2016 Women in Nature Programs
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Women in Nature is a program series designed to bring women together in the outdoors while giving them the opportunity to try new outdoor activities. It is our goal to encourage women to try a variety of outdoor activities. They will have the chance to enjoy the outdoors while learning about nature and being physically active.
The programs are ideal for women of all ages and experiences. It is our goal to educate women about the animals and plants that make West Michigan their home. We hope it will empower women to take a wildlife hike with family and friends and feel comfortable with their experiences in the natural world. All of the activities will be led by the female staff of the Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway or female staff of the other Women in Nature partners.
Registration required and may be limited.
Take a winter hike with an ODC naturalist! Explore and learn about the ODC Nature Preserve and what plants and animals are doing during the winter. The purpose of this hike is to explore. Fee: None
Enjoy an evening of painting and wine with the ladies and take your canvas home! A local painter will walk you through painting a nature-themed scene on canvas. There will be an example canvas to look at while you’re painting. All materials provided. Only for women 21 years and older. Fee: $20
Lean how to take your best photos of nature by learning from a local professional, Tina Gartley. Tina will give tips on how to get the best shot. If there are any questions about lighting or exposure, she will be a great resource. Bring your camera and be ready to practice! Fee: None
Archery programs are more of a quick lesson on how to shoot a bow and arrow which will be taught by one of our certified, women archery instructors. Then participants will have the opportunity to practice for the rest of the evening. Fun 3D targets will be set up, along with normal ring targets. Fee: $10
The Nature Hike will be led by one of our naturalists who will guide the group through the Upper Macatawa Natural Area. The purpose of these hikes is simply to explore. Fee: None
Kayaking programs will take place at two local rivers (Rabbit River in Hamilton and Macatawa River in Holland) that have little current and are ideal for an inexperienced or casual paddler. During these programs, women will get the opportunity to learn about river wildlife, our efforts to improve the Macatawa Watershed, and enjoy a casual paddle with a naturalist. Fee: $10
Biking experiences will be led by Velo City Cycles. One ride will be a road rip leaving from the ODC Nature Preserve while the other is a trail/mountain ride at the Upper Macatawa Natural Area in Zeeland. Both mountain bike trails and paved pathways can be found there. Helmet and Bike Required. Fee: None
Yoga at the ODC Nature Preserve is taught by Laura Griffioen. Yoga is a calming exercise and great for women of all skill levels. This program is a great opportunity to try out yoga for the first time or add another exercise to your week. Fee: None
Join other women in the community for an evening of indoor rock-wall climbing. We will meet at Camp Geneva, learn the basics from the staff and practice for a couple of hours. Fee: $10
Enjoy an October weekend away with other women from the community! We will take a 15 passenger van to explore Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Traverse City. There will be hiking and wine tasting tours, exploring the dunes and downtown Traverse City. If you are interested in attending, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Fee & Date: TBD
4214 56th Street, Holland, MI 49423
Trails Open: Sunrise to Sunset(Pets must be kept on a 6 foot leash at all times and remain at least 50 feet away from animal enclosures)
Visitors Center Hours:
9:00 - 4:00 Mon-Sat
Memorial Day thru Labor Day
We continue to create new possibilities to connect people, land and nature. These extensions of our educational programming provide opportunities for lifelong learning and community involvement.