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.


There is a fee for this program, which will begin in October 2016, and registration is required. Registration will begin later this summer!


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.


  • 10-11 year olds- July 18,19, 20, 21
  • 7-9 year olds- July 11,12,13,14


There is a $30 fee for this program and registration is required and available by following the link below.

Register Now for the Summer Naturalist Program Here!


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