Summer Programs at Thorne Swift Nature Center
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Wednesdays, July 11, 25 & August 8 11am-2pm
Young explorers between the ages of 5 and 11 are invited to join us for 3 hours of fun. Our activities will include story telling around our fire circle, a natural based craft and exploring our trails and beach. Everyone should bring a snack. Please call 526.6401 to register within a week prior to each event. The program is free for residents of West Traverse Township and members of LTC, and is included with the parking fee for non-residents.
Fairy Houses with Deb
Mondays, July 9 & August 6 7pm–Finish
Our resident, master Fairy House Builder, Deb will be hosting two workshops this season. Whether you are new to fairy housing or a seasoned builder working on your fairy garden, we invite you to take part in these fun events.
Please call to register: Class Fee: $10
Cedar Disc Wreaths
Wednesday, July 18 7pm–Finish
Our wreaths have an added flair because the basic circle is created from a series of thin cedar rounds. The cedar contrasts beautifully with the natural embellishments: Birch bark, dried flower parts, as well as anything else your imagination comes up with. Please call to register: Class Fee: $10
Birch Bark Vase
Wednesday, August 1 7pm–Finish
Our Birch Bark Vases use similar techniques to create as many other types of bark baskets, but we add a twist: adding a conical shape and giving them an uneven opening. These simple variations give them a distinctive flair. We will be adding sweetgrass along the rim as well as adding other natural accents of your choosing. Please call to register. Class Fee: $15
The Swift in the Starlight
Friday, July 13 (10pm) & Friday, August 10 (9:30pm)
Our New Moon outings will combine a night hike to the beach to view dark sky objects including Jupiter and Saturn though our smaller telescope, followed with seeing other fascinating DSO’s through our larger telescope in the parking area. Given clear skies we should look forward to viewing double stars, globular clusters, as well as nebulae and several galaxies. No registration required, No Fee.
Friday, July 27 9–10:30pm
Holding a Story Telling and Night Hike program is long over due. This very family friendly outing includes stories and s’mores around the camp fire followed by a moonlight night hike. We typically close our gates at Sunset so do come to this program if you wish to experience “The Swift” at night.
No registration required, No Fee.
The ‘Gardens’ of Thorne Swift
Saturdays, July 7, 21 & August 4 10am–Noon
There are many possible titles for this walk, not the least of which would be Medicinal and Edible Plants. Wild Medicinals will be covered, though it may also go beyond into such topics as invasive plant mitigation or propagating native plants. This wide field of interest can actually be tailored to meet the needs of the group(s). and
given the interests of those participating may go
beyond two hours. No registration required.
Participation included with parking fee.