Young Naturalists Programs

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.


There is a fee for this program, which will begin in October


2015, and registration is required.





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. There is a $35 fee for this program and registration is required and available by following the link below.

Watch for announcements in Spring 2016!


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