Winter Programs

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 Winter Camps

West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science will be offering several programs throughout the winter. Depending on the weather and amount of snow, we will be offering all hikes with snowshoes. All children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For all events, please enter the new elementary building and meet in the Dr. Philip A. Wheeler Environmental Center. The school address is 4463 Leonard Street, NW Grand Rapids. Pre-registration required for all events. 

Please email Shawn Wessell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions!

Animal Adaptations In The Winter


Date: Thursday, January 19
Time: 5:30pm-7pm
Registration Due: 1/16/17
Cost: $3 for children, $5 for adults

Learn how animals adapt to the “harsh” Michigan winters. Check out some animal skins, furs, and skulls – all while warming up beside a roaring fire in the forest. Campers will snowshoe out to the forest if the weather permits. Register here!

Howl at the Moon Hike


Date: Thursday, February 9
Time: 5:30pm-7pm
Registration Due: 2/6/17
Cost: $3 for children, $5 for adults

Explore the ecosystems while learning the different phases of the moon by the light of the moon! Play some moonlight tag along the way! We’ll have a roaring campfire in the woods to warm up by and have some hot cocoa. Register here!


Makin’ Maple Syrup

Date: Thursday, March 9
Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm
Registration Due: 3/6/17
Cost: $3 for children, $5 for adults

Come on out to WMAES and help us with our syrup collecting. Learn how syrup has been made throughout history... watch the boiling process, tap some trees, and taste some different grades of syrup. If weather permits, we will snowshoe out to the maple forest. Register here!