Successful Prescribed Burn

Prescribed Burn 2018 The prescribed burn on the ODC Nature Preserve went very well this past Saturday, March 17th. Prescribed burns are one of the conservation efforts we facilitate to remove the invasive, non-native species. These efforts are made in an attempt to improve native Michigan habitat on the ODC Nature Preserve and other properties…

Still Openings for Summer Camps

Openings for Summer Camps Though a number of our littlest campers programs are full, there are still a number of openings for summer camps for older children. Check out what we are offering this summer! We hope your budding nature explorer or your seasoned adventurer can join us for camps this year. – ODC Camp…

Ecosystems Exploration Day Success

2018 Exploration Day Wow, what a great day of exploration with students and teachers! We had over 650 students and teachers from all over West Michigan come to our first ever Exploration Day. Thanks to our sponsors: GMB Architects, Wolverine Pipe Line Co and Ridge Point Community Church. We are excited to be at the…

River Encounters Scheduled for 2018

2018 River Encounters Our schedule of naturalist guided kayaking experiences on the Macatawa River have been scheduled. We hope you will join us for these family friendly trips on Saturdays this summer. There are also two Macatawa River Clean-ups scheduled with our Macatawa Greenway partner, the Macatawa Watershed Project. Join us for kayaking and a…

New Website Organization

New Website Organization We have spent the last couple of months revamping our website. In addition to the content we had we have added easier access to information, better layout for learning more about us, and a new arrangement of the pages for our sitemap. We hope this helps both desktop and mobile viewers of…

Recap from Explorer Network trip to the UP

Recap from our Explorer Network trip to the UP for Birding We had a great time birding in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula this past weekend! We found 38 species including eight snowy owls, two short-eared owls, one rough-legged hawk, 20 bald eagles, 40+ sharp-tailed grouse, 40+ common redpoll, 18 evening grosbeak, and 1 pine grosbeak! Our…

Snow is back!

Now that we have a good base of snow again, snowshoes are available for use. Stop by the Visitors Center between 9 am and 3:30 pm to borrow some! $5 per pair for anyone 14 yrs and up. Children 13 and under are free with a paying adult. Have fun in the snow!

Press Release: Real-Time Watershed Monitoring for Project Clarity

Local Partners Developing Real-Time Watershed Monitoring System for Project Clarity New technology developed to support economic, ecological and health benefits HOLLAND, Mich. (January 31, 2018) — Project Clarity, a community-wide partnership committed to improving the health and clarity of Lake Macatawa and the Macatawa Watershed, is working with area partners on the development of a…

ODC News – February-March

Check out the ODC Discovery News for February and March 2018! Discovery News Feb-March 2018 If you are interested in learning more about what is going on at the ODC or interested in details about the upcoming trips, please call (616) 393-9453.