Grass River Natural Area July Programs

Kayak Grass River
Tuesday, July 2: 9:30am – 12:00 pm
$45 per person – includes tour, kayak, PFD, and paddle for each participant
There is no better way to experience Grass River than by paddling its calm waters and enjoying its unique wildlife! On these morning guided tours, visitors explore Grass River by kayak and find out about GRNA’s conservation efforts, wetland plants, and wildlife. Adults and Teens Only. Limited to small groups, must pre-register. ​Call GRNA to register: 231-492-8793, or email This program meets at the Grass River Center and then walks to the dock to launch kayaks. Kayaks and paddles are provided and ready for you at the dock.

Weekly Wildflower Walk
Every Tuesday, May-August, 10:30 am- 12:00 pm
Free to attend, donations gratefully accepted
Take a leisurely stroll through the scenic trails of Grass River Nature Area alongside knowledgeable docents Lyn Petty and Phil Jarvi. Discover the stunning variety of wildflowers and learn to identify their unique beauty. As we wander, keep an ear out for the delightful melodies of the birds that call Grass River home. Join us every Tuesday at 10:30am to see new flowers in bloom. Donations are gratefully accepted.

Nature Story Time
Friday, July 5 and July 19, 10:30 am-12:00 pm
$5 per child
Enjoy a short children’s story and an activity or a hike on the beautiful trails at Grass River. Best for young children ages 4 and up, but all ages welcome. Larger groups please call ahead for a private program.

Art on Thursdays
Thursday, July 18: 1:00pm – 3:00 pm
$10 per person
On select Thursdays this summer, join a naturalist at 1pm for a reoccurring nature art program! We will explore painting, sketching, journaling, clay, and more!

NMC Kayak River Tour
Friday, July 26, 2024 – 9:30 am -12:00 pm
Register through NMC Extended Education
There is no better way to experience a Northern Michigan river than by paddling its calm waters and enjoying its unique wildlife! On this guided tour, students will explore Grass River by kayak and find out about Grass River Natural Area’s conservation efforts, wetland ecology, and Michigan wildlife. Register through NMC Extended Education

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