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Winter Wonderland Dog Sled at Harris Nature Center

Featured Event

Enjoy family fun during Winter Wonderland at the Harris Nature Center on Saturday, January 27, 10 am - 3 pm


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Ski and Snowshoe Rental

Nature Center Building Hours:

• Sunday - Monday: closed
• Tuesday - Friday: 9 am - 4 pm
• Saturday: 12 pm - 4 pm

Trails are open every day from dawn until dusk

Equipment Fees:

• Tuesday - Friday: $5/hour
• Saturday - Sunday: $7/hour
• Tuesday - Friday: $15/day (24 hour period)
• Saturday - Sunday: $20/day (24 hour period)

Equipment must be returned a half hour before the building closes

Explore the Trails

Walk along the Beech Tree Loop and White Spruce Loop trails at the Harris Nature Center. In autumn, these natural and paved tree lined trails offer an opportunity to walk amidst crisp, fallen leaves.  Look for signs of animals storing food for winter, buck rubs, tracks in the mud and flower seeds. You may also see the Banded Woolybear caterpillar. This orange and black insect is the larval form of the Isabella Moth. It will overwinter as a caterpillar and pupate in the spring. Before hibernating it is eating grasses and leaves. Its markings have nothing to do with the severity of the upcoming winter. 

Discover Wildlife In Nature

Visitors to the Nature Center can discover wildlife along the trails, as well as the wondrous colors of nature during each season. Families are drawn to the Harris Nature Center from around the region seeking opportunities to discover nature and animals.

Enjoy Being A Kid

Visitors can interact with nature in a way that allows them to find real Michigan fossils from millions of years ago, engage in imaginative play in the Beaver Lodge, pretend to be a spider climbing a human sized spider's web and many more discovery moments at the Harris Nature Center Foundation's Nature Exploration Area.

Pack the kids and a picnic lunch in the car and make a trip out of it for a great outdoor family STAYcation anytime between dawn and dusk.

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Adopt an Animal

Adopting an animal is a great way to support the nature center’s live animal educational programs. The Harris Nature Center houses several species of animals that are permanently injured or unable to return to the wild for another reason. Your support will help to ensure that these animals receive the proper care and nutrition they need to remain healthy and give you the satisfaction of knowing you are helping all animals flourish at the nature center.