Stay Connected to Nature

We want to help our communities find easy ways to experience nature without compromising personal or environmental health so we’re exploring new ways to help you connect to nature in your own back yard or even inside your own home. Here are some resources to get you started.

Activity Cards

New activities will be posted across our social media channels each week. Try one out and share your experience by tagging us on social media or commenting on our posts.

Nature activity card nature journaling
Nature activity card wildlife count
Nature activity card colors in the wild
Nature activity card is anyone home

Kids Downloadable Fun

Click the image to download a printable template.

Online Lessons

Spend 30 minutes connecting to nature each Thursday at 1:00pm EST.

We’ll be hosting the series live through the Zoom conferencing platform. If it’s your first time using Zoom, you’ll be prompted to download free software when you click on the link. The link will allow you to see the live presentation on a computer, tablet or smartphone. You don’t need to have a web camera to join.

For questions or technical issues, please email

Upcoming Lessons

April 9: Intro to Gardening With Native Plants

We’ll cover how using plants native to Michigan promotes biodiversity and supports birds, bees and butterflies in your own backyard.
Thursday, April 9, 2020
1:00pm EST
Link to join:
Meeting ID: 463 050 564

April 16: Unwind Outside

Learn how to practice mindfulness through observation, nature journaling and a walk in the woods.
Thursday, April 16, 2020
1:00pm EST
Link to join:
Meeting ID: 463 050 564

April 23: Talking Ticks

Everything you need to know about the little buggers from their life-cycles to their mannerisms and what you can do to stay safe.
Thursday, April 23, 2020
1:00pm EST
Link to join:
Meeting ID: 463 050 564

April 30: Intro to Invasive Species

We’ll highlight the highest priority species in our Northern Michigan forests, how they impact the environment and how to prevent their spread. 
Thursday, April 30, 2020
1:00pm EST
Link to join:
Meeting ID: 463 050 564

Video Archive

Plants and Stress

Funding for the Huron Pines Education Program is provided by the US Forest Service, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the US Endowment for Forestry and Communities through the Healthy Watersheds Consortium program, Great Lakes Fishery Trust, Consumers Energy Foundation and the support of individual donors.

Explore the Outdoors

Take a walk around your yard, neighborhood or closest natural space. If you are in Alcona or Presque Isle counties, our Huron Pines nature preserves are still accessible to the public.

Hubbard Lake Nature Preserve
Emily Min Hunt Nature Preserve

Please follow Center for Disease Control guidelines to stay healthy and safe.