Experience the topic of the day through discovery hikes, stories, games, and nature art projects. Programs are led by environmental educators. Registration is not required. For groups larger than 10 people, please provide advance notice so we can plan accordingly. Programs take place both in the Bunker Interpretive Center and out in the Calvin Ecosystem Preserve & Native Gardens, so please come prepared for walking outside in a variety of weather conditions.

Spring break 2019

Looking for something to do during spring break? Come visit us at the preserve! As always, you are invited to stop in the Bunker Interpretive Center (BIC) at your leisure. Together, children and their parents/caregivers can experiment with our new watershed display, read a storybook or two, star in their own puppet show, play a fun game of nature bingo together, and go on a hike through the preserve.

Please note the BIC hours during the week of spring break: Closed on Monday, April 1. Open Tuesday at 9 am-5 pm, Wednesday at 1-5 pm, and Thursday at 9 am-5 pm. Closed on Friday, April 5. Our staff is limited and may be out and about during open hours, in which case the main hallway will be open and scavenger hunt sheets will be available for use. You may call ahead (526-7601) to confirm there is staff in the building if you like.

We also offer a variety of our favorite educational programs in which children and their parents/caregivers can participate at various times throughout the week. An adult is required to accompany all children at all programs. Programs will take place in light rain, so dress for the weather. All programs are free.

This year’s programs are inspired by Bees: An Exhibition at Calvin’s Center Art Gallery. “Bee inspired” to learn more about bees and pollination, create your own works of art, and discover ways you can help bees through our fun hands-on learning activities this spring break.

Bee Helpful

Bees are in trouble. Join us in the greenhouse to learn more about the plight of bees, the importance of native plants, and how you can bee helpful. Go behind the scenes in our production greenhouse, then get your hands dirty transplanting seedlings. Take a plant or two home to start your own native garden.

This program is open to families with children ages 8 and up. You must pre-register as space is limited to 16 participants.

When: Monday, April 1 at 10-11:30 am
Where: Lake Drive Greenhouse at 3770 Lake Drive SE, GR 49546. The house is on the south side of the road; the address is on a white mailbox. You can see the greenhouse at the end of the driveway.
Note: Wear clothes you do not mind getting dirty or wet. We will be inside a warm greenhouse and outside so dress in layers for the weather. Bring a water bottle if you like.

Be a Bee

Be a Bee as we learn more about bees in this interactive program. Discover the amazing variety of bees that live in our world, dance like a bee, and learn about their daily activities. Would you want to be a bee? If it is warm enough for the bees to come out of hibernation, we will take a short walk to look for them in the preserve. Dress for the weather and walking the trails.

This program is great for families with children ages 3-12 years old. No registration is needed.

When: Tuesday, April 2 or Thursday, April 4 at 10-11:30 am
Where: Bunker Interpretive Center

Bee Inspired

Join us in Calvin's art gallery and bee inspired by the work of two artists featured in Bees: An Exhibition. Listen to a story, learn to draw a bee, and taste a variety of different types of honey as we explore the world of bees and beekeeping in this interactive program.

This program is open to families with children ages 7 and up. You must pre-register as space is limited to 40 participants on each date.

When: Wednesday, April 3 or Friday, April 5 at 10-11:30 am
Where: Center Art Gallery at 1795 Knollcrest Circle, in the Convenant Fine Arts Center on Calvin's campus
Parking: Limited parking is available in lots 9 or 10. Additional parking is in lot 14 at DeVos Communication Center, where you can use the Calvin’s Crossing walking bridge to get to Covenant Fine Arts Center. Please see the campus map.