Looking to get outdoors for a much needed nature break? Harris Nature Center, in Okemos, MI is just what the doctor ordered with 5 miles of nature trails along the banks of the beautiful Red Cedar River.
Harris Nature Center (HNC) is located in Okemos, MI on the banks of the Red Cedar River. All less than a half-hour’s drive from our Lansing-area restaurant, pub, and bed and breakfast, The English Inn.
The Center’s main mission is protecting and preserving the Red Cedar River ecosystem. Public access allows people to learn more about the natural world and see for themselves the stunning natural beauty that is being preserved here.
The preserve’s 48 acres are natural habitat to a broad array of animals. Visitors may see white-tail deer, red-tailed hawks, pileated woodpeckers, many kinds of turtles, snakes, frogs, salamanders, and toads.
Trails at the HNC take you through the connected forests, meadows, and along the Red Cedar River. In winter, these same trails become a popular cross-country skiing and snowshoeing destination, with equipment rentals available at the Center.
Harris Nature Center also rehabilitates wild animals for future release or permanent care, depending on their level of recovery. You can meet many of these permanent residents inside the center and even “adopt” one.
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Woldumar Nature Center is one of Lansing Michigan’s treasures. It is located along the Grand River, and includes 1.25 miles of shoreline within it’s 178 acres. More than five miles of trails through prairie, pine forests, and woodland are open from dawn to dusk, year round.
The next time you are staying at our bed and breakfast Lansing, take some time to stroll the grounds of Woldumar. The center’s event calendar is worth a glance, for you may want to come to town specifically for one event or another.
The weekend of May 8 and 9, 2010, Woldumar is hosting a Wildflower Weekend. The center will be open from 9 – 5 on Saturday, and 9 – 4 on Sunday, although trails will be open from dawn to dusk.
There will be wildflower walks and pontoon floats down the Grand River; all eyes will be on finding signs of spring in the environment. Saturday’s walks will be guided by a naturalist, while Sunday’s walks are self-guided.
Look for new art to adorn your walls at the art show and sale (the theme of the work is nature’s beauty). Improve your gardening skills and understanding in several Garden and Nature Seminars, where a variety of outdoor topics will be discussed.
Woldumar Nature Center is about ten miles north of our Lansing bed and breakfast. A day at the center is a lovely addition to a relaxing stay at our inn.