available
Add To Selection List Yoga at the Nature Center 08/11/2024 -08/11/2024 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Su Hemlock Crossing Park 18+ $10.00/$15.00 Available
Add To Selection List Yoga at the Nature Center 09/15/2024 -09/15/2024 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Su Hemlock Crossing Park 18+ $10.00/$15.00 Available