Spring Selfie Challenge!

Starting March 4, Saturday, 10:00 am through April we will host a spring Selfie Challenge!  Starting the 4th, visit Sarett and take a picture of yourself at the places shown on our Facebook page or pick up a picture guide at the front desk.  Show your pictures to a naturalist and win a prize.  It is like a scavenger hunt only with selfies.  You have to get a selfie in all 5 places to be eligible for a prize.  It is a great way to get outdoors, have some fun and explore Sarett.  Return to the nature center to claim your prize.  Fun for the whole family.  Regular admission rates apply. This selfie challenge will run through April.

Piping Plovers of the Great Lakes Program

April 1, Saturday, 3:00 pm  PIPING PLOVERS OF THE GREAT LAKES. Former plover monitor and Sarett Naturalist Jacob Northuis will be giving a talk on the current status of the Piping Plovers as well as some of the research projects that are ongoing. Come learn about the history, ecology, and biology of these incredible birds!

Spring Stampede 5K Run and Walk

Join us for a unique 5K run, walk or Kids’ 1-mile Fun Run all on Sarett’s nature trails! The funds raised from this event will help Sarett Nature Center continue to provide environmental education programs for over 25,000 local school children each year. At 8:30 a.m., the Kids’ 1-mile Fun Run will start. All participants of the Fun Run will receive a finisher’s ribbon. The 5K run and walk will start at 9:00 a.m. Medals will be given to the top three finishers in each age group. Special awards will be given to the overall male and female finishers in the run and walk. Members of the XYZ Trail Series, Calumet Striders, and SWMI RACERS receive a $2 discount. Call us at 269-927-4832 with any questions.

Geocache Egg Hunt

Join us Sunday, April 9,  1:00  to 4:00 pm for a GEOCACHE EGG HUNT!  Use our preprogrammed GPS receivers to hunt for eggs hidden on the trails. Collect stickers and redeem them for chocolate eggs.  One easy course for younger hunters and their families, one harder course for older hunters.  Price is $1/person plus admission.

Early Spring Wildflower Walk

Join us for a walk on Sarett’s trail near Waxwing Pond to see the early spring wildflowers on Saturday, April 15th at 2:00 pm. Walk is free with admission.

Woodcock Walk

April 22, Saturday, 8:30 pm   WOODCOCK WALK.  Join a Sarett naturalist for an evening walk looking and listening for the courtship song, dance and aerial display of the American Woodcock. Please call to register.  927-4832. $3/person, members/free.

Geocache Scavenger Hunt with Young Adult Adventure Club

April 23, Sunday, 2:00 pm  ADVENTURE CLUB for young adults. Join the Sarett Young Adult Outdoor Adventure Club at 2:00 pm for a geocache scavenger hunt at Sarett Nature Center! Use our GPS units to find hidden caches at different locations along the trails. Collect an item from each location, bring them back to the Nature Center and win a prize! Cost is $4 per person to participate. Participate solo or bring  your friends! RSVP at 927-4832 or email

Wildflowers of Dowagiac Woods

April 29, Saturday, 1:00 pm  WILDFLOWERS OF DOWAGIAC WOODS. Join a Sarett naturalist for an easy walk through one of our favorite springtime woods.  Dowagiac Woods is known for it abundance and variety of ephemeral spring wildflowers—trillium, Dutchmen’s beeches, spring beauty, and so much more. Please call to register.  $10/person includes transportation.

Annual Meeting of the Membership

April 30,  Sunday, 3:00 pm   ANNUAL MEETING OF THE MEMBERSHIP. The Wonders of the Galapagos Islands. Join Sarett Board of Directors and staff for the annual meeting of the membership. After a short business meeting and celebration of new land acquisitions, travel to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands with Director/Naturalist Dianne Braybrook.  This recent adventure was jam packed with unbelievable scenery, unusual birds and wildlife!

Butterfly House Volunteer Training

May 10, 10:00am, Wednesday, VOLUNTEERS NEEDED.  Join us at 10:00 am for a training day for anyone who would like to help Sarett with the Butterfly House with school groups or this summer.  We’ll learn about the butterflies, the butterfly house and gardens and how you can help with this exciting exhibit for school groups or weekend visitation.  Please let us know if you are planning on coming.  927-4832 or