about Science Standards Instruction at the Johnson Nature Center
The BHS Johnson Nature Center is known for maple syrup, the walking trails and pond, and the hawks and deer that reside there. However, you might not know that it is also a key partner in teaching the Next Generation Science Standard (NGSS) to Bloomfield Hills Schools students. All K-7th grade students take two field trips each year to the 35-acre preserve.
"Our main function is to augment the classroom instruction," Dan Badgley, Nature Center Manager says. "We run programs that are topical by grade. For instance, fifth graders learn to explore ecosystems and second graders learn about plants and habitats. We start by explaining science concepts and we follow up with engaging questions to bring more depth to the topic. We incorporate literacy and reading, too. Then, we break the students into small groups for hands-on experiences."
about 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 www.bloomfield.org/Sugarbush-Registration to register.
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.
about 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.