Programs for Members & Families


Sarett at Wanderlust Outfitters

September 2, Saturday, 11:00 am—2:00 pm Today you can find naturalist Mike Mahler at Wanderlust Outfitters downtown St. Joseph with some of Sarett’s animals. Stop by, say hello to Mike and the animals, and celebrate Wanderlust’s 1st Anniversary.

International Vulture Awareness Day

September 2, Saturday, 3:00 pm  Celebrate International Vulture Awareness Day and meet Val, Sarett’s resident turkey vulture.  While looking at Val, learn all the wonderful adaptations vultures have to survive.

Visit the Butterfly House

September 9, Saturday, 10:00 to 5:00 pm  BUTTERFLY HOUSE. This has been a terrific year for the butterfly house. We have consistently had over 15 species of butterflies all summer with hundreds of individuals flying each day.  Come on in to the butterfly house and spend a relaxing day with the beautiful butterflies. Fee: $2/member adult, $1/member child, $6/non-member adult and $2/non-member child.

Barn Party!

September 10, Sunday, 4:00 pm  BARN PARTY!   Please plan to attend this important fundraiser for Sarett.  We will have great food, a silent auction, and a lot of fun.  The evening starts at 4:00 pm with the silent auction, homemade appetizers, and drinks.  At 5:00 pm  we will have a catered meal and delicious desserts made by Sarett members.  $50/person. Call 927-4832 to reserve a place. The Barn Party will be held at the nature center building. (No mosquitos.)

Preschool Nature Study Class

September 13, Wednesday, 10:00 to 11:00 am PRESCHOOL NATURE STUDY CLASS. This class is designed for kids 4 & 5 years old who like nature. There will be games, crafts, activities and fun adventures like snowshoeing, pond scooping and nature explores. This class meets each month September through May on the second Wednesday of the month.  Fee $25 and family membership.  Call 269–927-4832 to register.

Kayak the St. Joseph River

September 15, Friday,  1:00 pm  KAYAK THE ST JOSEPH RIVER from Berrien Springs to Jasper Dairy Road Access.  Sarett will provide kayaks and equipment, transportation and naturalist guide.  You must register and prepay at 927-4832.  $25/non-member, $20/member.

Junior Naturalist Club

September 16, Saturday,  10:00 to Noon  JUNIOR NATURALIST CLUB.  A special club for kids ages 7-12 who are really interested in nature.  Find out what it means to be a Sarett naturalist.  We’ll learn  about the animals of Sarett and their care, do projects, and have lots of fun as we discover the natural world.  Club size is limited. We will meet September 16, October 21,  November 18, December 9, January 13, February 10, March 10, April 14  & May 5.  Fee $45/student. Payment is required in advance. Call 269-927-4832 to register or if you have questions.

Wetland Wildflower Walk

September 17, Sunday, 3:00 pm  WETLAND WILDFLOWERS.  Join a naturalist for a walk in the wetlands looking for and admiring the wildflowers.

Michigan Tree Program

October 8, Sunday, 2:00 pm  MICHIGAN TREES.  Identify some of the native trees of Michigan on a walk with a naturalist.  Learn identification tricks for leaves, bark and buds.  Fee is $2/person plus admission.

Country Fair!

October 14, Saturday, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm  SARETT’S ANNUAL COUNTRY FAIR.  Join us for an afternoon of fun activities for the kids, pony rides, wagon rides, Grandma’s Country Kitchen, fresh garden produce sale, collectibles sale and a huge rummage sale.  Remember, Grandma’s Country Kitchen serves brats, sloppy joes, and hot dogs for lunch.  There are always plenty of homemade desserts!  Members and friends, please make donations of jams, jellies, preserves and garden produce.  We are also asking for clean saleable rummage. Rummage  items can be dropped off during regular business hours at Sarett starting September 15.  Also, don’t forget to donate homemade baked goods for the ever popular Country Kitchen.  All proceeds benefit Sarett’s environmental education programs. Call Dianne at 927-4832 with questions.