YOURS TO EXPLORE!
Fun in the Field
Throughout the next few weeks, we will be providing daily resources to encourage families to get outside during these stressful times and to keep the kids minds engaged during school closures. These fun and educational activities are designed to be completed in a local park or even your own backyard.
New This Week!
Virtual Online Classes
Checkout our MicroClass Videos on YouTube HERE
Will you be our nature pen pals?!
Parents, families, kids - while you are home, send James and Emily your hand written letters (we like drawings too) with a question or thought you have about nature. How many toes does a salamander have? Why are otters so adorable? Any questions you can think of. And we will write you a hand written letter back answering your nature questions or responding to your thoughts. Send your letters to:
James and Emily's Nature Pen Pals
C/O: Grass River Natural Area
PO Box 231
Bellaire, MI 49615
Resources for Educators and Families
We are partners with regional educators to reach a common goal. It is our vision, that together with our community, we can offer outstanding science-based programming to create knowledgeable learners that are confident in the outdoors. Grass River is your go-to resource for environmental education in Northwest Michigan.
Many of these can be used with "Field Guide to Northwest Michigan"
Winter Tree ID
Summer Tree ID
Conifer Tree ID
Wildflower Bloom Time Calendar
Wildflower Monthly Checklists
Water Quality Worksheet
Create a Field Guide Page for Kids
Plant Species List of GRNA
Ferns of NW Michigan Checklist
Grass River Educational Opportunities
Field Trips to Grass River
Outreach Programs to your School or Organization
Grass River Education Center
Grass River Publications - Field Guide to Northwest Michigan
Research at Grass River
Climate Change in Michigan - EPA
Teacher Friendly Guide to Climate Change - PRI, pdf
Communicating Climate Change: A Guide for Educators - Cornell University
Teacher Friendly Guide to Geology - Midwest - PRI
NGSS for Michigan
Contact Education Director, James Dake, if you are looking for a particular resource or experience
Come explore the new GRNA Storybook Trail! We've posted the pages of the award-winning children's book "Crickwing" by Janell Cannon along the Fern Trail boardwalk. Starting at trail post 12, head toward trail post 13 to find out what happens to this artistic cockroach when he messes with the leafcutter ants! We'll be changing up the story every few weeks so you can discover a new favorite book all summer long.
May Wildflower Walk