Welcome to Harris Nature Center where nature and exploration join to bring out the explorer at every age
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Surround Yourself in Nature at the Gathering Circle in Harris Nature Center
Be a Kid at the Exploration Area in Harris Nature Center
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Two small dogs sniffing noses at Harris Nature Center
Small dog sitting by a person's feet at Harris Nature Center

Featured Event

The Harris Nature Center is hosting several opportunities to enjoy a guided walk through the nighttime woods with your dog during Howl at the Moon:

September 21st

October 26th

November 16th

December 21st


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 Nature Center Building Hours (Except Holidays):

• Monday-Saturday: 9 am – 4 pm
• Sunday: 12 pm – 4 pm

Trails are open every day from dawn until dusk.

Explore the Trails

Walk along the Beech Tree Loop and White Spruce Loop trails at the Harris Nature Center. In summer, the trails of the Harris Nature Center are lush with plants and insects. Watch for dragonflies and butterflies to go dancing by as you stop to study the scouring rush, an ancient non-flowering plant known to many as snake grass. It may remind you of bamboo because of the circular ridges on its stem, but they are not even in the same family! Bamboo is a grass (think of the leaves). Scouring rush does not have leaves and is in the family called horsetails.

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.