Rabbit River Preserve
In February of 2017, we finalized the acquisition of 65 acres of land along the Rabbit River in Hamilton we called the “Rabbit River Preserve.” This property allows us to expand our programming, increase the number of high quality acres we manage and protect, and expand our opportunities for connecting people with the outdoors. This property is used as an extension of the ODC Nature Preserve with more of a research and observational focus on riparian systems and forest ecology. Our staff continue to study the site and create a wildlife inventory which will guide the management of the property going forward. Unlike the ODC Nature Preserve, the site will not be handicap accessible and require that visitors stay on the trails.
The former owners of the property, Al & Marcia Elgersma, of Hamilton, have been long time supporters of the Outdoor Discovery Center. “When we decided to preserve this beautiful natural area, we couldn’t think of a better organization to partner with. We are so proud of the work the ODC has already done for our community.” said Marcia Elgersma.