Register for the 2022-2023 School Year

The nature centers are eager to work with you and to see the wonders of nature through your children's eyes. We encourage you to consider registering for the fall, when the weather can be more predictable.

 
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Annie's BIG Nature Lesson

Annie's BIG Nature Lesson is a study trip that spans five consecutive days at one of mid-Michigan's nature centers. Teachers and students immerse themselves in learning for a full week of in-depth study, working with experts on site, followed with teacher-led lessons and reinforced with independent observation and research time

 

Resources

Whether you are planning to take your class to ABNL or want to incorporate outdoor learning throughout your class this year, click below to find lesson plans, activities, video lessons, and more and more resources to support your work.

 

Our Mission

The mission of Annie's BIG Nature Lesson is to immerse children, teachers, and parents in the beauty and wonder of the natural world; engage them in authentic scientific investigations of the local ecology by observing, drawing, and writing; nurture citizens who value and protect natural resources; and build a school-community partnership that inspires responsible environmental stewardship.

 
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Ann Mason

Annie's BIG Nature Lesson is named in honor of Ann Mason, environmentalist from Clinton County, Michigan, who devoted her life to taking care of the environment and educating the public about their responsibility for stewardship of the earth.

 

Annie's BIG Nature Lesson Sites

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Harris Nature Center

3998 Van Atta Rd, Okemos

(517) 349-3866

Naturalists Kati Adams and Allison Goodman

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Woldumar Nature Center

5739 Old Lansing Rd, Lansing
(517) 322-0030

Director Kevin Wernet

Naturalists Whitney Beaird and Alexandra Shigley

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13991 Tallman Rd, Grand Ledge

(517) 627-7351

Naturalist Jackie Blanc

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2020 E. Mount Hope Avenue

(517) 483-4224

Director Liz Roxberry

Naturalist Sam Ansaldi, Dylan Lallemand, and Madison Ostrander

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6380 Drumheller Rd, Bath Twp

(517) 641-7677

Naturalist John Ropp

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7117 S Jackson Rd, Jackson
(517) 782-3453
Director Ben Dandrow
Naturalist Carrie Benham

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7000 N. Westnedge Ave.
Kalamazoo

(269) 381-1574

Naturalist Sarah Gonda and Jen Rice

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3854 Crawford Rd, Dryden

(810) 796-3200

Naturalist Carrie Spencer

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19833 D Dr S, Marshall

(269) 962-8069

Naturalist Jim Dobbins