Winter Wonderland


I have to admit, winter really isn’t my season, and I have actively avoided it for most of my adult life. In a current attempt to embrace winter before I leave to teach in Florida for the rest of the semester, I am offering a series of educational programming on the subject. I find that I am more knowledgeable, passionate, and curious about topics that I share with my students. Together, we will learn about all of the fascinating and intricate systems that this unique season unfolds. Northern Michigan provides the canvas for quite the winter, and it is amazing what our natural world is doing to survive. 


Starting tomorrow: Winter Wonderland at Grow Benzie


Grow Benzie Studio House
Saturday’s: January 7, 14, 21
Ages 3-6: 10am-12pm
Ages 7-11: 1-3:30pm
Teenage and adult volunteers accepted



Week 1: What is Winter?

Explore the concepts behind seasonal change as they relate to Michigan’s placement on earth and geologic history. Go on a winter discovery nature hike and make a Fun Fact Winter Placemat.


Week 2: Snowflakes and Icicles

Investigate the winter water-cycle, the shapes of snowflakes, and how icicles form. Conduct science experiments and create artistic mobiles that promote a deeper understanding of our wintery world.



Week 3: Who’s hiding out there?


Have you ever seen tracks trail across a frozen lake, or spotted wood-chips on fresh white snow? Which animals are active and the winter, and which are not? Create a winter diorama and take a closer look at the hibernation and migration patterns of native mammals and birds.


Also offered at The Children’s House in Traverse City as an After-School program:
Primary Tuesday’s: January 3, 10, 17
Elementary Thursday’s: January 5, 12, 19
Junior High Volunteers accepted for both classes


Amalia Fernand is an environmental educator with a Master of Science in Ecological Leadership and Education. She has worked with children and animals around the world and founded Nature Explorers International with the mission to: “help children foster a stronger understanding of their environment, an excitement for learning and exploration, and a deep-set love of nature that lasts a lifetime.”


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20% sibling discount

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