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Sarett Nature Center

Sarett is a non-profit organization situated on more than 1,000 acres along the Paw Paw River, boasting eight miles of trails, tree top walkway, live native animals, a playground and picnic area, nature center and butterfly house (in season). Kids' classes and programs are on offer. 

WINTER OFFERINGS

Sarett rents snowshoes and cross country ski equipment.

Rental fees (in addition to regular admission/members receive a discount)

Cross country ski rentals: $10/adults | $5/child
Snow shoes: $5/adults | $3/child
 

BUILDING HOURS: Tues-Fri 9 am-5 pm | Sat 10 am-5 pm | Sun 1 pm-5 pm | 269-927-4832
ADMISSION$3/nonmembers | free for ages 12 and under


Trails open dawn to dusk daily * No pets allowed * Some trails can accommodate strollers

2300 Benton Center Rd, Benton Harbor, MI

Outdoor Discovery Center

The Outdoor Discovery Center is a kid-friendly nature preserve focused on wildlife management, conservation, outdoor education and preservation. Programs include sensory nature walks, bird watching, fishing, archery, pond summer camps, snowshoeing, live birds of prey and wildlife studies. Visitors can walk the trails, visit the birds of prey and enjoy the outdoor picnic area.

WINTER OFFERINGS

Ojibwa snowshoe rental are available for $5/adults (ages 14+) | free for kids with paying adult

  

OPERATING HOURSMon-Fri 9 am–5 pm | Sat 10 am– 4 pm | Sun 12–4 pm | 616-393-9453

Trails open sunrise to sunset * Pets welcome (must be kept on 6-foot leash at all times)

4214 56th St, Holland, MI

DeGraaf Nature Center

The DeGraaf Nature Center is a 18 acre nature preserve that is free and open to the public. The property is owned by the city of Holland and consists of several habitats including meadow, upland forest, lowland forest, marsh and pond. Programs are run regularly. 


Many of the trails on the property are wheelchair, stroller and wagon-friendly.

OPERATING HOURS

Visitor Center: 9 am-5 pm Tue-Fri |  10 am-5 pm Sat | Closed Sun-Mon

Trails are open sunrise to sunset every day of the year.

 

WINTER OFFERINGS

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.

600 Graafschap Road, Holland, MI 49423

Fernwood Botanical Garden

With sprawling gardens and winding trails, Fernwood is a nature lover's paradise. It also boasts a full-service cafe, art gallery, garden shop and library. Year-round activities and amenities provide visitors with plenty of family-friendly options. Along with bird- and garden-themed backpack that can be checked out for self-guided explorations, a new preschoolers backpack contains pictures, magnifiers, books and other materials that encourage kids to explore their five senses. 

WINTER HOURS: 10 am-5 pm Tues-Sat | 12-5 pm Sun
ADMISSION: $9: adults | $7: seniors | $4: students (ages 5-17) | free: ages 0-4 & members

13988 Range Line Rd, Niles, MI

KNC is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing environmental information, conversation efforts, education and research programs. Includes more than 14 miles of hiking trails, a small farm, animal encounters, camps, classes, special events, nature preschool, naturalist backpacks to check out and more.

BUILDING HOURSMon-Sat 9 am-5 pm | Sun 1 -5 pm
ADMISSION$7/adults | $6/seniors  | $4/children & students | free for ages 0-3 

Trails open 9 am to 6 pm daily * No pets allowed * Some trails can accommodate strollers

7000 N Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI

Kesling Nature Preserve

The Kesling Nature Preserve is home to a rich diversity of plants and wildlife, with scenic views of the vast ravine that slices through the property. It is also a popular spot for bird-watching in the spring, when a dazzling display of wildflowers provides another compelling reason to visit. 

Three Oaks Township | 269-324-1600

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Holland State Park

Offers sandy beaches, two large campgrounds (including cabins), 25 miles of paved bike trails, a dune walk stairway and hiking trail, and spectacular views of sunsets over Lake Michigan. The park is divided into two units: one along Lake Michigan and the other by Lake Macatawa. Other amenities include beach volleyball, a full-service concession stand and firewood/ice for sale.

Kal-Haven Trail State Park

Encompassing 33 miles of former railroad bed that links the cities of South Haven and Kalamazoo, the scenic Kal-Haven Trail traverses forests, fields and 7 bridges. Open to all non-motorized bicycles, hiking, cross country skiing and snowmobiling when a 4-inch snow base is present.

Mount Baldhead & Oval Beach Recreation Area

Oval Beach has been ranked among the world's top 25 beaches by Conde Nast’s Traveler. Visitors also can ascend more than 300 wooden steps to Mount Baldhead and head down the grassy coastal dunes.

Saugatuck Dunes State Park

Spans 1,000 acres with 2.5 miles of shoreline, four hiking trails, sandy beaches, picnic areas and freshwater coastal dunes over 200 feet tall.

Warren Woods State Park

Located on more than 300 acres of beech-maple forest, Warren Woods Natural Area has a serene hiking trail leading over a bridge covering the Galien River. 269-426-4013

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SKIING & SNOWBOARDING

ICE SKATING

Enjoy a day of outdoor fun for all ages at the South Haven Ice Rink. The rink is open at night as well for illuminated skating. Rink rentals, skate sharpening, trainers for kids and curling available.

546 Phoenix St, South Haven | 269-639-1113

 

HOURS: Check here for hours.

ADMISSION

$4 for a day pass | $3/skate rentals | $65/season pass

An NHL-sized, partially enclosed ice rink within the city of St Joseph.

2414 Willa Drive, St Joseph, MI | 269-983-8795

 

HOURS: Check here for hours.

ADMISSION

$5 for a day pass | $3/skate rentals | $75/season pass

Try the new iceless rink in Zeeland, made of synthetic material that functions in any weather. Must bring own skates.

521 S. Elm Street, Zeeland, MI 49464

 

HOURS: Open daily.

ADMISSION: Free (no skate rentals available)

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NATURE CENTERS

 
 
 
 

STATE PARKS

 The resort has 15 trails, a terrain park with a quarter pipe, the Pumpkin Park for riders to learn new skills and work on tricks, five chairlifts, five surface tows, snowmaking, night skiing, snow tubing, kids' programs, lessons, a restaurant/bar and equipment rental. 

RATES: Click here for lift passes and rental rates.

HOURS: Mon-Fri: 10 am-10 pm | Sat & holidays: 9 am-10 pm | Sun: 9 am-8 pm

Swiss Valley offers 225 vertical feet of skiing and snowboarding, as well as 11 runs (day and night), chair lifts and rope tows, 2 terrain parks, a full-service restaurant and grab-n-go cafe, equipment/apparel rental, lessons and kids' programs.

The Valley Kids ski program is offered on weekends (and daily through Jan 2). Kids ages 4-12 can learn to ski in a fun, safe environment. A snowboard program is offered for ages 7-12. Half-day session: $65 | Full-day session: $90. Includes lift passes, all-day equipment rental, instruction, hot chocolate and snack, and lunch for the full-day sessions.

RATES: Check here for lift passes and equipment rental rates

HOURS: Mon-Fri 10 am-10 pm | Sat: 9 am-10 pm | Sun: 9 am-7 pm

Bittersweet is 350 vertical feet, with 20 runs, chairlifts and rope tows, 2 Wonder Carpets and a terrain park. Private and group lessons for all ages, equipment rental, 

RATES: Check here for lift passes and equipment rental rates

HOURS: Mon-Fri: 11 am-7 pm | Sat-Sun: 9:30 am-5 pm

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