Stories

We are excited to announce the first of several strategic initiatives the Board of Trustees is sponsoring - a Nature Explorers Program! Feedback from the community said we should prioritize offering more activities, with a focus on engaged learning and structured interactivity. Working parents have told us that they could spend an extra week at the CSA if they could send their children to organized activities for a meaningful block of time, allowing them to work remotely that week. We have contracted with environmental educator, Amalia Fernand, to pilot this half day organized activity for up to 25 children from July 27-31, 1-5pm for ages 5-10 for a fee of $120. (You will find registration details below.)

Amalia will offer fun and engaging activities about Michigan plants and animals. Through art, games, and outdoor exploration, children will develop a stronger understanding of their environment. Science, music, team building, scavenger hunts, and live program animals will all be integrated into an exciting new way to explore the grounds of the CSA.

Monday-Plants & Seeds

  • Take a closer look at the parts of a plant by building a grass-head and dissecting a seed. Explore the local environment on a botany scavenger hunt and create leaf rubbing art while identifying native trees.

Tuesday-Insects & Spiders

  • Search for invertebrates on a nature walk while discovering the differences between insects and spiders. Play pollination party, crawl through an “Ant City,” make butterfly and spider crafts, and sing the “Insect Body Parts” song. 

Wednesday-Fish & Sharks

  • Learn to identify native fish by designing a magnet fishing pole craft. Meet “Fred the Fish” in a water pollution activity, practice beading while making shark tooth necklaces, play predator and prey, and discover dip netting.

Thursday-Reptiles & Amphibians

  • Gain an introduction to herpetology with Scaly, Lizzie, and Slimy. Create a snakeskin craft, make native reptile magnets, play with amphibian slime, and search for salamanders on a nature walk.

Friday-Birds & Mammals

  • Discover the tracks, scat, and signs of local birds and mammals. Identify bones and feathers and listen to bird calls. Color black bear masks, make butter, build raptor mobiles, and play bird beak buffet, bird behavior bingo, and ranger tag.

Amalia Fernand has taught at the CSA for Ecology Fun since 2011, and at the recent Parent’s Night Out events. She has a Master of Science in ecological leadership and education, and a bachelor’s in environmental studies with minors in marine science and anthropology. With a background in environmental, experiential, and Montessori education, she has facilitated programming with children in over 20 countries, and recently published her first books: Michigan Wildlife, A Coloring Field Guide, and Ohio Wildlife: A Coloring Field Guide. Amalia founded Nature Explorers International (NEI) with the mission to: inspire excitement and curiosity for the environment through art, science, and outdoor experiences. www.amaliaexplores.com

Registration Details

Please contact to receive a registration form, invoice, and parent letter. Space is limited. Registration opens February 1st and spaces will be filled in the order in which the completed registration is received. Only CSA Privilege Ticket holders are eligible to attend this program.