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Fall Harvest Festival

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September 30, 2017
10 am-4 pm

Join Chippewa Nature Center for its largest festival of the year! Visitors of all ages will enjoy demonstrations, crafts and activities that reflect 19th century life on the farm at harvest time.

Fall Harvest Festival is held biennially.


FREE for CNC members and ALL children under 18,
just $5/non-member adult!

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Event Overview

In the Visitor Center, you’ll find folk music and booths in the classrooms where you can purchase custom items from Lavender Fleece Farm & Studio and baskets by Nancy Carlson. In the River Overlook, be sure to visit traditional skills expert, Jim Miller, as he displays ash and bark baskets, tanned hides, miniature canoes, and many other projects. Also check out the Nature Center Store, Ecosystem Exhibit Gallery and Kids Discovery Area.

Then, hop on a haywagon ride to the Homestead Farm where kids of all ages will enjoy demonstrations of woodcarving, herb-craft, woodstove cooking, woodworking, cider making, beekeeping, apple butter making, spinning and weaving wool and traditional music. Children will be busy making rope, dipping candles, stenciling, grinding corn – and more! Stop at the garden, where you’ll learn about organic heirloom vegetables grown this year at the Homestead. Food concessions will be provided by the Studley Grange and Kettle Corn by Allison’s Kettle Corn & More.

A special highlight of the festival will be our new timber frame barn, constructed this summer. Tour the barn to learn all about its construction and explore the interior. Nearby, kids will enjoy building a ¼ scale barn of their own with a “Teamwork and Timbers” activity by the Michigan Barn Preservation Network.

You can also watch the antique threshing machine at work, threshing rye that was grown this year at CNC. At the Sugarhouse, visit the Max Carey Blacksmith Guild to see them working  on their latest projects. Visit the Log Schoolhouse for kids’ lessons, and outdoor crafts and games in the schoolyard.

Demonstrations include: Children’s activities include:
woodstove cooking
cider making
apple butter making
spinning and weaving wool
natural dyes
traditional music
candle dipping
corn grinding
leather stamping
schoolyard games
and more!

Activities subject to change.


To volunteer for Fall Harvest Festival, contact Cathy Devendorf at
cdevendorf@chippewanaturecenter.org or (989) 631-0830.

2017 Sponsors

Signature Sponsors:

Arbury Insurance Agency







2017 Member & Friend Sponsors

Richard Danville
Jim Malek

Pete and Gloria Lehman
James and Mary Yeomans

David and Nancy Nickerson
Mark and Katherine Robertson
Catherine Sias
Bruce and Joan Vaydik