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Where 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

This Weekend!

Sunday, November 23, 2014
Open 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm or by Appointment
by Calling 231.536.3369 or 877.833.4254! 

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 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
Raven Hill's Sphinx and Pyramid
Contact Us:
231.536.3369 | 877.833.4254 
info@ravenhilldiscoverycenter.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 - Friday and Other Weekend Hours
Raven Hill's Summer Hours:
Monday - Friday 10 am - 4 pm
Saturday: Noon - 4 pm
Sunday: 2 pm - 4 pm

Open by Appointment Monday through Friday and Other Hours During the Weekend!
Schedule Your Visit, ClassField TripSpecial Group, Party, Reunion or Outreach Today
by Calling 231.536.3369 or 877.833.4254 or Emailing info@ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org! 

Earth Tones Music Garden

Admission Price:
Members: Free Membership form
$8 for Adults and Children
 Free for Babies Staying in Backpacks or Strollers

2014 UPCOMING EVENTS

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2014 
Winter hours: Saturday Open Noon to 4:00 pm; Sunday 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Also open Monday through Friday and other hours of the weekend by appointment by calling 231.536.3369 or emailing info@ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org
 
 
Nov 25, Dec 2, 9, 16
Amateur Ham Radio Certification Training (4 to 5 classes) at Raven Hill from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm with certification exam on last night of class. Must Pre-register. Fee. To register or for more info call 231.536.3369 or email info@ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org
Nov 27
Thanksgiving - Closed
Nov 28-30
Hands-On Holidays: Thanksgiving Break Open Noon to 4 pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday (closed Thanksgiving Day)
Dec 6, 7, 13, 14
CMU Off-Campus Graduate Workshop ~ Art Across the Ages
Dec 8
Charlevoix County History Preservation Society's (CCHPS) Annual Holiday Dinner & Program at The Bistro at Charlevoix County Club 5:30 pm Cocktail Hour & Appetizers ~ Cash Bar ~ Dinner at 6:30 pm ~ $35 ~ Reservations by Thursday, December 4th. Call Jane at 231.582.6202 or Georganna at 231.883.9867 for more information
Dec 13
FREE (Families Reaching for Educational Excellence) Second Saturday from Noon to 4 pm ~ Families FREE                Please no groups or organizations on FREE Second Saturdays ~ It's a Family Affair!
Dec 19
Hands-On Holidays: Winter Break Open Noon to 4 pm through Jan 6, 2015 Closed Christmas and New Year's Day
Dec 21
Winter Solstice Celebration: Bonfire at Stonehenge (Must preregister by Dec 14 by calling 231.536.3369)
Dec 25
Christmas - Closed
Dec 28
Holiday Gathering ~ Enjoy food, fun and of course, friends from Noon to 4 pm
Dec 31
New Year's Eve for Kids ~ Let your kids enjoy a fun overnight (6 pm-9 am) ages 4-14 ~ Must preregister by Dec 23 by calling 231.536.3369 or email info@ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org. 
2015
 
Jan 1, 2015
New Year's Day - Closed
Jan 6, 2015
Hands-On Holidays: Winter Break hours end at 4 pm
Jan 7, 2015
Winter hours are again in effect: Saturday Open Noon to 4:00 pm; Sunday 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Also open Monday through Friday and other hours of the weekend by appointment by calling 231.536.3369 or emailing info@ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org

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RAVEN HILL DISCOVERY CENTER EVENT DETAILS

Raven Hill Discovery Center Winter Hours are in Effect: Open Saturdays from Noon to 4:00 pm and Sundays from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm! Also Open by Appointment Monday through Friday and Other Hours on Weekends by calling 231.536.3369 or 877.833.4254

Winter hours are in effect! Open Saturdays from Noon to 4:00 pm and Sundays from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm! Open other hours during the weekend and Monday through Friday by appointment.  Call 231.536.3369 or 877.833.4254 or email info@ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org. There is something to interest everyone - Science, History or Art and the connections between them!

Open Saturdays: Noon to 4:00 pm
Open Sundays:   2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Also Open Other Hours during the Weekend and Weekdays: By Appointment

Amateur Ham Radio Certification Training at Raven Hill on November 25, December 2, 9, and 16 2014 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Anyone interested in getting Technician Certification may register for classes to be held at Raven Hill Discovery Center.  Amateur radio certification training includes a pre-study guide, book, classroom instruction, dinner and a certification exam given on the last class night.  Classes run from 5 pm to 9 pm on Tuesday, November 25 and December 2, 9 & 16.  Tuesday, November 18th, was cancelled due to weather. 

 Instructor is John Clements, member of the Top of Michigan Amateur Radio Club—(TOMARC) and the book is Technician Class 2014-2018 FCC Element 2 Radio License Preparation by Gordon West.  Cost for the book is $20 and it will be available at the first night of class.  The exam fee is $15 paid at the time of the exam and dinner is provided each Tuesday night class at no cost.  Raven Hill Discovery Center is located at 4737 Fuller Road, East Jordan, Michigan 49727, which is between East Jordan and Boyne City, just off C-48 at Pearsall Road.  Email info@ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org or call 231.536.3369 to register or for more information.

December CMU Graduate Courses at Raven Hill for 2014 

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. Sign up for December 2014 classes now!! Dates for 2015 classes will be posted soon!

Art Across the Ages (AAA)

December 6, 7, 13, 14 (WE)

 SAIL (Students Actively Investigating Links) through Science

Look for 2015 Schedule coming soon!

Click here for 2014 Flyer of CMU, Off-Campus Programs at Raven Hill Discovery Center

Monday, December 8, 2014 Charlevoix County History Preservation Society's Annual Holiday Dinner & Program at The Bistro at Charlevoix Country Club at 5:30 pm for Cocktail Hour & Appetizers with Dinner at 6:30 pm

The always popular Charlevoix County History Preservation Society's Annual Holiday Dinner & Program will be Monday, December 8, 2014 at The Bistro at Charlevoix County Club at 9600 Clubhouse Drive, Charlevoix, MI 49720. Cocktail Hour & Appetizers start at 5:30 pm with a cash bar.  Dinner follows at 6:30 pm. The evening's program is: "Celebrating 10 years & CCHPS Future with RHDC!" Cost is $35.00 and includes tax & gratuity. Reservations are accepted until Thursday, December 4, 2014. Call Jane at 231.582.6202 or Georganna at 231.883.9867 for more information. Please include name(s), contact information and entrée selection(s) with check made payable to: CCHPS 946 N. Advance Rd., Boyne City, MI 49712. 

Click here for a flyer with complete details including the delicious menu choices!

FREE (Families Reaching for Educational Excellence) Second Saturday from Noon to 4:00 pm on December 13, 2014

Saturday, December 13, 2014, FREE 2nd Saturday

The popular FREE SECOND SATURDAY: FAMILY AFFAIR events continue at Raven Hill Discovery Center through 2014 with the last event on December 13th with FREE ADMISSION for Families from Noon to 4:00 pm.  Families can explore the hands-on museum and animals indoors and enjoy the 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!

Friday, December 19, 2014, Hands-On Holidays: Winter Break Begin ~ Open Noon to 4:00 pm Each Day Through January 6, 2015

Join Raven Hill Discovery Center in celebrating Hands-On Holidays: Winter Break with extended hours. The Center will be open from Noon to 4:00 pm each day through January 6, 2015. Enjoy all the hands-on activities in the Main Museum. Learn about our exotic animals. See Raven Hill in its winter splendor!

Sunday, December 21, 2014, Winter Solstice Celebration from Noon to 4:00 pm

Celebrate the Winter Solstice from noon to 4:00 pm on Sunday, December 21, 2014, at Raven Hill with a bonfire at Stonehenge. Must preregister by December 14, 2014. Call 231.536.3369 or email info@ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org.

Thursday, December 25, 2014, Christmas ~ Closed

Raven Hill Discovery Center will be closed Thursday, December 25, 2014. Enjoy the day with your family and friends!

Sunday, December 28, 2014, Holiday Gathering at Raven Hill Discovery Center from Noon to 4:00 pm

Join Raven Hill Discovery Center's Board, Volunteers and Staff for a Holiday Gathering on Sunday, December 28, 2014, from Noon to 4:00 pm. Enjoy food, fun and, of course friends!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014, New Year's Eve for Kids from 6:00 pm (Dec 31, 2014) to 9:00 am (Jan 1, 2015) for ages 4-14 MUST PREREGISTER

Let your kids enjoy a fun overnight! A New Year's Eve for Kids at Raven Hill Discovery Center starts at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 and ends at 9:00 am on January 1, 2015! MUST PREREGISTER by December 23, 2014 by calling 231.536.3369 or emailing info@ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org.

Thursday, January 1, 2015, New Year's Day ~ Closed

Raven Hill Discovery Center will be closed Thursday, January 1, 2015. Enjoy the day with your family and friends!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015, End of Hands-On Holidays at 4:00 pm

Raven Hill Discovery Center's Hands-On Holidays end Tuesday, January 6, 2015. Open from Noon to 4:00 pm.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 ~ Raven Hill Discovery Center Winter Hours are Again in Effect: Open Saturdays from Noon to 4:00 pm and Sundays from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm! Also Open by Appointment Monday through Friday and Other Hours on Weekends by calling 231.536.3369 or 877.833.4254 

Starting Wednesday, January 7, 2015, Winter hours are again in effect! Open Saturdays from Noon to 4:00 pm and Sundays from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm! Open other hours during the weekend and Monday through Friday by appointment.  Call 231.536.3369 or 877.833.4254 or email info@ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org. There is something to interest everyone - Science, History or Art and the connections between them!

2014 Raven Hill Discovery Center Calendar

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2014 SPECIAL EVENTS


Sunday, July 13, 2014  Memorial Honoring Timothy Leach, Co-Founder of Raven Hill Discovery Center from Noon to 4:00 pm

Saturday, July 19, 2014  Raven Hill’s Summer Magic 2014: Full Steam Ahead at 6 pm 

The excitement built as Raven Hill Discovery Center prepared for its annual fundraiser.  This year’s summer festival theme was “Full Steam Ahead” and supporters of the nonprofit family-oriented science, art and history education center and museum again gathered to help the facility continue its year-round goals.  This year’s major sponsors include Andre M Poineau Woodworker, Inc., East Jordan Plastics, ej and Darrell Jacob and Friar Monk's Gallery and Frame Shop.  Last year’s event raised more than $14,000 among corporate sponsors, silent auction proceeds and other monetary donations.


This year’s benefit festival begam at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at Raven Hill Discovery Center, 4737 Fuller Road, in rural East Jordan.  Tickets were $30 per person and were available in advance or at the door on the day of the event.  You can still support Raven Hill by call (231) 536-3369 to make a donation or for more infomation email info@ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org.  or visit the web site at www.ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org 

 

On this one night a year, Raven Hill is reserved for adults only and a “steampunk” theme was visible everywhere this year. A big thank you to Jennifer Monk-Reising and Gayle Levengood for the fun decorations.  Area musicians entertained, Nathan Bates Catering provided hors d’oeuvres. Visitors browsed the spectacular silent auction and explored the grounds.  There was a robotics demonstration in the Evolving Technology Building, the new Wood Shop was open and the off-the-grid Energy House provided a retrospective of co-founder, Tim Leach’s artwork. Guests explored the hands-on exhibits in the museum, met the animals, enjoyed the wheelchair-accessible Tree House and explored many other exhibits at the Center.  A short program ended with the annual balloon pop where guests purchased $10 balloons, each holding a prize valued from $10 to $350.

Raven Hill Discovery Center is the only place in northern Lower Michigan where children and adults can link science, history & the arts with hands-on activities and explorations both indoors and outdoors.  Connections emerge through classes, exhibits and facilities that provide opportunities for all ages to learn, create, grow and play.  The Center sits in the middle of 157 acres and is surrounded by forests, fields, swamps and ponds.  It is adjacent to Little Traverse Conservancy‘s Raven Ridge Nature Preserve.  Since 1991, more than 175,000 visitors have enjoyed the offerings.  Open seven days a week from Memorial Day through Labor Day, Raven Hill Discovery Center is also open all year on weekends and always by appointment.  Proceeds from Raven Hill’s annual summer festival support ongoing programs to connect science, art and history, as well as provide much-needed matching dollars for grant awards.  As a nonprofit and tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, both monetary and in-kind donations to Raven Hill are federally tax-deductible.


Steampunk Decoration

Saturday, July 19, 2014  Raven Hill’s Summer Magic 2014: Full Steam Ahead
6 pm ~ Adults only

Summer Magic 2014: Full Steam Ahead at 6 pm on Saturday, July 19th was a great success! That meant that steampunk was EVERYWHERE! Supporters of Raven Hill, new and old, enjoyed the adults-only fundraiser on the grounds of Raven Hill. There were new and exciting decorations, entertainment and catered hors d’oeuvres. The silent auction will be spectacular!

You can still be a sponsor by filling in the forms below or contact 231.536.3369 ~ 877.833.4254 or info@ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org 

Please Consider Being a Sponsor. Even though the event has occurred, you can still show your support by filling out the form below:

Please Support our Sponsors Below!

Summer Magic 2014 Sponsors

5 Star Sponsors:

Andre M Poineau Woodworker, Inc.

Anonymous

Darrell Jacob

East Jordan Plastics, Inc.

EJ

Friar Tuck's Gallery & Frame Shop, L.L.C

4 Star Sponsors:

Fred & Barb Malpass, In Memory of Dean & Bonnie Culver, Van Dam Custom Boats, WCMU-CMU Public Broadcasting

3 Star Sponsors:

Brown Motors, Cherry Hill Greenhouse; Diane Strzelinski; F. O. Barden & Sons, Inc. Do It Best Home Center; Gayle Levengood; Gillard Enterprises; In Memory of Timothy Leach, Co-Founder of Raven Hill Discovery Center; Joani Braun; Joe & Robyn Rebec, Lake Michigan Yacht Sales; Mullaly's 128 Studio and Gallery; Parallel North Productions; Progressive Dental Care, PC; Shelia & Walter Klaczko; Ward & Eis Gallery; The Wood Shop

2 Star Sponsors:

Boynes' Beyond Borders, Cafe Sante, Call of the Wild, Chateau Chantal, Chris and Georganna Monk, CindiFranco's Cool Stuff, Gaylord Eye Care Center/Eyes on Main, Genealogy Interest Group, Jennifer Monk-Reising, Jordan Valley Glass Works, Kevin & Fay Keane, Larry & Julie Burgess, Luke Buck, Martha Clapp, Martha Jager, Matt & Katie McLeod, Nancy Ann Hellman & Glenn Hindbaugh, Northern Michigan Review, Robinson's Landscaping & Nursery, Scott & Carrie Eckhold, SweetGrass Custom Picture Framing, University of Michigan Athletic Department

1 Star Sponsors:

A Touch of Spring, Ace Hardware of Boyne City, Adams Madams, Amy Gillard, Arch Dettman, Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar, Aten Place, B & L Sound, Inc.- Radio Shack Dealer, Bea Grody, Bearcub Outfitters, Beaver Island Boat Company, Bird's Nest, Blue Sky Designs, Bob & Mary Ellen Morgridge, Boyne Avenue Greenhouse and Florist Shop, Boyne Co-Op True Value, Boyne Country Provisions and Wine Emporium & Market, Boyne Trading Company, Bridge Street Tap Room, Cafe 32, Contemporustic Furniture Design/Kirby Snively, Country Now & Then - Up the Lazy River, Creative Canvas, Dave Clapp, Dripworks Coffee, Elaine Dettman, en vogue salon, Flowers from Nature's Garden, Fustini's Oils & Vinegars, George & Pat LeMay, Goodhart Glass Works, Grain Train Natural Foods Market, Gretchen Hoyt, Gruler's Farm Supply, Hannie Kuieck, Harbor Health and Fitness Center, Horton Bay General Store, Indo-China Gardens, Inspired Living, Iron Skillet Restaurant, Jake's Place Tavern, Jim & Inge Ledahl, Julie Werlein's PartyLite, Kilwin's Boyne City, Kilwin's of Charlevoix, Kris Busk, Lake Street Market, Laura Chaney, Logo Pros Embroidery & Screen Printing, Mancelona Veterinary Hospital, Mary Beth Designs, Mary's of Boyne, McGill's Nature in Motion, Meg McClorey, Monarch Garden and Floral Design, Nico's Pizza and Grinders, Northern Bear Country Store, Otis Pottery, Painted Cottage, Peach Blow Pottery, Pillywiggins Garden, Pine Hill Nursery, Pine River Books LLC, Providence Organic Farm, CSA,Railside Bar & Grill, Red Mesa Grill, Riverside Tire Company, Inc./Boyne 10 Minute Oil Change, Roast & Toast Coffee and Cafe, Robert & Alice Pattengale, Royal Farms Farm Market & Winery, Scovie's Gourmet Deli & Bake Shop, Siegrist Farm and Greenhouse, Simonsen's Bakery, Sky's The Limit, Smoke On The Water, Subway of Boyne City, Tom & Marge Teske, Tropic Cove, Upsy-Daisy Floral, Walloon Lake General Store and Deli

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Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs National Endowment for the Arts
This web site supported in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts                       through Raven Hill Discovery Center’s 2013 and 2014 Operational Grant Awards.

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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
  • A GuideStar Exchange Silver Participant

Raven Hill Discovery Center is a GuideStar Exchange Silver Participant