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Explore the Trails at Harris Nature Center

May 10th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

a frog at Harris Nature CenterLooking 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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Walk With Nature at the Harris Nature Center

May 16th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Harris Nature Center - Redtailed Hawk

You can see Red-tailed Hawks and other wildlife at Harris Nature Center

Harris Nature Center, set on the banks of the Red Cedar River, is a must-see outdoor preserve and recreation area, located just east of Lansing, MI.

Harris Nature Center, which was developed from land sold to the Meridian Township in 1987, was designed to both protect the Red Cedar River ecosystem and promote learning about said habitat through exhibition and exploration. As such, Harris Nature Center provides year-round access to over five miles of nature trails and a 3/4-mile paved loop trail plus the exhibits located inside the center itself.

The trails throughout Harris Nature Center run along the Red Cedar River and loop through the connected forests and meadows. During winter, the trails are made available to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, with equipment rentals at the center. Harris Nature Center also rents out GPS for those interested in geo-caching and offers the use of an all-terrain wheelchair so everyone can enjoy the trails for free, dawn to dusk.

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