Raven Hill Discovery CenterWhere Science, History & Art Connect for All Ages Through Hands-On Activities & Explorations Both Indoors & Outdoors Established in 1991 ~ A 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation
TODAY! Saturday, December 7, 2013 Open Noon to 4:00 pm or by Appointment by Calling 231.536.3369 or 877.833.4254! Visit Us: 4737 Fuller Road | East Jordan, Michigan 49727 A rural setting with pond, swamp, forests & fields on 157 acres in Charlevoix County in Northern Lower Michigan
Contact Us: 231.536.3369 | 877.833.4254 | fax 231.536.0132 firstname.lastname@example.org
Open All Year! Raven Hill's Fall, Winter and Spring Hours: Saturday: Noon - 4 pm Sunday: 2 pm - 4 pm Also Open by Appointment Monday through Friday and Other Hours During the Weekend! Schedule Your Visit, Class, Field Trip, Special Group, Party, Reunion or Outreach Today by Calling 231.536.3369 or 877.833.4254 or Emailing email@example.com!
Admission Price: Members: Free Membership form
$8 for Adults and Children Free for Babies Staying in Backpacks or Strollers
Come try out our new Whisper Dishes!
2013 UPCOMING EVENTS NOTE: Scroll Down for Further Details Click here for the Raven Hill Discovery Center 2013 Calendar
|Fall Hours are in Effect||
Raven Hill Discovery Center's Fall, Winter, Spring Hours have begun - Open Saturday Noon to 4 pm and Sunday 2 pm to 4 pm. Also open by appointment Monday through Friday and other hours during the weekend!
|November 28||Thanksgiving ~ Raven Hill Closed|
|November 29 - December 1||Hands-On Holidays: Thanksgiving Break Open Noon to 4:00 pm Friday, Saturday & Sunday (closed Thanksgiving)|
|NOMAC (NOrthern Michigan Astronomy Club) NO DECEMBER MEETING|
|December 7, 8, 14, 15||CMU Graduate Class at Raven Hill: Art Across the Ages (AAA)|
|December 14||FREE (Families Reaching Educational Excellence) 2nd Saturday Series: A Family Affair Noon to 4 - FREE ADMISSION FOR FAMILIES PLEASE NO GROUPS OR ORGANIZATIONS TODAY ~ IT'S A FAMILY AFFAIR!|
|December 20||Hands-On Holidays: Winter Break Holiday Hours Begin Open Noon to 4:00 pm through January 6th (closed Christmas & New Year's Day)|
|December 21||Winter Solstice Celebration: Noon to 4:00 pm|
|December 25||Christmas ~ Raven Hill Closed|
|December 28||Holiday Gathering ~ Enjoy Food, Fun & Friends Noon to 4:00 pm|
|December 31||New Year's Eve for Kids ~ Let your kids enjoy a fun overnight (6:00 pm to 9:00 am) Ages 4-14 MUST PREREGISTER BY DECEMBER 24TH BY CALLING 231.536.3369|
|January 1, 2014||New Year's Day ~ Raven Hill Closed|
|January 2 - 6, 2014||Hands-On Holidays continue from January 2 - 6 with extended hours from Thursday, January 2, 2014 through Monday January 6, 2014 from Noon to 4:00 pm|
|January 7, 2014||Winter hours resume: Monday through Friday Open by Appointment; Saturday Open Noon to 4:00 pm; Sunday 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm or always by appointment|
|January 11, 2014||FREE (Families Reaching Educational Excellence) 2nd Saturday Series: A Family Affair Noon to 4 - FREE ADMISSION FOR FAMILIES PLEASE NO GROUPS OR ORGANIZATIONS TODAY ~ IT'S A FAMILY AFFAIR!|
RAVEN HILL DISCOVERY CENTER EVENT DETAILS
There is no December NOMAC (NOrthern Michigan Astronomy Club) Monthly Meeting
FREE (Families Reaching for Educational Excellence) Second Saturday from Noon to 4:00 pm on December 14, 2013
Saturday, December 14, 2013, FREE 2nd Saturday
The popular FREE SECOND SATURDAY: FAMILY AFFAIR events continue at Raven Hill Discovery Center through 2013 with the next event on December 14th with FREE ADMISSION for Families from Noon to 4:00 pm. Families can explore the hands-on museum and animals indodors and enjoy the Music Garden, Jurassic Park Walk, Schoolhouse, Tree House and other outdoor exhibits as weather permits. Bring the whole family or make it a special event for parent and child.
Please no organizations or groups on FREE 2nd Saturdays - remember, it's a family affair!
Raven Hill is excited to announce that FREE Second Saturdays: A Family Affair are fully funded for 2013 thanks to an anonymous donor! In 2012, FREE 2nd Saturday was sponsored by the Charlevoix County Community Foundation from February through November and Charlevoix Lions Club in December 2012. THANK YOU TO ALL OUR SPONSORS OVER THE YEARS!
December CMU Graduate Courses at Raven Hill for 2013
Professional Development for Teachers and Interested Others
Graduate credit classes for educators through Central Michigan University, Off-Campus Programs at Raven Hill Discovery Center are offered year-round: two consecutive weekends during the school year and one week (Monday through Thursday) during the summer months.
CMU Credit Information
Each session offers three semester hours of graduate credit through Central Michigan University. Credit is accepted by most school districts toward professional certificate renewal or teacher recertification and may also be used to comply with the School Administrator continuing education requirement. If you are working on a degree program, please consult with your advisor or certification office to determine if the course will apply to your program. Dates and times for 2013 off campus graduate courses at Raven Hill are now available. Sign up for October and November 2013 classes now!! In fact, you may also sign up for any 2013 classes!
Art Across the Ages (AAA)
December 7, 8, 14, 15 (WE)
Hands-On Holidays: Winter Break Holiday Hours Begin - Open Noon to 4:00 pm from Friday, December 20, 2013 through Monday, January 6, 2014
Note: Closed Christmas Day, December 25, 2013 and New Year's Day, January 1, 2014
Come join Raven Hill Discovery Center for Hands-On Holidays over Winter Break with extended hours from Noon to 4:00 pm from Friday, December 20, through Monday, January 6, 2014! Note that the Center will be closed on Christmas Day, December 25th, and New Year's Day, January 1, 2014. We look forward to seeing you over the Holidays!
Winter Solstice Celebration: Saturday, December 21, 2013 from Noon to 4:00 pm
Celebrate the Winter Solstice at Raven Hill on Saturday, December 21st, from Noon to 4:00 pm!
Raven Hill Discovery Center will be Closed Christmas Day, December 25, 2013
Merry Christmas! Have a wonderful day with family!
Raven Hill is closed on Christmas Day but will be open again from Noon to 4:00 pm on Thursday, December 26th. Hope to see you then!
Holiday Gathering: Saturday, December 28, 2013 from Noon to 4:00 pm
Raven Hill would love to see you for a Holiday Gathering on Saturday, December 28, 2013. Enjoy family, friends and food from Noon to 4:00 pm!
New Year's Eve for Kids: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 From 6:00 pm on Tuesday to 9:00 am on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 for Ages 4 to 14
Note: MUST PREREGISTER BY DECEMBER 24, 2013 by calling 231.536.3369!New Year's Eve for Kids on Tuesday, December 31, 2014 ~ Let your kids enjoy a fun overnight (6:00 pm to 9:00 am on Januuary 1, 2014) For ages 4-14.
MUST PREREGISTER BY DECEMBER 24TH BY CALLING 231.536.3369! Note that the Center will be closed New Years Day.
Raven Hill Discovery Center will be Closed New Year's Day, January 1, 2014
Happy New Year! Have a wonderful day with family and friends! Raven Hill is closed on New Year's Day but will be open again from Noon to 4:00 pm on Thursday, January 2, 2014. Hope to see you then!
Last Day for Hands-On Holidays: Monday, January 6, 2014 from Noon to 4:00 pm
Hope you join us for the last day of Hands-On Holidays on Monday, January 6, 2014 from Noon to 4:00 pm!
Regular Winter Hours at Raven Hill Begin Again Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - Open by Appointment Monday through Friday ~ Noon to 4:00 pm on Saturdays and 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Sundays and by Appointment Other Weekend Hours
Regular Winter Hours begin again on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. Raven Hill is open Noon to 4:00 pm on Saturdays and 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Sundays. The Center is always open by appointment Mondays through Fridays and other hours during the weekend.
Extended Hours at Raven Hill During Presidents’ Day Weekend & 2014 Spring Break Plus Other Days!
Plan your vacation and visit Raven Hill during extended hours from Noon to 4:00 pm (or by appointment)
February 14 - 17, 2014 on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday for President's Day Weekend
March 29 - April 22, 2014 for Spring Break (Note: Closed Easter Sunday)
Keep an eye on this web site, Facebook, Twitter & the newsletter for other special extended hours!
2013 Raven Hill Discovery Center Calendar
RAVEN HILL NEWS & PRESS RELEASES
Raven Hill Discovery Center Meets Boyne City Elementary through Full STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Artistry Mathematics) Ahead
Students at Boyne City Elementary were able to engineer an Egg Lander through the Full STEAM Ahead program presented by Raven Hill Discovery Center Staff, Cheri Leach. Students were only able to use paper plates, foam plates, foam cups, paper springs, newspaper, cardboard, tape and glue to make their egg lander. When the landers were done, each was tested with a fresh egg dropped from a 6 foot height with control of other variables by Cheri Leach. Students tracked whether the eggs do not break, cracked or splatt.
Check out the video on You Tube. Thank you to Charlevoix County Community Foundation and Great Lakes Energy People Fund for the grants to Raven Hill for Full STEAM Ahead. Thank you to Roger Coates for taking and editing the video!
2014 Museum to Go Funded by East Jordan Plastics
Thank you to East Jordan Plastics for contributing $10,000 for Raven Hill’s 2014 Museum To Go, which will fund 20 days in area schools. Museum To Go brings the museum experience into classrooms, giving students the opportunity to explore science in a hands-on manner. The presentations target Core Curriculum State Standards (CCSS) for literacy in science, the current Framework for K-12 Science Education, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education & grade level science objectives.
2014 FREE [Families Reaching for Educational Excellence] Second Saturdays: A Family Affair Fully Funded!
FREE 2nd Saturdays will continue in 2014 from January through December thanks to an anonymous donor! The first 2014 FREE 2nd Saturday will be January 11th. Admission for families is FREE, enabling them to explore the connections between science, art and history on the 2nd Saturday of each month. There are activities & exhibits appropriate for various ages, abilities & interests. Organizations or groups are asked not to come on FREE 2nd Saturdays – It’s a Family Affair!
GEAR UP Grant Awards from Charlevoix County Community Foundation (CCCF) & Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation (PHSACF)
Thank you to CCCF for $4,900 and PHSACF for $5,900 to fund 2014 GEAR UP (Great Engineering Adventures in Robotics for Unlimited Potential) in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties’ Schools. GEAR UP will allow Raven Hill staff to visit Charlevoix and Emmet County classrooms and work with upper elementary students & their teachers on basic concepts of force & motion, simple machines, electricity and magnetism, as they relate to ROBOTICS ENGINEERING. The program will provide hands-on activities that will help prepare students for robotics classes in middle and high school and for a future where they may very well be using robotics to solve problems associated with energy, transportation, food, shelter, medicines and other aspects of daily life.
New Raven Hill Discovery Center Program: CLASSROOM and SMALL GROUP ASSEMBLIES!
- Are your assemblies: Too expensive? Not relevant to all? Not engaging students? Not meeting needs? Having fleeting impact? Then bring RAVEN HILL DISCOVERY CENTER to Your School or Site Through Unique HANDS-ON Assemblies in Classroom Settings. Raven Hill’s Classroom Assemblies are: Affordable! Geared to all ages! Hands-On! Designed for your needs! Have a lasting impact!
- Raven Hill Discovery Center offers a wide variety of Classroom Assemblies designed for any age of student from Preschool through High School with subject matter & presentations geared to the specific group. Schools or groups can schedule programs to work on topics of their choice, including but not limited to science, history, art & more to fit needs. Activities can be designed to introduce, reinforce or review topics including Common Core State Standards (CCSS) & grade level objectives. Raven Hill staff travels from classroom to classroom with hands-on presentations.
- HANDS-ON CLASSROOM ASSEMBLIES AVAILABLE: Animals To Go, Ancient Art, Ancient World, Art To Go, Fiber Art, Force and Motion, Full STEAM Ahead, GEAR UP, History Alive, LASER Exploration, Light and Sound, Michigan Rocks!, Museum To Go, Native American Life, Pioneer Living, Science Magic, Under Michigan, Glass Art and more to meet your needs .
- Assemblies are appropriate for schools, home schools, birthdays, clubs, scout groups, libraries or any other groups or organizations. Fees are $500/day or $100/hour plus mileage. For information & to book Classroom Assemblies, contact the Center. Call 231.536.3369 or 877.833.4254 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Evolving Technology (ET) Project Update
Raven Hill has a tremendous start on fundraising for the ET project. Currently over $65,550 towards the $160,000 total cost has been contributed with the latest donation of $7500 from Betty Hoffmann! The site has been prepared and the foundation will soon be poured for the shell of the ET Building. Dave Skornia Builders of Boyne City will construct the walls off site and erect them in early spring. The timeline exhibit pieces currently in storage in the semi-trailer will be moved to the ET building when the walls are up.
The ET Project Fundraising continues with goals to create & assemble the Technology Timelines, Exploration Stations & the STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Artistry Mathematics) Classroom, which will provide visitors a chance to use creative (Artistry) & critical STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) thinking skills to “solve” current real-world problems. How Can You Help? Donate items; sponsor an Exploration Station of your choice; donate to the Technology Timeline of your choice; donate to the STEAM Classroom or make a monetary donation. Call to donate an item or send monetary donations to Raven Hill Discovery Center, 4737 Fuller Rd., East Jordan, MI 49727 OR the Raven Hill Building Fund at the Charlevoix County Community Foundation, 301 Water Street, PO Box 718, East Jordan, MI 49727. Contact 231.536.3369~ 877.833.4254~email email@example.com for more information. THANK YOU!
MAP (Mobile Access Project) Grants from Charlevoix County Community Foundation (CCCF) & Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs’ (MCACA) New Leaders Art Council of Michigan Advisory Group (NLACM)
The Mobile Access Project (MAP) grants continue to provide unique experiences for all those involved and improved access & understanding of exhibits & facilities for visitors at the Center. The MAP Team consists of: Caitlin Koucky, Project Director; Colin Brougham, Videographer; the Youth Project Committee, consisting of high school and college-age students working under the Project Director; and Cheri Leach, Raven Hill Founder and CEO. Equipment has been purchased through the grants for Raven Hill so video production can occur on site. Three rough project shoots are on the Raven Hill web site on “Learn More About & From…Exhibits & Activities” http://www.ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org/Learn%20About & more videos will be added soon. This is a long-term project, which will have a lasting impact, as exhibits are videoed. Visitors to Raven Hill will be able to explore the 157 acres on their own using the MAP presentations to guide them through the exhibits. Thank you to CCCF and MCACA’s NLACM for funding the MAP.Signage for Learning Gardens Final Step in Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation (PHSACF) Grant
Signage for The Learning Gardens is the next step to complete this grant. Identification signs will provide the names of the plants in the Learning Gardens. Signs will be installed in the spring – ready for field trips! The Learning Gardens are funded by PHSACF & are a collaboration between Raven Hill Discovery Center, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, local high school students & volunteers. Thank you to all for making this possible!
Second Succession Planning Grant Awarded by Freshwater Future
The Succession Planning grant for Raven Hill continues through a 2nd grant from Freshwater Future enabling the process to be finished. Thank you to Freshwater Future for the grants & all who took part in the Raven Hill Survey. Freshwater Future & the Center were pleased with the number of completed surveys. Thank you also for the previous Succession Planning grant from Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation.
NOMAC (NOrthern Michigan Astronomy Club) Starts Their Third Year
NOMAC had a successful 2nd year, including their Annual Star Party on August 8 -11, 2013. The NOMAC Board will be setting meeting dates for 2014 soon. NOMAC’s monthly meetings occur at Raven Hill & are scheduled at 7:30 pm on the first Thursday of each month closest to the new moon. No meeting occurs in December. People of all ages & experience levels are welcome. Go to Raven Hill’s web site or www.nomac.net for updates & more information.
Fall, Winter, and Spring Hours began Wednesday, September 4th, at Raven Hill Discovery Center - Open Noon to 4 pm on Saturday and 2 pm to 4 pm on Sunday! Always Open by Appointment Monday through Friday and Other Hours on the Weekend for Field Trips, Classes, and Visits!
Raven Hill Discovery Center starts Fall, Winter & Spring Hours on Wednesday, September 4th! The Center is open Noon to 4 pm on Saturdays and 2 pm to 4 pm on Sunday! Raven Hill is always open Monday through Friday by appointment for Field Trips, Classes and visits! Call 231.536.3369 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule! Enjoy all the seasons at Raven Hill! There is time to take all the classes you have wanted to schedule. Make a shibori scarf while you learn the science and history behind your project! Schedule a class in geology, biology, chemistry or art! Come and explore the 157 acres on one of northern Michigan beautiful fall, winter or spring days! If it is raining come and experience all the hands-on exhibits in the Main Museum and meet all the exotic animals. Hope we'll see you this soon!
Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation Awards Raven Hill Grant for The Learning Gardens
Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation (PHSACF) has awarded Raven Hill $5000 for The Learning Gardens (also referred to as The Rain Gardens), which (as most projects at the Center) will be multipurpose: an educational tool, beautification of the parking area, appropriate plantings in the three water retention areas in the parking lot and environmentally appropriate drainage to Raven Hill’s wetlands. Thank you PHSACF!
Charlevoix County Community Foundation (CCCF) Grant Awarded for MAP (Mobile Access Project)
Charlevoix County Community Foundation has awarded Raven Hill Discovery Center $4, 800 for the MAP (Mobile Access Project). The grant will cover consultant and professional fees, equipment, and incentives for student videographers to develop videos about Raven Hill’s exhibits! For instance: Need to see how skittles work? Just watch the video on one of ten tablets that visitors will be able to check out while exploring the Center indoors & out. In conjunction with the grant award described below from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, the MAP project will be exciting for all as the Center ventures into the digital world! Thank you CCCF!
Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs Grant Awarded to Raven Hill
Through the New Leaders Arts Council of Michigan (NLACM) advisory group, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) offers grants to support projects focusing on the retention & community engagement of young people, approximately 14 – 30 years old, in Michigan through arts & culture. Raven Hill was awarded $2,500 for MAP (Mobile Access Project). The person at the center of this grant award and the grant writer is Caitlyn Koucky, Raven Hill’s up & coming young professional! Caitlyn, the MAP director, will shadow a professional videographer this summer as a short video is made to explain one of the Center’s exhibits. She will then use that experience to do more “shorts” with local high school students. She is super excited & so is Raven Hill! Caitlin, congratulations on receiving the grant from the NLACM Retention and Engagement program, a young leaders advisory council of MCACA! It was the only one awarded for northern Lower Michigan. Thank you MCACA!
Roast and Toast in Petoskey Celebrates Their 20th Anniversary by Supporting Raven Hill
Roast and Toast in Petoskey celebrated their 20th Anniversary during Petoskey’s Restaurant Week by donating 10% of their food sales to selected nonprofits each day! Raven Hill Discovery Center was the nonprofit highlighted on May 20th! A Raven Hill display and information was available to customers throughout the day. Cheri Leach, Raven Hill’s CEO, was also available to talk to people about opportunities at the Center. Thank you Roast &Toast!
Michigan Libraries’ 2013 Summer Reading Program: Dig Into Reading
Be sure to sign up your child for your local library’s Summer Reading Program & check their summer schedule! This year’s theme is “Dig Into Reading”. Ten libraries in northern Michigan have booked Raven Hill Discovery Center Staff to present “Under Michigan” hands-on activities. Join in the fun!
Ellsworth K-5th Grade Students in the 21st Century Learning Center Experience "Egg"citement at Raven Hill's Egg Drop
Raven Hill collaborates with area schools to provide after school programming for enrichment and at risk students through the 21st Century Learning Center Grant. In spring of 2013, Ellsworth students (& future NASA Scientists) problem solved, creating a package to keep their precious cargo (a raw chicken egg) safe during a 1000 feet drop! The raw egg simulates delicate instruments and dropping the packaged raw eggs from 1000 feet is like trying to land delicate instruments on the moon or Mars. Packages had to be equal or smaller in size to a shoebox, mass less than 500 grams and could have no streamers or parachutes. Leon Jarema flies over Raven Hill for "Egg Drops" and Bud Chipman releases the cargo. Students then opened their packages to see if their egg survived. RESULTS: 17 of 22 eggs survived, making the success rate 77%! One package remains “missing in action”.
150 Middle School Students from Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District Enjoy Non-Traditional Career Expos!
The career sessions at Raven Hill are designed to expose girls & boys to a variety of resource people in non-traditional careers as well as give them some first-hand experiences in a variety of career areas. Individual schools select the participants based on their curiosity and potential in school. The career expos are held annually to stimulate a greater interest in academics, to motivate students to take extra academic classes in high school, and to provide role models for middle school boys & girls. The hands-on career expos are sponsored by Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District and are held on the campus of Raven Hill. This spring (2013) students worked with professionals as they experience careers and activities such as: rocket scientists when they build and launch their rockets; water quality engineers as they learn to test water quality; athletic trainers as they learn speed taping techniques in sports medicine; and archeologists as they dig and clean artifacts at the pioneer Todd family home site at Raven Hill. Thank you to all the professionals who participated!
Michigan Council for the Arts an Cultural Affairs Operational Grant Awarded to Raven Hill Discovery Center for 2013
The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA), in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, has awarded $15,000 to Raven Hill Discovery Center for operational support in 2013. The grant can be used for expenses such as: salaries, marketing, supplies, professional development, technology costs, maintenance, etc. This is the 13th consecutive grant awarded to Raven Hill and, as usual, the grant requires a one-to-one match from local & private sources. Donations for this grant can be designated on the membership form in this newsletter.
Full STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Artistry, Math) Ahead Grants Are Rolling Along for 2013
Raven Hill staff has been visiting classrooms & working with upper elementary and middle school students to strengthen creative (Artistry) and critical thinking (STEM) skills with challenging hands-on activities in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) as a way of preparing students for the future. With funding from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation & People Fund - Great Lakes Energy, the program covers visits to each public school district and academy in Charlevoix County. During one visit, participants learn about & practice various creative and critical thinking skills and during the following visit, they are challenged to innovate & solve a problem by inventing a “new” product.
Raven Hill’s Succession Planning Grants from Freshwater Future and Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation for 2013
Raven Hill Staff have started meeting with Freshwater Future and are well on the way to developing a case statement for future fundraising and a transition & succession plan. Meetings with Freshwater Future and the Board will begin in March. A Board Planning Committee has also been chosen to work with Freshwater. All this planning is thanks to grants from Freshwater Future & the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation. The final results for Raven Hill will be a case statement for future fundraising and a transition plan for the Founders, CEO, staff and Board Members (succession planning) as we look to the future.
Storage Cabinets for OIC Displays
Thanks to a $5000 grant from the Baiardi Foundation, Raven Hill will be adding mobile cabinets in the Main Museum to house rotating displays for the 20 OIC Display Boxes, which were funded by the Charlevoix County Community Foundation, and are mounted throughout the museum. Displays within the boxes can be easily changed, keeping things new and interesting for visitors. This will also allow a “themed” approach for a visiting group, such as scouts working on a specific project. The cabinets, which will have casters and a “picture rail”, will also serve as “walls” for displaying small art, science & history shows in the Great Room & other areas of the Museum.
FREE Second Saturday Press Release
February 3, 2013 ~ Come hang out with the animals, enjoy the hands-on room or even dress for the weather and head out to the tree house at Raven Hill Discovery Center this Saturday, February 9th from noon to 4 pm for free. This second Saturday of the month is not only free admission, but it is also a time for Families to Reach for Educational Excellence (FREE).
Raven Hill Receives Funding for FREE (Families Reaching for Educational Excellence) Second Saturdays for 4th year! Press Release
January 4, 2013 ~ For the fourth year in a row, it’s a FAMILY AFFAIR at Raven Hill Discovery Center every second Saturday in 2013. Thanks to the generosity of a local community member, the Center will continue to offer FREE admission for families on the second Saturday of each month from noon to 4 pm, starting January 12th. Bring the whole family “team” OR make it a special event for parent and child. There are fun problem-solving activities to fit various ages, abilities and interests. A Raven Hill volunteer puts it this way, “It’s just plain fun to see families exploring and playing together AND learning.”
Michigan's 2012-15 Arts & Humanities Touring Directory Features Raven Hill's Museum To Go
Raven Hill Discovery Center is a featured Visual Arts presenter in the 2012-15 Michigan Arts & Humanities Touring Directory. The directory is a joint project of the Michigan Humanities Council and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. The Center's presentation will use the current Museum To Go program with its connections between history, art and science, expanding Raven Hill's reach throughout the state. The Arts & Humanities Touring Program offers grants to Michigan nonprofits to defray the cost of presentations for arts & cultural programs. Go to the Touring Directory page for information on the available grants and links to the directory.
Holiday Fun at Raven Hill Press Release
November 15, 2012 ~ Raven Hill Discovery Center has scheduled FUN for the holiday season. Treat yourself and your family to hours of play and exploration at Raven Hill Discovery Center this holiday season. Located between East Jordan & Boyne City, just off C-48 at Pearsall Road, the Center helps visitors build connections between science, history and the arts in an interactive learning environment. Read more
Raven Hill Discovery Center is proud to announce a grant award from the Hestia Women's Giving Circle for the summer of 2012. The Center's GUT-SEE Girls (Giving Useful Thinking Skill Experiences & Explorations to Girls) seeks to increase the probability that girls will enter careers in the physical sciences by giving them confidence and skills to succeed. GUT-SEE Girls includes hands-on experiences and explorations in process and problem-solving skills vital to the physical sciences for twenty Charlevoix County middle school girls during eight summer sessions at Raven Hill Discovery Center. The Center will work with teachers and counselors to identify the students.
MCACA Grant Awarded to Raven Hill Discovery Center
The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, has announced a 2012 award to Raven Hill Discovery Center for Blurred Boundaries: Ancient to Modern Megaliths. This is the twelfth consecutive grant awarded to Raven Hill by MCACA and is for $6,000 and must be matched with another $6,000 in cash or in-kind contributions. The grant will allow Raven Hill to expand its Ancient World area with five new megaliths. Megaliths are large stone sculptures or groupings of rocks originally placed for sacred celebrations or to honor something or someone.
Two professional artists will create and install their modern interpretations of well-known ancient megaliths. Schools and community members will be invited to submit miniatures of their modern interpretations of ancient megaliths. All submitted miniature megaliths will be on display during April at Raven Hill. A judging committee will choose 3 miniature megaliths to be “enlarged” and installed in the Ancient World exhibit. All five new exhibits will be unveiled at a grand opening in September 2012.
NASA Jet Propulsion Lab names 2012 Solar System Ambassador
Raven Hill Discovery Center is proud to announce the appointment of Bryan Shumaker as a 2012 Solar System Ambassador. Sponsored by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), the Solar System Ambassador Program is a public outreach program designed to work with volunteers in communicating the excitement of JPL’s space exploration missions to people in local communities all over the United States. As one of 500 Ambassadors from all 50 states, he will bring new and exciting opportunities to northern Michigan residents.
Bryan is founder of the new NOrthern Michigan Astronomy Club (NOMAC). He will be working with Raven Hill staff on astronomy programs for all ages, in addition to nurturing NOMAC.
2013 SPECIAL EVENTS
Results of Summer Magic 2013: Grow With Us on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 6:00 pm
Raven Hill Discovery Center thanks all the sponsors, suppporters, volunteers and Board members and staff for their involvement in making Summer Magic 2013: Grow With Us a success! This adults only night raised over $15,500 for Raven Hill to support its mission and vision, as well as being used to match grants.Guests enjoyed wine, music, strolling the grounds, trolley rides to the Ancient World. They heard an update on Raven Hill and plans for the future. This year's Summer Magic was sponsored by Andre M Poineau Woodworker, Inc, East Jordan Plastics and EJ. Our thanks to our sponsors.Summer Magic 2013: Grow With Us Sponsors: Please Support Our Sponsors and Their Businesses!
Five Star Sponsors:
Andre M Poineau Woodworker, Inc East Jordan Plastics, Inc. EJ
Four Star Sponsors: b.may bags, Boyne USA, Inc., Fred & Barb Malpass, Friar Tuck's Gallery & Frame Shop, In Memory of Bonnie & Dean Culver, Northern Michigan Review, Van Dam Custom Boats, WCMU
Three Star Sponsors: Anonymous Friend, Bryan & Linda Shumaker, Call of the Wild, Crooked Tree Breadworks, Diane Strzelinski, Doug Brown and Associates, LLC, Gayle Levengood, Gaylord Eye Care Center/Eyes on Main, Gillard Enterprises, In Celebration of Grandchildren and Looking to the Future, Joani Braun, Katie & Matt McLeod, Kilwins of Charlevoix, Kirby Snively, Korthase Flinn Insurance & Financial Services, Lake Michigan Yacht Sales, Margaret Moran, Red Mesa, Sweetgrass Custom Picture Framing, Timothy & Sheri O'Donnell
Two Star Sponsors Boyne Spas, Carrie Eckhold, Chateau Chantal, Deb Banyai, F. O. Barden & Sons, Inc., Gaylord Country Club, Good Hart Glass Works, J. E. Barden, Judy Feldkamp, Julie Werlein, Partylite Consultant, Kilwins of Boyne City, Lea Shea, Martha Jager & Lyn Ann Reid, Mike & Deb Banyai, Mullaly's 128, Nancy & Glenn Hindbaugh, Nirvana Organic Spa, Northwestern Bank, Preston Feather Building Centers, Progressive Dental Care, PC, Robinson's Landscaping & Nursery, Subway of Boyne City
One Star Sponsors Ace Hardware of Boyne City, A Touch of Spring, Adams Madams, Alpine Chocolat Haus. American Spoon, Amy Gillard, Applebee's, Arch Dettman, Aten Place, B & L Sound, Inc. Radio Shack Dealer, Barrel Back, BC Pizza of East Jordan, Bearcub Outfitters, Beaver Island Boat Company, Bella Vita, Between the Covers, Beyond Borders, Bill & Karen Pawlick, Blue Sky Designs, Boyne Avenue Greenhouse, Boyne City Gazette, Boyne Coop True Value, Boyne Country Provisions and Wine Emporium & Market, Boyne Trading Company, Café 32, Carl Rauen, Carol Ross, Charlevoix County History Preservation Society, Cherry Hill Greenhouse, Chris & Georganna Monk, Chris Fall Knight, Country Now & Then - Up the Lazy River, Creative Cast Statuary, Dave Clapp, Donna Moll, Elaine Dettman, Elaine Case, Elite Energetics Massage Therapy, En Vogue Salon, Freshwater Art & Music, Fustini's Oils & Vinegars, Glen's Market of Boyne City, Glen's Market of Charlevoix, Glen's Market of East Jordan, Grain Train, Horton Bay General Store & Morgan's Tavern, Howard Ellis, Inspired Living, Jake's Place, Jan Kellogg, Jay's Sporting Goods, Jeni's, Jonna Korthase, Jordan Inn, Jordan Valley Glass Works, Kateri Creative Designs at Beyond Borders, Kevin and Mari O'Brien, Lake Street Market, Logos Pros Embroidery & Screen Printing, Luke Buck, Magnum Hospitality, Mancelona Veterinary Hospital, Mary Beth Designs, McGill's Nature in Motion, Mi Farm Market, Molly Bricker Holistic Massage Therapy, Monarch Garden and Floral, Natures Garden, Nico's Pizza and Grinders, Northern Bear Country Store, Otis Pottery, Otsego County Sportsplex, Par-T-Pac, Peach Blow Pottery, Phyllis Childs, Pillywiggins Garden, Pine Hill Nursery, Pine River Books, Porter Creek Fish House, Ralph & Dorothy Parker, Richard Fish, Roast & Toast, Royal Farms Farm Market and Winery, Scovie's Gourmet, Siegrist Farm and Greenhouse, Simonsen's Bakery, Sky's The Limit, Sturgeon River, Sunburst Marine, Inc., Tad & Brenda Malpass, The Birds Nest, The Thirsty Goat, Tom & Marge Teske, Tropic Cove, Wagar Motors, Walloon Village General Store & Deli , Ward & Eis Gallery, Windy Hill Gardens,
Raven Hill has offered a variety of services to the community for twenty years. We continue to expand and improve our facilities, exhibits and programs with a wealth of community support.
Raven Hill is:
- A 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation
- Member of the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab Museum Alliance
- Host to NOthern Michigan Astronomy Club
- 2005 Crooked Tree Arts Center eddi Award recipient for Arts & Cultural Organizations
- Presenter in Michigan's 2012-2015 Arts & Humanities Touring Directory