New Hours Announced

With the addition of our new visitor center and to provide a better experience to our visitors, we have adjusted our hours of operation. Starting September 1, 2015, our visitor center and administrative office will be open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm during week days. Saturday and Sunday hours have not changed: Sat 10 am…

Wetland Restoration Begins for Project Clarity

HOLLAND, MI – Project Clarity, a community-wide initiative committed to improving the health of Lake Macatawa and the Macatawa Watershed by reducing the amount of pollutant by at least 70%, recently started wetland restoration on 42 acres. This multi-phased approach with research based solutions, to remove sediment and nutrients both at the source and further downstream, also includes…

Water Festival Success

This year’s Macatawa Water Festival was a big hit with families. There were people from the Holland area but also a number of visitors from out of the area. Thanks to all of our partners and exhibitors there were a variety of activities for all ages. We look forward to another great festival in 2016…

Founders Hall Open

There’s still a lot of construction going on at the ODC Nature Preserve, but Founders Hall is no longer affected by it, so come out and see the animals!

Founders Hall has resumed its normal operating hours: 8am-5pm Monday through Friday, 10am-4pm Saturday, and Noon-4pm Sunday.

 

 

Founders Hall Temporarily Closed

We closed Founders Hall this afternoon. Not because of the building but because of the concrete being poured and the landscaping prep being done in front of the building. We expect that it will be open tomorrow with some directional signs in place to help people navigate from parking lot to the Founders Hall and…

Project Clarity Kicks Off Haworth Property Improvements

This 150-acre project will include wetland restoration and a model farming enterprise using agriculture best management practices for water quality. 70 of the 150 acres will be donated to Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway and restored to a vegetated wetland, providing approximately 100 acre-feet of water storage. The remaining 80 acres will be farmed under…

New Land Acquired for Remediation

Several substantial land acquisitions have been finalized this past month. We have added more than 160 acres to preserves along the Macatawa River Greenway. The parcels are all located along the North Branch of the river which winds its way through Fillmore and Laketown Townships then into Holland and Holland Township. The location of the…