HURON COUNTY NATURE CENTER
Fall 2023 Hours
Through September 30th
Fridays: Noon to 4 PM
Saturdays: 10 AM to 4 PM
Sundays: Noon to 4 PM
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.
Digital trail maps are available at www.michigantrailmaps.com
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.
2023 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Join artist Wanda Eichler on Saturday, October 7th from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm for Zentangle! Wanda will be teaching participants a relaxing pen and paper approach to creating art with the step-by-step Zentangle process. Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Be sure to bring your own sack lunch to enjoy during the break.
In the morning, attendees will learn the basics with five ‘tangles’. Following the lunch break, the afternoon class will focus on Nature Tangling, applying the basics from the morning to see how shapes like flowers and grasses are easy to do with Zentangle. As the attendees finish each of their tangles, Wanda will provide tips on shading with graphite to bring the artwork to life.
The event is in the community room at the Nature Center and limited to 15 participants. Pre-registration is required by calling or texting 989-551-8400, the deadline for registration is September 30th. A $20 per person class fee is due upon arrival at the nature center. The class fee covers all supplies – including 4x4” watercolor papers, pencil and pen, plus tortillions for shading.
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& 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