Fall Harvest Festival

Date & Time

September 30, 2017
10 am-4 pm

Event Admission

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!

*Become a member at the Festival and admission is free!

Become a Member & Friend Sponsor

Event Overview

Celebrate the return of autumn at Chippewa Nature Center’s (CNC) Fall Harvest Festival, its largest event of the year, on Sat, Sept 30 from 10 am to 4 pm. Visitors of all ages will enjoy demonstrations, crafts and activities that reflect 19th century life on the farm at harvest time. Admission is free to CNC members and all children under 18. Non-member adult admission is just $5.

In the Visitor Center, guests will enjoy folk music by the Jolly Hammers and Strings Dulcimers, as well as a bobbin lace demonstration and hands-on activity by the Mid-Michigan Lace Makers. Attendees can see demonstrations by the Midland Woodcarvers and the Lakefield Quilters and weaving, spinning and other handwork by the Midland Fiber Arts Guild. Guests can also visit the hands-on Ecosystem Gallery and Nature Discovery Area, as well as the River Overlook and Nature Center Store.

In the wigwam area, native elder Daisy Kostus will be processing a pelt while cooking a beaver over the fire. Daisy is a Cree elder from northern Quebec who will be sharing her knowledge of traditional cooking and harvesting. Traditional skills expert Jim Miller will display ash and bark baskets, tanned hides and several other projects.

Fall Harvest Festival attendees can take a hay wagon to the Homestead, where there will be woodcarving, woodstove cooking, cider making, beekeeping, bone-grinding, apple butter making, spinning and chair caning demonstrations, herbs by the Valley Herb Society and traditional music by Tinkers Folly. Children can make rope, dip candles, grind corn and more! Visitors can also learn about the organic heirloom vegetables grown this year at the Homestead Farm.

At the Log Schoolhouse, there will be classroom lessons, and outdoor games, stenciling and leather stamping in the schoolyard. Nearby, watch a demonstration of the antique threshing machine. At the sugarhouse, the Max Carey Blacksmith Guild will be working on their latest projects. Food concessions will be provided by the Studley Grange.


Demonstrations include: Children’s activities include:
woodstove cooking
cider making
apple butter making
spinning and weaving wool
traditional music
candle dipping
bone 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.


Friends 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