What is a Nature-rich Community Park Passport?

In an effort to encourage use of the great resources in the West Michigan area, we developed this park passport program to support the effort to make a nature-rich community. This passport is just one way we can create a more healthy, happy and nature-literate community that sees the value in experiences in the natural world.

Check you mailbox for your copy of the Park Passport or download a Park Passport to print at home. Each page has a list of attractions and amenities, as well as a Challenge Question. Be on the lookout for signs at each stop that provide the answer to the Challenge Question.

Once you have visited at least 5 of the parks and successfully answered the question, return with your completed passport to the Outdoor Discovery Center or DeGraaf Nature Center during regular business hours to claim a prize. If you want, you can complete 10 or even all 15 parks for an even greater reward!

You have until the November 7th, 2020 to turn in your completed passport tear-out form.

Completing your Nature-rich Community Park Passport

This passport will guide you to 15 local parks and natural areas where you can find forests, beaches, dunes, lakes, trails and more in our nature-rich community. Use your curiosity to explore these many wonderful West Michigan parks.

Here is how to use your passport:

  1. Visit some participating parks.  
  2. Walk the trails and make sure to read the signs.
  3. Record your answer to the “Challenge Question.”
  4. Collect your reward. Present your passport and tear-out form at one of these locations to receive a prize.