In 2017, the Harris Nature Center (HNC) will celebrate its 20th Anniversary. The Harris Nature Center Foundation will host a Turtle Toast Gala on July 22, 2017 from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm to highlight the nature center’s history and celebrate its success. Since opening its doors in 1997, the HNC has steadily increased its visitorship to almost 20,000 each year. People come from the entire Greater Lansing area to walk the refreshing trails, play in the Nature Exploration Area and observe the many live animal exhibits. Each year the center presents approximately 450 programs, engaging people of all ages in nature experiences. 200 of these are school programs that allow over 4,400 students annually to enhance their academics with nature discoveries.
HNC also has two major events; Winter Wonderland and Halloween Adventures which draw over 1500 participants, and the 8-week Nature Connection Summer Camp, attended by over 450 campers.
In 2010, the Foundation began raising funds for the Nature Exploration Area. Currently the area includes a Climbable Turtle Sculpture, Log Jam, Michigan Fossil Dig, Sticks and Stones, Gathering Circle and Beaver Lodge. Foundation supporters also provided funds for the River Overlook and the School Bus Scholarship Project which allows 50 classes annually to participate in nature field trips that may have been unaffordable otherwise. Future projects include finishing the Nature Exploration Area with 2 Tree Houses and a Sky Walk to connect them.
Gala Tickets: Price of ticket goes to support the Foundation's many enhancement projects.
Event Sponsor(s): Be an Event Sponsor. Ask us How firstname.lastname@example.org or 517.853.4384. Funds raised from this event will support the Foundation’s many enhancement projects.
July 22, 2017
Location: 3998 Van Atta Rd., Harris Nature Center, MI
Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM