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Northern Naturalist students have the opportunity to learn about and explore the beautiful northern Michigan environment. Students can earn a Northern Naturalist certificate after completing required coursework in animals, plants, water, geology, policy, and more!


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Explore the natural environment — water, shorelines, woods, rolling landscapes, dunes, plentiful trees, birds, wildflowers, and wildlife are part of w ...  View More

Schedule : ; ; Class Skip Dates :Self-Paced

Cost: $25.00

Instructor : EES Instructor 

Please read: The Northern Naturalist Certificate Program ...More

 
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Design and create your own backyard meadow using an exclusive take-home selection of native plants. You’ll be guided through the design process with ...  View More

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM; 4 sessions; starting 5/8/2024, ending 5/29/2024

Cost: $199.00

Instructor : Matthew Ross 

Location: The Botanic Garden, Grand Traverse Commons Location : 
  The Botanic Garden, Grand Traverse Commons.

Please call (231) 995-1700 to register
 
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New! Build a botanical bucket list as your walk through some of the most inspiring and innovative gardens in the Great Lakes Region. From large garden ...  View More

Schedule : Weekly - Mon 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM; starting 6/10/2024, ending 6/10/2024

Cost: $75.00

Instructor : Matthew Ross 

Location: The Botanic Garden, Grand Traverse Commons Location : 
  The Botanic Garden, Grand Traverse Commons.

 
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Ever wondered what it would be like to be a beekeeper? Fascinated by colony life and want to learn more about the “secret life of bees?” Thinking abou ...  View More

Schedule : Weekly - Sat 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM; starting 6/15/2024, ending 6/15/2024

Cost: $99.00

Instructor : Multiple Instructor :
 1.Janna Urbasic  2.(like to be called) Willow 

Please read: This class is geared towards beginners.

Location: Interlochen Arts Academy Sustainability Garden Location : 
  Interlochen Arts Academy Sustainability Garden.

 
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Sedges are wonderful plants that are often overlooked because they can be difficult to identify. But in some wetland environments they are some of t ...  View More

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM; starting 6/21/2024, ending 6/21/2024

Cost: $59.00

Instructor : Multiple Instructor :
 1.GRNA Staff  2.James Dake 

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Location: Grass River Natural Area Location : 
  Grass River Natural Area.

 
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Do you wish your trash bins weren’t so full of wet, stinky stuff? Come learn about the processes and the magnificent organisms that turn your trash in ...  View More

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM; starting 6/27/2024, ending 6/27/2024

Cost: $69.00

Instructor : Multiple Instructor :
 1.SEEDS Staff  2.Jennifer Flynn 

Please read: Meeting location: Historic Barns Park ...More

Location: Historic Barns Park, Grand Traverse Commons (SEEDS Location : 
  Historic Barns Park, Grand Traverse Commons (SEEDS.

 
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Orchids are fascinating, beautiful, and rare plants – and Northern Michigan has some of the best. Join James Dake of Grass River Natural Area as we ...  View More

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM; starting 6/28/2024, ending 6/28/2024

Cost: $59.00

Instructor : Multiple Instructor :
 1.GRNA Staff  2.James Dake 

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Location: Grass River Natural Area Location : 
  Grass River Natural Area.

 
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Heat things up in your garden with selections of awe-inspiring plants specially curated by Matthew Ross, Executive Director of The Botanic Garden at H ...  View More

Schedule : Weekly - Mon 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM; starting 7/1/2024, ending 7/1/2024

Cost: $89.00

Instructor : Matthew Ross 

Please read: Now with MORE plants!

Location: The Botanic Garden, Grand Traverse Commons Location : 
  The Botanic Garden, Grand Traverse Commons.

 
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Explore the formation of the northern Michigan landscape through a classroom, lab, and field trip experience. Guided by NMC Geology Instructor, Robb H ...  View More

Schedule : Multiple Class Schedules:   ClassRoom: Weekly - Wed 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM; starting 7/10/2024, ending 7/10/2024. 
   Lab: Thu 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM; 1 session on 07/11/2024. <

Cost: $149.00

Instructor : Robb Houston 

Location: Health/Science Building Location : 
  Health/Science Building.

 
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Investigate the plants that make sphagnum bogs their homes, such as orchids, carnivorous plants, and ericaceous plants. We will discuss the unique bio ...  View More

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM; starting 7/12/2024, ending 7/12/2024

Cost: $75.00

Instructor : Liana May 

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Location: Lake Dubonnet Trail Camp Location : 
  Lake Dubonnet Trail Camp.

 
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Glaciers were a significant force in the formation of our region. Join NMC Geology Instructor Robb Houston as he guides you in an exploration of our l ...  View More

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM; starting 7/16/2024, ending 7/16/2024

Cost: $99.00

Instructor : Robb Houston 

Please read: Bring a sack lunch and dress for the weather.

Location: Health/Science Building Location : 
  Health/Science Building.

 
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Glen Lake/Crystal River Watershed Scientist and creator of the Discovery Boat Program, Rob Karner, will captain the cruise. As head of the Leelanau Sc ...  View More

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM; starting 7/19/2024, ending 7/19/2024

Cost: $125.00

Instructor : Robert Karner 

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Location: Glen Lake Location : 
  Glen Lake.

 
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