Summer Experiences News

Maple Tapping

Join us for A Day in the Sugarbush on March 17, 2018! Visitors have the chance to tap maple trees, gather sap, taste fresh maple syrup and candies, walk the trails, and see inside the historical log cabin. Guided tour groups meet beginning at 11:00 am in the Visitor Center and run every 20 minutes. Visit to register.

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Winter Bird Banding

See common resident birds up close on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. Allen Chartier, one of Michigan's premier birding experts, will capture, identify, measure, band, and release birds that visit the Nature Center bird feeders.  

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Johnson Center Maple Syrup and Honey

Interested in Johnson Nature Center pure maple syrup or honey? They make great holiday gifts!  Stop by between 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. weekdays beginning November 27. If you would like to check on availability, please call 248.341.6487.

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The grounds are crisscrossed with more than two miles of pleasant trails, fit for snowshoeing in winter weather. Shoeshoes are available for rent at the Nature Center on weekends ($3 person/$10 family of 4 per hour). Trails are open Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - dusk and Saturday & Sunday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Visit the Nature Center Exhibit Room

The Nature Center has seasonal displays of wildlife, nature themed puppets and toys for children to play with, and a fireplace to warm you up. Just outside you can visit our resident deer and rescued red-tailed hawk. Visitor hours are Saturdays and Sundays 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.

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Summer Camps at Bowers Farm

Camps are educational and tons of fun! Day camps feature activities in the garden where campers harvest fresh food and prepare delicious snacks. Daily fun also includes caring for the farm animals, exploring the forest, and living life on the farm. Our camps fill quickly so be sure to sign-up early at

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Educational Programs

The farm offers educational field trips for schools interested in enhancing the classroom learning experience through authentic, place-based learning. Community organizations such as scouts, neighborhood associations, family and church groups can also sign-up to participate. Program topics include Plant Science, Animal Behavior, Sustainability, Harvesting, Conservation and Genetics to name a few. Programs with specific topics run at different times of the school year, range in duration and price and target different ages/groups. Call 248.341.6475 for more information.

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Personalized Farm Events

We are happy to host various types of events such as birthday parties, family outings, showers, etc. We have a number of event areas available for rent. We are happy to discuss the integration of wagon rides, bonfires, and farm tours into your event, or help you create a theme for your special day. For more information please call 248.341.6475.

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