• Celebrate Autumn Traditions at CNC’s Fall Harvest Festival

    September 26, 2019
    CONTACT: Jamie Hockstra
    Director of Marketing and Communications
    989.631.030 | 989.631.7070 f
    Celebrate Autumn Traditions at CNC’s Fall Harvest Festival

    Date: Sat, Oct 5, 2019
    Time: 10 am-4 pm
    Where: Chippewa Nature Center, 400 S Badour Rd, Midland
    Admission: FREE for all children under 18 and CNC members / $5/non-member adult

    Celebrate the return of autumn at Chippewa Nature Center’s (CNC) annual Fall Harvest Festival, its largest event of the year, on Sat, Oct 5 from 10 am to 4 pm. Visitors of all ages will enjoy demonstrations and hands-on activities that reflect 19th century life on the farm at harvest time. Admission is free for all children under 18 and CNC members. Non-member adult admission is just $5.

    In the Visitor Center, guests will enjoy folk music by the Jolly Hammers and Strings Dulcimers, as well as a  bobbin lace demonstration and hands-on activity by the Mid-Michigan Lace Makers. Attendees can see demonstrations by the Midland Woodcarvers and the Midland Quilters Guild. Guests can also visit the hands-on Ecosystem Gallery and Nature Discovery Area, as well as the Wildlife Viewing Area, River Overlook and Nature Center Store.

    At the Wigwam Area, discover the rich history of natural resources that supported Native Americans, such as the process of making pemmican. The Oxbow Archeologists will be conducting an archeological dig. Visitors can then take a wagon ride to the Homestead Farm where kids of all ages will enjoy demonstrations of woodstove cooking, woodworking, cider making, beekeeping, apple butter making, processing wool from sheep-to-shawl by the Fiber Arts Guild, herbs by the Valley Herb Society and traditional music by Tinkers Folly. Visitors can make rope, dip candles, grind corn and more! Stop at the garden where you can learn about the organic heirloom vegetables grown this year at the Homestead Farm, and visit the newly installed Children’s Garden. Nearby, watch a demonstration of the antique threshing machine. Food concessions will be available from the Studley Grange.

    Near the Sugarhouse, see the Max Carey Blacksmith Guild working on their latest projects. Visitors will also enjoy trying their hand at building a quarter scale timber frame barn. Visit the Log Schoolhouse for classroom lessons, and in the schoolyard, find outdoor games and crafts including button-on-a-string and leather bookmarks. The Midland County Breastfeeding Coalition will provide a Rock-and-Rest tent, providing a place for parents to change a diaper and feed their baby.

    Fall Harvest Festival is sponsored by signature sponsor Arbury Insurance Agency, as well as Betten Baker, ITC,  Pizza Sam’s, RetroFoam of Michigan and Warner.

    Volunteers are still needed for Fall Harvest Festival. For volunteer opportunities and time slots, contact Cathy Devendorf at cdevendorf@chippewanaturecenter.org or at (989) 631-0830.


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    Chippewa Nature Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to connect all people to nature through educational, recreational and cultural experiences. Enjoy free admission to 19 miles of trails from dawn-to-dark, 365 days a year. The Visitor Center, located at 400 S Badour Rd, is open 8 am-5 pm Monday-Saturday and 12-5 pm Sunday and select holidays. Learn more at www.chippewanaturecenter.org.

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