HURON COUNTY NATURE CENTER
THE NATURE CENTER AT A GLANCE
Established on a tract of untouched land in Hume Township, Michigan, the Huron County Nature Center and Wilderness Arboretum was, in 1941, put under the care of the Huron County Women's Clubs. In 1991 the Huron County Nature Center, Inc. was formed with the mission of preserving the center for the enjoyment and education of the public. The Nature Center is open all year round, and admission is always free.
What is a Wilderness Arboretum? It is a place where plants, animals, insects, fungi - all things living or dead - are protected for scientific and educational purposes and for the preservation of the natural environment. The Nature Center's geography of alternating sand ridges and shallow swales is a haven not only for native Michigan species, but for Michigan nature lovers and environmentalists. Enjoy a refreshing walk along one of the well kept trails of the Nature Center.
ABOUT THE NATURE CENTER
Our trails are open year-round, dawn to dusk (closing at 10:00 PM), and admission is always free.
Our Visitor's Center building is open on weekends during the summer months.
Dogs are allowed on our walking trails. They must be on a six-foot or shorter leash, and please come prepared to clean up after your dog and take the waste with you.
Horseback riding is not allowed on our trails. Our boardwalks are not built to support the weight of a horse and our trails are not wide enough to accommodate horses and walkers.
Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome on our walking trails, especially on the paved loop. Otherwise all wheeled and motorized vehicles are prohibited on our walking trails.
Friends, we have great news! A family of North American Beavers (Castor canadensis) has moved into our roadside marsh. They began their lodge and dam building in the early fall, but we know that beavers have historically lived in this area, so they really are returning home. 💚 Read all about this fantastic development here: https://thumbwind.com/2021/12/05/beavers-port-austin-mi/
2022 PROGRAMS AND FESTIVALS:
Saturday, May 14th - 10:30 AM - Spring Mushroom Walk, with Grizzly’s Wellness
Sunday, May 29th - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM - Lady’s Slipper Festival
Saturday, June 11th - 10:30 AM - Bee Hotel Presentation/Mason Bee Nest Craft
Saturday, June 18th - 10:30 AM - Native American Artifacts, with Kevin Roggenbuck (Tentative)
Saturday, June 25th - 10:30 AM - Birding in the Nature Center, with Tom Beachy
Saturday, July 2nd - 10:30 AM - Birds of Prey, with Wildlife Recovery
Saturday, July 9th - 10:30 AM - Gardening for Wildlife, with Caitlin Stone-Webber
Saturday, July 16th - 10:30 AM - Michigan Frogs, Toads & Salamanders, with Nature Discoveries
Saturday, July 23rd - 10:30 AM - Michigan Fossils, with Paleo Joe
Saturday, July 30th - 10:30 AM - Small House Farms (Topic TBD)
Saturday, August, 6th - 10:30 AM - Wetland Wonders, with Caitlin Stone-Webber
(Saturday, August, 13th - No Program)
Saturday, August 20th - 10:30 AM - Michigan Snakes, with Nature Discoveries
Saturday, September 17th - 10:30 AM - Fall Mushroom Walk, with Grizzly’s Wellness
* Check back to see updates and follow us on Facebook!
MAKE A DIFFERENCE
DONATE TO THE NATURE CENTER
As a volunteer-run nonprofit, the Nature Center relies on donations and grants to fund our operations.
You can help by making a financial contribution today.
& PLANNED GIVING
Huron County Nature Center may be designated to receive donations in lieu of flowers as part of a memorial service. All donors will receive a letter from HCNC acknowledging their gift and a list of donors will be mailed to the family notifying them of contributions made in memory of their loved one.
A commemorative bench at the Nature Center is a meaningful way to honor a special person or significant event. Commemorative benches allow visitors to sit and enjoy their surroundings. For additional details click on the 'More Information' button below.
Planned giving includes gifts through wills, charitable gift annuities and charitable trusts. Other types of planned giving include life income gifts, gifts of life insurance, charitable lead trusts, retirement plan gifts, and charitable remainder trusts. Please consult your estate and trust lawyer and/or financial professional if you are considering any of these options.
For any of these options please contact us:
Huron County Nature Center
PO Box 462
Port Austin, MI 48467
Call or text: (989) 551-8400