Welcome to Harris Nature Center where nature and exploration join to bring out the explorer at every age
Adopt an Animal
Surround Yourself in Nature at the Gathering Circle in Harris Nature Center
Be a Kid at the Exploration Area in Harris Nature Center
Spend some time with friends at Harris Nature Center
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    • What is the History of the Harris Nature Center?

    • What is the Mission of the Harris Nature Center?

Turtles at Harris Nature Center Camps
Kids and Moms with Nets
Frogs and Friends Camp at Harris Nature Center
Fishing at Harris Nature Center Camps

Featured Event

Have a blast at the Harris Nature Center's Halloween Adventures on Saturday, October 19th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Children will enjoy the Fun House, crafts, pumpkin decorating and treats. Outside, find a large games area, follow the path through the Friendly Forest on your way to the pumpkin patch, roast marshmallows over a campfire and enjoy a hayride through the autumn woods.

The Halloween Adventures event will continue regardless of weather.

There is a $8/child fee due at the time of the event. No registration is needed.

For more information, contact the Harris Nature Center at 517.349.3866 or hnc@meridian.mi.us.

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Explore the Trails

In autumn, the trails of the Harris Nature Center are crisp with 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. Contrary to popular belief, its markings have nothing to do with predicting the upcoming severity of the 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 at the Nature Exploration Area

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.


HNC Nature Building History

See how the nature building evolved from a simple house into the educational center it is today.