Programs for Members & Families


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!

Make a Wooden Jar Lid

Join the wood shop guys-Jim and Tom-to learn the   basics of lathe use while making an attractive wood mason jar lid. $15/member, $18/non-member includes:  wood shop instruction, jar lid, and 1/2 pint jar. You must pre-register and prepay.  927-4832.  This class will start promptly at 10:00 am-please arrive at the wood shop early. Class size is limited.

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

Berrien County Birdathon!

May 13 Saturday, All Day, BERRIEN COUNTY’S ANNUAL BIRDATHON. Birders from all over Michigan will spend the day searching to see as many bird species as possible.  Teams from Sarett will be trying their skill and luck.  This event has become a very important fundraiser for the nature center.  Each team  member finds sponsors who pledge for each species seen that day.  If you would like to sponsor a team, please call Sarett.  If you would like to join a team or form your own team, please call 269-927-4832.  Thanks for your support.

Butterfly House Opens

May 20, Saturday, 10:00 am  BUTTERFLY HOUSE.  We plan to open the butterfly house for the summer today.  Please remember butterflies are most active on warm, sunny days!

Native Plant Sale

Join us for our Native Plant Sale going on Saturday May 20th through Sunday, May 21st during regular business hours. The sale will continue after this weekend with remaining plants during regular business hours.

Kayak Lessons

Learn the basics of kayaking at North Lake Park. Sarett will provide kayaks, paddles and life vests.  You must call to register.  269-927-4832. $15/person.  For teenagers and adults. Remember the tandem kayak is available for 2.

Create a Fairy Garden

Join Fairy Gardener master, Margaret Poole, to make your own container miniature garden to take home. Sarett will supply the container, plants, soil, and the rest of the supplies that will allow you to make a little  magical garden.  Bring your imagination and creative attitude.  $30/member/garden, $35/non-member/garden. A great project for an adult and child team.  You must call to register and prepay.

Kayak the Paw Paw River

KAYAK THE PAW PAW RIVER from County Line Road to Watervliet with Sarett Naturalists.  $20/person, $15/member includes kayak, transportation, & equipment.  You must call to register at 269-927-4832. Wear footwear that can get wet and bring water.