Winter Activities at Ottawa County Parks

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While the weather outside seems unpredictable this winter, you can count on the Ottawa County Parks Nature Education Center to offer plenty of fun activities! The Nature Education Center is within Hemlock Crossing Park at 8115 West Olive Road in West Olive.

Sunday Family Hours: Bring your clan for a fun-filled family hour every Sunday at the Nature Education Center within Hemlock Crossing Park. These indoor-outdoor programs begin at 2 p.m. Register at least two days in advance by calling 616.786.4847 and pay only $1 per child. Late registrants or walk-ins (space permitting) pay $2 per child. Programs vary, but incorporate a story, hike, craft, or hands-on activity. Sunday family hours are best suited for groups with children ages five and older. At your discretion, younger children may enjoy the program with extra assistance and supervision from their caregivers.

January 18 Curious About Coyotes
January 25 Critter Clues
February 8 Raccoons Rock
February 15 Calling All Owls
February 22 Pondering Porcupines
March 1 Scat & Tracks
March 8 Signs of Spring

Wildlife Encounters: How much do you really know about the animals living in Ottawa County? These thirty-minute mixed-media presentations on Saturdays at 3 p.m. will help you develop appreciation for the wildlife found in your own backyards. The programs in this series are free and include an optional guided hike following each presentation.

January 17 River Otters
January 24 Mink
February 21 Fox
March 6 Barred Owl

For more information about activities and ongoing announcements, "like" Ottawa County Parks and Recreation on Facebook, or visit miOttawa.org/parks. You can also sign up for e-mail or snail mail updates and newsletters by calling 616.786.4847 or emailing [email protected].


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