Nature Discovery is dedicated to enhancing awareness and sensitivity toward Michigan’s diverse living resources through natural science education.


Students in the Elder and Elementary program have the unique and endlessly enriching experience of Nature Discovery with Mr. Jim McGrath every week at Stepping Stones. Mr. Jim not only brings an incredible wealth of knowledge and passion about Michigan species, but brings plenty of hands-on experiences every visit! Children get up close and personal with everything from turtles, frogs, and snakes to important plant specimens and education about invasive species.

We believe that connecting with the local ecosystem, and with nature in general, is foundational to the development of the child. In order to understand the richness and importance of our natural resources, children must be allowed to build a relationship with nature through exposure on a regular basis. As the next generation, it’s vital that they know of the richness of Michigan’s biodiversity in order to protect and preserve it. Hands-on experiences with the environment like those provided in Nature Discovery help children expound upon their natural reverence for the Earth. With guidance, they become passionate conservationist and grow their aptitude as natural scientists!

Some of the topics covered during the year in Nature Discovery include, but are certainly NOT limited to:

-Identifying Michigan tree species
-Identifying Michigan wildflower species
-Identifying parts of plants
-Michigan Birds
-Michigan Mammals
-Michigan Reptiles
-Michigan Insects & Arthropods
-Invasive species and their impact
-Impacts of Industrial Development
-Observation of multitudes of species
-Observation of animals skulls and bones
-Biomes of Michigan
-Conservation of Wildlife
-Life Cycles of Plants and Animals

…and so much more!


“There must be provision for the child to have contact with nature; to understand and appreciate the order, the harmony and the beauty in nature.”

Maria Montessori


Nature in Action!

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Spicebush Swallowtail Catepillar
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Luna Moth Larva
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The Nature Discovery Vernal Pond
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Eastern Screech Owl
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Gray Tree Frog
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Luna Moth
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Polyphemus Moth
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Compare & Contrast
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Luna Moth Larva
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Lunch!
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Blanding's Turtle
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Snapping Turtles
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Annual "Picture with a Snake" Day
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Pictures shown here have been taken from Nature Discovery’s Facebook or during sessions at Stepping Stones Montessori