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Beat January Boredom at Ottawa’s Nature Education Center

A Star’s Life: Astronomy and Sky Viewing Event

Adults and older children are invited to join members of the Shoreline Amateur Astronomical Association on Saturday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the Ottawa County Parks Nature Education Center for a one hour indoor program entitled Life Cycles of Stars. Stars, just like people, go through a life cycle. They are born in “stellar nurseries,” mature, and die.  Some of them go away quietly while others explode with far reaching effects in the universe.  This program will be held rain, snow, or shine (as long as road and weather conditions are safe).
“Life Cycles of Stars” will be followed by an outdoor sky viewing session (weather permitting). Telescopes will be provided.  Bring binoculars (if you have them), and dress to be outside. There is no program fee and advance registration is not required.

Discovery of the sunken Christmas Tree Ship - Jan 17

Discovery of the sunken Christmas Tree Ship - Jan 17

GRAND HAVEN, MI  -- In 1912, the people of Chicago awaited the annual arrival of their Christmas Tree Ship loaded with 5000 Christmas trees. But she would never arrive.

November 23, 1912 at 2:50 p.m. was the last time the ship was seen afloat, in trouble, weighted down by ice in blustery storm off of Kewanee, WI.

Dr. Mark Gleason talks about finding the Rouse Simmons, the Christmas Tree Ship, with a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) on Thursday, Jan. 17 at the Loutit District Library.

Gleason is the Chief Marine Scientist and Director of Education of the Great Lakes Naval and Memorial Museum of Muskegon. He has explored multiple shipwrecks using ROVs.

The program is free the public and begins at 7 p.m. in the library’s Program Room A. For further information, contact Loutit District Library at 616-842-5560, ext.

Tips On Photography - Tonight and Jan 24

Tips On Photography - Tonight and Jan 24

If you'd like to learn more about capturing nature on camera, photographer John Dykstra is offering Creative Compositions tonight at 7:00 pm at the Outdoor Discovery Center. Dykstra will explain the fundamentals of photography composition. The cost is $10 per person and advance registration is required. 

On Thursday, January 24 at 7 pm John Dykstra is offering a Critique Your Photos session for nature photographers who want to improve their skills.  Participants will submit five images to be critiqued during the session. Cost is $20 per person and advance registration is required.

For more information on the classes or to register, contact the Outdoor Discovery Center-Greenway at (616) 393-9453 or odc@outdoordiscovery.org.

Environmental Organization Grades Local Lawmakers

Environmental Organization Grades Local Lawmakers

Find the grades for legislators in your district through The Sierra Club's full scorecard.  

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New Pictures of Grand Haven Shipwreck

New Pictures of Grand Haven Shipwreck

Last month, WZZM13's Brent Ashcroft showed how lower water levels were revealing a Grand Haven shipwreck from 80 years ago.

Today, we are sharing updated photos of the shipwreck from viewers Harry and Heidi Wojahn. These photos were taken on Wednesday, January 9. 

Winter Scavenger Hunt

Winter Scavenger Hunt

This Winter Scavenger Hunt is scheduled for Saturday, December 22 at 2pm at Hemlock Crossing at the West Olive Nature Education Center! Bring the family to discover natural surprises, while searching for the scavenger hunt items during this fun outdoor experience.

Call: (616)738-4810 or go on-line to www.miottawa.org/Parks for more information.          

Yearlong Grand River Greenway Celebration programs at LDL conclude with Wetland Watch president

Yearlong Grand River Greenway Celebration programs at LDL conclude with Wetland Watch president

GRAND HAVEN, MI -- Why do we have wetlands in Michigan? What is a wetland? Why are wetlands important? What threatens wetlands and what can we do about it? These and other questions will be addressed by Wetland Watch president, Leslie Newman along with scientific colleagues in local efforts to protect wetlands.

Newman’s program, “Wetland Watch: Invasion of the Phragmites,” will be held at the Loutit District Library (LDL) on Thursday, Dec. 20 in Program Room A from 7-8:30 p.m. as the final program of yearlong Grand River Greenway Celebration series.

Leslie Newman is a member and current president of Wetland Watch, an active non-profit organization dedicated to protecting our remaining wetlands. She is also a founding member of the Ottawa County Invasive Phragmites Control Group and a member of the Lakeshore Earth Day Committee.