Every spring, nature lovers eagerly anticipate the Huron County Nature Center’s annual Lady’s Slipper Festival. This cherished event, held during Memorial Day weekend, heralds not only the arrival of the center’s summer programming but also the bloom of the iconic Pink Lady’s Slipper orchid. Whether you’re a devoted fan or a first-time attendee, this festival promises a day filled with music, arts, crafts, and the beauty of nature.
Blossoms and Celebrations Await
Breathe in the beauty of spring at the annual Lady’s Slipper Festival, a spectacular event hosted by the Huron County Nature Center. Unfolding on Memorial Day weekend, this celebration kick-starts our lively summer programming and the breathtaking bloom of the Pink Lady’s Slipper orchid. First-time visitors or regular patrons, nature enthusiasts or festival lovers, there’s something for everyone!
Mark Your Calendars: A Day of Delight
Let’s rendezvous on Sunday, May 28, for a day packed with music, food, arts, and crafts from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Visitor’s Center, located at 3336 Loosemore Road, east of Oak Beach Road, in the tip of Michigan’s Thumb. Our amphitheater will resound with live music, while the “Holy Guacamole” food truck will serve a smorgasbord of mouth-watering Mexican cuisine. Don’t miss the chance to browse through the exquisite items showcased by our local artists and craftspeople.
Not Just for the Grown-ups: Fun-filled Activities for Kids
We believe in fun for all ages! Our ever-popular tree-cookie necklace-making station will keep the young ones entertained. The Visitor’s Center, open on the festival day, promises to be an educational adventure with interactive displays about native birds, migratory tadpoles, and a vibrant wildlife area complete with bird feeders and a captivating new waterfall feature.
A Floral Hunt: Spot the Pink Lady’s Slipper Orchid
Join the quest to spot the star of the festival, the Pink Lady’s Slipper orchid. This mesmerizing flower, which also graces the Nature Center’s logo, thrives within our park’s unique ecosystem.
Preserving Nature’s Bounty: The Huron County Nature Center
Run by dedicated volunteers, the Huron County Nature Center is a 501c3 nonprofit committed to protecting 280 acres of Michigan’s splendid forest. This precious land, a rare forested dune and wet swale complex is home to vibrant vernal pools, migratory birds, and an impressive range of wildlife and plants. Our two trail systems, spanning nearly six miles, allow visitors to lose themselves in the wilderness, regardless of the season.
Conclusion: Celebrate Nature, Celebrate Life
The Lady’s Slipper Festival is not merely an event—it’s a tribute to the enduring charm of Michigan’s natural landscape. Join us this Memorial Day, soak in the beauty of nature, and support our mission to safeguard this incredible environment.