Nature Center building will open for special programs only

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published June 8, 2011


The building at the Lloyd Stage Nature Center closed May 27, but the Troy Nature Society will offer several popular nature programs on site in coming weeks.

Through an agreement with the city of Troy, the Troy Nature Society, approved as a nonprofit organization, will sponsor eight naturalist programs for children and families throughout the summer.

Troy Nature Society member Susie Kowalski said that the programs are the same ones with the same instructors offered at the Nature Center in the past through the Troy Parks and Recreation Department. She added that the Troy Nature Society would continue efforts to raise funds for programs.

Nature Society member Patricia Grybel said the nature programs offered this summer were selected from the best of the past favorites.

The programs will be: Summer Ecology Days, offered in two sessions for children ages 6-7 and ages 8-10; Stirring Up Science, offered in two sessions for children ages 5-7 and ages 8-10; and Preschool Earth Explorers for children ages 4-5.

The Nature Society will also offer five short programs, ranging from an hour to a full day, for tots to adults: Butterflies Flutter By, Peek at the Pond, Family Evening Adventure, Creepy Crawlie Critters and Which Way is North?

In addition, the two miles of trails at the 100-acre site will be open during daylight hours, although there is no longer a restroom on site unless the building is open for a special program. There is no charge to walk the trails when the building is not open.

Troy Recreation Director Stu Alderman said the trails will be maintained as needed.

Information on programs will be available in the Troy Today city magazine; also check the Troy Nature Society website at or call the Troy Nature Society at (248) 990-8996. Slots for each session are limited.