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There are so many places to explore at Blandford Nature Center as you learn about life in another era.
Visit the schoolhouse and walk the trails. Tap trees and sample various maple treats during the annual Sugarbush Festival. Blandford always has many classes, summer camp opportunities, festivals, and special events throughout the year. Admission is $3 per person.
If you want to discover hundreds of plant species (including the smallest in the world!) and 250+ year old trees, Calvin College Eco Preserve is the place to visit. Explore 44 acres of forest and wetlands.
Enroll in one of the dozens of class offerings, including summer camp. Stop in to the Bunker Interpretive Center and discover different displays for each season.
The DeGraaf Nature Center is an 18-acre nature preserve. Its several habitats include meadow, upland forest, lowland forest, marsh and pond.
Visitors can view the live animals in the visitors center and watch birds at the feeders. In addition to native animal taxidermy, there are also native reptiles, amphibians, and owls. Stop into the Pioneer Cabin to learn about the settlement of West Michigan.
Loaner snowshoes are available for a small fee at the Visitors Center during business hours when there is at least four inches of snow on the ground. Many of the trails on the property are wheelchair, stroller and wagon-friendly.
The Gillette Visitor Center at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park features exhibits to tell visitors about Michigan’s unique sand dune story.
Features include dune habitats in all four seasons, an animation station to see how sand dunes are formed, and an interactive computer station that features other sand dune parks in Michigan. FREE to visit.
Hemlock Crossing offers 239 acres of woods and wetlands along the Pigeon River. The Nature Center has exhibits, a wildlife den with critters and activities, and a wildlife viewing area. The Nature Center offers programs throughout the year as well as summer camps.
Snowshoe rentals are available for adults and children (4+) and guided walks are available throughout the winter. Kayak and canoe launch also available. FREE to visit.
The Outdoor Discovery Center is a 160-acre nature preserve on the south side of Holland. Different habitats visitors can explore include meadows, remnant dune, forests, and marshes. Don’t forget to stop into the visitor’s center to explore different wildlife exhibits, see live reptiles and amphibians, and watch the bird feeding station.
Take the kids outside to the nature play park and let them climb on balance beam logs, play in a human-sized eagle nest, climb a spider web, and soar on a zipline. The Outdoor Discovery Center offers many classes and programs throughout the year, including summer camp.
Many trails are wheelchair, stroller, and wagon friendly. Loaner snowshoes are available for a small fee when there is at least four inches of snow on the ground.
Wittenbach Wege Center is on 140 acres of forests, prairies, wetlands, and field.
There are trails, a visitor center and farm animals. Hike the peaceful trails, explore the taxidermy exhibits in the visitor center, and look for frogs and turtles on the pond. Visit with sheep, chickens, and pigs at the barn.
WWC is a great field trip location. FREE to visit.