Women in Nature

Women in Nature is a program series designed to bring women together in the outdoors while giving them the opportunity to try new outdoor activities. It is our goal to encourage women to try a variety of outdoor activities. They will have the chance to enjoy the outdoors while learning about nature and being physically active.

The programs are ideal for women of all ages and experiences. It is our goal to educate women about the animals and plants that make West Michigan their home. We hope it will empower women to take a wildlife hike with family and friends and feel comfortable with their experiences in the natural world. All of the activities will be led by the female staff of the Outdoor Discovery Center  or female staff of the other Women in Nature partners.

Registration required and may be limited.

Fee: Varies


Archery programs are more of a quick lesson on how to shoot a bow and arrow which will be taught by one of our certified, women archery instructors. Then participants will have the opportunity to practice for the rest of the evening. Fun 3D targets will be set up, along with normal ring targets.


Biking experiences will be led by Velo City Cycles. For this program, we will meet at the Upper Macatawa Natural Area. There is an option for a 6 mile mountain bike ride or 8 mile road ride (bike path and road). Meet at the 84th Avenue parking lot.  Helmet and Bike Required.


Kayaking programs will take place at two local rivers (Rabbit River in Hamilton and Macatawa River in Holland) that have little current and are ideal for an inexperienced or casual paddler. During these programs, women will get the opportunity to learn about river wildlife, our efforts to improve the Macatawa Watershed, and enjoy a casual paddle with a naturalist.

Nature Hikes

The Nature Hike will be led by one of our naturalists who will guide the group through the Rabbit River Preserve. The purpose of these hikes is simply to explore.

Greenery Workshop

Make your own wall decoration or table arrangement and leave the mess behind. We’ll provide fresh greens and other natural materials; bring your own gardening gloves, ribbons, or accessories, if you wish to use them. Supplies will be collected based upon the expected group and are available on a first come, first serve basis. Registration is required and limited.