Preschool Family Fun
Post Adoption Resource Center
Education and Childcare
The mission of the Buchanan Art Center is to provide a place in our community dedicated to nurturing the arts by providing a quality educational program for all ages, as well as gallery exhibits, sales opportunities and a gift shop that are supportive of class offerings and local artists, thereby enabling the Center to creatively enlist the power of the arts in promoting positive social change.
Fernwood is a special place where people, plants, and nature come together. Beautiful gardens surrounded by forest are tucked into a landscape of 105 acres of cultivated and natural areas along the scenic St. Joseph River valley. Miles of trails await, and indoors, visitors may enjoy an art gallery, fern conservatory, nature center, cafe, and gift shop. Fernwood offers many possibilities for learning and enrichment, including classes, workshops, lectures, concerts, trips, exhibits, and special events.
A program of the Berrien RESA
The Parents as Teachers (PAT) program is a free service that is offered to families in Berrien County who are pregnant or have a child under the age of three. The goal of the program is to provide parents with the information and support they need to be their children’s first and most important teachers. We offer Read, Play & Learn Playgroups, fun family events, and individualized child development and parenting support through Personal Home Visits.
This unique nature center has five miles of trails meandering through 800 acres. A variety of forested and wetland habitats can be traversed via a trail system that includes boardwalks, observation platforms and an easily accessible barrier-free walkway. The visitor center houses live animal displays, touch tables and wildlife viewing windows.
Sarett offers a variety of lectures and hands-on activities such as kayaking adventures, field trips to local natural areas, naturalist-led hikes, snowshoe-making, cross country skiing, woodworking projects and more.
The education department offers monthly preschool classes and Junior Naturalist activities as well as classes for homeschooling families.