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Kensington Birding Club

  • December 7, 2019
Wake up with the birds! Birding is a worldwide recreational activity enjoyed by millions. Start a new hobby or hone your birding skills. For beginners, an indoor program covering binocular use and basic bird identification will be offered at 8:30. More advanced birders can join the group at 9:00 at the Kensington Metropark Nature Center for the outdoor walk. Bring your own binoculars and favorite morning beverage. A limited number of binoculars are available to borrow and hot beverages may be purchased at the Nature Center. Please dress for the weather—we will be outdoors rain or shine. Ages 12 and older. Please preregister, (810) 227-8917.
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Chickadee Chowdown

  • November 29, 2019
Enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience you can have no place else.  At Kensington Metropark Nature Center, a variety of winter songbirds will eagerly fly to your hand for seeds. Learn about why this happens and how to recognize the birds you’ll see during this one-hour program. Then take a short guided walk along the nature trails to meet your new feathered friends. We’ll provide all the seed you’ll need, but you might want to bring your camera.  Fun for all ages. Dress for the weather. Please preregister, (810) 227-8917.
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Boy Scout Webelos: Into the Wild

  • November 17, 2019
This scout program focuses on the respect and understanding of our natural world—we’ll use a variety of interactive approaches to learn about food chains, ecosystems, and how humans impact nature. We’ll look at some of Michigan’s native wildlife species and discover their role within their ecosystems and how that relates to us. We’ll even put our observational skills to use and see what kind of critters we can observe around the Kensington Metropark Nature Center. Please dress for the weather—this program will be both indoors and outdoors, rain or shine. Interested in more scouting adventures? Be sure to also come out for Saturday’s Webelos: Into the Woods to satisfy requirements for two electives in one weekend! Please preregister, (810) 227-8917.
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Boy Scout Webelos: Into the Woods

  • November 16, 2019
Discover the beauty and importance of our native Michigan trees and plants while meeting all the requirements for the Webelos: Into the Woods elective. We’ll talk about types of trees, how they grow, what products we can use them for, and their role in local ecosystems. We’ll also hit the trails to identify some of our tree and plant species. Equipped with your new knowledge, you’ll be able to appreciate and experience the forest like never before! Please dress for the weather—this program will be both indoors and outdoors, rain or shine. Interested in more scouting adventures? Be sure to also come out for Sunday’s Webelos: Into the Wild to satisfy requirements for two electives in one weekend! Please preregister, (810) 227-8917.
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Girl Scout Brownies: Hiker

  • November 10, 2019
With over 7 miles of trails that are home to a wide variety of plants and animals, the Kensington Metropark Nature Area is the perfect place for earning your Brownie Hiker badge. For this program, we’ll have fun learning how to be prepared for a safe and enjoyable hike. Scouts will get to make a plan and choose their own trail, gain some new trail skills, learn how to select the appropriate gear, and make a tasty hiking snack. We’ll head outside to put our new knowledge to the test, and we’ll even play a game or two. This two-hour program will satisfy all requirements to earn the Brownie Hiker badge. A Girl Scout is always prepared so please remember to bring a water bottle, wear good hiking shoes, and dress for the weather. Please preregister, (810) 227-8917.
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Little Critters Nature Hour: Going Batty!

  • November 9, 2019
This month we’ll focus on our nocturnal neighbors and discover why they are so amazing. We’ll look at small bats, large bats, and everything in between! Listen to the story of “Stellaluna” by Janell Cannon and enjoy some bat-themed activities and crafts. The Little Critters Nature Hour presents a new nature program every month geared towards young children and their families. Ages 3-5. Please preregister, (810) 227-8917.
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Boy Scout Webelos: Earth Rocks

  • November 2, 2019
Become a geologist for a day and learn the basics of rocks and minerals and the reasons why they are so important in our daily lives. Learn about the rock cycle using kitchen gadgets, build a gum drop mineral model, experiment with mineral test kits, go on an earth product scavenger hunt, and locate important geological features on Michigan maps. We will be outside for a portion of the program, so be sure to dress for the weather. Interested in more scouting adventures? Be sure to also come out for Sunday’s Webelos: Castaway to satisfy requirements for two electives in one weekend! Please preregister, (810) 227-8917.
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Boy Scout Webelos: Castaway

  • November 2, 2019
Will you be prepared to go “off the grid” in case of a wilderness emergency? What is the most important thing to consider when lost in the woods? Learn about survival kits, fire-building, treatments to get drinking water, signaling, and survival shelter construction. You’ll spend the morning learning real-life survival skills to keep you and your group safe in case of an emergency. Please dress for the weather—we will be outdoors rain or shine. Interested in more scouting adventures? Be sure to also come out for Saturday’s Webelos: Earth Rocks to satisfy requirements for two electives in one weekend! Please preregister, (810) 227-8917.
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Zombie Apocalypse Survival

  • October 26, 2019
Will you be ready to head for the wilderness when the zombies attack?  Discover the truth about real life zombies in nature. Then learn some of the skills you’ll need, such as shelter-building and fire-starting, to survive this and other survival emergencies. Dress for the weather and possibly get a little dirty. Ages 8 and older. Please preregister, (810) 227-8917.
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Pumpkin Carving Party

  • October 20, 2019
Get in the Halloween spirit! Pick out a pumpkin and a design and have fun carving it in our festively-decorated event room. Then enjoy cider and donuts. We’ll party ‘til the pumpkins run out!  Fee covers one pumpkin and refreshments.
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