ODC Nature Preserve

The ODC Nature Preserve is composed of 150 acres of grassland, wetland, pond, and forest habitats. Annually, it serves as an outdoor classroom for more than 15,000 students and a public park for over 60,000 visitors. The nearly 4 mile system of trails winds through the diverse habitats and includes gravel and boardwalk surfaces. Many ponds and wetlands have boardwalks or docks to allow easy access for visitors with little impact on the plants and animals that live there.

(Go to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology eBird page to see the site’s recorded bird sightings.)

Trails & Wildlife viewing:
Dawn to Dusk

 

Visitor Center 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

Field Lab

The Field Lab is a retrofitted barn that now serves as additional programming and workshop space. It is intended to be both a launching point for more in-depth studies on the ODC Nature Preserve and a wet lab/classroom to continue those investigations. The building is not open to the public.

Fillmore Discovery Park

The Fillmore Discovery Park is located on the southwest edge of the ODC Nature Preserve. This park provides the only public fishing pond found at the Nature Preserve.  Limited parking for the park can be found at the 142nd Avenue entrance.

Park Rules

  • Open during daylight hours
  • No over-night or after hours parking
  • No motorized vehicles on trails
  • No disorderly behavior,drugs, alcohol, defacing of property, fireworks, weapons, public indecency, littering or removing of plants or animals
  • Motor vehicles, horses and bikes are restricted to the parking area
  • Capacity is limited to available parking spaces
  • Dogs are to be kept on a leash, please clean up dropping
  • Fishing is catch and release only, barbless hooks are preferred to reduce accidental fish kill

Cottonwood Park

Cottonwood park is owned by Fillmore Township and maintained by the Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway in a beneficial partnership. There is a looped trail system including gravel trails and boardwalks, primitive restrooms, pavilion, playground and a charcoal grill. Acceptable recreation activities at the park include wildlife and bird watching, hiking, photography, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and walking dogs (on a leash).

(Go to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology eBird page to see the site’s recorded bird sightings.)

Park Rules and Regulations

The activities or items below are prohibited by way of Fillmore Township Zoning Ordinance. Please note them for your safety and welfare while visiting the wonderful open spaces.
  • Open from Dawn to Dusk.
  • No motorized vehicles on trails.
  • No disorderly behavior,drugs, alcohol, defacing of property, fireworks, weapons, littering or removing of plants.
  • Motor vehicle, horse and bikes are restricted to the parking area.
  • Capacity is limited to available parking spaces.
  • Dogs are to be kept on a leash, please clean up dropping.

Macatawa River Greenway Sites

Black Lake Boardwalk / Mt Pisgah / Lake Michigan Beach
2290 Ottawa Beach Rd, Holland, MI  49424

Holland State Park
2215 Ottawa Beach Rd, Holland, MI  49424

Winstrom Preserve
1700 Perry Street, Holland, MI  49424

Stu Visser Trails
825 Ottawa Beach Rd, Holland, MI  49424
741 West Lakewood Blvd, Holland, MI  49424

Kollen Park
238 Van Raalte Ave, Holland, MI  49423

Howard B Dunton Park
188 Howard Ave, Holland, MI  49424

Window-on-the-Waterfront
144 Columbia Ave, Holland, MI  49423

Window-on-the-Waterfront Boat Launch
20 South River Ave, Holland, MI  49423

Windmill Island
111 Lincoln Ave, Holland, MI  49423

Holland Harbor Dredge Placement Facility
11736 Lakewood Blvd, Holland, MI  49424

Paw Paw Park
1100 Paw Paw Dr, Holland, MI 49423

Adams Street Landing
10701 Adams Street, Holland, MI  49423

Ridge Point Community Church Natural Area
522 104th Ave, Holland, MI  49423

Hawthorn Pond
0 Black River Court, Holland, MI  49423

Poppen Woods
8822 Adams St, Zeeland, MI  49464

Upper Macatawa Natural Area – South Entrance
1314 84th Street, Zeeland, MI  49464

Upper Macatawa Natural Area – North Entrance
2187 76th Ave, Zeeland, MI  49464