Young Naturalists Programs

Four-Day Summer Program


Children are invited to join our staff interpreters for exciting outdoor explorations of plants and animals in their natural habitats. Science-oriented session topics include pond life, insects and spiders, soil creatures, and birds.


Each of the following age groups will have its own series of four daily programs and meet from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM. The program is free but registration is required and will be available sometime in early 2015.


10 -11 year olds will meet in July 2015

7-9 year olds will meet a seperate week in July 2015



Year-Round Program


Four seasons of exciting outdoor science and nature investigations for 9 to 12 year-olds. Monthly sessions take place on Saturdays starting in October and continuing through June. Session topics include pond study, insects and spiders, birds and migration, owls, animal tracking, plant life, and maple syruping. Go here to view last years schedule and other information.


This year's program, which began in October 2014, is currently closed. Watch here for the 2015 program registration to be available this summer.


Contact Rick Simek at (313) 583-6371 or with any questions.


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Contact Us:

Interpretive Center
University of Michigan – Dearborn
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128
(313) 593–5338