ODC Nature Preserve

The ODC Nature Preserve has six naturally occurring, distinct ecosystems on its 150 acre site which include: ponds, remnant dunes, wetlands, meadows, remnant prairies, and lowland hardwood forests. This unique and ecologically diverse area offers the community and schools a place to experience nature close-up. Over three miles of walking trails and boardwalks wind through the grounds and provide access (including handicap access) to the various ecosystems. Trails are open to the public for free during daylight hours every day of the year.

Our main visitor center building is called Founders Hall. It houses a number of live animals and a diverse taxidermy collection.

Our educational offerings include both school and community programs throughout the year. Themes for programs include: snowshoeing, fishing, nature discovery hikes, bird watching, ecosystem studies, pond studies, summer camps, natural history and wildlife studies. In all of our programs, we provide hands-on, up-close experiences aimed to help help people better understand the flora, fauna and cultural history of West Michigan. Programs for students are correlated to the State of Michigan’s Grade Level Content Expectations.

Site Highlights

Founders Hall Visitor Center

DeWitt Wildlife Enclosure

Birds of Prey Education Facility

Neshnabe Summer Village

Sensory Trail

Imagination Forest

Fillmore Discovery Park

Little Hawks Discovery Preschool

Trails & Wildlife viewing:

Dawn to Dusk

 

Office and Founders Hall hours:

8:00 – 5:00 M-F

10:00 – 4:00 Sat

12:00 – 4:00 Sun

 

Main Entrance:

4214 56th Street

Holland, MI 49423

ODC Nature Preserve