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Calendar

Marguerite Gahagan Nature Preserve has numerous events during the year, including public education programs for all ages, environmental field trips for area schools, nature presentations by noted speakers, AuSable River water quality monitoring field days and more. Check out upcoming events through our calendar below:

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Upcoming Events

  • Ferns, Clubmoss and Horsetails
    Ferns, Clubmoss and Horsetails
    Tue, Jun 18
    Gahagan Nature Preserve
    Jun 18, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Gahagan Nature Preserve, 209 W Maplehurst, Roscommon, MI 48653, USA
    Join long-time Gahagan educator, Tom Dale, as we study this interesting group of non-flowering plants in their native habitat!
  • Hydrology Hidden in Plain Sight
    Hydrology Hidden in Plain Sight
    Multiple Dates
    Thu, Jun 20
    Roscommon
    Jun 20, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Roscommon, 209 W Maplehurst, Roscommon, MI 48653, USA
    Hydrology hidden in plain sight will explore hydrology of the Gahagan Nature Preserve, expand to the unique hydrology of Roscommon, Crawford and Ogamaw counties, and then follow the AuSable River to Lake Huron and the lower Great Lakes. This is a two part series on the evenings of June 13 and 20.
  • Nature Camp! June 25-27
    Nature Camp! June 25-27
    Tue, Jun 25
    Roscommon
    Jun 25, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jun 27, 2024, 12:00 PM
    Roscommon, 209 W Maplehurst, Roscommon, MI 48653, USA
    Explore the outdoors at the Gahagan Nature Preserve! For youth entering grades 1-6. Camp takes place from 9am-noon each day, Tuesday-Thursday.
  • Watercolor Leaf Prints
    Watercolor Leaf Prints
    Tue, Jun 25
    Roscommon
    Jun 25, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Roscommon, 209 W Maplehurst, Roscommon, MI 48653, USA
    Create your very own botanical art using fresh greenery! Learn how to identify some of our favorite plant species at the Preserve while creating a work of art to take home. Cost for this workshop helps us cover materials as well as supports our education programs. Recommended for ages 12 and up.
  • Gahagan's Kirtland's Warbler Tour
    Gahagan's Kirtland's Warbler Tour
    Sat, Jul 06
    Roscommon
    Jul 06, 2024, 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Roscommon, 209 W Maplehurst, Roscommon, MI 48653, USA
    Come out to Gahagan Nature Preserve on Saturday July 6th from 7:00 am–10:00 am for a tour to see Kirtland’s Warblers and their jack pine ecosystem home.
  • Nature-Play Friday
    Nature-Play Friday
    Multiple Dates
    Fri, Jul 12
    Gahagan Nature Preserve
    Jul 12, 2024, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
    Gahagan Nature Preserve, 209 W Maplehurst, Roscommon, MI 48653, USA
    Guided nature activities for youth/families. Come ready to explore the Preserve through play!
  • Fen Walk
    Fen Walk
    Tue, Jul 16
    Gahagan Nature Preserve
    Jul 16, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Gahagan Nature Preserve, 209 W Maplehurst, Roscommon, MI 48653, USA
    A fen is a special type of peat-forming wetland that relies on groundwater and requires thousands of years to develop. Join long-time Gahagan educator, Tom Dale, as we explore and experience these interesting wetlands.
  • Nature Camp! July 23-25
    Nature Camp! July 23-25
    Tue, Jul 23
    Roscommon
    Jul 23, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jul 25, 2024, 12:00 PM
    Roscommon, 209 W Maplehurst, Roscommon, MI 48653, USA
    Explore the outdoors at the Gahagan Nature Preserve! For youth entering grades 1-6. Camp takes place from 9am-noon each day, Tuesday-Thursday.
  • Nature Photo Frames
    Nature Photo Frames
    Tue, Aug 13
    Roscommon
    Aug 13, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Roscommon, 209 W Maplehurst, Roscommon, MI 48653, USA
    Learn how to identify some of our favorite plant species at the Preserve and use these botanicals to create frames for your favorite photographs. Cost for this workshop helps us cover materials as well as supports our education programs. Recommended for ages 12 and up.
  • Forestry Scavenger Hunt
    Forestry Scavenger Hunt
    Tue, Sep 17
    Gahagan Nature Preserve
    Sep 17, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Gahagan Nature Preserve, 209 W Maplehurst, Roscommon, MI 48653, USA
    The Gahagan Forestry Scavenger hunt is a great activity to do with a group, or all on your own! The event will begin with an overview of the trails at the Gahagan Nature Preserve and some tree identification tips. Then we will set you free to find marked points within the preserve and collect data.
  • June Bird Count
    June Bird Count
    Sat, Jun 08
    Gahagan Nature Preserve
    Jun 08, 2024, 7:50 AM – 10:00 AM
    Gahagan Nature Preserve, 209 W Maplehurst, Roscommon, MI 48653, USA
    Come join us for the 14th annual Gahagan June Bird Count!
  • Bird Banding Demonstration
    Bird Banding Demonstration
    Fri, May 31
    Gahagan Nature Preserve
    May 31, 2024, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Gahagan Nature Preserve, 209 W Maplehurst, Roscommon, MI 48653, USA
    Would you like to see live birds up close? Come out to Gahagan for a bird banding demonstration. Find out why we band birds, what it tells us about their lives and their habitat. See how birds are captured, banded, measured, and what data is recorded.
  • Blooms and Buds - Tree ID Hike
    Blooms and Buds - Tree ID Hike
    Thu, May 30
    Roscommon
    May 30, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Roscommon, 209 W Maplehurst, Roscommon, MI 48653, USA
    Tour the preserve as we learn how to identify trees using their fresh spring features! Recommended for adults.
  • Early Release Day
    Early Release Day
    Multiple Dates
    Wed, May 29
    Roscommon
    May 29, 2024, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Roscommon, 606 Lake St, Roscommon, MI 48653, USA
    Thank you for your interest in our Early Release Program! Program is located at the CRAF Center. Bussing is available for Roscommon Elementary Students. Youth will participate in sports, nature games and crafts, and other recreational activities. Program intended for students grades 1-4.
  • Pond Critters through the Microscope
    Pond Critters through the Microscope
    Thu, May 16
    Gahagan Nature Preserve
    May 16, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Gahagan Nature Preserve, 209 W Maplehurst, Roscommon, MI 48653, USA
    Join long-time Gahagan educator, Tom Dale, as we explore the pond critters found at the preserve. Open to all ages.
  • Nature-Play Friday
    Nature-Play Friday
    Multiple Dates
    Fri, May 03
    Gahagan Nature Preserve
    May 03, 2024, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
    Gahagan Nature Preserve, 209 W Maplehurst, Roscommon, MI 48653, USA
    Guided nature activities for youth/families. Come ready to explore the Preserve through play!
  • Nature Story-Time
    Nature Story-Time
    Multiple Dates
    Fri, May 03
    Gahagan Nature Preserve
    May 03, 2024, 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
    Gahagan Nature Preserve, 209 W Maplehurst, Roscommon, MI 48653, USA
    Explore the outdoors through a nature-inspired story and related activity at the Gahagan Nature Preserve! Program takes place on the first Friday of the month from 10:30-11:15am.
  • Spring Fairy Houses
    Spring Fairy Houses
    Thu, May 02
    Roscommon
    May 02, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Roscommon, 209 W Maplehurst, Roscommon, MI 48653, USA
    Mix Art + Nature + Imagination with us as we create and decorate spring-themed fairy houses to place on the preserve trails!
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