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.


  • 7-9 year olds
  • 10-11 year olds


There is a $30 fee for this program and online registration will be available in the spring.



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.


There is a $70 fee for this program, which will begin in October 2017, and registration is required and available at this link.


The tentative schedule of events for program are below. Except for the November owl prowl session, each program session will take place from 9:30AM to 12:00PM on one Saturday, per month.


The 2017-18 session dates are:


  • October 7
  • November 10 (Friday evening session, 6-9PM)
  • December 2
  • January 6
  • February 17
  • March 3
  • April 21
  • May 5
  • June 2


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