Fenner Nature Center is 130 plus acres of forests, fields, trails, and ponds in the heart of Lansing, MI. Visitors enjoy exploring the trails, visiting the art gallery, or just sitting back and taking it all in.
The Carl G. Fenner Nature Center has a long and storied history, stretching back to 1959. The brainchild of Carl G. Fenner, it was originally known as”Arboretum Park,” and included bison, longhorn cattle, and a replica log cabin!
The center has changed mightily over the years, updating its name and goals as our understanding of the natural world evolves. Today it serves as a public environmental education center where people can learn about nature or simply get close to it.
Best of all, Fenner Nature Center is less than a half hour’s drive from English Inn Restaurant & Pub. In fact, our seemingly remote location in Eaton Rapids puts all of Lansing’s attractions at your fingertips. Come enjoy the peace and serenity of our historic country estate without sacrificing access to the charms of Lansing.
The main draw for most visitors is the nature trails. More than 4 miles of trails crisscross the property, taking you through maple groves, pine and swamp forests, old fields, past ponds, and more. Trail maps can be picked up at the center Visitor Center.
Birders and nature photographers alike will love the variety of ecosystems and the local wildlife they support. Conveniently placed benches allow you to sit down and really soak it all in. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy it along the trail.
Various attractions along the trails include the Pollinator Garden, the Sugarbush, the Sustainability House, and more.
One favorite destination is the Monarch House, adjacent to the Pollinator Garden. The Monarch House was designed to help protect the declining butterfly species. Depending on when you visit, you’ll find Monarch butterflies in various stages of development: egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly. Fascinating!
Another popular attraction is the gallery space inside the Susan and Jack Davis Nature Pavilion. Here you will see art exhibitions relating to the environment. The Fenner Gallery hosts a art exhibitions in a variety of mediums throughout the year. Be sure to stop by during your visit and see what wonders are on display.
The center Visitor Center includes special exhibits, trail maps, restrooms, and a gift shop. Start off here during your fist visit to learn all there is to see at the center.
Fenner Nature Center
2020 East Mount Hope Ave, Lansing, MI 48910