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Love Creek Naturalist Activities

Summer Naturalist Events

Friday, July 7 - 9:30 pm - Galien River. Moonlight in the Marsh. Join us for a casual night hike on the boardwalk trails and canopy walkway at Galien River County Park with the “almost full” moon as our guide. A unique opportunity as the park typically closes at dark! Meet in the parking area.

Friday, July 14 - 11:00 am - Love Creek. Turtles, Snakes & More. Meet in the nature center at Love Creek County Park for an up close look at several of the reptiles and amphibians that live in SW Michigan. Feeding demonstrations included!  Park entry fee required ($3/vehicle).

Friday, July 21 - 10:00 am - Rocky Gap. The Nature of the Beach. Everyone knows the beach is great for sun & sand. Today we’ll explore the wild side of a Lake Michigan beach, looking for beach plants and signs of animals. We’ll also see what kinds of rocks are present and learn what those “Indian beads” really are—or used to be!  Meet at the top of the beach access ramp at Rocky Gap County Park.

Saturday, August 5 - 9:00 am - Galien River County Park by Kayak! Join us for a guided kayak outing on the Galien River in the vicinity of Galien River County Park. It’s an easy, but fun and scenic trip and no previous kayak experience is required. We’ll give a quick lesson and be on our way for this 1.5-2 hour outing. Note: Group size limited and preregistration required. Call (269) 471-2617 before 3 pm on Aug. 4 to register. Kayak rental & shuttle service available for $40/person.

Friday, August 11 - 11:00 am - Love Creek. Bugs, Slugs & Such. Late summer is a great time to explore for insects in SW Michigan and kids love bugs! Meet in the nature center at Love Creek County Park where we’ll host a variety of fun insect activities and see what we can find on the edges of nearby fields and forests.  Park entry fee required ($3/vehicle).

Saturday, September 2 - 8:30 pm - Love Creek. Labor Day Weekend Night Hike. Join us for an after dark exploration of the trails at Love Creek County Park. It’s a bit different than a daytime hike! We’ll watch for bats, listen for night singing insects and try to call in an owl or two. Meet at the nature center. Park entry fee required ($3/vehicle).








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