The Nature Education Center, located within Hemlock Crossing Park, has exhibits, a wildlife den with critters and activities, a wildlife viewing area where you can watch birds and animals at the feeders, and a gift shop. The center also hosts a variety of educational programs for schools, special groups and the public.

Snowshoes are available for rent during business hours for $6 for two hours and $3 per additional hour.

Reserving the Nature Education Center
Please call the Nature Education Center at (616) 786-4847 schedule a visit, inquire about availability and make your reservation. This packet provides critical information you should know before you rent, plus helpful considerations while planning your event. To rent other facilities within the parks, please visit Rental Facilities.

School Programs
Looking for a memorable, educational outdoor experience for your pre-k through high-school students? Look no further than the Nature Education Center. Our school programs enhance your students’ learning with experiences which cannot be duplicated in a classroom. The educational field-trips are designed to meet your students at the appropriate cognitive level and can even be adapted to incorporate the subject matter you are currently studying. Year-round programs are available. If distance is an issue, there is bound to be a park near you where we can accommodate your class.

Special Group Programs
We offer memorable educational programs for daycares, scouts, churches, home schools, seniors and more! Educational and recreational programs can be adapted to meet your group’s need. Year-round programs are available.

Check out our Fall video of the Nature Education Center & Hemlock Crossing!

  • Meeting/Venue Info

      Number of Meeting Rooms: 2
  • Payments Accepted

  • Hours

    Tuesday - Saturday: 9am-5pm Sunday: Noon - 5pm Closed Mondays
  • Cost(s)

    No entry fees. Private event rental fees apply.
  • Amenities

    Exhibits Wildlife Den Wildlife Viewing Area Gift Shop School Programs Public Events On-site Naturalist Snowshoe Rentals
  • Travel time from downtown Grand Haven

    18 Minutes
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