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Educational Lesson Plans now available as a download.
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IN THE WOODS

PLANTS OF THE NATURE CENTER

THE BIRD WATCHER

WALKING WITH NATURE

EDUCATION
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Other Huron County Nature Trails

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NOT JUST FOR THE KIDS

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A Day With Hawks And Owls




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A Photographic Tour Of Huron County
By Bill Diller

Other Nature Centers In Michigan



    Other Nature Trails Of Interest In The Thumb Area

BAD AXE

Sanilac Petroglyphs
800-35-THUMB

The Sanilac Petroglpyhs are located in ML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = ST1 />Sanilac County. Located near Cass City, take M-53 to Bay City Forestville Rd., proceed East to Germania Rd. and turn South. Travel a half mile to the parking lot located on the West Side of Germania Rd. Admission is free. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday. Please allow two hours to tour the Petroglyphs. Attractions include a mile long, self guided walking trail featuring peaceful forests, the nineteenth century logging camp and a 110 year old white pine. The site is partially accessible to the handicapped.

CASEVILLE

Sleeper State Park
6573 State Park Rd.
989.856.4411

Located 5 miles West of Caseville, this park has more than 4 miles of maintained trails available to those who wish to hike or ski. These trails pass through a variety of habitats, and are directly accessible from the campground. Trails are groomed in the winter if there is sufficient snow. Those using the trails also have access to 2,200 acres of the Rush Lake State Game Area, an area of forests and wetlands populated by many types of wildlife.

HARBOR BEACH

Wagener County Park
2671 S. Lakeshore Rd.
989.479.9131

This park is located 5 miles South of Harbor Beach. This park comprises of 132 acres, with modern, tent camping and camper cabins available, featuring nature trails throughout the park. Open to the public, from May 1st to October 15th.

PORT AUSTIN

Huron County Nature Center
1-800-35-THUMB

The Huron County Nature Center-Wilderness Arboretum was founded in 1990. The Huron County Board of Commissioners established a 280 acre nature center in Hume Township on property owned by the County since 1941. This tract, includes the 120 acre wilderness arboretum, that has been under the care of the Huron County Women's Clubs for more than 50 years.

A Wilderness Arboretum is a place where plants, birds, insects, mammals, fungi-all things living or dead-are protected for scientific and educational purposes and for preservation of natural conditions. This tract of alternating sand ridges and shallow swales is a haven for nature lovers and environmentalists. Enjoy a refreshing walk along one of the well kept trails in the nature center.

Located in Michigan's Thumb, 9 miles East of Caseville or 9 miles West of Port Austin just off of M-25, turn South on Oak Beach Rd. to Loosemore Rd. East to the Nature Center entrance. 14 miles Northwest of Bad Axe.

Port Crescent State Park
1775 Port
Austin Rd.
989.738.8663

Located 5 miles Southwest of Port Austin on M-25. Our trail system totals almost 6 miles of varied terrain; 2 miles for hiking or cross country skiing, accessible from the campground or across a steel bridge near the organization area. There are 3 Miles of wood-chipped trails traversing the Day Use area where hikers, joggers, skiers, hunters all enjoy the great outdoors.

   

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Because we want The Huron County Nature Center to be available to ALL of the Citizens of Huron County and Michigan we have established a handicapped accessible trail. This paved trail through the beautiful wooded acres is dotted by bridges and observation decks. No matter what your physical condition, this trail is an enjoyable adventure in nature.

New Building!

After years of planning the board of directors have announced that a new educational building is coming to the Huron County Nature Center.
The building is a 2500 square foot modular classroom donated by the Huron County Intermediate School District. The HISD has made this building available for us if we pay for moving it to the Center and have a foundation put up. The Building, as shown below, has a 24'x36' classroom, a beautiful reception area, offices and several smaller classrooms. With the foundation complete, the building was placed at the nature center and we will be installing solar security and plans are underway to make our new building totally solar. If you would like to contribute to our "Earth Friendly" bulding, please do so. We can use all the help you are able to provide.

Now online:
The Huron County Nature Center lesson plans are now available as a download. These are great for classes wanting to use the center for learning.

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NATURE CENTER NEEDS YOU!

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The Huron County Nature Center Wilderness Arboretum is a non-profit organization run and staffed by volunteers who love nature and Huron County. If you would like to participate as a volunteer, we welcome you. To become a volunteer please print out the Volunteer Form and Mail to: Huron County Nature Center
P.O.Box 462
Port Austin, MI 48467
Phone: 989-551-5400 (Leave Message)

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 Ed Raby, our current President

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