Programs, workshops offered for youngsters and adults


DRYDEN — As the summer season approaches, there are a wide variety of ways to enjoy every minute of it connecting with the ‘great outdoors’ at Seven Ponds Nature Center.

Activities abound throughout the month at the center, located at 3854 Crawford Road.

Youngsters enjoy some good, old-fashioned fun playing in the mud during ‘Mud Day’ at Seven Ponds Nature Center. This year’s ‘Mud Day’ is Thurs., June 29.

Residents of all ages and at all stages of life have an opportunity to unwind, rejuvenate and hit the reset button with ‘Yoga at the Ponds’ presented by Peaceful Moon Yoga.

Classes run Thursday, June 15, 22, 29, and July 6, from 6-7 p.m. in the light-filled nature center building.

The classes are designed for newcomers and beginning yoga students and/or those who wish to become re-acquainted with the practice. Participants will experience the mind, body, spirit connection while learning basic yoga poses in a serene environment. You don’t have to be able to touch your toes or twist into a pretzel to participate, however, many postures are done from a seated or prone position on the floor.

Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or a blanket. Pillows, additional blankets, and any other “creature comforts” are also welcome. Fee is $15 per session or $50 for the four-week series.

Does your youngster have a special stuffed friend they take everywhere they go? If so, sign them up for the ‘Teddy Bear Walk’ slated for this Saturday, June 17 at 3 p.m.

Participants will explore nature with their trusted sidekick as a naturalist leads an adventure around the ponds.

Celebrate the end of the spring season with a ‘Spring Sunday Stroll’ on Sunday, June 18 at 3 p.m.

Participants will join in the celebration of the comings and goings of the seasons by taking a leisurely walk around the ponds to experience the sights and sounds of nature.

Those interested in learning about growing native plants can do just that at the ‘Nurturing a Native Garden’ workshop slated for Saturday, June 24 at 11 a.m.

Participants will learn how to support wildlife and pollinators in their home gardens.

The workshop includes a tour of the nature center’s gardens and participants will also make a water cup for pollinators.

Fans of journaling can hone their skills at the ‘Nature Journaling: Birds’ event at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 25.

Participants will explore the world of birds with drawings, lists, observations, sketches, and more. Participants should bring their favorite journal and curiosity. Art supplies will be provided.

Round out the month with ‘Messy Mud Day’ on Thursday, June 29 at 2 p.m.

Participants will celebrate International Mud Day at Seven Ponds. The messy celebration will connect children to the earth through the sloppy joy of playing with mud. Participants will make mud castles, paint with mud, make Forest Soup, do a little mud throwing, and have a good time just playing in mud! Be prepared to get dirty.

All programs require pre-registration. Space is limted. Reserve a spot online at or by calling the nature center at 810-796-3200.