Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails Activities
Tuesday and Thursday, July 16 - Sept. 19
Couch to 5K
5 p.m., Meet at the Recreation Desk in the Activities Building on the MCC's Sidney Campus
Join runners of all abilities for a 10-week program, ending with your participating in the Bramble Ramble 5K trail run and walk on Sept. 21. Participants will be provided with a 10-week run/walk program based on their ability, an entry in the Bramble Ramble, a special race T-shirt, water/post-run snacks and support and encouragement along the way! The program starts July 16 at 5 p.m. and will meet Tuesdays and Thursday (times/days may change at the start of the school semester in late August). Race and participation liability waiver forms will need to be filled out and signed on the first day of participation. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $50, which includes entry into MCC's Bramble Ramble 5K trail run on Sept. 21. To pre-register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/couch-to-5k-xphe-500-01-registration-60269171715?aff=ebdssbdestsearch. Contact Cheryl Meyer by emailing email@example.com or call 989-400-9449 with questions.
Thursday, Aug. 15 - Tuesday, Oct. 1
Nature Photography Contest
Enter your 2019 summer or fall photos of animals, plants, and/or landscape features from the MCC Nature Trails by commenting on our MCC Nature Trails Facebook page post (link available Aug. 15). Please include your name, the trail name, a photo title or description and category (Animal, Plant, Landscape, Other). Don't forget to tag yourself in your post. Contest winners will be announced in late October, and the winning photos from each category will be displayed in Room A133 in the Stanley P. Ash Building on the college's Sidney Campus.
Thursdays, Aug. 29 - Sept. 26
5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Room 138 in the Stanley P. Ash Building on MCC’s Sidney campus
Join MCC Biology Instructor Heather Wesp for informative and fun walks on the Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails on MCC’s Sidney campus. Learn about local plants, animals and ecology. Your interests and questions drive this class, which meets rain or shine. All ages are welcome. Meet in room A138 in the Stanley P. Ash Building on MCC’s Sidney campus.
Saturday, Sept. 14
Dealing with Invasives and Natives
This presentation is being rescheduled for another date. Please check back for more details.
Saturday, Sept. 21
Bramble Ramble 5K Run/Walk & Michael Seaman 10k Run
9 to 11 a.m., Start/Finish line at the Barn Theater 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.
Friday, Sept. 27
Introduction to Fall Fungi
6 to 8 p.m., Room A138 in the Stanley P. Ash Building on MCC’s Sidney campus.
Have you ever seen a mushroom and wondered what it was called? Ethan Christensen, who has completed his Michigan Mushroom Certification and has a great enthusiasm for fungi, will introduce you to fall fungi. Learn the common parts of a mushroom as well as the basic life cycle, then head out on the Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails to hunt for and identify mushrooms. People of all ages are welcome.
Saturday, Oct. 12
Mushroom Cultivation on Logs
10 a.m. to Noon, Room A138 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 you how to grow mushrooms on logs (all materials provided). Species that may be available include shiitake, oyster mushroom, and lion’s main. 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 hopefully a spawning log capable of producing mushrooms within a few weeks. There is a $5 charge per person, which is payable at the event; however, pre-registration is encouraged by Monday, Sept. 30, to ensure enough supplies are available. To pre-register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.