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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 Week! 
Open Monday-Friday, October 5-9, 2015 from 10 am-4 pm
Open Saturday, October 10, 2015 from Noon-4 pm
Open Sunday, October 11, 2015 from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm
 Also Open by Appointment by Calling 231.536.3369

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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
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Open All Year! See the New Extended Hours!
Raven Hill's Late Spring, Summer & Early Fall Hours:
April 1st to October 31st
Monday - Friday 10 am - 4 pm
Saturday: Noon - 4 pm
Sunday: 2 pm - 4 pm
Also Open by Appointment

Raven Hill's Late Fall, Winter & Early Spring Hours:
November 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016
Saturday: Noon - 4 pm
Sunday: 2 pm - 4 pm
Also Open by Appointment Monday - Friday and Other Weekend Hours

Open Extended Hours During Many Holidays!

Schedule Your Visit, ClassField TripSpecial Group, Party, Reunion or Outreach Today
by Calling 231.536.3369 or Emailing info@ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org! 

Earth Tones Music Garden

Admission Price:
Members: Free Membership form
$10 for Adults and Children
 Free for Babies Staying in Backpacks or Strollers


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Summer & Early Fall Hours until October 31st: Monday through Friday 10 am to 4 pm; Saturday Noon to 4:00 pm; Sunday 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Also open other hours by appointment by calling 231.536.3369 or emailing info@ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org
Sep 8 - Oct 31

New Hours at Raven Hill start with the Center open daily until October 31st! Extended Hours are Monday - Friday from 10 am to 4 pm! Saturday Hours remain Noon to 4 pm and Sunday 2 pm to 4 pm. Raven Hill is also open by appointment

Sep 27 - Oct 26

Ninety Years: Todd Pioneer Family History Exhibit at Raven Hill Discovery Center 

Oct 10

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!

Oct 10

Breezeway Fall Color Tour

Oct 26

Last day for Ninety Years: Todd Pioneer Family History Exhibit at Raven Hill

Oct 31

Last day for Fire and Clay Pottery Exhibit at Raven Hill

Nov 1 - Apr 1

Late Fall & Winter hours start: Monday - Friday by appointment; Saturday from Noon to 4 pm; Sunday from 2 pm - 4 pm

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Raven Hill Discovery Center Summer and Early Fall Hours are in Effect Until October 31st: Now Open Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; Saturdays from Noon to 4:00 pm and Sundays from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm! Also Open by Appointment by calling 231.536.3369 or emailing info@ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org

Summer and Early Fall hours are in effect! Open Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Saturdays from Noon to 4:00 pm and Sundays from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm! Open other hours by appointment! Call 231.536.3369 or email info@ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org. There is something to interest everyone - Science, History or Art and the connections between them! Come enjoy the fall colors!

New Extended Hours Until October 31st!
Open Monday - Friday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Open Saturdays: Noon to 4:00 pm
Open Sundays:   2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Also Open Other Hours By Appointment

FREE (Families Reaching for Educational Excellence) Second Saturday from Noon to 4:00 pm on October 10, 2015

Saturday, October 10th FREE 2nd Saturday

The popular FREE SECOND SATURDAY: FAMILY AFFAIR events continue at Raven Hill Discovery Center through 2015 with the next event on Saturday, October 10th, 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!


The Charlevoix County History Preservation Society (CCHPS) at Raven Hill Announces a New Exhibit: 90 Years ~ Todd Pioneer Family History! from September 27, 2015 to October 26, 2015 during Regular Hours

The Charlevoix County History Preservation Society (CCHPS) at Raven Hill Discovery Center presents a new exhibit:  90 Years ~ Todd Pioneer Family History!  The Todd Family Exhibit begins Sunday, September 27, 2015 and is displayed in Raven Hill Discovery Center’s Warren Loranger Great Room. The exhibit will remain on display at the Center during the new extended hours (Mon-Fri 10 am-4 pm, Sat 12-4pm, Sun 2-4pm) until October 26, 2015. Regular admission prices will apply. 

During the 1860’s, the Todd Family settled on the property that is now Raven Hill Discovery Center. In the 1930’s, Todd family member, Mary Brintnall Todd (1864-1954), wrote an autobiography about growing up in this rural area. Her book, 90 Years, chronicles the daily life of this local pioneer family.

The Todd Exhibit, with artifacts, book and historical information, makes connections between science, history and art for visitors all ages - the mission of Raven Hill Discovery Center. The Todd homestead site has provided 24 years of archeological research for scientists, students and visitors to Raven Hill. During Raven Hill’s recent Nontraditional Science & Math Career Expos, Kerri Finlayson, Professor of Archeology and Sociology at North Central Michigan College, has led teams of middle school girls in onsite digs. The students have unearthed over 250 items, including a doll’s pewter teacup, glass and china from the era and even parts of an old leather shoe. Barbara Hernden, professional genealogist, has provided family genealogical and historic information. Mary Todd’s autobiography, 90 Years, published for the first time, will be available for purchase.

For more information including directions to the Center, please visit www.RavenHillDiscoveryCenter.org or call 231-536-3369 or the exhibit hostess, Georganna, at 231-883-9867.

Mary Brintnall Todd (1864-1954)

This is a picture of Mary Brintnall Todd (1864-1954), author of the book 90 Yearsan autobiography about growing up in this rural area of Charlevoix County. It chronicles the daily life of this local pioneer family

Fire and Clay Exhibit Begins Saturday, October 3, 2015 Through Saturday, October 31, 2015 at Raven Hill during Regular Hours

Everyone is invited to view Raven Hill Discovery Center’s First Annual Fire & Clay Exhibit from Saturday, October 3, 2015 through Saturday, October 31, 2015 in the Center's Alternative Energy House. The Exhibit is open during daily regular hours. General admission is $10 per person and includes access to the museum, animals, outdoor exhibits, plus the special exhibition “90 Years ~ Todd Pioneer Family History!” in the Warren Loranger Great Room and a pottery show from Raven Hill’s private collection on display in the Alternative Energy House. Raven Hill Discovery Center is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and the National Endowment for the Arts through Raven Hill's Operational Grant award. 

Raku Pottery Firing

Photo:  Raku pots dry slowly around a wood fire in preparation for a pit firing.

2015 Raven Hill Discovery Center Calendar

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Feb 28  “Be an Engineer” Day: Explore Engineering Careers

Mar 28 - Apr 12 Hands-On Holiday: Spring Break

Mar 28 - Apr 10  NASA Display: Lunar (Moon) Rocks & Meteorite Discs

Mar 29  Confluences Show Opens at Jordan River Arts Council (JRAC) connecting science & history to art

May 1  Confluences closes at JRAC but continues at RHDC

May 3  Annual Spring Open House & Opening of Evolving Technology (ET) Building

Jun 25 - 26  Luke Buck Watercolor Workshop

Jun 27 - 28  Ham Radio Field Day

Jul 18  Summer Magic Festival: Fun & Games (Adults only)

Jul 25  Fly Tying (Jewelry) Workshop with Brian Kozminski

Aug 15  Ham Radio Special Event: 1x1 celebrating Raven Hill Discovery Center’s 25th Birthday

Aug 22  Community TEC (Transportation Explorations & Challenges) Day

Sep 26 - Oct 26  Ninety Years: Todd Family History Exhibit

Oct 3  Fire & Clay Festival

Oct 10  Breezeway Fall Color Cruise

Dec 28  Holiday Gathering: Food, Fun & Friends


Raven Hill’s Summer Magic 2015: Fun & Games  

Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 6 pm ~ Results

Down the rabbit hole         

Like Alice in Wonderland, over a hundred guests found themselves moving from property to property on a giant monopoly board, complete with railroads and Community Chest at Raven Hill Discovery Center’s Annual Summer Magic Festival.  They bid on silent auction items displayed on huge dice and enjoyed “just visiting” at the jail.  This year’s festival theme was “Fun and Games” and it was evident everywhere.  Nathan Bates Catering served picnic food on tables adorned with stacks of board games and guest tables were decorated with red gingham tablecloths and old-fashioned toys like Slinkys, Jacob’s ladders and yoyos.  Some of the Center’s favorite games were moved outside for guests to enjoy and oversized dice with Raven Hill Discovery Center exhibits and facilities pictured encouraged guests to explore the grounds and punch cards in hopes of being the winner of a drawing.  Lots of new faces and great weather made Summer Magic 2015 one of the best.  The annual fundraiser helps support operations and programs at Raven Hill.  Raven Hill board and staff are already starting to plan for next year’s silver anniversary.  “Silver Threads” will be the theme for the Saturday, July 16, 2016 Summer Magic event, so everyone is encouraged to save the date and attend.  

Summer Magic 2015: Fun & Games Silent Auction

Summer Magic Fun & Games Giant Monopoly Board at the Silent Auction

Raven Hill’s Summer Magic 2015: Fun & Games

Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 6 pm ~ Adults Only

The excitement builds as Raven Hill Discovery Center prepares for its annual fundraiser.  This year’s summer festival theme is “Fun & Games” and supporters of the nonprofit family-oriented science, art and history education center and museum again will gather to help the facility continue its year-round goals.  This year’s benefit festival will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at Raven Hill Discovery Center, 4737 Fuller Road, in rural East Jordan.  

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

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Please Support our Sponsors Below! 

Summer Magic 2015 Sponsors  

5 Star Sponsors:  

Darrell Jacob and Rick Owen

East Jordan Plastics, Inc.


4 Star Sponsors:  

Gillard Enterprises; Boyne District Library; Frank & Kay Moler; Friar Tuck’s Gallery & Frame Shop; Michael Banyai; Paul & Lisa Blanchard; Van Dam Custom Boats; WCMU-CMU Public Broadcasting 

3 Star Sponsors: 

Brown Motors; Crooked Tree Breadworks; Eyes on Main/Gaylord Eye Care Center, Inc.; Genealogy Interest Group; Jim & Joani Braun; Jordan Valley Glass Works; Karen & Roger Reynolds; Kathy Phelps-Rusche; Lake Michigan Yacht Sales; Michael Banyai; Mullaly’s 128 Gallery; Robinson’s Landscaping & Nursery, Inc.; Sea Glass Fine Art Photography; Sweetgrass Custom Framing; Walter & Sheila Klaczko; Ward & Eis Gallery  

2 Star Sponsors: 

Bella Vita Restaurant & Bar; Cheri Leach; Diane & Ed Strzelinski; Floyd “Ted” Hindbaugh; Jordan River Arts Council; Korthase Flinn Insurance; Leon & Janet Jarema; Luke Buck Studio; Maple Ridge Iberians; Matt & Katie McLeod; Northern Table; PartyLite Independent Consultant, Julie Werlein; Preston Feather Building Center 

1 Star Sponsors:  

A Beauty Center; Ace Hardware of Boyne City; Ace Hardware of Charlevoix; American Spoon; Art Van Petoskey; Aten Place; BC Pizza; Bear Company; Betty’s Restaurant; Birds Nest; BlissFest; Boyne Avenue Greenhouse; Boyne Co-op True Value; Boyne Country Provisions; Boyne District Library; Boyne Trading Company; Café 32; CCHPS; Celeste Murdick’s Fudge; Charlevoix County Club; Charlevoix Harbor Wear; Cherry Hill Greenhouse; Cherry Republic; CindiFranco’s Cool Stuff; D’Amour Humus; Darrow’s Restaurant; Daybreak Dream Farms; East Park Tavern; Element Gallery; Ellsworth Farmers Exchange; en vogue salon; Family Farm and Home; Family Video Boyne City; Family Video Charlevoix; Faux Finishing Service; Fuji Salon and Spa; Fustini’s Oils & Vinegars; George Lemay; Glenn Hindbaugh; Goodhart Glass Works; Grain Train Natural Foods Market; Grocer’s Daught Chocolate; Grondin’s Hair Center; Halfway to the Top; Horton Bay General Store; Indian Hills Gallery; Indo-China Gardens; Inspired Living; Jack & Vicki Hobey; Jake's Place Tavern; Jean Van Dam; Jim & Susan Mabee; John & Arlene Minsky; Kilwins of Boyne City; Kilwins of Charlevoix; King Orchard; Kirby & Betrina Snively; Lake Street Market; Laura Chaney; Magnum Hospitality; Martha Clapp; Mary’s of Boyne; McGill’s Nature in Motion; Monarch Garden & Floral Design; Nathan Diller; Nature’s Garden; Otis Pottery; Peachblow Pottery; Peirce & Marge Erb; Peninsula in Boyne City; Progressive Dental Care; Radio Shack/B & L Sound, Inc.; Railside Bar & Grill; Red Mesa Grill; Riverside Tire; Roadhouse 757; Rocking Horse Toy Company; Roast & Toast; Royal Farms; Scovie’s Gourmet Deli & Bake Shop; Siegrist Greenhouse and Farm; Simonsen’s Bakery; Sky’s the Limit; Smitten Design Studio; Smoke on the Water; Subway of Boyne City; Taffy Barrell; Tom & Marge Teske; Touch of Spring; Tropic Cove; Upsy-Daisy Floral; Vince & Becky Pernicano; Walloon General Store & Deli; William & Mary Beth Soellner; Work and Play Shop; Yellow Dog Gallery


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Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs National Endowment for the Arts
This web site supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts

 through Raven Hill Discovery Center’s Operational Grant Award.


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