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Closed: Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
A Metroparks Vehicle Entry Permit is required to visit.
The Nature Center at Lake St. Clair Metropark features displays on wetlands, waterfowl, live animals and the historical use of the area by the French Voyageurs. Park interpreters host public school, private school and home school field trips, school outreach (we come to you!), Voyageur canoe programs, nature walks, special events, and many other interpretive programs for the general public. A portion of Lake St. Clair Metropark is set aside for the study and enjoyment of nature. Several miles of interpreter or self-guided nature trails teeming with wildlife traverse a freshwater marsh, meadows and woods. The Nature Center and outdoor study area are ideally suited for educators and students to explore while fulfilling their GLCE requirements. The Lake St. Clair Nature Center programs meet the Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations.
Trail maps and information on services provided by the park interpreters are available at the Nature Center and the Park Office. Call (586) 463-4581 for information and registration.
Outdoor, in-person programs are now open, following proper COVID-19 precautions. Visit the Metroparks calendar for a list of available programs. Virtual school programs are available for schools and teachers. Visit the Metroparks School Programs page to learn more.
Public Programs & Events
Lake St. Clair Nature Center offers a variety of public programs including nature activities and hikes for families and individuals, creature features to meet the Nature Center animals, Voyageur Canoe programs, special events such as the Owl Festival, Bird Migration Day, Voyageur Encampment, and more. Please review our events calendar for more information.
Contact Info: (586) 463-4581
Lake Saint Clair Nature Center offers school programs in conjunction with Michigan Sea Grant’s Great Lakes Education Program (GLEP). For more information on Sea Grant and GLEP, visit http://www.miseagrant.umich.edu. Sample Program Offerings: Predator/Prey, Adaptations, Voyageur Canoe, Life Cycles, and more!
School Appointment Times
Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 am to 3 pm – (Monday appointments are available on a limited basis)
Contact Info: (586) 463-4581
We offer programs that help scouts and other youth groups complete their goals for earning badges. (NOTE: If you have a suggestion for badge work that is not listed, please contact the Lake Saint Clair Nature Center at (586) 463-4332)
Boy Scouts of America
Cub Scouts: Mountain Lion
Through games and hands-on activities, Lions will practice using the buddy system, identifying the Cub Scout Six Essentials, and staying safe on the trail. Then they will put their new skills to the test on a guided learning hike through our unique natural habitat. Lions will also get a special up-close encounter with one of the nature center’s live animals and find out how to be respectful of any plants or animals we may encounter outdoors. Scouts will complete the requirements for the Mountain Lion Adventure. Dress for outdoors.
Cub Scouts: Tigers in the Wild
Tiger scouts will prepare for a hike by discussing Leave No Trace Principles and the Outdoor Code. A fun activity will help determine which Six Essentials are needed on the trail. Then Tigers will hit the trail with an interpreter! On the trek we will look for local wildlife or clues to what animals we have living in our natural area. At the end of the class, Scouts will have completed the requirements for the Tigers in the Wild Adventure. Dress for outdoors.
Cub Scouts: My Tiger Jungle
Scouts will hit the trail and use their senses to discover nature around them. Take a “hula hoop hike” to focus on living things that might be easily overlooked. An interpreter will help Tigers investigate the birds that call Southeast Michigan home. Scouts will complete the requirement for the My Tiger Jungle Adventure. Dress to be outdoors.
Cub Scouts: Wolves Paws on the Path
Scouts will prepare for a hike by identifying the Cub Scout Six Essentials, reviewing the buddy system, and discussing which clothing is best for the weather. On an interpreter-led hike, Wolves will practice Leave No Trace Principles and follow the Outdoor Code. Along the 1-mile trek Scouts will search for wildlife in our unique wetland habitat. Wolves will complete the requirements for the Paws on the Path Adventure. Dress for outdoors.
Cub Scouts: Bears Fur, Feathers and Ferns
Get ready Bear Scouts, we’re going for a hike! We’ll trek a mile in search of animals and the signs they leave behind. Scouts will hone their observational skills using binoculars and magnifying glasses to look at wildlife closely and far away. Back at the nature center, Bears will get to interact with one of our indoor live animals as they learn the distinction between endangered, threatened, and special concern species in Michigan. Scouts will fulfill the requirements for the Fur, Feathers, and Ferns Adventure. Dress to spend time outdoors.
Cub Scouts: Webelos Into the Woods
Join us in learning about Michigan plants and trees and how they are used by animals and humans alike. Webelos will take a hike with an interpreter to find these plants and investigate the roles they play in our ecosystem. Indoors, scouts will listen to a tree tell its life story and take home a plant to help wildlife in their backyards! Webelo scouts will meet the requirements for the Into the Woods Adventure. Dress for outdoors.
Cub Scouts: Webelos Into the Wild
By visiting Lake St. Clair Metropark, Webelos will be visiting an important bird flyway AND a wetland habitat that is crucial to lake health. Scouts will take an interpreter-led trek to observe local wildlife in this unique habitat. Webelos will also get a hands-on experience with a live animal found only in our area of the country. At the end of this class, Webelos will have completed the six requirements necessary to complete the Into the Wild Adventure. Dress for outdoors.
Girl Scouts of America
Clover’s Story—Using Resources Wisely
Rosie’s Story—Making the World a Better Place