Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails Activities

Wednesday, May 22

Biking and Biology

6 to 7:30 p.m.

Fredrick Meijer Heartland Trail (Meet at parking lot where the trail crosses Derby Rd, just south of Sidney, MI.)

 

Travel the Fredrick Meijer Heartland trail with biology instructor Heather Wesp. Biking pace will be gentle and appropriate for adults and older children. Bike riders will stop every 10-20 minutes to observe and learn about the plants, animals, and ecological processes associated with different habitats. Participants must provide their own bike.

 

Friday, May 24 

Series Dates (Alternating Fridays): Mar. 1, March 15, March 29 – Cancelled due to Spring Break, April 12, May 10, May 24, and June 7

Disc Golf Instructional Series for Beginners

6-7 p.m.

MCC's Sidney campus

 

Join Middle Mitten Disc Golf Club and Michigan Disc Golf Empire as they host a disc golf instructional series for beginners and amateurs alike. All aspects of disc golf will be covered including type of discs, techniques, rules, putting, approaching, driving, and strategy. Other topics may be covered based on attendee interests. Some equipment will be available to use or you may bring your own. Each session will last 60 to 90 minutes. Come to one or come to all, drop in as your schedule allows. Early sessions will be held indoors in the gymnasium located in the Activities building on MCC’s Sidney Campus. Later sessions will be held at Hole 1 near the Tennis Courts.

 

Wednesdays, May 29 and June 5

Art from Nature

6 to 8 p.m.

Room 138 in the Stanley P. Ash building on MCC's Sidney campus

 

During the first week participants will learn visit the trails to collect plants as well as other natural materials. You’ll be taught how to preserve plant specimens, including basic plant pressing techniques. During the second week, students will assemble preserved plant and animal parts into works of art of their own design. Participants can choose between traditional herbarium preparation or creating their own art such as note cards, wall hangings, etc. Basic art supplies (card stock, glue, scissors, etc.) will be provided but feel free to bring your own materials as well. All ages are welcome. Meet in Room 138 in the Stanley P. Ash Building on MCC’s Sidney campus.

Saturday, June 1

Mushroom Cultivation

10 a.m. to noon

Room 138 in the Stanley P. Ash building on MCC's Sidney campus

 

Ethan Christensen, who has completed his Michigan Mushroom Certification and has a great enthusiasm for fungi, will teach participants how to grow oyster mushrooms. All materials will be provided. Attendees will prepare bags or buckets of pasteurized straw (attendees choice) and inoculate them with Ostreatus pleurotus, the oyster mushroom. Oysters are aesthetically pleasing, resistant to bacterial contamination during the colonization phase, mature to the fruiting stage relatively quickly, and – best of all – are edible and delicious! Christensen will also talk about other commonly cultivated species and cultivation methods, including log spawning and cultivating mushrooms alongside plants in vegetable gardens. When you leave, you’ll have a healthy dose of fungal knowledge and a bag or bucket that will begin producing mushrooms within a few weeks. Pre-registration is encouraged by May 20 to ensure enough supplies by emailing naturetrails@montcalm.edu. Participation is free, but please bring a 5-gallon bucket with you to the class.

 

Friday, June 7

Series Dates (Alternating Fridays): Mar. 1, March 15, March 29 – Cancelled due to Spring Break, April 12, May 10, May 24, and June 7

Disc Golf Instructional Series for Beginners

6 to 7 p.m.

MCC's Sidney campus

 

Join Middle Mitten Disc Golf Club and Michigan Disc Golf Empire as they host a disc golf instructional series for beginners and amateurs alike. All aspects of disc golf will be covered including type of discs, techniques, rules, putting, approaching, driving, and strategy. Other topics may be covered based on attendee interests. Some equipment will be available to use or you may bring your own. Each session will last 60 to 90 minutes. Come to one or come to all, drop in as your schedule allows. Early sessions will be held indoors in the gymnasium located in the Activities building on MCC’s Sidney Campus. Later sessions will be held at Hole 1 near the Tennis Courts.

Saturday, Sept. 21

Bramble Ramble 5K and 10K Run/Walk & Michael Seaman 10k Run

9 to 11 a.m.

Start/Finish line at the Barn Theater located on MCC's Sidney campus

 

The Bramble Ramble 5k Run/Walk & Michael Seaman 10k Run showcases the variety and beauty of Montcalm Community College’s Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails.  Participants will cover smooth, open paths and rocky hills, winding trails through pines, oaks, fields, and swamps and finishing on a mowed field. Prizes will be awarded and t-shirts are included in registration. Family/group registrations are available. View www.montcalm.edu/bramble-ramble for additional information and registration forms.

Upcoming Activities in 2019

  • Aug. 1-3: Heritage Village Festival
  • Aug. through Sept.: Couch to 5K Training
CONTACT US
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Heather Wesp
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989-328-1270
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