The winter blues settle in when people get sick of staying indoors, watching the same reruns, and knitting tiny mittens for their house centipedes. Get back to nature and out of that teeming lair of insects with today’s Groupon to the “Chili Winter Evening” event at Woldumar Nature Center on Saturday, January 28, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get two tickets to the event (up to a $40 value).
- For $38, you get four tickets to the event (up to an $80 value).
Each ticket includes the following:
- Admission to the event (up to a $15 value)
- Snowshoe rental (a $5 value)
- One horse-drawn sleigh ride
- A chili dinner
- A Moon Cabin tour
Tucked snugly alongside the Grand River, the Woldumar Nature Center sprawls across 178 acres of snow-capped woodland, winding waterways, and rippling prairies. This winter, the nature center provides refuge from seasonal doldrums and pickpocketing snowmen, inviting guests to enjoy an entertaining itinerary during the Chili Winter Evening event. Upon arriving, partygoers hitch a ride aboard a horse-drawn sleigh and gracefully glide toward a bonfire, where hot drinks and nostalgic aromas await to warm frosted bones. Then, as guests enjoy a wholesome chili dinner and dessert, the Powerlight Band, a Motown group, seize the spotlight, inflating the evening with mirthful tunes and advanced hair technology from the 1960s.
While taking a breather from dancing, attendees can experience life during the pioneer times of Michigan by sifting through snow drifts for golden acorns or taking a guided tour of the Moon log cabin. A silent auction, meanwhile, affords the chance to corral handcrafted treasures made by local artists, and snowshoe rentals equip hooves with the proper buoyancy to explore surrounding trails without having to share the chili dinner with a team of sled huskies.
Woldumar Nature Center
Woldumar Nature Center greets visitors with a coterie of trees, flowers, and grasses that populate 178 acres of diverse environs representing the region's larger ecosystem. Visitors explore the center's trails spanning 5 miles of lush scenery, which treats them to a prairie of wildflowers waving their vivid heads in the breeze, the Grand River flowing throughout 1.25 miles, and a hardwood forest that casts cool shade in the shadows of beech and maple trees. Deer peacefully forage in the apple orchard, and a butterfly garden hosts a feast for the gentle winged insects. The herb garden showcases common household herbs such as rosemary alongside oft-forgotten useful plants such as calendula, which pinky swears it goes well in potato soup. The nature center's knowledgeable staff lead educational programs year-round that fill brains with experiences in geocaching, exploring the Grand River, and watching live owl presentations.