Saginaw Zoo Family Nature Club


What is the Saginaw Zoo Family Nature Club?


The Saginaw Zoo Family Nature Club is a wonderful way to explore the great outdoors right here in Saginaw! We encourage families of all sizes and children of all ages to join us for an hour of nature play and nature related activities.

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What is Nature Play?

  • A safe time for structured learning and unstructured exploration
  • Open-ended and hands-on free play
  • Limited adult restraints and rules


How is Nature Play beneficial for my family?


  • Positive impacts on child development
  • Increases physical activity and decreases time spent in front of electronic screens
  • Aids in family bonding
  • Facilitates positive interactions with, and attitudes towards nature
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What does Family Nature Club involve?


  • Each meeting will include a structured activity, a walk, and time for nature play
  • Going outside to explore and connect with the world around us!
  • Feel free to join us for any sessions you can attend. You don’t have to come for every session to enjoy the fun!


We will be holding the Saginaw Zoo Family Nature Club on every third Wednesday of the month through October with our first session on June 21st from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

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Please let us know if you are planning on attending! Click on the date you would like to attend to be brought to a registration page. Once a session’s meeting location is determined, the link to the registration page will be added. Please check back here for updates!




Meeting Location

June 21st, 2017

6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Outdoor Classroom at the end of the upper parking lot at the Zoo

July 19th, 2017

6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Parking lot at Deindorfer Woods on Barnard Street

August 16th, 2017

6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

In Front of the Stage on Ojibway Island

September 20th, 2017

6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Green Point Environmental Learning Center's parking lot

October 18th, 2017

6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Outdoor Classroom at the end of the upper parking lot at the Zoo


Are you planning on joining us for a Family Nature Club session?

Here are a few tips to help you be prepared:


  • Wear clothes that are comfortable and you are okay with getting dirty!
  • We recommend bringing weather/sun protection, a full water bottle, and a light snack
  • The trails we walk on may not all be paved
  • A Zoo staff member who is First Aid and CPR certified will be present and have a first-aid kit, but you are also welcome to bring your own
  • We encourage you to bring along anything that will help you and your family enjoy the outdoors! This can include a magnifying glass, binoculars, or a field guide, but these items are not required.
  • You will be asked to sign a liability waiver and photo release form when you attend the Saginaw Zoo Family Nature Club


All sessions are free and all dates and times are subject to change. Transportation is available for Saginaw City residents. Please contact the Zoo by phone at (989)759-1408 or by email at for more information. Please keep in mind that children must be accompanied with an adult chaperone. The Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square would like to thank the Children & Nature Network for supporting the Saginaw Zoo Family Nature Club.